Red Rising

Red Rising

Book - 2014
Average Rating:
34
5
2
 …
Rate this:
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.
Publisher: New York : Del Rey, [2014]
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9780345539786
0345539788
Branch Call Number: SF BROWN 2014
Characteristics: 382 pages : map ; 25 cm

Opinion

From Library Staff

In a color-coded, war-driven society of the future, a strict caste system keeps the lowest levels living in poverty and the highest levels in harsh luxury. When low-caste Darrow is betrayed, he agrees to go undercover, undergoing surgical alterations to infiltrate the Gold hierarchy and bring soc... Read More »

Darrow has spent his short life mining Mars and

knows as do all his fellow Reds that their sacrifice is so future generations can live on the

terraformed surface of Mars. All he knows is a lie.

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 o... Read 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. But Darrow and his kind have been betrayed.


From the critics


Community Activity

Comment

Add a Comment

m
MelissaYAReader
Jun 16, 2017

This is a first book in a series, but it is a great first book. This will definitely appeal to both science fiction and dystopian fans. This book reminded me of Hunger Games in many ways, but with more meat. Darrow's character is well drawn and interesting and you can't help but root for him despite the horrors going on around him. The pacing speeds up and slows down at times, but overall it is a book that will hold a reader's interest.

LPL_LaurenT Apr 21, 2017

In the highly stratified caste system on Mars, Reds are worked as slaves while Golds profit from their servitude.Darrow is recruited by the Sons of Ares when his life as a Red is ended and is remade into a Gold. He infiltrates the top echelon of their society and joins his “peers” at the Institute where he must succeed in order to bring down the system from the inside.
Red Rising is an un-put-downable book. You’ll race through it at breakneck speed, hoping against hope that Darrow can pull off the greatest coup in Mars’ history.

i
isaachar
Apr 10, 2017

A fast paced, dystopian space opera wrapped around a solid revenge story. It's 'The Hunger Games' meets 'The Count of Monte Cristo', with a bit of Herbert's 'Dune' thrown in. The pace and short page count of the book makes it easy to zip through. The main character suffers incredible hardships and sacrifices everything, even his own identity and morality, for revenge. I'm glad I read this after it's two sequels have already been released, it would have been a painful wait for the next part of the story.

k
kwsmith
Mar 24, 2017

Given all the hype around this young author's debut science fiction novel, I was supremely skeptical. It's true that the writing quality is not marvelous. On the hand, story itself is fast-paced, engaging, and incredibly entertaining. Without spoiling anything, I will tell you that this book might have been called *Ender's Game of Hunger Thrones!* The author is obviously well versed in classical studies, as much of the symbolism scattered throughout the book is authentic to ancient Rome.

Rbrightone Mar 01, 2017

The first in a trilogy this book seemed like it was going to be like many of the dystopian future books but it is so well written you dont really notice if they are similar to those that have come before it or not. The characters are interesting the world is very well done and it progresses well. The second book is just as strong and while the conclusion is a bit slower paced I really enjoyed the whole series.

r
Ruby11
Feb 23, 2017

I didn't really know what I was getting into when first starting this book, but wow it was sooo good! Very unique and interesting ideas, I loved all the characters and thought the plot was very well thought out. Very action packed and full of twists and entertaining plot points. I would highly recommend to anyone into science-fiction or fantasy books. Great read overall.

s
stewthompson84
Jan 06, 2017

A very simple, and quick read. A really fun and fast-paced story.

