- Hardcover: 400 pages
- Publisher: Thorndike Press (2014)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0553390791
- ISBN-13: 978-0553390797
- ASIN: 0345539788
- Product Dimensions: 16.2 x 3.1 x 24.1 cm
- Shipping Weight: 640 g
- Average Customer Review: 119 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #177,764 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Red Rising Hardcover – Jan 28 2014
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“[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
“[A] top-notch debut novel . . . Red Rising ascends above a crowded dystopian field.”—USA Today
“Red Rising is a sophisticated vision. . . . Brown will find a devoted audience.”—Richmond Times-Dispatch
“A story of vengeance, warfare and the quest for power . . . reminiscent of The Hunger Games and Game of Thrones.”—Kirkus Reviews
“Fast-paced, gripping, well-written—the sort of book you cannot put down. I am already on the lookout for the next one.”—Terry Brooks, New York Times bestselling author of The Sword of Shannara
“Pierce Brown has done an astounding job at delivering a powerful piece of literature that will definitely make a mark in the minds of readers.”—The Huffington Post
“Compulsively readable and exceedingly entertaining . . . a must for both fans of classic sci-fi and fervent followers of new school dystopian epics.”—Examiner
“[A] great debut . . . The author gathers a spread of elements together in much the same way George R. R. Martin does.”—Tordotcom
“Very ambitious . . . a natural for Hunger Games fans of all ages.”—Booklist
“Ender, Katniss, and now Darrow: Pierce Brown’s empire-crushing debut is a sprawling vision.”—Scott Sigler, New York Times bestselling author of Pandemic
“A Hollywood-ready story with plenty of action and thrills.”—Publishers Weekly
“Reminiscent of . . . Suzanne Collins’s The Hunger Games . . . [Red Rising] will captivate readers and leave them wanting more.”—Library Journal (starred review)
About the Author
Pierce Brown is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of Red Rising, Golden Son, Morning Star, Iron Gold, and Dark Age. His work has been published in thirty-three languages and thirty-five territories. He lives in Los Angeles, where he is at work on his next novel.See all Product description
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I also liked the development of his characters and the fact that some of them die along the way, when you least expect it!
Add in a mainstay of YA dystopian fiction (the inevitable contest among teenagers to establish dominance and impart life lessons) and you have an exciting read that I could barely put down. It also avoids a common trap I've been seeing in book series lately, of ending at a baffling cliffhanger; when the story ends, it's at a sensible place that draws the book to a close while still making it clear that there are further adventures to come.
The book also shows the folly of the kind of racist thinking espoused by people like Richard Spencer and the BLM movement. In Red Rising, your birth determines what caste you are part of and therefore what your lifetime profession will be. The events of the book show how needlessly restrictive that is, as the born-Red Darrow is as capable as a Gold once he has been surgically altered and taught how to imitate them (not a spoiler; Darrow reveals he's not really a Gold in the opening pages). The reader is also shown how tying ability and morality to the accident of how someone was born is factually wrong; while Darrow initially sees the Golds as nothing but interchangeable and universally awful, privileged people (the way certain hate groups try to paint their chosen boogeyman) he learns that they are as different from each other as any Reds are.
As with all novels that propose a far-future dystopian world, the writer exposes himself to the possibility of disconnecting entirely from a contemporary audience through sheer complexity, yet Brown has found a good balance. His characters (particularly Darrow, the main protaganist) are well developed and believable. It is their frailty along with their capacity for violence under the right conditions that lends a fascinating "Lord of the Flies" element throughout.
I look forward to the second book of the proposed trilogy and see a definite movie franchise in the future if he continues to deliver the way he has here.
Bravo, Mr. Brown!
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