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Book 1: Red Rising

Pierce Brown's relentlessly entertaining debut channels the excitement of The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins and Ender's Game by Orson Scott Card.

"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 miner and a Red, a member of the lowest caste in the color-coded society of the future. Like his fellow Reds, he digs all day, believing that he and his people are making the surface of the planet livable for future generations. Darrow has never seen the sky.

Yet he spends his life willingly, knowing that his blood and sweat will one day result in a better future 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 joins a resistance group in order to infiltrate the ruling class and destroy society from within. He will stop at nothing to bring down his enemies . . . even if it means he has to become one of them to do so.

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"Ender, Katniss, and now Darrow."

—Scott Sigler


"Fast-paced, gripping, well-written — the sort of book you cannot put down.  I am already on the lookout for the next one."

—Terry Brooks


"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 that will captivate readers and leave them wanting more."

Library Journal, Starred Review


" . . . reminiscent of The Hunger Games and Game of Thrones."

Kirkus Reviews


"The next Hunger Games . . . a Hollywood-ready story with plenty of action and thrills."

Publishers Weekly


"Pierce Brown's dizzyingly good debut novel evokes The Hunger Games, Lord of the Flies, and Ender's has everything it needs to become meteoric."

Entertainment Weekly


"Pierce Brown has done an astounding job at delivering a powerful piece of literature that will definitely make a mark in the minds of readers."

The Huffington Post


"Compulsively readable and exceedingly entertaining...a must for both fans of classic sci-fi and fervent followers of new school dystopian epics."



"The author gathers a spread of elements together in much the same way George R.R. Martin does...[a] great debut."



"A very ambitious novel…this one is told very well indeed. A natural for Hunger Games fans of all ages."