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Red Rising

Brown, Pierce (Book - 2014 )
Average Rating: 4 stars out of 5.
Red Rising


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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.
Authors: Brown, Pierce, 1988-
Title: Red Rising
Publisher: New York :, Del Rey,, [2014]
Edition: First edition.
Characteristics: 382 pages :,map ;,25 cm
Summary: 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.
Local Note: 1 2 3
ISBN: 9780345539786
0345539788
Branch Call Number: F BRO
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I dunno about this author. He seems to have taken a bunch of the best ideas from various pieces of fiction and fit them together to create something that looks like his own work, but it may not be as original as it appears. I don't know if the author meant to do this or if it just happened but it's definitely there... the story is good and I will read the next one to see if it progresses any better. This is our first first book. Also at times I felt as though the rating and story itself was a little garbled, hopefully that will improve in the next one as well. Not a bad first try I suppose

Report This Mar 21, 2014
  • Kyanite rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Wow. Just wow. I agree with previous reviews that compare this book to Ender's Game or Lord of the Flies, but Hunger Games? This isn't a book for children, or younger teens.

Report This Mar 07, 2014
  • ValleyViewLibrarians rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

Brown has combined recognizable elements from The Hunger Games, Lord of the Flies, and Game of Thrones to create this dystopian survival thriller. The well-drawn characters are engaging, the action never stops long, and all the backstabbing and betrayals from students and Proctors alike make for fun reading. This won't win any literature awards and the slow start might derail some readers, but those who haven't had enough of dark dystopian futures where kids die by the dozen in an effort to overthrow the cruel authoritarian adult government will eat it up.

Report This Feb 04, 2014
  • axeman rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

This will be a huge hit for those who love dystopian novels or science fiction.

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  • KRockstar10 rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

When I started this book, I was not immediately blown away. It has potential, but some of the dialogue was absolutely grating--I started to get suspicious that this book had been written by a teenage boy, ala Eragon. I almost quit--but I'm glad I didn't. The dialogue improves once Darrow leaves Red society, and I had to take a step back and remember that Darrow is, after all, only 16 when the story begins. The whole marriage thing was throwing me off, I think. Also, upon doing a little more research, I discovered that Pierce Brown graduated college in 2010, which means he's just barely removed from this world of teenage thoughts and emotions, so I cut him a little slack. Anyway, the story picks up pace once Darrow has been carved, and there's minimal lagging as it goes on. How would I describe this book? Like The Hunger Games meets Percy Jackson, but with a heavy helping of rape, mutilation, maiming, starvation, and murder. Sometimes all five things are happening on the same page! The bulk of the book involved Darrow and the other exceptional upper-caste Gold children playing a very involved war game that goes on for more than a year (I think) and requires the making and breaking of many alliances, the hero having a near-death experience, and lots of kids trying to kill each other. It is exciting. It is scary. It is frequently gruesome. It is emotional, because Darrow clings to the memory of Eo to keep him going. The ending was interesting; Darrow did not make the choice I wanted him to make, so I'm curious about the next book in the trilogy. I was intrigued by the idea of a colortocracy. The only other time I'd seen this idea was in Jasper Fforde's "Shades of Grey." (Obviously these two books are vastly different in terms of tone and content.) But while Fforde built his colortocracy on what colors each individual can see, Brown builds his on what color you actually are--Darrow is quite literally Red. After he is carved, he is Gold. The Golds seem to range in tone from shimmery and pretty to poor Sevro, who is described as being uniformly khaki--even his teeth. (Yuck). As intriguing as these ideas were, I wanted more information. Are Darrow's teeth red? Is his skin red? How did everyone get to be different colors in the first place? How did the Pinks, an entire caste of prostitutes, come to be? What kind of genetic insanity happened to create Violets, who have eight fingers and are very creative? TELL ME MORE, PIERCE BROWN! I will be expecting a lot more information in books two and three. All in all, I would definitely recommend this book, but probably not to anyone younger than 10th or 11th grade, due to the sexual content. I do think this is a good step up for someone who loved The Hunger Games and is looking for something with more adult themes and a more complex cast of characters to keep track of.

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Report This Apr 07, 2014
  • Kyanite rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Kyanite thinks this title is suitable for 16 years and over

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