Red Rising

Red Rising Saga (Book 1)

Pierce Brown



Pierce Brown's relentlessly entertaining debut channels the excitement of The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins and Ender's Game by Orson Scott Card.

"Red Rising ascends above a crowded dys-topian field."-USA Today


"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 toils willingly, trusting 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 reached the surface generations ago. Vast cities and lush wilds 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.

Praise for Red Rising

"[A] spectacular adventure . . . one heart-pounding ride . . . Pierce Brown's dizzyingly good debut novel evokes The Hunger Games, Lord of the Flies, and Ender's Game. . . . [Red Rising] has everything it needs to become meteoric."-Entertainment Weekly

"Ender, Katniss, and now Darrow."-Scott Sigler

"Red Rising is a sophisticated vision. . . . Brown will find a devoted audience."-Richmond Times-Dispatch

Reader Reviews


Rating: Loved It

young adult dystopian trilogy

Game of Thrones meets The Hunger Games.

This was an awesome read-it was exciting to read and had a lovely flow.

10/28/2022 7:37:28 PM

Rating: Liked It

science fiction young adult

It has all the makings of a hero story, with the protagonists rising from obscurity to assume divine power.

A portion of the story rings true to me. It has a Hunger Games–like feel to it.

10/27/2022 2:11:48 PM

Rating: Loved It

brutal, scifi

Very enjoyable reading. The story occurs in the far future on Mars, when a Roman-style caste system has developed. I'm excited to see where the author takes the plot in the next installment.

10/30/2022 4:08:47 AM

Rating: Loved It

dystopian science fiction

This future-focused dystopia was entertaining. The society was color-coded according to status and expertise, making for interesting reading. Highly recommended

11/1/2022 5:55:40 AM

Rating: Liked It


Interesting story and well-developed setting had me reading beyond my bedtime. It was a fine book, but not as groundbreaking or fantastic as some reviews made it seem.

10/29/2022 6:22:16 AM

Rating: Loved It

hunger games

This book was fantastic. The reviews that likened it to The Hunger Games were dead on; this has a similar feel but a fresh twist. Nonetheless, it's a great book to read.

10/28/2022 11:29:24 PM

About the Author:

Pierce Brown is the #1 New York Times Bestselling author of the Red Rising Saga. He spent his childhood building forts and setting traps for his cousins in the woods of six states and the deserts of two. He now lives in Los Angeles, where he scribbles tales of spaceships, wizards, ghouls, and most things old or bizarre.

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