Red Rising (Red Rising Series #1)

Red Rising (Red Rising Series #1)

by Pierce Brown
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I gotta say, I hate it when books are compared to one another. This book is NOT like Hunger Games, nor like Ender's Game. When a book is written within a specific genre, often times the concepts are similar. Doesn't neccesarily make the books similar. This book was great! I highly enioyed it, and I'm 50. The characters were sympathetic, most likeable. Concept was original and engrossing. Mr. Brown, keep up the good work, and thanks for sharing. Chrissiebo
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
If you cannot read about rape, gore, teens murdering, feces this is not for you. Minimal roamance, much world building (both of Mars and of the game). Plot twists were mostly not predictable, but some cliche. A lot of action, survival, and adventure.
tpolen More than 1 year ago
This was unlike any dystopian novel I've ever read - even the setting was unique - Mars. As with most dystopians, a lot is at stake and in the case of Red Rising, it's freedom of people in a social system categorized by colors - and I don't mean race. Gold is at the top of the food chain and red, the color of soil on Mars, is at the bottom. Darrow pulled me in from page one. He begins as a hard-working guy who loves his wife and family and just wants to provide for them, but by the end of the book, his naive view of the world has changed and he's undergone tremendous growth. I can't wait to see what he does in the sequel. I have to admit, somewhere around the early middle of the book I began to lose interest and felt like the plot strayed a little, but before long, I couldn't put it down. The last half was completely testosterone-filled, which isn't a bad thing for someone who doesn't read chick-lit, and I was totally captivated. The cast of characters also included some strong women who could hold their own in physical challenges against men. With the actions and level of intelligence of some characters in this book, at times I found it difficult to believe they were teenagers, but they are a product of their environment and did what they needed to survive. I would recommend this book to any dystopian lovers and it would be a great read for age 15+ teenage boys (girls too, but we all know it's harder to get a book in front of the guys). This review is based on a digital copy from the publisher through NetGalley.
Princessfubar More than 1 year ago
Mindblowlingly AWESOME!  Totally smitten with Darrow from practically the first line.   I was convinced of his love for his wife, his resignation to his 'lot in in life' and his gradual awakening and struggle to take on the oppressors.  He faces these quandaries in combination with questioning his personal ethics and genuine human decency as he discovers that many situations are not black and white.   All these things make him hugely likeable; always growing and always evolving.  I loved the supporting characters as well, not to mention the setting of the tale, but I won’t rave further.  I’ve read it four times this month. 
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I was so surprised by how much I loved this book. It started out a little slow, but then took off. Lot's of excitement, interesting characters, lot's of twists. Great Book, can't wait to read the next.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I'd say this book is more like 3.5 than 3. The story is good, but I didn't care much for the writing though I got used to it. It felt just a bit clumsy and clunky to me. I felt there was to much telling what happened and not showing me. It made the characters feel wooden, though I guess Darrow would have to be a bit unfeeling and driven as a character. It was very violent and by the end it wasn't shocking and the battles got a bit boring. I'd check out the next installment, but I hope there is more story and intrigue/politics in it.
jayfwms More than 1 year ago
This story of an earth in the future with planetary outposts and a strongly-enforced caste system has all the elements that the best in science fiction has to offer. The new universe is well-described, without too much excess verbiage. Characters are genuine people, with all the good and bad points people can have. The story is exciting and very well told. Action is non-stop, but not at the expense of character development. I thoroughly enjoyed this book and I am definitely looking forward to more books in this series. I recommend it to everyone looking for a thrilling and suspense-filled novel, not just the science fiction buff. It is the best book I have read in years. Brown does a magnificent job of defining and building the relationships between characters and shifting them through time. He definitely hooks the reader emotionally. As I read more, I simply couldn't stop reading until the end.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Just read it! This amazing piece of Pierce Brown's imagination is surely a gift. An incredible adventure that has only just begun. Once you get acquainted with Darrow you'll truly want to indulge your curiosity and follow his ever changing life as a Red.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great book.
