Red Rising

I would have lived in peace. But my enemies brought me war.


As a Red – the lowest member of the society – Darrow has to risk his life every day by extracting precious Helium-3. That doesn’t bother him, because he knows that his hard work, his sweat and blood, will mean a better life for the next generations. That is, until the day he finds out that everything he believed in is nothing but a lie.

I have to say that I  enjoy Pierce Brown’s writing style. It feels very informal and natural, while somehow still maintaining certain, almost poetic, lightness. I was really impressed by that, especially since it’s his debut novel.

However, there was something that really annoyed me. The descriptions, mostly those of the surroundings, were really confusing. Because of that I had a really hard time getting into this book. I really struggled with the first couple of chapters, since I was unable to picture what was happening or had to read the same part over and over again. Though I have to say that it gets better as the book progresses.

The main character, Darrow, is wonderfully complex and three-dimensional. He is everything a good book protagonist should be. He definitely isn’t perfect. He has his faults, he does questionable things (and not always for the right reasons). But he is a good person. It’s easy to understand his motives and relate to him.

When it comes to the rest of the cast, they are just as delightful. Each character got a chance to show their depth. It makes them feel very real. And that is why this book is so damn good. It makes you care

I love the fact that even though this book does what many other dystopian novels have done before, it took me for a really exciting ride. The story went into places I would have never expected it to go. I predicted a few minor things, but most of the really big revelations were a mystery to me until the very end. It was surprising, it was exciting, it was FUN. What more could you possibly want?

Even though at first I had minor problems with getting into this world, I am glad I didn’t give up. After I overcame the initial problems, I had a wonderful time reading this book. I can’t wait to get my hands on the sequel.



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    1. That’s great! 😄
      I was hesitant to start this book for some reason and now I am really mad at past me. It was really good! I hope I will enjoy the rest of this series as well 😊

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  1. Ooh, I’m still part of the side that hasn’t read a Pierce Brown book yet. I have this on my future TBR list but I’m going to be honest that I don’t typically pick up science fiction unless I’m really in the mood. But I’m glad you enjoyed the writing style (aside from the disconcerting way the setting was described). And it’s always a major bonus that the story actually has a fun adventure. Also, unrelated but I heard that the author himself is very good looking. (I think I’ve seen a couple of photos in passing somewhere.) Anyhow, nice review! I hope you enjoy the next books in the series. 🙂

    – Summer at Xingsings

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  2. I am glad you enjoyed this one! I loved it, and the second one, too. I’m looking forward to the third book (I have it on my shelves and I am waiting for the right time to pick it up!!! *_*). I’m sorry that you had some problems with it, but now that I think about it, you’re right about the description parts!!!

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    1. I hope you are going to love the third book! I heard that the sequel is even better than the first book and I can’t wait to find out for myself! But just like you, I am waiting for the right time 😀

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  3. Hmmm. So many people seem to like this book! I couldn’t get past the first couple chapters, but maybe I should definitely give it another try! Seems very interesting. 🙂

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    1. I completely understand that. The first couple of chapters are really confusing and the story doesn’t really get interesting until the end of part one. But if you want to give this book another try, I really recommend it. I had amazing time reading it and I hope you will like it as much as I did 😊

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  4. Wonderful review! This book had been on my TBR since before it was even released and I STILL haven’t read it! I hear so many great things about this one so I’m really glad you liked it! I’m hoping to read it later this month so I hope I like it too!

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    1. I have been waiting for 3 years to read it and now I have no idea why I didn’t read it sooner. It’s so much fun! I really hope you are going to enjoy it as much as I did ❤️❤️❤️

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