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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All Time Favorites5 star

This is one of the best book series I have read. Ever. And I have only been alive for a short time considering but Jesus Christ just read this. At first it’s confusing but by the time you’ve read through Iron Gold your standards for what a good quality book is will have shot up to such astronomical heights that you might even make it to Mars yourself. I recommend this to anybody who likes a fast paced story and who’s looking for solid quality character development. I’d rate this 100/5 stars if I could. 55


Exciting read!!4 star

I’m glad I didn’t listen to those who gave the book a bad review because of the writing style. Yes, it’s different than I am used to. Yet aren’t we all different? I extremely enjoyed the story, the characters and the twists.... looking forward to the next book... 45


Fantastic!!!!!5 star

Favorite author now. 55


Amazing5 star

Its a book you won’t wanna put down 55


Masterpiece5 star

A wonderful tale one that keeps you wanting for more. 55


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


Captivating5 star

It took me a bit to get into it, but once I was, I read 2/3 of the book in one day. Just realizing the second book won't be available until 2015....boooooo. 55


Amazing5 star

A seriously good page turner. There are plenty of twists and Pierce Brown is excellent at conveying emotion and provoking thought. Beautifully done- can't wait for the sequel!!! 55

Free LP Problems

Loved every second of it5 star

I had a hard time putting this book down, it was so good. The plot is great and the parallelisms to today's society makes it even better. Highly recommend. 55

Austin Clausius

Awesome read!5 star

I can't wait for the second book! 55

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I love this slagging book5 star

Hard to explain and even harder to forget. Don't want to give anything away, but this book is worth it's weight in gold. 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

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