when the first thing you read in a book is this sentence. you can’t but have high expectations for it.

people rave about this book. and it’s a lot of people’s favorite.

i kept holding off from reading it because it’s sci-fi and well it kid sound repetitive BUT it’s not! when you read the synopsis you would think it’s like any other dystopian- sci-fi book. BUT it’s not.

obviously i ended up loving it. and now it’s my favorite sci-fi series (i’ve only read the first book so hopefully the rest of the series won’t disappoint)

name: red rising (red rising-1)imagesgg

author: pierce brown

genre: YA sci-fi, dystopian

pages: 382

publishing date: January 28th 2014

publisher: del rey (random house)




“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 already 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




non-spoilers review 

brown managed to create  this  a well developed characters and world building. the society, the history, it all was well thought and well written. 

like i said this book turned the expected to completely something new. whenever something happens you would think ” ok sure, this now will happen” but then it takes you completely by surprise. which in a way makes more realistic! you would relate a lot to the story. 

one of things i really loved was how the story was narrated. it was told by darrow’s POV which i honestly can’t think the book would be this good it was narrated otherwise! 

darrow is so passionate and relatable! yes he is a boy and i’m not. but he’s emotions were so human and relatable. he’s arc was well developed. he was so human when it comes to his actions. i love his character, i loved reading from his POV. 

the other characters were also interesting. honestly everything in this book was well thought and detailed. the school, the setting, everything just blew me away. i was at the edge of my seat the whole time! 







” He is wrong. I am the spark that will set the worlds afire. I am the hammer that cracks the chains. ” 



” death isn’t empty like you say it is. emptiness is life without freedom, Darrow. emptiness is living chained by fear, fear of loss, of death. ” 



” in her eyes, i see my heart. in her breath, i hear my soul. she is my land. she is my kin. my love.” 


” no one grasps the game, because no one knows the rules. no one follows the same set of rule. it is like life. some think honor universal. some think laws binding. others know better. but in the end, don’t those who rise by poison die by poison?” 




Have you read it? what did you think ?








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