Red Rising

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.

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


“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 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.

BONUS: This edition includes an excerpt from Pierce Brown's Golden Son.

“[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

Red Rising - Pierce Brown Summary

Red Rising is a 2014 science fiction novel by American author Pierce Brown, and the first book and eponym of a series. The novel, set on a future planet Mars, follows lowborn miner Darrow as he infiltrates the ranks of the elite Golds. In February 2014, Universal Pictures secured the rights for a film adaptation, to be directed by Marc Forster...

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Red Rising - Pierce Brown Book Reviews (741)


Argggg3 star

I tried three times as I love SciFi— finished it but all I can remember is red dust tunnels and slave labor—- Would make a great book for a lit class. Well written 35


Bloody good book my Goodman.5 star

The title says it all. 55


Incredible5 star

Please read this epic. After the 1st quarter of the book, the story hits hard and doesn’t slow down. 55

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Red rising5 star

This is the best book on the face of the earth 55


Outstanding5 star

Strategy, psychology, character development, war, and love. This book has everything you could want in a book, and is a better version of Hunger Games or Enders Game 55

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Great read4 star

Interesting story. Good start, got a little slow in the middle, but really vamped up for the end. 45


Horrifically Bad1 star

Do you enjoy bad ripoffs of the Hunger Games to the point where its the EXACT SAME BOOK, just poorly written and on mars? Well then have fun with Red Rising! For the rest of you, dont read this book. The characters are so one dimensional and uniteresting that some of them are used as disposable place holders with the sole purpose of driving the plot, and the main characters who actually matter are just so shallow that they can barely maintain the same personality instead of just reacting to whatever BS plot device is thrown their way. Then there's the "sci-fi” bit: ITS NOT THERE. The begining is rife with it, and that was nice, but then its all ripped away, and the characters are tossed into a big dome and told to fight each other, just like a certain other YA book… To summerize, this book is a plagarized piece of garbage that has somehow managed to fool a signifigant amount of people into thinking its original. Also, if you like characters who still have ears and don't get raped, not the book for you. 15


Red Rising5 star

One of the best series I have read. 55


Enders Game meets Hunger Games5 star

One of my favorite new series. The series is a fast paced adventure that is enjoyable, exciting, and fast paced. I thoroughly enjoyed each book in the series and have read it twice already. 55


Amazing5 star

Absolutely loved it 55


Smoke dope1 star

This book would go good with a big bong of dope otherwise you won't understand it, 15

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Buy It !!!!5 star

I bought this book because I was bored. I wasn't expecting much. Now I wish I hadn't. I can't wait for the next one. It must be for the money- these authors cutting what should be one book into a series of 3 or 4. Longer books sell just as well- look at George RR Martins game of thrones! All that aside it's an excellent book. 55


Amazing5 star

Best book I've read in quite a while (really saying something, I read a book about every 2 days). Takes the hunger games, makes it worlds better, adds in a bit of Enders game, divergent and maze runner. Great book, I wholeheartedly recommend it 55


Dystopian Lord of the Flies4 star

At first blush, Red Rising is a Hunger Games knock off, which itself was a knock off of the literary classic Lord of the Flies. Yet RR mines the classic tale of misfits rising against the social order more closely. Mr. Brown weaves a convincing world set on colonized Mars and spends the first third of the book constructing a mesmerizing tale of men unaware they are slaves. Just when the book started to feel a bit like Wool, he propels his main character, Darrow, an erratic miner, into a ruse to overthrow society. I tried to resist the book, mainly because I felt Mr. Brown borrowed too much from other ideas (but are there really any new ideas?). However, I found myself staying up several nights tearing through the book. I really liked many of the characters, and there are a lot! But unlike other authors, I felt he dug into them succinctly, which made the book a fast read. I really loved this book by the time it reached its end and look forward to part 2! 45


Great fantasy read!5 star

Couldn't put it down! Can't wait for the next one! 55


Must read5 star

A fast paced thrill ride! I couldn't put it down. 55


Great read5 star

Started this and finished it the next day. Can't wait for the next one! 55

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Great read,did not want it to end!5 star

Spellbinding adventure,that is cohesive and well thought out. Your transported to the future, with genetic engineering and advanced weaponry made for hand to hand combat. It's a strange blend of future and past societies the author has welded together to create a new society. Ancient Rome on steroids. I can't wait for his next book. 55


Best in a long while5 star

Lots of movement, some predictability, but lots to keep you wondering. Very well done. 55


Bloodydamn Fun read... Looking forward to the next!5 star

Yes it's a combination of the Hunger Games, Harry Potter (houses😁), Ender, and all the rest but still very original. Thoroughly enjoyed 55

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