Red Rising - Pierce Brown

Red Rising

By Pierce Brown

  • Release Date: 2014-01-28
  • Genre: Adventure
Score: 4.5
From 2,837 Ratings


NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • Pierce Brown’s relentlessly entertaining debut channels the excitement of The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins and Ender’s Game by Orson Scott Card.

Red Rising ascends above a crowded dys­topian field.”—USA Today

Entertainment Weekly, BuzzFeed, Shelf Awareness

“I live for the dream that my children will be born free,” she says. “That they will be what they like. That they will own the land their father gave them.”
“I live for you,” I say sadly.
Eo kisses my cheek. “Then you must live for more.”

Darrow is a Red, a member of the lowest caste in the color-coded society of the future. Like his fellow Reds, he works all day, believing that he and his people are making the surface of Mars livable for future generations. Yet he toils willingly, trusting that his blood and sweat will one day result in a better world for his children.

But Darrow and his kind have been betrayed. Soon he discovers that humanity reached the surface generations ago. Vast cities and lush wilds spread across the planet. Darrow—and Reds like him—are nothing more than slaves to a decadent ruling class.

Inspired by a longing for justice, and driven by the memory of lost love, Darrow sacrifices everything to infiltrate the legendary Institute, a proving ground for the dominant Gold caste, where the next generation of humanity’s overlords struggle for power.  He will be forced to compete for his life and the very future of civilization against the best and most brutal of Society’s ruling class. There, he will stop at nothing to bring down his enemies . . . even if it means he has to become one of them to do so.

Praise for Red Rising

“[A] spectacular adventure . . . one heart-pounding ride . . . Pierce Brown’s dizzyingly good debut novel evokes The Hunger Games, Lord of the Flies, and Ender’s Game. . . . [Red Rising] has everything it needs to become meteoric.”Entertainment Weekly

“Ender, Katniss, and now Darrow.”—Scott Sigler

Red Rising is a sophisticated vision. . . . Brown will find a devoted audience.”Richmond Times-Dispatch

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  • Page turner

    By nicholasnick
    Just when you think it’s going your way or how you want, the story takes a turn. I honestly don’t like the ending but will definitely be reading the second book faster than the first.
  • Heck yeah

    By Reader in Hollywood
    This book is every bit as good as my friends said. The level of strategy reminds me of Ender’s Game. If you liked that book, you will like this too. Really well-written.
  • Worth the hype!

    By Storm_Corb
    All the book tubers hype this book up. Well after finishing it, I see why! Definitely became my favorite book. Can’t wait to start the second one!
  • Fantastic

    By Phb9
    I love this book
  • Jaw Dropping

    By duh.zay
    One of the most captivating, and awe inspiring books I’ve ever read! Truly magnificent.
  • Everything about this series is great

    By Lawn Keeper
    Just read it you Pixie
  • Bait and switch

    By Charleston1830
    Disappointing. The story is supposed to be sci-fi about a mining colony on Mars, but 1/3 into the book, it becomes a medieval fantasy game with armor and swords, castles, etc. Bizarre switch. Sort of a Hunger Games ripoff with gaming elements.
  • Loved it

    By DuesVult
    I first read this serries when i was around 14 and it got me hooked from chapter 1. Every minute of the day i had my nose in this book. My only regret is that ill never be able to read it for the first time again.
  • Excellent book

    By JCDePalma
    Had not read a book in over 10 years, I was recommended Red Rising by a friend. I fell in love within 100 pages. It made me realize how much I had missed out on by not reading books. Darrow is one of the best characters in any show/book/story. Cannot wait to finish the trilogy.
  • Awesome!!

    By Jonny4253
    Fantastic!!!!! Absolutely loved this book. Can’t wait to read the rest!