Review: Red Rising

Posted May 12, 2014 in 5 Star Ratings / Leave a comment!

15839976Red Rising (Red Rising Trilogy #1) – Pierce Brown

Where did I get it? Borrowed it from a friend. Then I went out and bought it.


The war begins…

Darrow is a Helldiver, one of a thousand men and women who live in the vast caves beneath the surface of Mars. Generations of Helldivers have spent their lives toiling to mine the precious elements that will allow the planet to be terraformed. Just knowing that one day people will be able to walk the surface of the planet is enough to justify their sacrifice. The Earth is dying, and Darrow and his people are the only hope humanity has left.

Until the day Darrow learns that it is all a lie. Mars is habitable – and indeed has been inhabited for generations by a class of people calling themselves the Golds. The Golds regard Darrow and his fellows as slave labour, to be exploited and worked to death without a second thought.

With the help of a mysterious group of rebels, Darrow 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…

Initial Thoughts

This book was recommended to me by a friend who likes similar books as me. He said it was an awesome book so my expectations got pretty high. It was a very original story with aspects that reminded me of The Hunger Games mixed with A Game of Thrones. Sounds awesome right? Well it was!

My New Best Friend

Mustang. Oh how I loved her. I thought for a moment she was going to betray everyone and then I would hate her, but she didn’t thankfully. She was a different character. A strong female leader who knew when to step back. She was really smart and interesting and while I was reading I really looked forward to what she was going to do next. I think she’s going to have a huge part in the next books. I hope so anyways.

My Crush

Darrow, obviously. He was a main character with some big flaws. I kind of liked that though because we had to watch him get over them. He was really quick to anger and didn’t mind picking a fight. Usually that’s not the character I tend to like but he was also really smart and he never did the same thing twice. I was never expecting his plans and I probably wouldn’t have thought of them myself. He’s a really great leader and definitely a great pick for a spokesperson for a rebellion. I’m excited to see what happens with him next.

Writing Style

The writing was very quick and action packed. The only thing that bothered me was that there wasn’t really a high point in the story because it was just battle after battle after battle. There were some surprises here and there but it was a lot of strategy and fighting. I didn’t mind that, I just would have liked a big climax. That’s just personal preference though. It was still a really great book that I know I couldn’t put down.

Closing Thoughts

There’s just so much to say about this book.

This book made me excited for dystopia books all over again. You see a lot of repetitive thoughts in most dystopia books now but this one is new and fresh. I really liked all the political drama that came with all the fighting. I found that I was actually interested in it and if I was in the book I’d follow Darrow too.  I like that the characters actually suffer instead of being all rich and good looking. I hate it when characters don’t actually know what the world is like. I was a little weirded out that Darrow came back to life at the start and I don’t think I liked that they didn’t explain that at all. But just about everything else got explained enough to be satisfied. I enjoyed that they used the Greek Gods as the classes in the institute, it was a fun addition.

At the end of the book, this really was a crazy experience reading it. It was just so intense all the time. I’ve added this book to my favourites and I think everyone will probably do the same. It’s a fresh new book for the dystopia genre. EVERYONE should be excited over this.


This book made me feel everything. I was worried, nervous, sad, excited, horrified, and everything else you can think of. Well done.


“I would have lived in peace. But my enemies brought me war.” 

5 out of 5


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9 responses to “Review: Red Rising

  1. I just saw this book on the new release shelf at the library this morning, it stood out because it has such a vibrant cover 🙂 I almost grabbed it, but I already had several holds to pick up so I left it….might have to go back tomorrow and grab it!

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