Series: Red Rising Book 1
Genre: Science Fiction
Length: 416 pages
Audiobook Length: 16 hours and 12 minutes
First Published: 2014
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 toils willingly, trusting 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 reached the surface generations ago. Vast cities and lush wilds 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.
Quotes from Red Rising
I would have lived in peace. But my enemies brought me war.
The measure of a man is what he does when he has power.
Man cannot be freed by the same injustice that enslaved it.
Funny thing, watching gods realize they’ve been mortal all along.
About Pierce Brown
Pierce Brown is the author of the Red Rising series: Red Rising, Golden Son, Morning Star, Iron Gold and Dark Age. Before becoming a writer, he worked a number of jobs including social media manager, NBC page and aide on a U.S. Senate campaign. He currently lives in Los Angeles, California. Visit the author’s website →