Red Rising by Pierce Brown // Book Review

Red Rising (Red Rising Saga #1) by Pierce Brown

Goodreads Rating:  4.27 / 5 Stars

My Rating: 5 / 5 Stars 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟

Genre: Science Fiction, Fantasy, Young Adult, Dystopia

Recommend To: Lovers of dystopia and war games mixed with brilliant writing and a very interesting society.


“I live for the dream that my children will be born free,” she says. “That they will be what they like. That they will own the land their father gave them.”

“I live for you,” I say sadly.

Eo kisses my cheek. “Then you must live for more.”

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 already 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.

My Review

This book confused the hell out of my book-loving heart. I both loved it and disliked it. Although I gave this 5 stars it was because of how good the plot and writing were – less about how much I loved it.

My favourite thing about books are the characters but Brown kept on killing off the only characters I had come to care about. I barely even like the main character Darrow – but at the same time, I love his cleverness and his sacrificial nature. Very cleverly (either intentional or not) I mainly cared for characters that died. It makes sense because this sense of love for the dead forces the reader to empathise with Darrow and truly understand him as a character.

The plot is a rollercoaster. Every time we think that things are finally going right – the dip comes and each fall is longer and harsher than the last. This book is exciting, intense and has the undercurrent of very dark humor. I loved the first 10 chapters of the book – then there was a dip in my interest – and then 33 chapters in I was completely taken in.

The way the story is written is very distant. Darrow’s emotions are far away and the reader is less impacted by emotions than they are by the plot twists and turns. The society and politics in this book are well thought out and dynamic. Very intriguing and interesting to read about. I could tell that the society and plot were meticulously thought out and mapped.

Like I said, this book is really good but I wouldn’t say I am obsessed. The writing style is amazing, the plot and setting were brilliantly done however I can’t say definitely if I will or won’t be reading the rest of the series. I am so confused about my feelings for this book! Let’s see if I ever get the urge to read the rest of this series. It would be a great read.

Happy Reading !




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