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Red Rising (Red Rising Trilogy #1)

4.19 of 5 stars 4.19  ·  rating details  ·  33,018 ratings  ·  5,621 reviews
The Earth is dying. Darrow is a Red, a miner in the interior of Mars. His mission is to extract enough precious elements to one day tame the surface of the planet and allow humans to live on it. The Reds are humanity's last hope.

Or so it appears, until the day Darrow discovers it's all a lie. That Mars has been habitable - and inhabited - for generations, by a class of peo
Hardcover, 382 pages
Published January 28th 2014 by Del Rey (Random House) (first published 2013)
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Skittles (Skyla) I can't answer your whole question but what stops the colours interbreeding is that their bodies aren't made to carry a child of another colour. It is…moreI can't answer your whole question but what stops the colours interbreeding is that their bodies aren't made to carry a child of another colour. It is like if a dog and a cat tried to reproduce. They aren't compatible as they are sort of a different species.(less)
Dolly Anderson I wouldn't say Darrow is self centered. It is because this is his story, told in his voice, his perspective.…moreI wouldn't say Darrow is self centered. It is because this is his story, told in his voice, his perspective.(less)
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*I received this ARC in exchange for an honest review and honestly? I BLOODYDAMN LOVED IT*

You think you’ve read a dystopian book? Quit lying to yourself. That was teenage angst wrapped in a shiny new package, cashing in on the popularity of this genre.

You think you’ve read about evil futuristic regimes? Nope, those were one dimensional villains that will look cartoony compared the assholes in this book.

You think you’ve seen hurt and suffering and despair and heartache? You’ve seen nothing.

You th
Kat O'Keeffe
This was a little bit difficult for me to get into--lots of world building and unique vocab--but once I settled into the story, I started to really enjoy it! I definitely get the comparison to The Hunger Games, and thought it also felt similar to Divergent and even The Son of Neptune at times, but it's still very different and original. I didn't really connect emotionally to the main character, but I did still like watching his journey. Gritty and intense and very entertaining! A strong start to ...more
Khanh (Clowns, Nightmares, and Bunnies)
Actual rating: 2.5
“Darrow. Come here. Come.” He grabs my shoulder and pulls me in. “Others may have failed. But you’ll be different, Darrow. I feel it in my bones.”
I'm sorry, was I supposed to feel something?

I suppose boredom is a feeling. Not a single tear was shed. Not for a single instance was a single emotion heightened. It was by no means a bad book, but the message got lost in the telling, and there is just. So. Much. Telling. The writing is fantastic, but the plot just didn't work for
Shelby *wants some flying monkeys*
2nd read:
I'm a dumbass. I fully admit to being a dumbass.

I don't know what the hell I was doing the first time I read this book..because I gave it 3.5 stars. After reading so many shitty books this year I know now what a great book this really is.

This time it gets it's full five stars. Five frigging, huge, screaming stars. Stars for Servo, Pax, Mustang and the rest of these characters.

1st read: When I was a dumbass.
Unpopular opinion time. I'm sorry fangirls. I just didn't love this book.

I did
Emily May

If you ever happen to notice that I've rated a book four stars and just left it empty and reviewless, chances are that I really think it's a lower star book but I'm feeling conflicted between what I actually felt and what I think I should feel based on all the other glowing reviews. After giving myself some time, I've amended my rating to reflect what I actually felt. Red Rising isn't really a bad book - 2.5 stars still means halfway between "it was ok" and "I liked it", after all - and all t

This is the kind of book that truly makes you feel somehow...bad for only giving it 2 stars. It’s like it deserves more, even though I didn’t actually enjoy reading it. It’s a weird feeling but I have to face my thoughts: the story was mostly boring and I struggled to finish it.

The weirdest thing is that I LOVED the beginning and where the plot seemed to be going. We met some incredible and unique characters, at that point of the story. I wished for them to be present in it throughout the book.
Kat Stark
May 21, 2015 Kat Stark rated it 3 of 5 stars
Recommended to Kat Stark by: Navessa

Second Book: Golden Son

This novel starts off great in my opinion. I love the set up, the fact that facts aren't just told to us, but rather us (as the reader) witnessing this world on our own. Yes, at times it can be very confusing. The style of writing maybe easy to understand, but the use of jargon makes it hard to know what's what in this book. There are so many times in this novel where I am like:


But at least I am given some sort of clue as to what things/people/events are and the purpose f
Natasha Polis
One of the most exciting books I've read in awhile! So glad I finished it now I can talk to Pierce about his book! Book talk coming soon on my channel!
Jessica ❁ Elsecaller ❁ at Rabid Reads
Reviewed by: Rabid Reads

Red Rising by Pierce Brown might be the best book in the history of ever.

When I first heard about this book, I was accosted with comparisons to The Hunger Games. By bloggers, by publicists, by other authors . . .

