Review: ‘Red Rising’ by Pierce Brown

I received this book for free from requested from publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

This book may be unsuitable for people under 17 years of age due to its use of sexual content, drug and alcohol use, and/or violence.
Review: ‘Red Rising’ by Pierce BrownRed Rising by Pierce Brown
Series: Red Rising Trilogy #1
Published by Random House Publishing Group on January 28th, 2014
Genres: Action & Adventure, Adult, Dystopian, Science Fiction
Pages: 400
Format: Hardcover
Source: requested from publisher
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 people calling themselves the Golds. A class of people who look down on Darrow and his fellows as slave labour, 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.

About Pierce Brown

Pierce Brown spent his childhood building forts and setting traps for cousins in the woods of six states and the deserts of two. Graduating from college in 2010, he fancied the idea of continuing his studies at Hogwarts. Unfortunately, he doesn’t have a magical bone in his body. So while trying to make it as a writer, he worked as a manager of social media at a startup tech company, toiled as a peon on the Disney lot at ABC Studios, did his time as an NBC page, and gave sleep deprivation a new meaning during his stint as an aide on a U.S. Senate campaign. Now he lives Los Angeles, where he scribbles tales of spaceships, wizards, ghouls, and most things old or bizarre.

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I did a read-a-long with Juhina @ Maji Bookshelf and it was wonderful to be DMing with her throughout the novel. I highly recommend doing them because you get live feedback 😀

We have Darrow, born as a Red, the lowest caste of the Society. When tragedy strikes, he gets recruited to take down the top caste, the Golds. In this nail biting game of wit, intelligence, and political strife, Darrow must win to gain freedom for his people.


The games, meant to teach the children lessons about war tactics. Think of Ender’s Game without the rules, without the civility. The tactics, alliances also remind me of The Hunger Games except their mission isn’t to kill one another, but to overtake the other tribes. I felt like I was dropped into this world on Mars and never left. I love the different colours, and the brutality of the dystopian government. So many amazing twists and turns that just about killed me. You’ll be rooting for several characters and will be hating others. This is also a YA to Adult crossover so make sure to check it out in the Adult section instead of Teen 🙂


You’re literally assaulted with this brand new world where everyone talks differently and slavery is the standard. A bit of info dumping at the beginning, but you learn to pick it up quickly. As for the pacing, I found myself to be a little bored after the intense turning point, but that quickly vanished as soon as I delved a hundred pages in. You’re going to want to keep going, and if you must, keep plowing through because it gets better. The first few chapters were an onslaught of info dumping and their slang and dialogue takes some getting used to. But you will get used to it! What would have helped with this one is a glossary.


Overall, a wonderful debut that made me tear and rip my hair out at some point in time..Don’t borrow, buy this book if you love dystopian! Cannot wait what else Pierce Brown has in store..Give me book two now!

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Without me, she would not eat. Without her, I would not live. (15)
I live for the dream that my children will be born free. That they will be what they like. That they will own the land their father gave them. (34)
Power isn’t real. It’s just a word. (87)
If I am a good man, then why do I want to do bad things? (102)
He disagrees with the rules, but he follows them. (145)
I’m a sheep wearing wolves’ clothing in a pack of wolves. (153)
Some things do not fase. Some things can never be made right. (192)
Life is the most effective school ever created. (223)
She is something new, something hopeful. Like spring to my deep winter. (274)
Man cannot be freed by the same injustice that enslaved it. (282)
The measure of a man is what he does when he has power. (301)
Love and war are two different battlefields. (365)
Words are a weapon stronger than he knows. And songs are even greater. The words wake the mind. The melody wakes the heart. (381)

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  1. Mybookjacket

    May 17, 2016 at 5:09 AM

    I’ve heard that this scores quite low when it comes to female characters. What do you think of that? Loved this review. So short and fun, especially the quotes.
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  2. Alessandra (@CityOfHeartBeat)

    November 16, 2014 at 7:40 AM

    This book is on my WL! Amazing quotes! o

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