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Book Talk 8/4/17


Book Talk…8/4/17

Traci Kenworth

Red Rising by Pierce Brown 2014 Del Rey. I won this is a contest with FantasyLiterature.

“Ender, Katniss, and now Darrow.”—Scott Sigler
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 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 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.

BONUS: This edition includes an excerpt from Pierce Brown’s Golden Son.

Praise for Red Rising
“[A] spectacular adventure . . . one heart-pounding ride . . . Pierce Brown’s dizzyingly good debut novel evokes The Hunger Games, Lord of the Flies, and Ender’s Game. . . . [Red Rising] has everything it needs to become meteoric.”Entertainment Weekly

“[A] top-notch debut novel . . . Red Rising ascends above a crowded dystopian field.”USA Today
Red Rising is a sophisticated vision. . . . Brown will find a devoted audience.”Richmond Times-Dispatch

“A story of vengeance, warfare and the quest for power . . . reminiscent of The Hunger Games and Game of Thrones.”—Kirkus Reviews
“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, New York Times bestselling author of The Sword of Shannara

“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

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


Darrow is a Red, one of the lowest people in Mars. No matter that he wins the drive, the upper caste system will not let him rise above what he is. When he and his wife are caught trespassing on a Gold part of the system, she is killed for her song and he is buried, thought dead, and brought above by other Reds to fight those who killed her. They start by turning him into a Gold. His body undergoes surgery and enhancements until he is ready to go to their Institute. Once there, like the other Golds, he learns he must kill another to go on. The one he kills is both his friend, but the brother of another Gold who becomes like a brother to him. They rise through the ranks, Darrow letting him believe another is responsible for his brother’s death. When the truth comes out, all bets are off. But Darrow has other problems far bigger: the Jackal is on the rise too and he’s willing to do anything to win.


I LOVED this book! Okay, admittedly, a lot of tech and science stuff was over my head but that didn’t detract from the story. Normally, I don’t read much science fiction because of this, but I’m glad I took the chance on this story. I think it has to do with my Bipolar, things just are fuzzy in my head when I have to think too hard about them. The whole war between the Houses to survive was akin to Hunger Games only with groups not individuals. Although at times, it comes down to that. Darrow wants to bring down the Golds, people who have kept his family at the bottom for generations. I, like anyone, can understand what it’s like to hunger for something you don’t have. This is the first book in the series. I’ve already put The Golden Sun on my TBR list.



I write YA as Traci Kenworth. I also write romance as Loleta Abi.

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