This is a very exciting first novel by Pierce Brown. He has written a classic story of the downtrodden lower classes rebelling against an oppressive upper class. This story has elements of early Greek and Roman mythology and draws upon some of the familiar story elements of game play that we all know from “The Hunger Games”. The twist in this story is that Darrow, a Low Red, has to be surgically modified as well mentally and physically trained to be able to pass as a Gold. The first part of “Red Rising” introduces you to the group of Reds, in which Darrow is a fast rising star. It is the hard, unfair life of an oppressed caste.
After some life changing events, Darrow is rescued by a rebel group, The Sons of Ares. This group wants to change the caste system and Darrow is a perfect candidate to a major player in the destruction of society as portrayed in “Red Rising”.
Once he can pass as a Gold, he must continue training, so that he becomes one of the elite Golds, and is able to pass the admittance test for the Institute. Then the games begin…
“Red Rising” is book one of a trilogy. It has a stand-alone story, with interesting characters, that you can connect to. Since this is a trilogy there are some larger themes that will continue though out the series, but there isn’t a “cliffhanger” ending. I liked the story very much and connected with the characters. This book draws you in, so much so, that I purchased the Audible version, so that I could continue the story when I couldn’t read it. The audiobook version is fine, but I preferred reading as much as I could. I connected better when reading than I did when listening.
I give “Red Rising” 4 1/2 Stars out of 5 and a Big Thumbs Up. I recommend it to readers who liked “The Hunger Games” and other futuristic dystopia type stories.
I received this Digital Review Copy for free from NetGalley.com, but I also purchased this audiobook from Audible.
Release date: January 28, 2014
NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER
“Ender, Katniss, and now Darrow.”—Scott Sigler
Pierce Brown’s relentlessly entertaining debut channels the excitement of The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins and Ender’s Game by Orson Scott Card.
“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 spends his life willingly, knowing 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 sprawling parks 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
“[A] top-notch debut novel . . . Red Rising ascends above a crowded dystopian field.”—USA Today
“Red Rising is a sophisticated vision. . . . Brown will find a devoted audience.”—Richmond Times-Dispatch
“A story of vengeance, warfare and the quest for power . . . reminiscent of The Hunger Games and Game of Thrones.”—Kirkus Reviews
“Fast-paced, gripping, well-written—the sort of book you cannot put down. I am already on the lookout for the next one.”—Terry Brooks, New York Times bestselling author of The Sword of Shannara
“Pierce Brown has done an astounding job at delivering a powerful piece of literature that will definitely make a mark in the minds of readers.”—The Huffington Post
“Compulsively readable and exceedingly entertaining . . . a must for both fans of classic sci-fi and fervent followers of new school dystopian epics.”—Examiner.com
“[A] great debut . . . The author gathers a spread of elements together in much the same way George R. R. Martin does.”—Tor.com
“Pierce Brown’s empire-crushing debut is a sprawling vision.”—Scott Sigler, New York Times bestselling author of Pandemic
“A Hollywood-ready story with plenty of action and thrills.”—Publishers Weekly
Series: The Red Rising Trilogy
Hardcover: 400 pages
Publisher: Del Rey (January 28, 2014)
Product Dimensions: 9.3 x 6.2 x 1.5
Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds
About the Author
Pierce Brown spent his childhood building forts and setting traps for his cousins in the woods of six states and the deserts of two. Graduating college in 2010, he fancied the idea of continuing his studies at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. Unfortunately, he doesn’t have a magical bone in his body. So while trying to make it as a writer, he worked as a manager of social media at a startup tech company, toiled as a peon on the Disney lot at ABC Studios, did his time as an NBC page, and gave sleep deprivation a new meaning during his stint as an aide on a U.S. Senate Campaign.
Now he lives in Los Angeles, where he scribbles tales of spaceships, wizards, ghouls, and most things old or bizarre.
The book description is from Amazon. Red Rising (The Red Rising Trilogy)