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Red Rising: Red Rising Trilogy # 1 (The Red Rising Trilogy)

Red Rising: Red Rising Trilogy # 1 (The Red Rising Trilogy) [Kindle Edition]

Pierce Brown
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Pierce offers a Hollywood-ready story with plenty of action and thrills (

Pierce Brown's relentlessly entertaining debut channels the excitement of The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins and Ender's Game by Orson Scott Card. (

RED RISING is what The Hunger Games should have been. (

Incredible Sci-Fi Cross Between 'Hunger Games' And 'Enders Game' Pulls It Off (

It has hints of Harry Potter and Hunger Games, but it is its own animal. And it is not YA. The writing is excellent and the story is better. This is one terrific fantasy book, and I wouldn't hesitate to recommend it to anyone. (Terry Brooks)

With all of the tension of The Hunger Games and heady dose of savagery that lives somewhere in the space between The Lord of the Flies and ancient Greek mythology that revels in the violent deeds of the deities of old, RED RISING is compulsively readable and exceedingly entertaining. The blend of familiar and unfailingly effective machinations that clash with the stark new reality Brown has created make this tale a must for both fans of classic sci-fi and fervent followers of new school dystopian epics. (

RED RISING wouldn't exist without the countless classics it takes its cues from, but this great debut builds a formidable fortress upon their familiar foundations, making such interesting alterations along the way that its piecemeal parts are essentially rendered unrecognisable. Like mankind has in the past, Pierce Brown reaches for the stars, and mostly hits that monumental mark. (

The heart-stopping excitement of the Hunger Games meets the pulse-pounding majesty and complexity of Game of Thrones, all wrapped up in the visionary beauty and melancholy of Blade Runner... A shot of adrenalin for your imagination. (Star Magazine)

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Break the chains. Live for more.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1056 KB
  • Print Length: 400 pages
  • Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton (28 Jan 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (55 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #17,634 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Mars Will Rise 28 Jan 2014
Pierce Brown has created a stark vision of the future in Red Rising, his debut novel. Mars, and other inhabited worlds throughout our galaxy, is ruled by an elite class who have spent many hundreds of years creating a rigid culture where everyone is born, lives and dies in a predefined role. At the top are the Golds, the genetic crème de la crème, virtual living gods and the embodiment of perfection. Far below, on the bottom rung of the ladder, are the lowly Reds. They are the downtrodden masses, the miners and menial workers, largely ignorant of the huge lie that underpins their existence.

The Reds are viewed by most as little more than beasts of burden. From their ranks comes Darrow, a young man given the chance to rise above his station and try to right the wrongs that exist everywhere. A traumatic event in Darrow’s life opens his eyes to the larger world and a secret society tasks him with infiltrating the Golds as a 5th columnist. His goal? To bring down their rule from within. The hate that radiates from Darrow, and drives him to take on this likely suicidal mission, is palpable. In all honesty, knowing the reasons for his hate, I can’t say that I blame him. The Reds are being exploited at every turn and Darrow witnesses that exploitation at the most personal level. His rage is the fuel that fires his journey. There is an interesting evolution in his character as the plot unfolds. He experiences the slowly growing realization that it’s not just the Reds who are suffering. Irrespective of the colour caste someone is born into, they are as much a prisoner to their role as the Reds are. Darrow comes to appreciate the inequality that exists everywhere from the bottom right to the very top.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Red or Dead 31 Dec 2013
By Keris Nine TOP 500 REVIEWER
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Ignore the bookseller's description which makes Red Rising sound like a Hollywood version of The Warlord of Mars (hold on, they messed that one up already didn't they?). Put aside the Hunger Games comparisons as well for now but don't dismiss them, because although the war-games element dominates Pierce Brown's debut novel, the first book of a new SF trilogy, its scope, range and tone is far more expansive and realistic in its outlook. There's a lot of relevant historical foundation used in the book relating to Napoleonic campaigns, to the political make-up of the Roman Empire and indeed the structure and stratification that exists within our own society. All of this is fascinating and thrilling to see played out in a controlled environment that itself has evident and intentional references to the Gods overseeing the lives of mortals from Olympus, but the real driving motivation for Red Rising and what makes it so absolutely involving, is the stirring underlying revolutionary sentiments that aim to overthrow the system.

