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Pierce Brown's Red Rising: Sons of Ares - An Original Graphic Novel

(Sons of Ares #1-6)

3.80  ·  Rating details ·  765 ratings  ·  163 reviews
From the world of the best-selling YA series Red Rising comes a story of love and loss and rage!

In the future, when mankind has spread across the stars, the hierarchy of man is dictated by the color of one's caste. The Golds rule all, but what will happen when one falls for a lowly Red? See how a forbidden love will set the course of events for the future and lead to the f
Hardcover, 152 pages
Published March 13th 2018 by Dynamite Entertainment (first published March 6th 2018)
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Carol (Bookaria)
This is a graphic novel that takes place in the world of Pierce Brown's Red Rising series.

I have not read the Red Rising series so I am not sure if this is a prequel, sequel or spin-off of the main story. However, it's not necessary to read the series to be able to enjoy this graphic novel, it stands on its own.

The story takes place in outer space where mankind has spread to. In this world, people are designed to perform certain tasks and are referred to by a color. The color is not their actu
Feb 10, 2018 rated it liked it
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A good prequel to the Red Rising Saga but it's missing many things that makes the main series fantastic.

Having read all four books in the Red Rising Saga, I figure it's about time to read this prequel graphic novel to the entire saga now that it's completed already. Sons of Ares focused around the foundation of Ares and we also get to see three familiar characters from the main series in their younger days.

I think it's mandatory to have read at least the first trilogy before reading t
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Over the course of the RED RISING trilogy, we learned of a Gold who didn’t meet the exacting standards of his peers. He wasn’t as tall, as bright, as shiny, as his gilded brethren, but rather than having the decency to die in the passage, he lived to become a peerless scarred.

And turned their world upside down.


RED RISING: SONS OF ARES is Fitchner’s story.

It’s the story of how he fell in love with a Red and how t
Apr 26, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: comics
I was to be his lesson. His first kill. A lamb to slaughter....

But I'm no fucking lamb.

Sons of Ares is the gorydamn prequel to the sci-fi action novel series Red Rising, and this comic book centers around the origin of Ares, the mysterious anarchist who shall remain unnamed in this review because it's a freakin spoiler for the novel series. So probably don't read this comic book if you are planning on reading the novel.

The story switches between Ares's past and a dangerous illegal mission h
Ben Brown
Oct 31, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: comics, red-rising
Color me surprised: I actually liked this quite a bit. While I’d hesitate to call it a GREAT comic, “Sons of Ares” remembers to do something that way too many comic miniseries nowadays forget: to tell a succinct story and to tell it well. There’s not a lot here that’s going to blow your socks off – although the art by Eli Powell is certainly gorgeous to look at, bringing to mind Sean Murphy’s scratchy style – but what is there works pretty well, with characters that you genuinely come to care ab ...more
Feb 12, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: sci-fi
As a huge fan of Red Rising saga I was grateful for every new insight into this fictional world created by Pierce Brown. I did enjoy reading this graphic novel, yet I have to admit that I had expected so much more from it... More depth, more feels, more everything. Guess I have been spoiled by Pierce Brown’s prose and storytelling in this format wasn’t enough for me.

However, I really liked artistic side of this graphic novel. Art in Sons of Ares is enigmatic and gritty. It has this gloomy qualit
Red Rising: Sons of Ares is a prequel to the Red Rising series that was originally released as 6 comics (which of course being a superfan I've already purchased!), I believe the comics are now out of print and only available as ebooks so I think it's fantastic for fans that we're now getting this hardback bind-up of the whole series. The hardback is available in two versions signed or unsigned which is slightly cheaper. I've preordered the signed copy and I can't wait to see it on my shelves.

I downloaded a copy of this title from the publisher through NetGalley

This was fun, but I have to say I was a little underwhelmed. While it was great to get a visual on the Red Rising universe, as well as a background prequel tale, this somehow lacked the magic that made the main series so memorable.

It's a good treat for Pierce Brown fans, but I probably wouldn't recommend to someone that hasn't read his work. Besides what I mentioned above, the material would spoil some of the good stuff in tho
If your heart beats like a drum
and your leg’s a little wet,
it’s 'cause the Reaper’s come
to collect a little debt.

Yeah, you know that Reaper guy, he’s not in this book.
I was only half expecting for him to make a cameo. Because this is a side-story, right? Wrong!
Note to self: At some point you should really start reading blurbs or just take a look at the cover. IT'S ON THE COVER.


