I don’t often post reviews on my blog (I have a Goodreads account for that), but last month I had the opportunity to read an advanced copy of Pierce Brown’s Red Rising, and it kind of blew my mind. I’m also always in favor of helping a fellow writer out, so I thought I’d take this chance to promote a debut author and his awesome book. The publisher, Del Ray, is raffling off two signed copies of the book; I’ve pasted the link for you to enter below.
Here’s the summary from Amazon:
“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 spends his life willingly, knowing 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 sprawling parks 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.
As I said, this book blew my mind. Pierce Brown’s rich prose and invented slang have created a setting so real that I could feel myself sweating in Darrow’s frysuit. Part Ender’s Game, part Hunger Games, and yet entirely unique, Red Rising is one of the best books I’ve read this year. I can’t wait to see what Brown has in store for Darrow in the rest of the triology.
About Pierce Brown
Pierce Brown spent his childhood building forts and setting traps for cousins in the woods of six states and the deserts of two. Graduating from college in 2010, he fancied the idea of continuing his studies at Hogwarts. 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 Los Angeles, where he scribbles tales of spaceships, wizards, ghouls, and most things old or bizarre.
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