The book's title works on a number of levels then, as it's set initially on Mars (though it will clearly extend far out beyond this in the later books), but it also implies a socialist revolution, since it deals with a section of the working population of this society known as 'Reds' who have been kept ignorant of the expansion of the human race into space, their ignorance used to keep them enslaved in cruel and impoverished condition mining helium from deep beneath the surface of the Red planet. One 'Helldiver' however, Darrow, discovers the truth however and, with the help of a secret underground network, is able to (somewhat improbably admittedly) infiltrate high Gold society.
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By Cheryl M-M TOP 500 REVIEWER
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I think it is fair to say that this book is set to be one of the hits of this year. I know there have been comparisons made to a fairly recent popular YA book but I disagree with that comparison. The only thing possibly similar is the Lord of the Flies mentality amongst the young people forced to fight for their lives.
This is so much more and far more complex. It has intrinsic layers of socio economic status and structures in a dystopian setting. Society and the people within it are structured via colour. The colour you are born into determines your job, life expectancy, amount of food and water you receive and the path you will travel.
Brown has delved deeply into Roman history, their hierarchical pyramids and mixed it with mythology in a dystopian world tinged with the odd Fae element. The author has obviously spent a long time creating each level of society and the impact each colour has upon their own lives and upon other colours.
Darrow is the main character, he is also a Red, the colour responsible for the hard labour. As the story evolves he discovers a betrayal of such an immense size that it is hard to take on board. Everything he believed to be true is turned upside down. Unfortunately that truth is revealed to him after the death of someone he holds close to his heart. In fact she is the one that sets all the events of the book in motion. She becomes the martyr to the cause.
The way Brown chose to have the Reds killed in their work/living environment is one of the most significant and poignant moments in the book. It is very intricately detailed to create maximum emotional effect both in regards to the plot and the reader. Would you kill a loved one to shorten their pain, although it would make you guilty of their death?
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5.0 out of 5 stars Pierce Brown Rising - Aong with my heart rate
An awesome book! I read it after finishing "The Martian" by Andy Weir and decided I needed more Mars in my life! Boy does this book deliver! Read more
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5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant
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Published 11 days ago by N. Offer
5.0 out of 5 stars Great read
I have read a lot of posts that liken this book to 'The Hunger Games' and it is, but it's also so much more. Read more
Published 11 days ago by PJ1982
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant - a great read / listen
Got the audiobook for this as part of a bundle and it was a wonderful surprise - good fun and exciting.

The narration is good too, if you happen to have the audiobook
Published 17 days ago by S. Landsman
5.0 out of 5 stars a fantastic read!
Kept me up late every night for the last week..
A great read. Very fast paced. Reminded me a little of the hunger games... But at an intricate level. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Michael Gregory
5.0 out of 5 stars Would make a good movie!!
A futuristic "Hunger Games". The story is ripe for developing further. All the characters are well described to the point where the reader starts to wish that the... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Mrs Evelyn Corcoran
5.0 out of 5 stars You can't let it go
This is brilliant. I can't really put a finger on it, but the most exact thing is the main character who is described in such detail you just need to know more. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Casper Gad
5.0 out of 5 stars Much better than I expected
Based on other peoples comments and the brief on the story I was not sure about this book. Anyway I bought it which was a good move as it is really good. Read more
Published 2 months ago by TVR-Andy
5.0 out of 5 stars Can't wait for the next 2 books
After a slow start the book became the ideal holiday read as I became immersed in a thoroughly believable future.
Published 2 months ago by Mr H D E Scott
3.0 out of 5 stars A similar vein ....
Quite enjoyed the story but it was a blatant copy mash up of Hunger Games and Wool for me. If you liked Hunger games and Wool trilogies , then you will like this .
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