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Red Rising by Pierce Brown

allthingsbooks20's review against another edition

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Was so bored 

lizkay444's review

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adventurous emotional funny hopeful inspiring reflective sad tense fast-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? A mix
  • Strong character development? Yes
  • Loveable characters? Yes
  • Diverse cast of characters? No
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? No

5.0

slewis0819's review against another edition

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slow-paced

2.0

 I'll give this book one thing, the writing itself is great. But was it boring? Was it way too long? Was it overly hyped? All yes. I do not recommend this one unless you want a boring, better-written version of The Hunger Games. 

jtbarber's review

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adventurous challenging dark emotional inspiring fast-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? A mix
  • Strong character development? Yes
  • Loveable characters? It's complicated
  • Diverse cast of characters? Yes
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? It's complicated

5.0

werosek90's review against another edition

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adventurous dark reflective sad tense fast-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? A mix
  • Strong character development? Yes
  • Loveable characters? It's complicated
  • Diverse cast of characters? No

5.0

eso_felho's review against another edition

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adventurous dark tense medium-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? Plot
  • Strong character development? Yes
  • Loveable characters? It's complicated
  • Diverse cast of characters? No
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? Yes

2.25

az elvárásaim az egekben voltak, és valószínűleg kb egyetlen ember vagyok a földön aki csalódott ebben a könyvben. az eleje tényleg promising volt, de aztán a közepe fele már elmúlt a lelkesedésem

midnight324's review

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adventurous challenging emotional mysterious tense fast-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? A mix
  • Strong character development? Yes
  • Loveable characters? Yes
  • Diverse cast of characters? Yes
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? Yes

5.0

b0okcupidity's review against another edition

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4.0

I believe that the narration of this one helped with my enjoyment of the story - it didn't allow me to get caught up in the details of the world building and, instead, hone in on the emotional nuances. A much grittier take on a story similar to The Hunger Games - revolution, class systems designed to impoverish the lowest, a rigged game with an important outcome. This story, however, shuns the overt condemnation of violence in Hunger Games in lieu of a larger theme of justice over vengeance. This means that there is a lot of violence in this book and my main gripe about that is the use of rape as a tool of control in this story. I've complained about this in stories before, when I feel like it relies too heavily on this particular violence to set up the vile from the redeemable. Red Rising perhaps muddles that point and almost takes an allegorical turn.
It helped that I only sort of liked the characters so that I wasn't too hooked on their outcomes and look forward to seeing how Darrow is going to manage to make all of this right, it seems it's up to him alone.

Spoiler:
SpoilerBut, Pax. I was actually really sad about his death because he was a decent, dumb lug of a gold.

isasacks's review

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adventurous dark tense medium-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? A mix
  • Strong character development? Yes
  • Loveable characters? No
  • Diverse cast of characters? No
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? Yes

5.0

mackboo7's review

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adventurous dark tense fast-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? A mix
  • Strong character development? Yes
  • Loveable characters? It's complicated
  • Diverse cast of characters? No
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? Yes

4.25