Everyone has read The Hunger Games, and everyone LOVED The Hunger Games (myself included), and the comparisons to The Hunger Games were probably inevitable, b/c Red Rising was the first Dystopian novel since The Hunger Games that has even remotely come close to t
Steph Sinclair
This is the first review I've ever written where I'm leaving a book unrated. I both loved and hated this book equally. There were parts that really frustrated me, bored me, excited me, and completely hooked me. I'm not even sure what Red Rising is really classified as. One half of the book feels very Dystopian/sci-fi while the other half reads like an entirely different genre, perhaps High Fantasy. If I were to even attempt to describe what this book is I'd say image Gladiator and Lord of the Fl ...more
Erica Ravenclaw

No Spoilers! Definitely colorful language!

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This is me. I have finished Red Rising, I don't know what happened, I don't know how I got here. I have too many words and none of them seem to be the right ones. Red Rising is not something you will see or feel coming, but there it is suddenly fucking up your entire 2014 reading year. I'm not even sure what this book even is . Mr. Brown debuted his first installment of what promises to be formidable trilogy with a no holds barred approach to this ge

Update 09/01/2015

"Perspective is a wicked creature."

I so understood the full meaning of this on this re-read. Referring to our merry band of first-timers in our buddy-read! It was a lot of fun doing it!

Otherwise, the stars are again 5! Even more wickedly stronger now!

Update 17/12/2014

Grand buddy re-read/read with Fantasy Buddy Reads group starting on Friday, January 2nd, 2015 followed by read of Golden Son starting on Friday, January 9th, 2015. If you haven't read this book and want to stay/

Red Rising reads like a 12 year old boy’s fever script for an action movie. It lacks originality and borrows heavily from The Hunger Games. Don’t believe me? Both have a society split up into different fractions, depending on what they provide the world. Both have arenas with teens killing each other, while patrons look on and provide gifts for their favored participants. Both have protagonists who have signature weapons from a hunter/gatherer society. There are a few differences, but it’s the s
✘✘ Sarah ✘✘
Mammoth buddy read with my Fantasy Buddy Reads peeps starting Jan. 2, 2015.

Rating: 1.5

Most of you already know how I feel about this but I guess I have to write my review anyway right? *sighs* Brace yourselves, this is not going to go well.

YES, I only gave this book 1.5 stars when most of you freaks out there gave it a 5 star rating. But it could have been worse and I'm actually marvelling at the fact that I was able to finish the book at all. Granted, I skimmed through most of the last chapters

12-15-14 Get your copy for only $1.99. Recently finished book 2, I am LOVING this series hard.

4.5 Stars


Honestly. I don't even know where to start. Red Rising is an exceptionally written dystopian novel. I had no idea what to expect, and there were twists and turns throughout Darrow's story.

My people sing, we dance, we love. This is our strength. But we also dig. And then we die. Seldom do we get to choose why.

Darrow is Red. Through the utilization of euge
Group read with Fantasy Buddy Reads!

2.5 stars

“I would have lived in peace. But my enemies brought me war.
I watch twelve hundred of their strongest sons and daughters. Listening to a pitiless Golden man speak between great marble pillars. Listening to the beast who brought the flame that gnaws at my heart.”

Darrow is a Red, a member of the lowest and poorest caste living under the tyranny of the Society. His miserable life is spent as a Helldiver with the miners in the depths of Mars. The Reds liv
Faye, la Patata
Read this and my other reviews at The Social Potato!

An ARC was provided in exchange for an honest review. This did not influence my thoughts in any way.


And here I thought I've read all sorts of dystopians out there. Here I was, egoistically thinking I know the genre by heart and that nothing can surprise me anymore. MAN, WAS I WRONG!!!

Ever since The Hunger Games took off, the community has seen an onslaught of young adult dystopian books left and right, and needless to say, it h
Robin (Bridge Four)
This is $1.99 today so if you were thinking about reading it since it has been in your feed everywhere for the last month now is a great time to get it.

Buddy reread with Jessica so we will be fresh for Golden Son

I might have liked this even more the second time through. Fantastic.
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Dystopian novels seem to be a dime a dozen lately, some good, some horrible, so it is great to see a book set itself apart and really capture my imagination. Red Rising is a co
Kelly (and the Book Boar)
Find all of my reviews at:

Darrow is a 16-year old class of human called a “Red” who works as a Helldiver miles below the planet Mars. His job is to drill for the helium-3 that will make the surface of the red planet inhabitable one day. At least, that’s what he has always been told. After the most unspoilery spoiler of all times (seriously, everyone should see it coming from page one), Darrow finds out everything he believes is a lie. Mars is already populated
15 December 2014: $1.99 on Kindle

4 December 2014: $2.99 on Kindle - Amazing and worth so bloodydamn more!!
7 April 2014: $1.99 on Kindle - I can't believe this price! Go! Buy! Now! It's pretty damn unlikely you'll regret it.

I find it hard to even begin to do justice to the mastery that lies in these pages.

I would have lived in peace. But my enemies brought me war.

That, right there, is how it starts. Instantly hooking me and not letting me go for nearly 400 pages. I wasn't expecting this
Men are not created equal; we all know this. There are averages. There are outliers. There are the ugly. There are the beautiful. This would not be if we were created equal.

