Book Review: Red Rising by Pierce Brown

Unbelievable. Cunning. Outstanding. Red Rising displays so much sovereignty in the entire novel that exceeds comprehension of what a science-fiction and a dystopian should be. Specifically speaking, as may as dragging the first few chapters of the novel, it actually provoke and favor the 80% part of the book which made me hook after quite the first fifth part. I didn’t want to put the book down. I don’t want to let it go. It is speaking so much to me, to finish it, to consume it.

I was taken back by the slow progression at first and definitely confused by the slang words or invented words with no background or at least an introduction of what the words were. Nevertheless, I still commend  Pierce Brown because he executed the story so well that my physically stable body couldn’t cope up with the running mental exhaustion in my mind. I want to digest every word, to take all, to read them and I did it. Now, I want more of it.

They say Red Rising is a cross over of The Hunger Games, Divergent Series and Ender’s Game. I’m telling you if you think those dystopian novels are your favorites. You are undeniably wrong. Red Rising is more than that. It is a full-scale war of twelve houses that only one has to be a prime. I hold my breath, my reading speeds up, and I never knew that I was so immersed in the story that I badly wanted to know what will happen next.

It was full of politics, manipulations, betrayals, twist. It exudes so much pain and principle. Adequately provides us with the glimpse of how society is unfair, how to rule a society, and how to be strong in the process. When biomodification was taken place in the book – that’s where I start taking an interest because this is my kind of wavelength. It provides small details of the gray area of human experiment and adding capabilities to a person that has been acquired through technology.

My jaw dropped, as I applaud Pierce Brown, for writing the novel so well and implied the politics intricately brilliant that made me ask a question, “What will happen next?”. It is simple and yet beautiful. A lowColor wants to stand above everyone and proved that no color should be degraded despite their expertise, field, and role in the community. It speaks so much, ironically, of our society today and government that it procure variable mindsets in its readers.

Surely, this literature embodies what a friendship is, it shows true morale, conduct with pride on one’s race, it gives hope and depicts an outstanding role model and leadership to the sub characters. And every persona has their significance to play. It has been proved here that with the same technique, same sentiments, the same way – generation in the past can differ in the generation in the present. How the past lives could alter by the present. And that is how powerful a person is. Scary and yet brittle.

Also, in the book there are sensitive factors that have been discussed; there are sexual violence, vengeance, corruption, rage, inhumane violations that we will see in such circumstances that mirror the reality of the fiction. It was just stunning how Pierce Brown put everything into pieces and write the book in such addictive tone of the voice that there are so many things are going around – that you will never know what was happening and what is happening through the course of reading.

Vivid and compelling. Red Rising is just the beginning of what will happen in the Trilogy and I’m already taken interest reading the whole series. It shocked me to my core. It opens my heart to love science-fiction more. It will devour you and you will let it consumed you. There will be no regrets because the Reds are Rising.



Pierce BrownPierce 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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15 thoughts on “Book Review: Red Rising by Pierce Brown

  1. I love the review! Been hearing so much rave about this book but haven’t given much thought of actually reading it. Now I just want to grab and read it! Thanks for noting that it’s not similar to other dystopian reads 🙂

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