Red Rising by Pierce Brown (non-spoiler review) // gory, dark and emotional

Book: Red Rising by Pierce Brown

Rating: 5 stars


“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.


I loved this book and was so excited to reread it!


I loved every second reading this book. I was never bored and everything was so interesting. You can tell every word and action is thought out. This book was such a roller coaster and I loved it.


The writing is amazing! Everything is so raw and real. I felt way too much while reading this book. Honestly sometimes I had to put it down because I was overwhelmed. This book deals with everything. Love. Betrayal. Guilt. Sacrifice. Violence. Growth. Action.

Trigger warning for rape, sexual assault and a lot of violence. The book is quite dark and really gory.

The plot twists in this book are amazing. They aren’t ones you can guess straight away and I had no idea (Even though I already read the book some time ago haha. Think that’s just my memory though)


The characters are so fleshed out and complex. Everyone has their good and bad sides and really no one was the good guy.


Read this book!

A shorter, bullet point review can be found on my Goodreads here.


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Have you read Red Rising? What about Pierce Brown’s other books? Is it on your TBR? Are your opinions the same as mine? Or are they totally different?

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26 thoughts on “Red Rising by Pierce Brown (non-spoiler review) // gory, dark and emotional

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  1. I read I several years ago but never continued with the series even though I wanted to. Thanks for this review. I needed the refresher and reminder that this book is amazing and I should pick up book 2 ASAP! 😁

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  2. I love that you just plain put “read this book” in your review, but it’s like 100% true. I adore the whole saga and I know a lot of people don’t think it’s for them or are hesitant because of the genre, but Pierce Brown knows his craft. He takes the time necessary to really make each book the amazing work it is. Great review 🙂 glad you enjoyed rereading it this much!

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