Review: Red Rising by Pierce Brown

Review: Red Rising by Pierce Brown
Red Rising by Pierce Brown
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Pages: 382
Source: Purchased
Series: Red Rising Trilogy #1
Published by: Del Ray
Pubilcation Date: January 28th 2014
Genres: Action & Adventure, Dystopian, Fantasy, Sci-Fi & Space, Young Adult

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.

Break the chains. Live for more.


Red Rising Pierce Brown Review

I went into this not knowing anything about the plot and I was totally and utterly surprised. I was certainly not expecting it to be the way it was, and I mean this in a very, very bloodydamn good way. I’m not going to go into to much detail in this review because I wouldn’t be able to do the characters, plot or premise justice – but I will say that I liked it much more than the infamous Hunger Games. This is hands down my new all-time favourite first book in a dystopian series. So yeah, I’m in full fangirl mode. (~ ̄▽ ̄)~

“You do not follow me because I am the strongest. Pax is. You do not follow me because I am the brightest. Mustang is. You follow me because you do not know where you are going. I do.”

The writing is vicious – there is no fluff, it is to the point and unique. The characters are incredibly multidimensional, even the ones that played very minor roles. The plot is very complex and whatever you think is going to happen, unthink it, because YOU DON’T KNOW. There is betrayal, and I don’t know who to trust. There is suffering and blood. And then there’s Darrow.

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Darrow is definitely one of my favourite YA protagonists. It was such an exciting experience to be told a story from a male perspective, especially in first person. And guys, Darrow is so bloodydamn smart and incredible. He is 5 steps ahead of you. The other characters are all so amazing too, and GAH I could go on forever but I wouldn’t do them justice. I love all of them. Here is some fanart. BASK IN IT. 😀

darrow mustang
All of the fanart is by the incredibly talented PhantomRin.sevro

I will say that the beginning of the story is a bit tricky because there’s a lot of information about their society and civilisation thrown at you, but once you grasp it all, the story flows as smooth as a knife through butter. I’m not going to say anymore.

If you’ve been hesitant about starting this series or haven’t had it on your radar, I implore you to read it as soon as you possibly can because you are in for a treat.
Yup. Thank me later.

Pierce Brown

Also, Pierce Brown is a stand up guy and it was an honour getting to meeting him the other week at the Howler Event in London! 🙂 AWOOOOO!

Rating Report
Overall: 4.8 / 5

About Pierce Brown

Pierce Brown spent his childhood building forts and setting traps for his cousins in the woods of six states and the deserts of two. Graduating college in 2010, he fancied the idea of continuing his studies at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. Unfortunately, he doesn’t have a magical bone in his body. So while trying to make it as a writer, he worked as a manager of social media at a startup tech company, toiled as a peon on the Disney lot at ABC Studios, did his time as an NBC page, and gave sleep deprivation a new meaning during his stint as an aide on a U.S. Senate Campaign.

Now he lives in Los Angeles, where he scribbles tales of spaceships, wizards, ghouls, and most things old or bizarre.

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  • Reply
    Yvonne @ A World Between Folded Pages
    March 3, 2016 at 1:30 pm

    God, you make me so excited to read this!! It sucks that I’m in a terrible reading/blogging slump right now (HELP!) but I will add Red Rising to my wishlist for my birthday … like, I need to have it. The gif … the fanart and what you wrote – IT ALL LOOKS AND SOUND FANTASTIC! Thanks so much for sharing your thoughts with us, my dear! I loved it, as usual! ♥

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      March 14, 2016 at 1:13 am

      YOU NEEEEEED TO READ IT, YVONNE! I really think you will like it. It’s quite intense, but I really loved it. 🙂 You must tell me if you ever do decide to read it! Thank you so much, my dear! <3<3

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    Lucia @Reading Is My Breathing
    March 3, 2016 at 2:35 pm

    YAAAAY! I have been waiting for this review!
    I love what you wrote about Darrow, he is definitely numerous steps ahead of readers. And same goes for Pierce! Golden Son and Morning Star will blow your mind, trust me. And just little warning, GS and MS are not YA anymore, but more on adult side. Those books are timeless. Gah, I feel like re-reading them right now.

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      March 14, 2016 at 1:15 am

      Hehehe, Darrow is so amazing! I can’t wait to read GS and MS! I have some others scheduled to read first but I am diving into those soon. I’m totally going to come to you to fangirl. xD

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    Zoe @ Stories on Stage
    March 3, 2016 at 11:58 pm

    I have seen so many glowing reviews about this, so I am so glad to see you liked it so much as well! It sounds like an absolutely amazing start to the trilogy. Can’t wait to see what you think about the rest of the books in the series! Thanks for sharing and, as always, fabulous review! ♥

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      March 14, 2016 at 1:16 am

      Yes, it’s so great! It is a very unique series. 🙂 I hope you get to read it someday, and thank you so much!

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    March 4, 2016 at 6:27 am

    This series is on my list of series to binge-read this year and I’m so excited because so many of my trusted friends love it and I just can’t wait.
    I love that Darrow is such a smart guy and I really want to get to know him! Also that fanart is amazeballs!
    It’s always so exciting in a book when you don’t know who to trust. It’s a good way to keep me on the edge of my seat.
    I’m excited you liked this one!
    Fab review!

