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Red Rising Paperback – 18 Feb 2014

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Product details

  • Paperback: 382 pages
  • Publisher: Random House USA (18 Feb. 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0553841254
  • ISBN-13: 978-0553841251
  • Product Dimensions: 15.5 x 2.5 x 23.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (245 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,296,727 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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"[A] spectacular adventure . . . one heart-pounding ride . . . Pierce Brown's dizzyingly good debut novel evokes "The Hunger Games, Lord of the Flies, "and" Ender's Game". . . . ["Red Rising"] has everything it needs to become meteoric."--"Entertainment Weekly"

"[A] top-notch debut novel . . . "Red Rising" ascends above a crowded dystopian field."--"USA Today"
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""Red Rising" is a sophisticated vision. . . . Brown will find a devoted audience."--"Richmond Times-Dispatch"

"A story of vengeance, warfare and the quest for power . . . reminiscent of "The Hunger Games "and" Game of Thrones".""--Kirkus Reviews"
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"Fast-paced, gripping, well-written--the sort of book you cannot put down. I am already on the lookout for the next one."--Terry Brooks, "New York Time"s bestselling author of "The Sword of Shannara
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"Pierce Brown has done an astounding job at delivering a powerful piece of literature that will definitely make a mark in the minds of readers."--"The Huffington Post"
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"Compulsively readable and exceedingly entertaining . . . a must for both fans of classic sci-fi and fervent followers of new school dystopian epics."--"Examiner.com"

"[A] great debut . . . The author gathers a spread of elements together in much the same way George R. R. Martin does."--"Tor.com"

"Very ambitious . . . a natural for "Hunger Games" fans of all ages."--"Booklist"

"Ender, Katniss, and now Darrow: Pierce Brown's empire-crushing debut is a sprawling vision."--Scott Sigler, "New York Times" bestselling author of "Pandemic"
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"A Hollywood-ready story with plenty of action and thrills."--"Publishers Weekly"
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"Reminiscent of . . . Suzanne Collins's "The Hunger Games" . . . ["Red Rising"] will captivate readers and leave them wanting more."--"Library Journal" (starred review)


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The story:
Set in the distant future, where the human race is divided by a rigid class system of colours, colonies of Red miners toil under the surface of Mars, harvesting natural elements that will terraform its surface and make it an inhabitable environment in the future. Sixteen year old Darrow is one of these Reds, born underground and raised to risk his life on a daily basis. Food is scarce and life expectancy is short. The rules are enforced by a strict hierarchical class system that’s preceded over by the Gold’s – supposedly superior to all other colours both physically and mentally. When Darrow discovers that his life is built on a lie, he’s given a dangerous mission to integrate himself into the very heart of Gold society.

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Darrow is sent to the Institute, where young Gold’s play deadly games to win power. It’s a trial by fire that is designed to push them to the limits and teach them how to wage war and become the leaders of tomorrow. Weakness isn’t tolerated and not everyone will make it through. Parallels could be drawn to the Hunger Games, but it’s a very different type of competition. The aim here is for power and ultimate victory – achieved through intellect and strategy and the ability to command their peers.

Darrow is a great character. He’s definitely not perfect – he’s reckless, angry and overly bold. He’s smart but he also shows that he can be ruthless and brutal. This means that he’s not always a particularly likeable character, but you still end up rooting for him all the same. Throughout the book he goes through some intense challenges, questioning his own identity, who to trust and what actions can be justified for the greater good.
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This book...Oh my god... I certainly haven't read anything like this in a while.

If you are even remotely interested in the fantasy genre, just pick up a copy and read it. You can thank me later.

An emotional journey through the levels of society. A lowborn hero sheds his identity to become something he despises, in order to lead the rebellion of his people.
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Greatly exceeded expectations. Fast paced with new action on every page. Deeper story line than Burroughs with great cast of modern characters. Hard to put down. I've almost finished the second one and looking forward to No. 3. A great, enjoyable romp. Highly recommended.
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I really enjoyed this book and the different concepts used to tell the story of low class citizen being changed (in more ways than one) in order to infiltrate the high class world.
The author has written the book in an easy to follow flow similar to more well known authors such as Bernard Cornwell.
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Great read, couldn't put it down. I have read the other two and was sad to finish them. Great characters, beautifully written, well edited, fast paced, and enthralling.
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Read for eight hours straight upon arrival! The author has created an interesting and immersive universe and a great story line....hopefully he can maintain this for the trilogy!
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Couldn't believe I hadn't heard of this tale before, absolutely loved it.

Epic scale action with a good dose of humor and an interesting story line to complete the package.

Read the trilogy in 2 days, just could not put it down
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Beautifully written with superb characterisation and an excellent, consistent, insightful and plausible universe. I've just finished the second one and come back to write this. Off to buy the third one now.
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