**** (4 out of 5) · Books · Dystopia · Young Adult

Review: Red Rising

Red Rising

by Pierce Brown



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I’ve been meaning to read this book for a while! First off there has been a ton of hype.ย  Second, I got a free copy of the book from Del Rey at last year’s Denver Pop Culture Con. Third, I saw this group of cosplayers at the Con and their costumes were freaking awesome:


I took this particular picture, but I found the group on Instagram, check them out!

When Leslie @ Books are the New Black suggested a buddy read, it was the push I needed to actually get to it haha, so thank you Leslie!!

So obviously this book has strong Hunger Game vibes.ย  The quote on the front says “Ender, Katniss and now Darrow” The Hunger Game vibes didn’t bother me at all. It was still a unique story and I am usually more into characters than plot anyway. I didn’t get strong Ender’s Game vibes while reading, but I understand the comparison.

The characters in Red Rising were pretty awesome! Darrow’s ruthlessness concerns me a bit, but it makes him more real.ย  He is flawed but he is trying.ย  I love that he makes mistakes and works hard to learn from them.ย  I don’t want to talk about the other characters because I don’t want to spoil anything, so I won’t use names.ย  The range of personalities amazes me.ย  For the most part I like all the good guys, but there are some that are super creepy and you learn that just because they are on the good side doesn’t mean they are good.

Red Rising is darker and rougher than Hunger Games, which worked for it.ย  Its almost Hunger games meets Lord of the Flies, only more brutal.ย  There is rape throughout the book but it is NEVER condoned by the main characters, and you never actually read a scene where it happens, you find out about it after the fact.ย  Learning about what some of the characters did made me uncomfortable, but it was never bad enough to make me want to stop reading.ย  It pushed the limits but held its line.

Even with all of that I still would have given Red Rising 5 stars if it hadn’t been for the ending.ย  Again, I don’t want to spoil anything so I won’t say exactly why, but it really pissed me off.ย  I feel like it was a stupid choice to end the book that way and I feel like the only reason it happened was to set the next book up to be filled with drama and angst (neither of which I am overly fond of). Based on the direction at the very end I am worried that this is going to turn into a normal annoying distopian cliche. Don’t get me wrong, I am hoping I am wrong, and I am going to read the second book.ย  I just don’t have high hopes anymore. (I hope I’m wrong!)

Have you read Red Rising? What did you think? Lets chat!



24 thoughts on “Review: Red Rising

  1. Oh wow, I’ve read a lot of reviews for this book in the past and none of them seemed to really explain and detail the darkness in this book. I was under the impression it was ‘just another YA’ and this has me so intrigued! I’m going to give it a go. Awesome post Brittany ๐Ÿ™‚

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    1. Honestly I was kind of surprised this was considered YA, it got pretty dark at times, but I guess the scenes themselves didn’t detail the graphic parts so that could be why its still YA. I hope you like it if you read it! Thanks! ๐Ÿ˜€

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  2. I’m SO CURIOUS now! Leslie mentioned how that ending made her take off one star too and now I just need to know what happens. Haha great review! This sounds like an incredibly dark read but I do like the idea of it having Hunger Games vibes. There’s so much hype around this I’m worried I’ll feel let down but … Maybe I should bump it up my list ๐Ÿ˜‚

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    1. Haha I guess you are just going to have to read it now to find out what happened ๐Ÿ˜€ And thanks! It was pretty dark, darker than the Hunger Games for sure! I hope you like it if you read it! And just don’t go in with too high of expectations and I think you will like it!!


  3. So I’ve never been interested in picking up this book. I’m not really one for dystonia and I never finished the Hunger Games [the movies were enough for me] – I never knew I needed this book in my life until THIS review. Like, DAMN! This actually sounds so good! Amazing review [although I hate you for adding to my TBR ๐Ÿ˜‰ ] ๐Ÿ˜‚ โค

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    1. I’m hit or miss with dystopia. I have enjoyed a lot of the different hyped ones but I think the genre is overdone, and none of my favorite books are dystopia. But I did really enjoy this one! If you you get to it I hope you like it too! (And you are welcome ๐Ÿ˜‰ )

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  4. This book continues to haunt me. Eo’s defiant stand shook me so me so hard I had to put the book down. I love how morally complex the characters are though and while Red Rising can be seen on the border of YA/adult, the rest of the series definitely class as adult.

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    1. Good to know about the rest of the series being adult! I was kind of suprised this one classified as YA, but it mostly implied everything, we didn’t actually read about the super super graphic parts. And I agree her stand was haunting. I cried a lot during that part!


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