Red Rising

red rising story diary

The day is finally here! Golden Son, the follow-up to Red Rising, Pierce Brown’s phenomenal debut, releases today! This trilogy is not one to miss. 5 awesome stars to both novels (even though Golden Son broke me a little) from me. But don’t take my word for it, both novels got a starred review from Kirkus. And also earned some awards and made it high on a few important lists. That’s big.

Whether you like sci-fi or not, I think you will enjoy this trilogy because it is well-written and the world-building is so bloodydamn (pun intended) organic and vivid, and the characters are unforgettable. Anyway, here’s a story diary for Red Rising in celebration of Golden Son‘s release. (P.S. prepare for feels when you read GS).

red rising coverRed Rising by Pierce Brown
Young Adult Science Fiction

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 miner and a Red, a member of the lowest caste in the color-coded society of the future. Like his fellow Reds, he digs all day, believing that he and his people are making the surface of the planet livable for future generations. Darrow has never seen the sky.

Yet he spends his life willingly, knowing that his blood and sweat will one day result in a better future 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 joins a resistance group in order to infiltrate the ruling class and destroy society from within. He will stop at nothing to bring down his enemies . . . even if it means he has to become one of them to do so.


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Each surviving student has a gold ring won during the Passage. These rings are not only marked with the name of the student’s house, but they also have the ability to transmit video and audio.

An L-shaped ring that was given to Darrow, is supposed to represent a symbol that Spartans put on their shields. To Darrow it represents his family clan, Lambda. The ring conceals a blade that is revealed with a special movement of the bearer’s hand.

Darrow is given a Pegasus necklace and the pendant opens when Darrow says Eo’s name. Darrow keeps a petal from a flower Eo gave him inside.


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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.

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3 thoughts on “Red Rising

  1. I actually started this book and decided it wasn’t for me, but then I heard that it gets way better, and ends up being amazing. I’m thinking of giving it another shot. I’m glad to hear the sequel is good too!!

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