Red Rising by Pierce Brown

In this story of vengeance, war, and the continued struggle of power versus morality, former slave Darrow will risk everything to cut down his enemies, even if it means he has to become everything he hates to bring them to their knees…

red-risingTitleRed Rising
AuthorPierce Brown
Series: Red Rising, Book 01
Publish Date: January 28, 2014 by Del Rey
Genre: YA sci-fi dystopian
Source: Purchased

Publisher’s DescriptionThe 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 people calling themselves the Golds. A class of people who look down on Darrow and his fellows as slave labor, to be exploited and worked to death without a second thought.

Until the day that Darrow, with the help of a mysterious group of rebels, disguises himself as a Gold and infiltrates their command school, intent on taking down his oppressors from the inside. But the command school is a battlefield – and Darrow isn’t the only student with an agenda.

Possible spoilers beyond this point.

Agent_Annie_100Agent Annie says…

Red Rising by Pierce Brown is perfect for the avid teen reader in your life. It is similar to the Hunger Games and the Divergent series. It’s still young people being pitted against each other and is more bloody and graphic than others I’ve read, but I enjoyed the idea that humans had “evolved” artificially and that caste systems were created to perpetuate a society that had to flee a dying earth.

As the first in the trilogy, the author did a great job of world building, sucking the reader into the plight of the “Reds”, and creating characters that I cared about. The action certainly never stopped and I appreciated the complexity of the relationship between Darrow and Cassius and that Darrow had to learn how to be and to think differently than what society had taught him.

badge4v5The author has set the stage for the next book in the series, Golden Son, and I will be interested to see if the author brings in more of the other planets in the galaxy that are part of the world he created. I give it a 4 for creating a unique dystopian world and that it is well written.

Other recommendations…

Check out books by Mindee Arnett, Jack Campbell, and Veronica Roth.


About Agent Annie

I am a former Independent bookstore owner that created a 30 books in 30 minutes presentation for book clubs, libraries and avid reader groups. I specialize in short reviews that focus on plot, theme and discussion topics. I primarily read mystery/thriller, who-done-its and sci-fi/fantasy. I love stories in any format and will listen to an audio book as quickly as I would read a paper or digital version. I prefer books that make you think, don't have a predictable ending and tend to have some aspect that is outside the current norm. I tend to enjoy series once I am hooked on the main characters and the world and am very loyal. Some of the books I've enjoyed in the past are: Maisie Dobbs by Jacqueline Winspear, The Dragon Riders of Pern by Anne & Todd McCaffrey and The Sherlockian Graham Moore. I will also read ANYTHING by Stephen King. As a matter of fact, I wrote a graduate level paper on the leadership styles in The Stand. I will accept review requests.

Posted on February 7, 2017, in Review and tagged . Bookmark the permalink. 1 Comment.

  1. This series owns my soul. I’m addicted to it. 😀


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