So, as the cover told you already, this is a prequel. If you haven’t read Pierce Brown’s original Red Rising tri
Dani - Perspective of a Writer
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A graphic novel spin off of Pierce Brown's Red Rising series... It tells the tale of a forbidden love between members of opposing castes that lead to the formation of the Sons of Ares. In the future, the hierarchy of man is dictated by the color of one's caste. "The Golds rule all, but what will happen when one falls for a lowly Red?"

It took a bit to get my feet under me with this graphic novel because the art was... disturbing. I can appreciate
Apr 17, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: netgalley, 2018
I'll preface this with I haven't read the Red Rising novels yet. But I figured since this is a prequel I shouldn't need to. A lot of the world building that I'm sure is in the novels, has been glossed over here, so in that respect, I felt a bit lost in the first issue. Once it started focusing on Fitchner's history, I was fine, especially after he heads to Titan. The book is Fitchner's life story, or at least the highlights. I hated the art. Powell can only draw one facial expression, a scowl. T ...more
*Thea 'Wookiee'sMama' Wilson*
Really intriguing graphic novel here for someone who doesn't read a lot of graphic novels but wants to read more.

Obviously what makes this novel great is the Red Rising connection of course and that was my reasoning for requesting this in the first place, I wasn't disappointed by it in the slightest.

Sons Of Ares is a great glimpse into what happened in the years before Red Rising and the rise of The Sons Of Ares, boy, did this make a great stepping off point for Red Rising and makes things that
Jan 02, 2018 rated it really liked it
The Red Rising trilogy was a very pleasant surprise for me. I'm not a huge fan of scifi or dystopias, but after hearing all the blurb about these books I gave them a chance, and ended up falling in love with the world and characters created by Pierce Brown. I'm really excited to see this world in full color and to learn more about Ares, about what happened before Darrow's time and in that sense, this comic works perfectly. If you haven't read the books, it might be difficult to keep track of eve ...more
James DeSantis
Mar 25, 2018 rated it liked it
This was a fun little backstory for Fitchner, and how he became who he was.

The story is a fast paced action adventure about Fitchner trying to get by despite being the outcast, the black-sheep, yet he excels past his peers. When he falls in love and has a baby with a Red all is good...or so he thinks. When you find out what happens to his wife and kid he must go on a mission to save the ones he loves.

Good: I enjoy the art at parts a lot, gritty and fucked up. I also thought Fitchner had a inte
Apr 19, 2018 rated it really liked it
So this was a good-but-not-great sidepiece to Brown's Red Rising series, covering the backstory of [REDACTED], [REDACTED #2]'s birth, and the origins of the Sons of Ares. For fans of the series, it was interesting to read, but nothing happened that really shocked me (though there's a few characters I'm reeeeeeeeeeeally hoping come up in the series proper at some point).

The art was very rough, in a deliberate way. On the one hand it fits the feel of the series very well, but on the other hand it
“Red Rising: Sons of Ares” is a must for any diehard Red Rising fan. The backstory of how it all began is interesting, and I hope it continues. One of my favorite touches was that the text bubbles matched the color of whoever was speaking. Anyone who hasn’t read the books first probably won’t find it enjoyable, so please read the wonderful series first!

This unbiased review is based upon a complimentary copy provided by the publisher.
Karen’s Library
May 04, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: sci-fi, dystopian
This graphic novel is a prequel to the Red Riding series and gives us the backstory of Fitchner Au Barca and the beginning of Sevro. I really enjoyed seeing how Ares came to be, along with visually seeing all the colors and even seeing a Razor in action. Pretty cool.
Apr 16, 2018 rated it liked it
The Red Rising series, aka "the shit men will do to avenge their dead BAEs"

**READ THE RED RISING SERIES BEFORE READING THIS GRAPHIC NOVEL, as it definitely comes with a pretty big spoiler wrapped in a gigantic red bow**


The story---

Nothing very original, felt very "been there, done that." Did Ares' story really need to be fleshed out? Eh, for $10 maybe, for $22 is stretching it. Ares, a gold, was the runt of the litter. The golds, ala Spartan style, left him on a rock as a baby to survive for 3 d
Lilyn G. | Sci-Fi & Scary
I’m not a fan of the Red Rising novel series. I think it’s safe to state that seeing that I’ve never successfully made it through the first book without falling asleep. I want to like it – there’s no reason I shouldn’t like it- but the audible version just hits my snooze button instantly. For me, with the trouble sleeping I have, that’s not actually a bad thing, but it doesn’t bode well for my opinion of the book. So… I knew I was taking a risk in checking out Red Rising: Sons of Ares. However, ...more
Rian *fire and books*
Artistry? 3.5 stars
Story? 5 stars

Wow. Hello and welcome to the first book by Pierce Brown I’ve rated below 5. Truly it’s because of the artistry. I get that Fitchner is weathered/rugged... but you never see his eyes and I’m sorry but a gold should not have that many wrinkles boo. I wished we got to see people’s eyes in all their hues.

