Review: Red Rising by Pierce Brown

Review: Red Rising by Pierce Brown
Red Rising

4.5 Stars

Book Info

Released: January 28th 2014
Series: Red Rising #1
Published by Del Rey
 

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“Read Pierce Brown… I highly doubt you’ll be sorry.”
~ Under the Covers

Well, I finally read it and you can add me to the one of millions of Pierce Brown fans. I heard a lot of buzz about this book when it first came out but I didn’t jump on it because one, I never give into hype and two, a friend of mine kept comparing it to the Hunger Games. In fact, she said it was even BETTER. Well, we all know how I felt about the first book (spoiler: I loved!) and then we know have I felt about the last book (spoiler again: I HATED IT with a passion of a thousand fiery stars!!!) so I was really hoping the Hunger Games comparison didn’t fall through with the last book in the series. Since all the books are out now and nobody has thrown the book at a wall (like I did with MOCKINGJAY), I decided I’d man up and read it.

I’m so glad I did.

While I can see the inevitable comparisons to the Hunger Games in this book, Pierce Brown has a completely unique and alluring world here. First off, it’s set on Mars and the world that our protagonist, Darrow, lives in isn’t very pretty to look at. He’s considered as of the lowest, the reds and their purpose is to dig for Helium 3 that is needed to terraform the planet and make it livable. This job is highly dangerous and Darrow risks his life day in and day out but he seems happy in the beginning. It’s when the book progresses that things continue to get harder for him and we see more than just a great hero. We see a man who can make a difference.

One thing you’ll immediately notice about Darrow’s character is that he is incredibly romantic. How he thinks, how he acts, is all something that a Romance hero would do. I think that’s how Brown is able to allow the emotion come through. There is an almost poetic flare to his narration. Darrow feels everything, so his anger, his grief, is immediately felt by the reader as well. Because of this though, I could predict some of the events that happened in this book but I don’t necessarily think it was a bad thing. The worst had to happen to Darrow before the real story started.

This book actually reminds me a lot of Ann Aguirre’s Science Fiction series. Both the Sirantha Jax and her Dred Chronicles follow the same harrowing tone. But if I had to pick a more truer comparison, this series reminds me a lot of Patrick Ness’ Chaos Walking series. Remember that series? Poo, Todd! I still die over that and I feel like readers will have the same reading experience if they enjoyed Ness’s books. So if you’re a fan of any of these books, you definitely need to check out Pierce Brown. And even if you aren’t, read Pierce Brown anyway. I highly doubt you’ll be sorry.

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About Pierce Brown

Pierce Brown's first novel, RED RISING (Del Rey Books), debuts January 28, 2014. It is the first installment in The Red Rising Trilogy.

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.

Note to the reader: Always feel free to contact him via his website, twitter, or facebook. He likes people. Except if you're a trollish person. Then he merely puts up with you for the sake of manners and propriety.

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Sophia Rose

I still need to snag this one. I was a bit leery because of all the hype, too, but I’ve seen some trusted bloggers give it the thumbs up. The worldbuilding and intensity sounds great.

Under the Covers Book Blog

This series packs a lot of emotion! I hope you enjoy!

Darynda Jones

GASP!!! Another series I’m dying to read! I have the first one. Thank you for this review!

Darynda Jones

Oops! I apparently have the third one! LOL. Off to get #s 1 and 2! 🙂

Under the Covers Book Blog

LOL, I purposely waited until all the books were out so I could read them back to back! Let me know what you think, Darynda!

Elizabeth

Add this to my ever growing list

Under the Covers Book Blog

YAY!

Amy R

Thanks for the review.

Timitra

I’ll have to check this out…thanks Annie for putting it on my radar

Under the Covers Book Blog

I hope you ladies give it a shot! It’s an intense series!