Red Rising (Red Rising Series #1) (Paperback)

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Red Rising (Red Rising Series #1) (Paperback)


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(Hi, it's Zach. Before we get started, here is a link to the entire series!)

Matt tried to tell me how good this book series was 10 years ago, and I didn't listen to him.
Reilly tried to tell me how good it was 3 years ago, and I didn't listen to her.
Maris and Leah both tried to tell me how good it was last year, and I didn't listen to them.
Everyone, I was so, so wrong. This trilogy skyrocketed to one of my favorite fantasy series of all time!
Darrow is a Red, and the Reds are the lowest rung in the caste system of the future. Darrow lives on Mars, and he mines Helium-3, a resource used to terraform planets. When Darrow is forced to leave his world behind and join the evil Golds, the highest of the caste systems and the rulers of the solar system, he plans to hide in plain sight and overthrow them from the inside. Do these schemes ever work out the way your protagonist hopes? Of course not! Sacrifices will have to be made for the betterment of society, and so we have a monumental plot to pursue!
Pierce Brown will take your heart out and stomp on it over and over, and all you can do is beg him for more. Don't be like me, learn from my mistakes and read this series now. The fifth book comes out in July of 2023 (click here to preorder), and the final book comes out in 2024.

— From Zach


In true Iron Gold fashion, I am overjoyed to share that I will be moving to Germany for a few months to live and work for an American military family! I cannot wait to continue to share what reads consume me as a bookseller abroad!In my final review of 2023 I couldn’t NOT suggest my favorite novel and series of all time. Red Rising and the subsequent books by Pierce Brown have utterly and infinitely changed my life. This world is full of characters who feel more real and beloved than any I have encountered before. This is the series about which I wrote my final college essay, that I have gifted to practically everyone I know, and is a story I will never stop shouting about from the rooftops!


Red Rising is a science fiction novel set in a future civilization that is under the rule of The Society. In a world built on a hierarchical structure of colors, Golds rule at the top. We see the world from Darrow’s perspective, a sixteen-year-old Red. Darrow goes undercover to infiltrate the highest academy for Golds on all of Mars, leading him far deeper into the belly of the beast than he thought possible. “I’m a sheep wearing wolves’ clothing in a pack of wolves.”
With characters that will make you sob, scenes that will cause you to howl like a wolf, and twists and turns that will rival any you've seen before, Pierce Brown uses Red Rising as the first domino in the series, setting events in motion for an epic, six-book odyssey that will leave readers feral for more.
Help McLean and Eakin remain the top-selling independent bookstore in the U.S. for this book, and convince Pierce Brown himself to stop in for a visit. Make the greatest decision of your life today! Or just take my word for it, knowing I would die for a dinner with this author, and do yourself a favor! Per aspera ad astra!

— From Reilly

NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • 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 ascends above a crowded dys­topian field.”—USA Today

Entertainment Weekly, BuzzFeed, Shelf Awareness

“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.”

Darrow is a Red, a member of the lowest caste in the color-coded society of the future. Like his fellow Reds, he works all day, believing that he and his people are making the surface of Mars livable for future generations. Yet he toils willingly, trusting that his blood and sweat will one day result in a better world for his children.

But Darrow and his kind have been betrayed. Soon he discovers that humanity reached the surface generations ago. Vast cities and lush wilds spread across the planet. Darrow—and Reds like him—are nothing more than slaves to a decadent ruling class.

Inspired by a longing for justice, and driven by the memory of lost love, Darrow sacrifices everything to infiltrate the legendary Institute, a proving ground for the dominant Gold caste, where the next generation of humanity’s overlords struggle for power.  He will be forced to compete for his life and the very future of civilization against the best and most brutal of Society’s ruling class. There, he will stop at nothing to bring down his enemies . . . even if it means he has to become one of them to do so.

Praise for Red Rising

“[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

“Ender, Katniss, and now Darrow.”—Scott Sigler

Red Rising is a sophisticated vision. . . . Brown will find a devoted audience.”Richmond Times-Dispatch

Don’t miss any of Pierce Brown’s Red Rising Saga:
Pierce Brown is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of Red Rising, Golden Son, Morning Star, Iron Gold, and Dark Age. His work has been published in thirty-three languages and thirty-five territories. He lives in Los Angeles, where he is at work on his next novel.

Product Details ISBN: 9780345539809
ISBN-10: 034553980X
Publisher: Del Rey
Publication Date: July 15th, 2014
Pages: 416
Language: English
Series: Red Rising Series
“[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
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
“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 Times bestselling author of The Sword of Shannara

“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
“Compulsively readable and exceedingly entertaining . . . a must for both fans of classic sci-fi and fervent followers of new school dystopian epics.Examiner
“[A] great debut . . . The author gathers a spread of elements together in much the same way George R. R. Martin does.”Tordotcom
“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
“A Hollywood-ready story with plenty of action and thrills.”Publishers Weekly
“Reminiscent of . . . Suzanne Collins’s The Hunger Games . . . [Red Rising] will captivate readers and leave them wanting more.”Library Journal (starred review)