Review: Red Rising by Pierce Brown

Monday, January 5, 2015
Why I Chose this Book: 
So, I’m a sucker for dystopias. Science-fiction? Hand it over. Science-fiction riddled dystopias set on Mars? Get out of my way. I was intrigued by this book to say the least, and by the time I put it down, I was fangirling like a maniac. 

Red Rising by Pierce Brown
Publisher: Del Ray (Random House)
Publish Date: January 28th, 2014
Format: ARC
Genre: Adult, Young Adult, Science Fiction
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. (Goodreads)

My Bookish Likes:
Admittedly, this book was hard for me to get into. I had my serious doubts, starting with the complicated structure of the Society, the heavy doses of Roman and Greek philosophy and politics, and the bits of Latin scattered about. It was all a bit overwhelming, and that's from a girl who studies Roman culture, Hellenism, and mythology for fun. That being said, as soon as I got into the rhythm of Brown’s prose and the foreign landscape of future Mars, this book had me hook, line, and sinker. My little heart went pitter-patter over all the allusions to mythology, not to mention the excellent and genius science-fiction-ness of it all. Brown manages to introduce concepts and devices without completely losing me, or even halting the action for a second. 

And can I get a shout out for the artful info dump? Not once did the information bring me out of the story, which is quite the feat, considering how complicated the setting and structure are. 

My Bookish Loves:
The characters in this book are heartbreaking. Darrow is more human than Ender, and more admirable than Katniss. He is spiteful and rage-filled, eager to exact revenge on the ruling class, but he is also capable of mercy and even love. Also, he’s freakin’ awesome. He’s quick and crazy-clever, not to mention he bends the rules and pushes the boundaries of what these silly little Golds ever thought was possible. He’s a reluctant rebel and a survivor, torn between his old life of hardship and family, and his new life of blood and destruction. 
This book has a huge cast of complex and lovable—and loath-able—characters, and it’s their relationships—above everything else—that make this book fantastic. 

Final Thoughts:
Awesome. Just awesome. This book is intricate, otherworldly, and flawless. I cannot wait for the release of the second book, Golden Son, and when can I preorder the last book, Morning Star?! 

**Caveat for the Squeamish: 
This book was bloodydamn brutal. Enough to make George R. R. Martin swoon—right after squealing with girlish delight. Not to worry! Red Rising has the perfect bite of intellectualism to balance all the sheer amazingness of action-packed, gasp-worthy, crazy-ingenious plot happenings which will have you constantly compelled and bewildered. 

I gave this book five stars on Goodreads


  1. I'm glad to hear this one is good! I recently added it to my TBR pile. Maybe I'll move it up in the reading queue...

    Thanks for the review!

  2. For whatever reason I have always been on the edge about reading this book. I don't really know why. I'm glad to hear you liked it. Another blogger friend of mine loved it as well.


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