RED RISING by Pierce Brown | Review

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382 Pages

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.

I don’t really know what compelled me to read this book now, now that the hype has pretty much died down. And, am I glad I did? Well…

First , let’s get into the things that I liked, as usual.

  1. I felt that this was definitely a page turner and easy to get through. It wasn’t necessarily so “on the edge of your seat” that I sped through it, more that it was just really easy to read.
  2. I think the concept was very interesting in the fist 150 pages of the book. Did I feel it moved a bit fast? Sure. But, overall, I was interested.
  3. I felt the relationships formed after Darrow became a gold were pretty authentic feeling. I felt the relationships he made after he joined the world, where he was just “pretending”, were actually more authentic than the relationships he was supposed to have with the people he really loved in the beginning of the novel.

Things I didn’t like so much:

  1. I wasn’t really digging the competition idea in a sense that it just felt like a rich person’s Hunger Games. Let’s face it, this concept is nothing new, like at all. But, when done well, can turn out really amazing (i.e. Nevernight). In this case, it was “meh” for me.
  2. There was a cliche that I hate that occurred on page 368 of the paperback at the section break that didn’t even really matter to the plot in the end, but felt more like was just being thrown in there for shock value. (I’m not explicitly going to out the cliche so as not to spoil anything, but I’m sure you could think of a list, and it’d be on there.)
  3. The writing, overall, is…not very good. Example:

I flex the knifeRing’s blade out and punch him in the face, jamming the blade through his visor into his eye socket four times, jerking upward so that he dies.

I just felt like this was written very poorly. “So that he dies”…I mean, really?

I guess, overall, I enjoyed this book. I had a good time. Do I think it’s prime literature? No. Do I think it’s ground breaking? Defiantly not. But I may give the sequel a chance. I just wasn’t head-over-heels for this one.


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10 thoughts on “RED RISING by Pierce Brown | Review

  1. Hahaha! I also enjoyed this book quite a lot and want to continue, but that quote. Indeed. If he was jerking it downward the other dude wouln’t have died?? 😀 I mean… maybe? I’m not a doctor.

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  2. I would definitely recommend the series! The last one (Morning Star) is probably my favourite, and it has one of the best scenes in any book ever and one of the best endings (in my opinion). And I totally agree that the writing is stellar haha it’s pretty classic action writing

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  3. I just finished this book and thought the same about the first 130 pages it takes such a weird turn to the hunger games like world. I was hoping that would last like a chapter or two but not the rest of the book. And how is the being broadcasted to everyone yet no one knows that this is what the academy is like? How could it be a secret when everyone watches lol

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