Author of New York Times bestselling Red Rising series
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About Pierce Brown
Pierce Brown’s debut novel Red Rising, is the first in a trilogy that has been compared to Suzanne Collins’ The Hunger Games and Orson Scott Card’s Ender’s Game. The second and third book in the dystopian series, Golden Son and Morning Star, cemented Pierce Browns as one of fiction’s most exciting new voices. Morning Star debuted at #1 on both the New York Times and USA Today’s Bestseller Lists.
Brown also recently announced he’s begun work on another three-part epic which will take place after the end of Morning Star. The first in the series, Iron Gold, was released in early 2018.
Brown lived in eight different states growing up and spent most of his childhood exploring new places, and building forts and traps for his cousins in the woods. After college he worked a variety of jobs from manager of a social media startup to an NBC page and even put in time working as an aide on a US Senate campaign. Throughout his various occupations, Brown worked tirelessly on becoming a writer and finished his first draft of Red Rising when he was just 22 years old. He currently lives in Los Angeles, where he is working on his new series and various other writing projects.
Brown has already written the screenplay for Red Rising and has sold it to Universal Pictures where it has gained the attention of director Marc Forster and producer Joe Roth.
From Building Forts to Writing a Bestseller
In this talk, Pierce Brown recalls his sleep-deprived life juggling various jobs as he worked toward becoming a writer—and, at age 26, he did. Attracted to the universal social themes of justice and class, Brown published a genre-defying epic trilogy that resonates with audiences of all ages.
Praise for Pierce Brown
He was WONDERFUL! Everyone raved about how great his talk was. Our Library Store sold out of copies of Red Rising and only had a few of Golden Son left at the end of the day. I know we had some guests drive from 3 hours away just to see him.— Spartanburg County Public Library
Praise for Morning Star
You could call [Pierce] Brown science fiction’s best-kept secret. In Morning Star, the trilogy’s devastating and inspiring final chapter, . . . he flirts with volume, oscillating between thundering space escapes and hushed, tense parleys between rivals, where the cinematic dialogue oozes such specificity and suspense you could almost hear a pin drop between pages. His achievement is in creating an uncomfortably familiar world of flaw, fear, and promise.— Entertainment Weekly
Excellent . . . Brown’s vivid, first-person prose puts the reader right at the forefront of impassioned speeches, broken families, and engaging battle scenes . . . as this interstellar civil war comes to a most satisfying conclusion.”— Publishers Weekly (starred review)
Morning Star is this trilogy’s Return of the Jedi. . . . The impactful battles that make up most of Morning Star are damn near operatic. . . . It absolutely satisfies.— Tor.com
[M]ultilayered and seething with characters who exist in a shadow world between history and myth, much as in Frank Herbert's Dune…An ambitious and satisfying conclusion to a monumental saga.— Kirkus
A page-turning epic filled with twists and turns, heartbreaks and daring gambles…The conclusion to Brown’s saga is simply stellar.— Booklist (starred)
Praise for Golden Son
Gripping . . . Both author and lead character have cranked up the emotional stakes. . . . With Golden Son, [Pierce] Brown avoids the sophomore slump, charging the novel with the kind of dystopia-toppling action you’d expect in a trilogy ender, not a middle volume. On virtually every level, this is a sequel that hates sequels—a perfect fit for a hero who already defies the tropes. Grade: A— Entertainment Weekly
Brown writes layered, flawed characters . . . but plot is his most breathtaking strength. . . . Every action seems to flow into the next.— NPR
Dramatic . . . the rare middle book that loses almost no momentum as it sets up the final installment.— Publisher's Weekly
Praise for Red Rising
A story of vengeance, warfare and the quest for power . . . reminiscent of The Hunger Games and Game of Thrones.— Kirkus Reviews
[A] top-notch debut novel . . . Red Rising ascends above a crowded dystopian field.— USA Today
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
[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
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“Your most fevered science fiction daydreams come true on the page…Iron Gold is mature science fiction existing within the frame of blazing space opera, bouncing back and forth between some of the most cinematically brilliant nonsense you'll ever read and serious discussions of politics, morality and the cost of violence. It is, all of it, done in a style so purple that it borders on Shakespearean.” – NPR