Series: Red Rising, #3
Published by Random House Publishing Group on January 5th 2016
Genres: Fiction, Science Fiction, Action & Adventure, Hard Science Fiction, Dystopian
Reading Challenges: 2016 Dystopia Reading Challenge, 2016 Finishing the Series Reading Challenge
Buy on: Amazon, Barnes & Noble, iBooks
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.
Even though I’ve wanted to read Pierce Brown’s epic Red Rising series since its release, I never picked it up until this past November. How I managed to wait so long, I have no clue, but I’m glad I finally got the opportunity to read it. It’s a wonderful story of an enslaved people rising up to remake the world into something that benefits all people, not just the wealthy. It’s been amazing watching Darrow go from the Red Helldiver content to live beneath Mars’ surface to a man willing to risk it all to create a better world for the future.
In Brown’s conclusion, Morning Star, readers learn what became of Darrow after that aw-dropping cliffhanger in Golden Son. We also see how Darrow’s fight turns out, and if he finally gets the girl. Gone where the problems of Darrow’s character in Golden Son, and readers get the book they’ve been waiting for. Well-written, epic, and hard to put down, Morning Star is arguably one of the best conclusions I’ve ever read.
What I love most about this novel is how Brown left readers wondering which of their favorites would make it out alive. Yes, it does sound like torture, but this uneasy feeling helped keep me on the edge of my seat the entire book. Never knowing if Darrow, Mustang, Severo, and others would make it to the end upped the stakes of the war. Not only did this make the war seem real, but it deepened the message of why Darrow fights.
Another aspect of the story I loved was how the characters evolved. Darrow was a young, naive boy in Red Rising, and grew into a humble man who realizes he needs the people around him. Gone was the hubris of a man who believed his own hype, and in its place came a man ready to serve as well as lead. While Darrow finally grew up, Sevro was even more wonderful. He may still be a goblin, but he’s a loyal one who’ll do anything for his friends. Their bond was the best love story in the novel. Even better than Darrow’s with Mustang. These two men have weathered many storms, and yet find themselves stronger than ever.
While some fans may want to clamor for another book in this series, or even a spin-off, I’m completely content to leave things the way they are. Fans get a fantastic conclusion to the Red Rising series. One I don’t believe Brown can top. If you’re a fan of Red Rising, then you’re definitely going to want to see how this all ends. You won’t be disappointed!