Red Rising

Red Rising

Book - 2014
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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 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.
Publisher: New York : Del Rey, [2014]
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9780345539809
9780345539786
0345539788
Characteristics: 382 pages : map ; 25 cm

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22donkeys
Aug 19, 2018

There are so many YA books with the same formulaic writing- teenaged girl or boy hero, love interst, overcome odds, etc. Most are dull and predictable but this book has a rich full story line and a range of interesting characters. It ranks with Edner's Game as the best of books like this.

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latwell1
Jul 13, 2018

I highly recommend this book as an interesting blend of fantasy and science fiction. It loses momentum a bit half way through, but overall a very satisfying read. Excited for book 2 of the trilogy!

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WoodneathLizzie
Jun 30, 2018

So I just devoured Red Rising over the course of a few hours, and man did this story draw me in. Pierce Brown did an amazing job of pacing the second half of this novel so that it was basically impossible for me to look away from my kindle, even to grab a coffee. The story was very compelling and the world-building was even better- I'm definitely going to be reading Golden Son as soon as my Overdrive hold comes in!

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madsennj
Jun 02, 2018

This book (the first in a trilogy) is truly wonderful if you love a good adventure with space as the backdrop. I felt it on par with Asimov in it's grand Empire, space tech and, of course, civil unrest. Where it departed from Asimov is giving the main characters more heart. You really come to care about the characters and want to see them succeed and flourish. As a YA novel, the characters are teens, but in an environment where people must grow up quickly, taking on the responsibilities of adults as an early age. Action packed and plot twists at every turn, a very difficult to put down read. There is quite a bit of "language", but if you've been in a high school lately, you'll find it the language of the time. Beyond that, this is an author you don't want to miss!

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Anita_Dickey
Apr 19, 2018

I read this book to fulfil the goal read a book that takes place on a differant planet. it is a combination of the book 1984 and hunger games. It does have a lot of vugalar language. (so fair warning) it is the start of a series, but could stand alone.

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Binning85
Feb 05, 2018

perfect novel for anyone that loves dystopian futures or sci-fi adventures. this thing needs to become a tv series on hbo because a feature length film wouldnt do it justice!

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direwolf359
Jan 12, 2018

Its like the hunger games, mixed with game of thrones mixed with American assassin. Well that's the way I see it anyway.

ArapahoeElia Oct 30, 2017

I really enjoyed this book. Sad poetry interwoven with faced-paced grit and furry. There's more urgency driving the protagonist and a stronger sense of military/war strategy comparatively speaking. The author is well versed in Greek and Roman mythology and takes it all the way out space on the rusty red planet Mars. The author is currently working on a screenplay for Universal Studios. I can't wait to see this action packed story come to life.

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susan_findlay
Aug 07, 2017

Reminiscent of Hunger Games, but more in terms of feel than substance.

Darrow is a teenager in age only. He has a wife and a full-time job. He works deep in the mines of Mars - where he has spent his whole life believing that the miners are doing important work that will allow the surface to one day be terraformed and livable. (The explanation that they are mining helium-3 which is somehow necessary for terraforming is obviously a product of the author's imagination and was never run past an actual scientist. My PhD in chemistry called BS on that particular plot point every time it was mentioned, so I did my best to ignore it.)

Turns out that was a lie. While the miners' work is important to society, the terraforming happened several hundred years prior, and the miners are being lied to in order to keep them working in horrendous conditions. Humanity has developed a caste system, and the "reds" (as the miners are called) are the bottom caste with no idea of how severely they are being taken advantage of.

Darrow escapes the mines of Mars and infiltrates the training academy for young "golds" (the highest caste), competing to win the year's competition. The students are pitted against each other, but not in an "everyone except one will die" scenario - though there is certainly violence and death. He needs to do as well as possible in order to acquire a high-prestige position that will allow some sort of rebellion to break the caste system and free the "reds" (and, presumably, the other low-level colours).

The most interesting part of the book is the evolution of Darrow's character as he learns that people and society are a lot more complicated than his initial black-and-white "how dare they oppress my people" and begins to understand why the society works the way it does - even if he doesn't necessarily like it. Similarly, he grows fond of some of the "golds" and learns that they're not all as evil as he originally thought (though some certainly are).

I really enjoyed how this book travels from black-and-white to shades-of-grey, and I look forward to seeing where the author goes with the remaining books in the series.

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Mrsdoody
Jul 25, 2017

Excellent science fiction series. An adult Hunger Games, but with better writing.

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Meepster6299
Jun 12, 2015

This was an amazing story about a young man Darrow. He lives in a futuristic world where the human race has learned to live on other planets. To organize society, the people formed a hierarchy, with Reds at the bottom and Golds at the top. His wife ends up getting hung for singing a forbidden song. A rebellion begins and Darrow infiltrates the Gold's academy. He earns the top rank in his year there and gets close with the Arch Governor of Mars.
It was captivating and I think you should read this story :)

LibraryK8 Jun 24, 2014

Darrow has the most dangerous job on Mars. He is the helldiver of Lycos, running the drill deep underground that mines Mars for valuable natural resources. Helldivers to not generally live long lives, like his father who died when he was a child. But Darrow has other plans, he is going to make something of himself, and his clan. But he can only rise so far, the caste system of society keeps his people down. They are Reds, deemed to be good at nothing but hard labor. They are ruled over by the Blues, Greys, and at the top...the Golds, the apex of human evolution.

To celebrate a particularly bountiful month in the mines, Darrow and his wife sneak off to see a big of the martian sky (a view not allowed to lowly Reds). Returning home they are caught and imprisoned for their crime. When their punishment, a whipping turns public, Eo sacrifices her life to speak out against the Golds and the caste system. She and Darrow are sentenced to die by hanging...Darrow's life is saved by the resistance movement, Eo's life is not.

The resistance tells Darrow they need him to overthrow the Golds, to prove that anyone has what it takes to be a Gold and that the colors mean nothing. Now that the Golds think he is dead, the plan is to teach Darrow to be one of them, to infiltrate their ranks, to push him into the highest ranks the government and military. Then to reveal his true origins and bring the system crashing down.

But first Darrow must survive the most grueling surgeries to remove his Red scars, a grueling initiation and finally the cruel war-games that constitute an entrance exam to the Gold academy. Can Darrow leave his old ways behind, sacrifice everything to avenge Eo?

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LauraSteinert
Dec 02, 2016

Power must be claimed. Wealth won. Rule, dominion, empire purchased with blood. You scar-less children deserve nothing. You do not know pain. Your do not know what your forefathers sacrificed to place you on these heights. But soon, you will. Soon, we will teach you why Gold rules mankind. And I promise, of those among you, only those few fir for power will survive.

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Meepster6299
Jun 12, 2015

"I am my father's son"
-Darrow

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