Red Rising: Book 1 of the Red Rising Saga (Paperback)
"The Red Rising Saga" Pierce Brown
Originally titled "The Red Rising Trilogy", which was comprised of the three books "Red Rising", "Golden Son" and "Morning Star"; it has now become "The Red Rising Saga" with a much anticipated fourth book titled "Iron Gold" due to be released in January of 2018.
"The Red Rising Saga" is simply the best speculative-fiction series that I have read in a really long time, perhaps ever. It has been compared to several science fiction greats and contains many of the best elements of them all, books like "The Moon Is A Harsh Mistress" by Heinlein, "Foundation" by Asimov, and "Dune" by Herbert, I would also throw in "The Count Of Monte Cristo and "Game Of Thrones" for good measure. It is that good.
Seven hundred years in the future humans have fully Terra-formed and colonized the solar system. While technology and science have progressed exponentially, allowing humans unprecedented reach and power, the social structure itself has stagnated and hardened into a heartless and archaic caste system, where people are classified within the hierarchy by a strict "color" system. The highest level, the rulers of the solar system, are the cruel and powerful Golds, who hold the rest of the colors in subjugation and bondage. Some of the colors; the Silvers and Violets, for example, enjoy extensive privileges and pampered lives, while others, such as the Reds and Pinks, are virtual slaves.
Darrow is a Red, he is content to spend his days toiling in the mines beneath the surface of Mars, married to his childhood sweetheart, working miles underground, believing that the sacrifice of their labor and lives will one day make Mars livable for their future generations. Mining helium three is a dirty and dangerous job, but he and the people of his clan (and millions more) do so willingly, harvesting the gas for the energy required for the betterment of humanity, not realizing that they have been kept in bondage by a great lie. The truth is that the surface of Mars has been habitable for more than 400 years, covered with vast oceans, massive forests and glittering cities, while they have starved, struggled and died. When Darrow's life goes catastrophically wrong he is recruited by the Sons of Ares, a terrorist group intent on ending the hierarchy, and the rule of the Golds, by any means necessary, to do so they will have to turn Darrow into the very thing he hates the most.
"The Red Rising Saga" is an absolutely brilliant series, it goes far beyond the scope of the usual science fiction novels. The characters are magnificent, finely drawn, compelling and believable, representing the consummate best and the downright worst that humanity has to offer. The geography of the inhabited solar system, and Mars in particular, is splendid, with incredible landscapes, populated by mythical creatures and places, worlds created by a peerless society at the height of their power, though rotten to the core. One of my favorite reviewers put it very succinctly, and accurately, "When you read Red Rising, you’ll be more than entertained, you’ll be changed." Mark Billingsley— Mark Billingsley
NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER - NAMED ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR BY ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY, BUZZFEED, AND SHELF AWARENESS "Ender, Katniss, and now Darrow."--Scott Sigler
Pierce Brown's relentlessly entertaining debut channels the excitement of The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins and Ender's Game by Orson Scott Card.
"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 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 " 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 "Pierce Brown's empire-crushing debut is a sprawling vision."--Scott Sigler, New York Times bestselling author of Pandemic
About the Author
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.