Morning Star by Pierce Brown
Published by Del Rey on February 9, 2016
Genre(s): fiction, action, adventure, fantasy, science fiction
Format & Pages: hardcover, 524
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#1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • Red Rising thrilled readers and announced the presence of a talented new author. Golden Son changed the game and took the story of Darrow to the next level. Now comes the exhilarating conclusion to the Red Rising Trilogy: Morning Star.
Darrow would have lived in peace, but his enemies brought him war. The Gold overlords demanded his obedience, hanged his wife, and enslaved his people. But Darrow is determined to fight back. Risking everything to transform himself and breach Gold society, Darrow has battled to survive the cutthroat rivalries that breed Society’s mightiest warriors, climbed the ranks, and waited patiently to unleash the revolution that will tear the hierarchy apart from within.
Finally, the time has come.
But devotion to honor and hunger for vengeance run deep on both sides. Darrow and his comrades-in-arms face powerful enemies without scruple or mercy. Among them are some Darrow once considered friends. To win, Darrow will need to inspire those shackled in darkness to break their chains, unmake the world their cruel masters have built, and claim a destiny too long denied—and too glorious to surrender.
I’ll be honest, I had a bit of a book hangover after finishing this. I loved this entire trilogy, and thought Brown completed the story quite nicely here in Morning Star.
It’s always difficult to review a final book in a series without giving away any spoilers, so I am going to give you some of my general thoughts and refer you to check out my review of Red Rising in the event you think this series might interest you.
“Man is no island. We need those who love us. We need those who hate us. We need others to tether us to life, to give us a reason to live, to feel.”
Brown has managed to do something with his Red Rising trilogy that many series don’t. That is, each book grew exponentially on multiple levels. From the settings, to the action, to the character growth, I felt that every aspect continued to surpass its predecessor. The characters endure increasingly difficult events and consistently come out stronger on the other side. Or, you know, they die. And he also has no qualms about killing off characters when need be. Which I can’t help but admire regardless of my emotional angst in the moment.
“Boggles the mind, the exponential expectations of life.”
To be clear, despite my high rating, this wasn’t my idea of complete and absolute perfection. The ending (or epilogue, to be more precise) was decidedly cliched, and the events in the chapters leading up to it I saw coming from a mile away. Even so, the pros far outweighed the cons for me.
I strongly recommend the Red Rising trilogy to older teens and adults who favor the fantasy and science fiction genres.