Red Rising

Pierce Brown

Brown, Pierce; Red Rising
Publisher: Del Rey
Publication date: 15-Jul-2014
Date Finished: 11-Jul-2016
Format: paperback & audiobook
Pages: 382
Series: Red Rising (#1)
Genres: Dystopia, Fantasy, Sci-FI, Science Fiction
ISBN: 9780345539809
Source: Barnes & Noble & Audible
Rating:4 star

“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 already reached the surface generations ago. Vast cities and sprawling parks 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. “ -Goodreads


I’m not going to lie, the only reason I picked this book up was because it was constantly being brought up in reviews of “Red Queen”. After finishing the book, I don’t find many similarities between the works except that I loved them both. While I was confused on who was who, in regard to the secondary characters, the main characters strongly stood out and established themselves. Darrow is a character who evolves, not just physically, throughout the entire novel. He takes the lesson to an entirely new level. As far the audiobook performance, at times the narrator, Tim Gerard Reynolds, very effectively put me to sleep, particularly at the beginning of the story, but as his voice changed to reflect Darrow’s changes, the story drew me in more. I am eager to go onto the sequel, but unfortunately it may be awhile as my TBR is enormous.

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