I received this book through Goodreads first reads.

This book is awesome. If you thought Hunger Games was good. You will LOVE Red Rising. I will admit: I am not a huge fan of dystopian fiction, much less YOUNG ADULT Dystopian fiction although I did read and enjoy Hunger Games. But this book is not Hunger Games.

The book delves
Ash Wednesday
Aug 21, 2014 Ash Wednesday rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: fans of The Matrix, Spartacus and Battle Royale
04.21.14 : READ NOW ON NETGALLEY! (Sorry for flooding everyone's feed, last from me promise!)

Man cannot be freed by the same injustice that enslaved it.

I'm going to apologize in advance because this will probably get longer than I intend it to be. There's just… too many thoughts, too much caffeine.

Also kids, go to your room. The grown-ups need to talk about grown up stuff.

And ladies, leave your ovaries at the door. There'll be none of that exploding silliness allowed beyond this point.
Neil Hepworth
I was given an ARC book by the publisher for me to promote in my high school English classroom.

Well, I’ve now had three students read this book. One gave it five stars, and the other gave it four. One student stayed up ‘til 1:45 to finish the book, one student liked all the battle stuff, and one student got all kinds of pissed off at the ending (in a good way). All of the students have passed the book around to their friends and siblings. Apparently this is going to be a popular book. Based on
Actual Rating: 3.75

Massive Buddy Read with Prime people ^^

I am the spark that will set the worlds afire. I am the hammer that cracks the chains.
Red Rising is a hard book to rate. I can't give it 2 stars, I can't give it 5 stars. Why? Because it has some flaws and little issues that can totally put you off and at the same time there's the characters dynamic, certain developments near the end and the promise of a great trilogy that can really captivate you.

And when it comes to this book, it
Jan 13, 2014 Brandi rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: People that like to read!
Recommended to Brandi by: Navessa
Shelves: favorites, male-lead

Well this was a bit unexpected. I don't choose books that I think I won't enjoy, of course, but this genre is so saturated that I can feel like there's nothing new to add to it anymore. Enter one Pierce Brown, and prepare yourself for his masterfully told debut that will have you crying, raging, laughing, and swooning.

The story is about Darrow, a Helldiver in the deep caves on Mars, whose life has always been about preparing the world for terraforming with the element he mines for. People hav
Wow, what a page-turner! I am impressed. Red Rising is outstanding debut novel by Pierce Brown, phenomenal introduction into new series and my personal new favorite of this year.

I'm not going to provide summary of this book. It would be too long and it wouldn't do this complex story justice. You need to read this book yourself, experience it all on your own without having any knowledge of storyline or spoilers. After all, this is kind of the book that, plot-wise, you should definitely go into
What an intense thrill ride! Red Rising gives us one meticulously built strategy game with a large cast of colorful characters who represent social status in a whole new perspective.

Ultimately, the Red Rising Trilogy is a story of rebellion, and this is its first chapter. Set on Mars, we're introduced to an intimidating oligarchy government where your color decides your fate. Darrow, a Red - the lowest of the lows - is surgically enhanced to look like a Gold, and here's hoping he can successful
This was fantastic! Easily the best new book I've read in ages:). I loved everything about it. The writing was melancholic and poetic. The story was complex and utterly engaging. The characters had depth, both the good ones and the bad ones.

My only complaint is that this book was too short. I could have read more from this world.

I've seen this book compared to The Hunger Games, and while I do see the similarities, I think Red Rising is a vastly superior book.

It was easy to rate this 5 stars!.
Heather K (dentist in my spare time)
**Spoiler-free review**

I was totally sneak attacked by this book.

I started this book in the evening, thinking that I would read a few chapters before bedtime. I tucked into my bed with my kindle and prepared to read just a little bit. Pfffttt! This book was like, "F-that!" and somehow glued itself to my hand until almost 3 am. I practically had to pass out in order to stop my manic reading.

I can see why people compare this to The Hunger Games, but honestly, this book can and should stand alone.
Sh3lly ♛ Queen of Dragons and Wandering Crustaceans ♛
$1.99 at Amazon! 1/7/2015

Buddy Read (re-read for me) with my friends at Fantasy Buddy Reads AND the Saucy Wenches Book Club starting January 2nd!

First Read: October 2014
Second Read: January 2015

I enjoyed it as much as the first time. Some of the supporting characters still shine brightly: Sevro, Pax, Fitchner, Roque...

Red Rising is a mature Young Adult dystopian novel set on the planet Mars and is about a teenager named Darrow who escapes his lower slave c
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Pierce Brown's first novel, RED RISING (Del Rey Books), debuts January 28, 2014. It is the first installment in The Red Rising Trilogy.

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. Unfortunate
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Other Books in the Series

Red Rising Trilogy (3 books)
  • Golden Son (Red Rising Trilogy, #2)
  • Morning Star (Red Rising Trilogy, #3)
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“You do not follow me because I am the strongest. Pax is. You do not follow me because I am the brightest. Mustang is. You follow me because you do not know where you are going. I do.” 204 likes
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