red rising // review


Title: Red Rising

Author: Pierce Brown

No. of Pages: 382

Genre: Science Fiction

Publisher: Del Ray

Publication Date: January 28, 2014

Date Read: November 1, 2017

  • Red Rising is first in a trilogy


“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.” (Goodreads)


To be honest, I had never heard of this book before I read it and picked it up due to a candle based on it in Wick and Fable‘s Mayhem Box for September. And I’m glad that I did.

Starting out, I wasn’t quite sure where this book was headed. You have Darrow, a Red, Helldiver for Lykos, who feels on top of the world, only to get knocked down and lose everything he loves right off the bat and then turn into the thing he despises, a Gold. The first few chapters of world building were kind of rough to get through. I’m glad I stuck with it though because Pierce Brown created a world that I could not get enough of.

For me, the characters were in a way relatable. They all struggled with some form of loss, guilt, anger, loyalty, morals, values, justice, or revenge. Darrow manages to lose and find himself from cover to cover. He changes and sees things from a different perspective. I think that anybody can relate to that. Sometimes you need to have a change of perspective, to see how others view things, in order to understand why they are the way they are. Darrow, throughout the book, gets there. He begins to understand and still stand out and show others his difference that just makes him a stronger leader.

This book ended with me wanting more of Darrow’s world and to continue on this journey that he started because he was following his wife, Eo’s dream, to live for more.

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