Library_Jill Jan 03, 2017

This futuristic science-fiction story set on Mars is a great read for those who enjoy dystopias and war games, and who aren't put off by violence and tragedy. The story is heavy, but vivid and well-written. While comparisons to The Hunger Games--and Gurren Lagan, Fullmetal Alchemist, and perhaps even (bizarrely) The Secret World of Arietty--are warranted, this story definitely stands on its own and makes a fresh mix of any familiar elements it incorporates.

l
LauraSteinert
Dec 02, 2016

Interesting combination of the themes from The Divergent Series and The Hunger Games series, but this diplopia is set on Mars (always a good thing, right?) and features a male main character. In fact, most of the main characters are male with girls just supporting the boys or being love interest. So this is "The Mocking Jay" made male and called "Reaper." Brown did have nods to other authors that sci-fi fans will appreciate (don't want to spoil your fun, so just one example: in the history of great generals, one is Ender Wiggin). It was fun to read, but I still hesitate to recommend for teen boys (the intended audience) as it bothers me that boys are rough and tough, unable to monitor their behavior, have the right to abuse (and rape) the weak, and are generally unable to cope without adult supervision. Girls are nice and tidy, and are much better at organization, but will always fail when faced with brute force. Is that really what we are teaching boys these days?

AL_SIDDRA Dec 01, 2016

Similar to The Hunger Games and the Divergent Series. Darrow is a passionate leader whom you'll want to follow to the end.

View All Comments

Age

Add Age Suitability

l
LauraSteinert
Dec 02, 2016

LauraSteinert thinks this title is suitable for 18 years and over

m
Meepster6299
Jun 12, 2015

Meepster6299 thinks this title is suitable for between the ages of 13 and 25

donnamswan Jul 06, 2014

donnamswan thinks this title is suitable for 12 years and over

k
Kyanite
Apr 07, 2014

Kyanite thinks this title is suitable for 16 years and over

r
rem85
Apr 06, 2014

rem85 thinks this title is suitable for 14 years and over

Summary

Add a Summary

m
Meepster6299
Jun 12, 2015

This was an amazing story about a young man Darrow. He lives in a futuristic world where the human race has learned to live on other planets. To organize society, the people formed a hierarchy, with Reds at the bottom and Golds at the top. His wife ends up getting hung for singing a forbidden song. A rebellion begins and Darrow infiltrates the Gold's academy. He earns the top rank in his year there and gets close with the Arch Governor of Mars.
It was captivating and I think you should read this story :)

LibraryK8 Jun 24, 2014

Darrow has the most dangerous job on Mars. He is the helldiver of Lycos, running the drill deep underground that mines Mars for valuable natural resources. Helldivers to not generally live long lives, like his father who died when he was a child. But Darrow has other plans, he is going to make something of himself, and his clan. But he can only rise so far, the caste system of society keeps his people down. They are Reds, deemed to be good at nothing but hard labor. They are ruled over by the Blues, Greys, and at the top...the Golds, the apex of human evolution.

To celebrate a particularly bountiful month in the mines, Darrow and his wife sneak off to see a big of the martian sky (a view not allowed to lowly Reds). Returning home they are caught and imprisoned for their crime. When their punishment, a whipping turns public, Eo sacrifices her life to speak out against the Golds and the caste system. She and Darrow are sentenced to die by hanging...Darrow's life is saved by the resistance movement, Eo's life is not.

The resistance tells Darrow they need him to overthrow the Golds, to prove that anyone has what it takes to be a Gold and that the colors mean nothing. Now that the Golds think he is dead, the plan is to teach Darrow to be one of them, to infiltrate their ranks, to push him into the highest ranks the government and military. Then to reveal his true origins and bring the system crashing down.

But first Darrow must survive the most grueling surgeries to remove his Red scars, a grueling initiation and finally the cruel war-games that constitute an entrance exam to the Gold academy. Can Darrow leave his old ways behind, sacrifice everything to avenge Eo?

Quotes

Add a Quote

l
LauraSteinert
Dec 02, 2016

Power must be claimed. Wealth won. Rule, dominion, empire purchased with blood. You scar-less children deserve nothing. You do not know pain. Your do not know what your forefathers sacrificed to place you on these heights. But soon, you will. Soon, we will teach you why Gold rules mankind. And I promise, of those among you, only those few fir for power will survive.

m
Meepster6299
Jun 12, 2015

"I am my father's son"
-Darrow

Notices

Add Notices

There are no notices for this title yet.

Explore Further

Browse by Call Number

Recommendations

Subject Headings

  Loading...

Find it at MCL

  Loading...
[]
[]
To Top