Red Rising | Spoiler Free Book Review


By: Pierce Brown

Red Rising Trilogy #1 | 382 Pages | Pub. 2014

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Red Rising at a Glance

  • Overall Rating: ★★★★★
  • Heroine: Late to the party, but 100% worth it
  • Dude: Can we just let him breathe??
  • Steaminess: Too busy staying alive
  • Brutality: Just DON’T SING

Pairs Well With

Death by Shot

  • 1 oz. white tequila
  • 8 drops tabasco
  • 1 red pepper


Holy wow.

This is going to be a jumble of words and feelings because I’m not in a write a real review kind of mood. The gist of the book is that one race is oppressed by another and Darrow tries to save his race and get vengeance against his oppressors. Got it? Okay.

I was incredibly suspicious of reading this because i’m not a huge Sci-fy fan. Yes, I love Illuminae, but I have never read a long, serious Sci-Fy book. You can all throw the books at me now.

Teagan swore that if I got past the first 8 chapters I would love it. That girl is right 99% of the time too. I loved this book so much, it’s going to haunt me until I finish the series.

Warning: this is not for the faint of heart. If The Hunger Games upset you, then you have no idea what this will do. Lots of people die. In horrible ways. Sometimes people you love are responsible and you don’t know if you can love them anymore. Sometimes you can’t sleep because you don’t believe what you just read. And occasionally you will just need a really good cry.

But it’s totally worth it.

I promise.

There are two distinct turning points in the first third of the book. If you can get past those two, then you will be fine. And you will definitely know when you get there because you will have to put your book down and stare into space for a minute.

Go read this and good luck!

Have you read Red Rising? Let us know what you thought in the comments!


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18 thoughts on “Red Rising | Spoiler Free Book Review

  1. This is one of my all-time favorite series. I got really excited when your email came in and I saw what book it was. So much more triumph and heartbreak to come but sooo worth it!

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      1. I was so excited for #4 but I read about a quarter of it and couldn’t go farther. One of the characters was wrecked for me and I just had to put it down 😦 Don’t let that stop you from finishing through #3 though because it’s GLORIOUS.

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  2. Great review! I loved this book, but honestly they just keep getting better as the series goes on. (I mean, Iron Gold is clearly a set-up book, but Brown’s writing is on an upswing that just doesn’t quit.) I hope you have a good time with the next books if you continue!

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  3. I love, love, love this series and push it on everyone I can. Be prepared for an emotional, exciting ride because it’s epic!! I made my whole family leave me alone every time one of the books was released so I could just binge read the whole thing. 😀 Enjoy the series!!

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