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      March 14, 2016 at 1:17 am

      You are going to love Darrow! When you do decide to binge read it, you must link me your reviews incase I miss them – I’ll be dying to know what you think! I’m saving a week when I have time to binge read book 2 & 3, I know I’m going to need it, haha! 😀 Thank you so much!

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    Bec @ Readers in Wonderland
    March 4, 2016 at 10:41 am

    I’ve been wanting to read this series for a while and that artwork has just convinced me. I’m intrigued. Oh and your review helped too haha.

    Hopefully I love it as much as you do!

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      March 14, 2016 at 1:18 am

      I really hope you love it, Bec! I shall keep my eyes peeled for your review 😀

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    March 4, 2016 at 12:17 pm

    I trust your opinion Anissa and I am reading solely because you liked it so I hope I come back and grovel at your feet thanking you for telling me about the amazing book.

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      March 14, 2016 at 1:18 am

      You must let me know what you think of it when you get the chance to read it! 😀 I can’t wait to know what you think!

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    March 4, 2016 at 3:58 pm

    People keep recommending this and I keep sitting on the fence about reading it. I think mostly because I am so sick of dystopia, just so sick of it. But then…if it really is as good as everyone says, that shouldn’t matter, should it?

    Hmmm. Decisions, decisions!

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      March 14, 2016 at 1:19 am

      I was *so* sick of dystopia too, and I haven’t read that much of it. I can understand why you don’t want to read it, but if you ever feel the urge to read a dystopian book, I’d definitely recommend this one! 🙂

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    Kristin @ Simply Bookish Things
    March 5, 2016 at 1:05 pm

    I’ve always been hesitant to buy this one but I’m definitely picking it up now! I love PhantomRin’s account, the pictures are so AMAZING and GLORIOUS. Lovely review!

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      March 14, 2016 at 1:20 am

      THEY ARE SOOO GORGEOUS, AREN’T THEY?! I hope you love this book as much as I did, I’ll be on the lookout for your review! Thank you so much. 🙂

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    March 5, 2016 at 6:22 pm

    That’s so awesome that you met the author! And that you enjoyed the book because I’ve been hesitant about picking this one up. I have no excuse now because it sounds awesome and I definitely want to get to know these characters!

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      March 14, 2016 at 1:20 am

      It was such a cool event! 🙂 You definitely need to give this series a go, I can’t wait to know what you think of it – DM me if you ever do!

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    Kristen @ Metaphors and Moonlight
    March 6, 2016 at 7:04 am

    Wow, you really loved this book! I actually prefer books in the male perspective, so that’s a definite plus for me. And the way you said he’s so smart, my TTT for this week is about traits that make me love characters, and one of my absolute favorites is characters whose greatest strength is their mind. I LOVE those kind of ridiculously intelligent characters. Plus all the betrayal and not knowing who to trust and suffering… I’ve been hesitant about this book because it doesn’t seem like my typical read, but you may have sold me with your review!

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      March 14, 2016 at 1:21 am

      Woooo! I hope you do get to read it soon! If you do, please link me your review – hopefully you love it and we can fangirl together! 😀

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    March 12, 2016 at 8:12 am

    I have to agree at that many things dumped in the beginning but once you get absorbed, you can NEVER get out!! Anyway, this is also my current fave dystopian series (alongside the Unwind Dystology though), Darrow is just one of the best characters EVER!! I haven’t read Morning Star but I’m counting for that to happen soon..

    and I’m sooooo jealous that you get to meet Pierce Brown!!

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      March 14, 2016 at 1:23 am

      DARROW IS THEEEEE BEST! Hehe, it was so amazing getting to meet Pierce! 🙂 I really hope you get to meet him soon too!

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    Lois @ My Midnight Musing
    March 12, 2016 at 10:25 pm

    I was so tempted to hop on a train to London for his signing but alas ticket prices were sky high but I am so happy you had the chance to meet him. This trilogy has destroyed me in every way possible. Pierce is the only author that has succeeded in making me cry within the first 50 pages of his book. I love how complex his character are and I love the fact that even though Eo is only physically present in 50 pages or so her spirit is felt throughout the rest of the trilogy. I hope you enjoy the rest of the series. 😀

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      March 14, 2016 at 1:24 am

      Ah, that is such a shame! 🙁 It would have been so cool to have met you! You’re so right about the whole Eo thing – man, I totally cried too! Haha. I’m so excited to read the rest of the trilogy. 😀

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    Lexxie @ (un)Conventional Bookviews
    March 15, 2016 at 9:08 pm

    The Red Rising series is one of my favorites, Anissa! And I agree, the writing is bloodydamn amazing! I loved that there was no fluff or unnecessary flowery prose, it was to the point, but still with details and great character development. I’m a little jealous you got to meet Pierce Brown! I love his twitter feed and his facebook page, he’s so down to earth.
    I can’t wait to see what you think of the rest of the series 🙂

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    April 8, 2016 at 8:33 am

    Nice that you got to meet the author. Love your blog design!

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    July 26, 2016 at 12:28 am

    Wow, your reviews are great and this book looks amazing( if only I had time to read more). The fan art is spectacular as well. wonderful job to all!

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