Great story that shows how far Fitchner went for his family and a bloodydamn great way to show how he became Ares.

I’d *love* to see more from this world, especial
Mayank Agarwal
Strictly for fans of the series, the story itself is good, the art disappointing for an overall mediocre experience.

Not enough of the world is shown for newcomers to appreciate the world of Red Rising, those who will come from reading the series will be disappointed with the limited scope of the events covered in the graphic novel.

The storytelling is on the events leading to the foundation of Son of Ares. The focus is on Fitchner, his younger days and how he met his wife, them having Sevro and
May 08, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Great art work and great background to one of the most interesting characters in the Red Rising series.
Raquel Flockhart
Oct 28, 2018 rated it it was ok
Shelves: on-my-shelf
“I was to be his lesson. His first kill. A lamb to slaughter... But I'm no fucking lamb.”

I'm not a huge fan of graphic novels, but Red Rising is one of my favourite series, so I decided to give this prequel a shot.

Pierce Brown's Red Rising: Sons of Ares is a story about Ares, one important character in the series. In this graphic novel, we get to know his origins as a Peerless Scarred and what leads him to become the leader of The Sons of Ares. Although this one is a prequel, I think it's nece

Feb 25, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A graphic novel prequel to the Red Rising series? An interesting concept executed wonderfully. It was really cool to see the world in color even if the art wasn't my favorite.
I received an ecopy of this through Netgalley; however all opinions are my own.
Jul 12, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A great insight into another aspect of the Red Rising 'verse. I wanted a bit more detail though.
Jan 06, 2018 rated it really liked it
Not a great fan of the art in this, but it was nice to see things like the torchships and spring razors in action. The art's kind of muddy and sketchy throughout--would love to see this in the hands of a more talented artist. But the story is what makes this worthwhile. You get to see the youth and background of Fitchner and what motivated him to start the revolutionary group The Sons of Ares. Fitchner was born a Gold but became disenchanted with his society, eventually falling in love with and ...more
Jan 30, 2018 rated it really liked it
I am a big fan of the Red Rising series and I was delighted to read this comic book which is a prequel to the original saga.

Here we will follow the story of the Sevro's father and how he will fall in love with his mother a Red and the complications that entails. I must say that this book is a real bonus for fans of the series. Sevro is a favorite for many and I must say that his father who has a key role was in my eyes a mystery. Discovering his past and how Ares started is something I loved rea
Mar 21, 2018 rated it really liked it
4.5 stars

I am a die-hard Red Rising fan, so I was thrilled when I learned that Dynamite would be publishing a prequel to the series. In fact, I purchased and read the single issues each week that they were released. I'm impatient.

Overall, I really loved the graphic novel. Powell's art is strong, graphic, and intense, which plays well against the harsher nature of Brown's story. We're given very real characters fighting a system that's designed to beating them down. It’s harsh, cruel, unfair, and
I am a huge fan of Red Rising Saga and couldn't resist the opportunity to review this prequel set in the same world. After this, I will not be reading any more graphic novels in the near future. I didn't get the depth and details I experienced with the novels. Perhaps it's more of a "It's me, not the author" because I've devoured everything else Brown has written. I wouldn't recommend reading this as a stand alone but as a compliment, if you enjoy graphics.

Thank you to NetGalley and Diamond Bo
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Hello. I'm Pierce Brown, the author of the Red Rising Saga, a NYT #1 bestseller. The newest entry, IRON GOLD debuts January 15, 2018.

I figured I'd write you myself than have corporate copy pasted below my totally natural author photo.

In my books you'll find stories of men and women finding their inner strength when all seems lost. You'll also find me exploring themes of power--what it means, why

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Sons of Ares (7 books)
  • Pierce Brown's Red Rising: Sons of Ares #1 (Sons of Ares, #1)
  • Pierce Brown's Red Rising: Sons of Ares #2 (Sons of Ares, #2)
  • Pierce Brown's Red Rising (Sons of Ares, #3)
  • Pierce Brown's Red Rising: Sons of Ares #4 (Sons of Ares, #4)
  • Pierce Brown's Red Rising: Sons of Ares #5 (Sons of Ares, #5)
  • Pierce Brown's Red Rising: Sons of Ares #6 (6 of 6)