The_Wishing_Tree More than 1 year ago
I first heard about and became interested in Red Rising after reading a review in Entertainment Weekly. After reading Red Rising myself I pretty much agree with EW. I really enjoyed it. I am so glad there is no love triangle in this story, however I don't think it is YA. As far as I know it is sold in the Sci-Fi section. It also has more violence than a YA novel (more on that below), and there are curse words. I do see the similarities to the other books it's been compared to; i.e. Hunger Games, Ender's Game, Lord of the Flies, and Game of Thrones. While it has a lot of those elements I think it has become its own story and has a rich universe. The colorful characters (no pun) and settings are well thought out. It's well paced with a mix of suspense, action, heartbreak, tactical planing, political manipulation, romance, psychological mind games, etc. I loved the development of the relationships. When I think about it it is what I loved most about the book. I love Mustang. She is my favorite. (I do admit I guessed her relationship with the Jackal when the Jackal said, "Cheat or be cheated." It does get really violent. While some of it happens off the page (some girls are rapped) and people lose body parts, it is none the less heartbreaking to read about. I had borrowed a copy from the library but now I have dl to my nook. There were so many good parts I wanted to highlight. Also, I will want to reread it before the sequel, Golden Son, (scheduled to be published January 2015) comes out. 4 out 5 bloodydamn scythes.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I need the next book and I needed it yesterday.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Good story. Drug on in some places.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great book, and a great series. I didn't want to put the books down.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is a thrilling sci-fi masterpiece. My son and I both devoured this entire series and are wishing there was more.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Perfectly crafted to show the consequences of widespread suppression in a sci-fi environment. Cant get enough of the main a character though...he's so cool!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
WOW this was a wonderful story of a possible society that could arises on Mars in our future. It is in the same style of The Hunger Games, Divergent, or Marie Lu's Legend series. All stories of dystopian and militarized futures. Darrow's rise from a slave to the upper aristocracy makes for a great story that I could not stop reading. I can not wait to read book two Golden Son and then the third book Morning Star to see how it all ends. A must read if you enjoyed the above mentioned books or an underdog changing their life for the better.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Poorly written. Bland. Possibly suitable for preteens.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book was so fun to read it ran my life until I finished it. I recommend Red Rising to any and everyone I know who loves fantasy. Read it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book and series is wonderful! Darrow is deep, conflicted, furious, loving and just great to follow. The story takes up and slams you down but always leaves you wanting more. Highly recommend this to any.
customer2 More than 1 year ago
Worst book I have ever read. Ive had it for two weeks now and all I have been able to read Is one hundred and fifty pages cause the book is to dam slow and boring. And the writing is unbelievably bad.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book was great when I first started it. But after that things only got worse. The main thing that was so exhausting about it was all the overdone torture scenes they were just to brutal. If I were to give it an ge rating then it would be 15 and up.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Cannot wait for the next one. Fun ride.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Starts off slow. Stick with it. I would say more like Maze Runner than Hunger Games. Bloodydamn good book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Everything about this book is wonderful. The writing. The setting. The plot. The characters. I can hardly wait for the next book.
mollymortensen More than 1 year ago
Not what I expected, but still good Point of View: First Predictability: 1 out of 5 (Where 1 is George RR Martin (If the characters make a plan or think about the future I know it isn’t going to go that way.) And 5 is Cinder (where I guessed what was going to happen long before it did, but it was still a great book.) My Rating: 7/10 Stars Warnings: Parts of this book are brutal and violent. If you’re someone who’s bothered by these things, don’t read this book! My Review: At the start of the book the world stinks. It does in most dystopians, but Red Rising brings it to a whole new level. Usually I don’t like where the book starts and then the timeline rewinds, but it worked here, because things were so bad I needed the hint that they’ll improve. I loved the beginning of Red Rising! It started out so strong. I liked the latter half of the book too, but not nearly as much as that first quarter. It just wasn’t as unique and interesting, plus it was more brutal and violent, which I understand why, but I didn’t like it. [Warning: Mild Spoilers in the next paragraph, which I wish I knew before reading this.] This book was really like two books. The first quarter felt like a dystopian set in space and then the institute which we are expecting to be a school is actually a giant war game. I think the reason for mixed reviews is because the beginning of the book is so good and we think we know what we’re in for and them BAM something else happens for the rest of the book. The Good The beginning of this book is amazing! So much potential for this series! The world building and the culture created in Red Rising is fantastic! I can’t wait to learn more about it in the rest of the trilogy. The technology that we’re shown is also cool and I liked how the history was told, so we know how the world wound up this way. Sometimes with such fantastic worlds it seems unreal, but even being set so far in the future I can see the world becoming like this. The romance. Yes, there’s romance in this book, and it feels real and is well done. This is a fast paced book full of action and twists and turns. (There are so many that saying this spoils nothing.) I was never bored. We got to know the minor characters well and they had good personalities, Sevro is my favorite. (The tricky little runt) The Bad The main character is a know it all, which considering he’s a teenage boy makes sense, but as the story goes Darrow becomes harder to like. That’s my main problem with this book, Darrow. He’s a nice enough guy, but sometimes he’s just hard to like. I understand why he’s angry, but his rage and arrogance make him unlikeable. The author’s intention might not have been for him to come off arrogant, but because this novel takes place over the course of two years much of this story is told (Some things that really should’ve been shown.) and Darrow is telling us how great he is instead of us seeing him be amazing, so he comes off arrogant. The slang! I know it’s part of the world building, but it can be annoying when I don’t understand half of what’s said. Would I recommend this book? Yes, but only to some people. Will I read the Sequel? Yes, I have to know what happens next!