By The Hodderscape Team

Posted on January 21, 2014 in Books with tags Pierce Brown, Young Adult

Red Rising has reviewers hooked:

“With just one book Brown has already made me a life-long fan” —  Ivy Book Bindings

From the depths below Mars’ surface to the hills of Olympus; Brown melded science-fiction, complex characters and outstanding world-building in this tale that left me spent and begging for more.” — Caffeinated Book Reviewer

Its final act, in fact, is like a heart attack: a no-holds-barred bastard of a finale in which the author gathers a spread of elements together in much the same way George R. R. Martin’s does in the best and most brutal bits of his bestselling saga”  —

“a wonderful, heartfelt, enslaving rollercoaster ride of a novel, filled with rich language, a world beyond imagination, peppered with astonishing fascinating characters and best of all a truly magnificent main protagonist.” — Liz Loves Books

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It’s being compared to a lot of other amazing books…

“A story of vengeance, warfare and the quest for power . . . reminiscent of The Hunger Games and Game of Thrones.” — Kirkus Reviews

“With all of the tension of The Hunger Games and heady dose of savagery that lives somewhere in the space between The Lord of the Flies and ancient Greek mythology that revels in the violent deeds of the deities of old, Red Rising is compulsively readable and exceedingly entertaining.” — 


… but it’s also being praised for its originality:

Red Rising wouldn’t exist without the countless classics it takes its cues from, but this great debut builds a formidable fortress upon their familiar foundations, making such interesting alterations along the way that its piecemeal parts are essentially rendered unrecognisable. Like mankind has in the past, Pierce Brown reaches for the stars, and mostly hits that monumental mark.” —

“reminiscent of both Suzanne Collins’s The Hunger Games and William Golding’s Lord of the Flies but has a dark and twisted power of its own” —Library Journal

“It has hints of Harry Potter and Hunger Games, but it is its own animal. And it is not YA. The writing is excellent and the story is better. This is one terrific fantasy book, and I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend it to anyone.”  Terry Brooks


It’s set on Mars, but it’s also one for fantasy fans:

Red Rising Fantasy Faction

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The language is amazing — just take a look at the opening line:



“You believe the emotion and you believe the oppression and you believe the rage and violence in equal measure, and that shows the quality of the writing.”  The Forgotten Geek



In fact, you might end up speaking like the main character Darrow:





Red Rising is out in a week. Cancel your appointments.

“you’ll find that the novel goes from interesting to flat-out clear-my-schedule-I-have-a-book-to-finish compelling” — 

Red Rising Jetpack


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