Red Rising

Brown, Pierce

Book - 2014
Average Rating: 4 stars out of 5.
Red Rising
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.

Publisher: New York :, Del Rey,, [2014]
Edition: First edition.
ISBN: 0345539788
Characteristics: 382 pages ;,25 cm


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Mar 14, 2015
  • natloveshorses rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

One of the best books I've ever read!! What a page turner!!

Jan 12, 2015
  • kovarmj rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

I didn't expect to enjoy this book as much as I did. I am by no means a science fiction reader, but this book pulled me in from the first page. I am excited to see what the rest of the series has in store!

Nov 04, 2014
  • novelust rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Best book I've read all year!

Oct 17, 2014
  • notthatjenn rated this: 1 stars out of 5.

If you're a dystopia completist, this might be worth reading, but otherwise save your time. The world and the characters are flat and simply plod along without engaging the reader's interest. Meh.

Sep 24, 2014
  • theat rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Geat book. Excellent pacing, some good backstory. It's a story set on a futuristic Mars so on first glance you would expect a Sci-Fi novel but it's really much more of a fantasy adventure. Forget Hunger Games, this is much darker and not for young readers even though the protagonist is 16 going on 25. For readers looking for a comparison, get Kushiel's Dart by Jacquelaine Carey, another great book.

Jul 06, 2014
  • donnamswan rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

Too much like "Hunger Games". I would be very surprised if this isn't a movie in a few years. Interesting relationships and how they evolve. I just couldn't stay with the book long enough to finish even one chapter per sitting.

Jun 24, 2014
  • LibraryK8 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

This book is an epic revolution story if there ever was one. Think Braveheart in space! Pierce doesn't paint his characters with one color, each is multifaceted and complex (which is basically the point of the book that we can't be boiled down to a color). Fans of Hunger Games and Diverget will love the books action and brutality.

Jun 17, 2014
  • wseal2000 rated this: 1.5 stars out of 5.

Couldn't finish it.

May 14, 2014
  • KateHillier rated this: 2 stars out of 5.

This book gets major points for world building but aside from that it sort of gets lost in itself. When I first started to book I was impressed with the detail of life mining on Mars and the society that works down there. The author does not spoon feed you the structure of the Society or what certain words and terms mean instead letting them become apparent as they would naturally.

Then the book lost me.

Our protagonist, Darrow, is a sixteen year old widower (you get married young if you're a Red on Mars) is sucked into a revolution to overthrow their Gold overlords. He integrates into this society, after some extremely graphic and comprehensive surgery, essentially seamlessly. I did not find that believable. There was a little bit about how he had some sort Intelligence Tonic to suddenly understand a thousands years of law and literature but even in this world I find that a bit of a stretch. There is also a lot of people saying Darrow is the One, almost with the amount of reverence of Neo in the Matrix, but I'm not really convinced why. Because his wife died and because of how she died? Because of what she wanted from him by dying?

The rest of the book is like Battle Royale meets Hogwarts with a dash of Ender's Game. Sounds like a winning combination but I found it tired instead. There are a lot of winks and nods to other big fantasy and sci-fi franchises but this book really just reads like a mix of a lot of what other series have done and done a bit better.

May 09, 2014
  • nanajoe rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

The rape, mutilation, culling, murder was just too much.

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Nov 05, 2014
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Jul 06, 2014
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Jun 24, 2014
  • LibraryK8 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Darrow has the most dangerous job on Mars. He is the helldiver of Lycos, running the drill deep underground that mines Mars for valuable natural resources. Helldivers to not generally live long lives, like his father who died when he was a child. But Darrow has other plans, he is going to make something of himself, and his clan. But he can only rise so far, the caste system of society keeps his people down. They are Reds, deemed to be good at nothing but hard labor. They are ruled over by the Blues, Greys, and at the top...the Golds, the apex of human evolution.

To celebrate a particularly bountiful month in the mines, Darrow and his wife sneak off to see a big of the martian sky (a view not allowed to lowly Reds). Returning home they are caught and imprisoned for their crime. When their punishment, a whipping turns public, Eo sacrifices her life to speak out against the Golds and the caste system. She and Darrow are sentenced to die by hanging...Darrow's life is saved by the resistance movement, Eo's life is not.

The resistance tells Darrow they need him to overthrow the Golds, to prove that anyone has what it takes to be a Gold and that the colors mean nothing. Now that the Golds think he is dead, the plan is to teach Darrow to be one of them, to infiltrate their ranks, to push him into the highest ranks the government and military. Then to reveal his true origins and bring the system crashing down.

But first Darrow must survive the most grueling surgeries to remove his Red scars, a grueling initiation and finally the cruel war-games that constitute an entrance exam to the Gold academy. Can Darrow leave his old ways behind, sacrifice everything to avenge Eo?


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