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RED RISING by Pierce Brown, Excerpt

RED RISING by Pierce Brown, Excerpt

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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.
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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Published by: Random House Publishing Group on May 29, 2013
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y test results coe when I  prcticing y culturl recog-nition nd ccent odultion with Mtteo in our high-risepenthouse. We hve  view o the city, the setting sun behind. I’idwy through  clever retort bout the Yorkton Supernov ux-Wr sports club when y dtpd beeps with  priority essgesent to y dtpd stre. I lost spill y coee.“My dtpd hs been slved by nother,” I sid. “It’s the Bordo Qulity Control.”Mtteo shoots up ro his chir. “We hve perhps our in-utes.” He runs into the suite’s librry, where Hrony is reding onn ergocouch. She jups up nd is down nd out o the suite in lessthn three breths. I ke sure tht the holopictures o e with yke ily re rrnged in y bedroo nd throughout the pent-house. Four hired servnts—Browns nd  Pink—go bout does-tic tsks in the penthouse. They wer the Pegsus livery o y keily.One o the Browns goes to the kitchen. The other,  Pink won,ssges y shoulders. Mtteo shines y shoes in y roo. O course there re chines to do these things, but n Aurete would
 
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never use  chine or soething  person could do. There is nopower in tht.The towncrt ppers like  distnt drgony. It grows s itbuzzes closer nd hovers outside y penthouse window. Its bord-ing door slides open nd  n in  Copper suit gives  bow o orlity. I let y dtpd open the duroglss window nd then ots in. Three Whites re with hi. Ech hs  white Sigilupon their hnds. Mebers o the Acdeins nd  Copperbureucrt.“Do I hve the plesure o ddressing one Drrow u Androe-dus, son o the recently decesed Linus u Androedus nd Lexusu Androedus?”“You hve the honor.”The bureucrt looks e up nd down in  very deerentil, butiptient nner. “I  Bondilus cu Tncrus o the Institute’sBord o Qulity Control. There re soe questions we ust beg tosk o you.”We sit cross ro one nother t y ok kitchen tble. There,they hook y nger to  chine nd one o the Whites dons  piro glsses tht will nlyze y pupils nd other physiologicl rec-tions. They will be ble to tell i I  lying.“We will strt with  control question to ssess your norl rec-tion when telling truths. Are you o the Fily Androedus?”“Yes.”Are you o the Aurete genus?“Yes.” I lie through y teeth, ruining their control questions.“Did you chet in your dissions test two onths prior?”“No.”“Did you use nervenucleic to stiulte high coprehension ndnlyticl unctions during the test itsel?”“No.”“Did you use  network widget to ggregte or synthesize outsideresources in rel tie?”“No.” I sigh iptiently. “There ws  jer in the roo, ergoit would hve been ipossible. I’ gld you’ve done your reserchnd re not wsting y tie, Copper.”

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