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Morning Star: Book 3 of the Red Rising Saga (Red Rising Series) Paperback – September 27, 2016
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An Amazon Best Book of February 2016: An entire trilogy rarely stays strong all the way through. The middle may sag, or the end might fizzle. That’s not the case with Pierce Brown’s Red Rising series, and his third and final book has again made the cut as a Best of the Month pick by the Amazon Books editors. Torn between loyalty to his Gold friends and his drive to free the lowColors, our battered hero Darrow is more vulnerable than ever as the fate of the solar system rests on his shoulders. Will Darrow’s allies stay true now that they know who he really is? Does his rebellion against the Golds have any chance at all? Will everyone (or anyone) survive? As Darrow searches for a conclusive win in the civil war he’s leading, he makes choices that will change his life, the lives of his friends, and the lives of millions of people struggling against the tyranny of the Golds. Morning Star keeps the action red-hot as it leaps between epic battle scenes in space and hand-to-hand combat on Mars while never losing sight of the emotions that drive the characters toward their fates. This is an incandescent, deeply satisfying finale to a series that has forged a new generation of science fiction readers. —Adrian Liang --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.
From Publishers Weekly
In the excellent closing book of Brown's Red Rising trilogy, revolutionary Darrow is given a second chance to overthrow the government of a class-based future society obsessed with Ancient Rome and segregated by color-coded functions. Red-born Darrow's attempt to incite revolution while hiding among the godlike Golds, rulers of the Solar System, has failed, but it inspired an open revolt. Darrow struggles to figure out whom to trust; uniting an interplanetary uprising requires unstable and unpalatable alliances. His decisions often make him barely better than the oppressors he seeks to overthrow, blowing apart the all-too-overused trope of a plucky good-hearted band overcoming a corrupt oligarchy. Brown's vivid, first-person prose puts the reader right at the forefront of impassioned speeches, broken families, and engaging battle scenes that don't shy away from the gore as this intrastellar civil war comes to a most satisfying conclusion. (Feb.)\n --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.
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The novel picks up 9-12 months after the events of "Golden Son."
While the previous two novels centered on Darrow's leadership and individual challenges, this novel picks up on the notion of the disadvantaged members of the Society banding together.
** Beware Good Readers for Spoilers Follow **
Darrow was taken prisoner at the end of "Golden Son."
He was tortured and broken by the Jackal.
There is no doubt of that. Darrow's secrets are known. He has told the bad guys everything that he knows, and Darrow has begged for death.
The whole tone of this novel is different than the previous two.
If you are looking for Darrow to "clever his way out" of the situation then you will be disappointed.
What happens instead though is rather remarkable and paves the way for a satisfying ending to the trilogy.
Instead, Darrow is rescued by a pair of Grays from Earth! The rebellion has captured the imagination of billions.
While the rebellion continues, it needs Darrow as the soul of the movement.
Darrow takes on the role of the spirit and visible leader of the rebellion, but now there are other players (more capable players) actually running the show.
We also find out that Mustang is carrying Darrow's child!
The final scene in the "Golden Son" where Mustang leaves is not because she is betraying Darrow. It is because she spoke to Darrow's mum who convinces Mustang not to tell Darrow for fear it will make her son leave his role as the leader of the rebellion.
I won't give away all the twists and turns, but I found this to be a much quicker read than the previous two books.
If the truth be told, I read it cover to cover on a plane ride overseas.
I highly recommend this book!
I don't remember why I bought Red Rising, but I did so on a whim, and because it was cheap. On sale for $1.99 I believe. I'm so glad that I did. It is a fun thing following along with a series you love, anticipating its releases, pondering each new installment. And as the last piece of the trilogy, Morning Star did not disappoint. I tell everyone that I recommend these to that Pierce Brown has a gift for plot. And he does! These books grip you at some point during Red Rising and they just do not let you go until the very last page here. Readers new to the series have the advantage of being able to read the story in its entirety back to back to back. I envy you.
If you are looking for an action-packed, fast-paced, emotional rollercoaster of a sci-fi series then look no further. Here it is.
I feel the need to voice a minor quibble with the book. I stand by my 5-star rating wholeheartedly. However I found myself a little bothered by the editing of this one. I'm not sure if this was an issue specifically with the Kindle version or the print as well, but I noticed too many mistakes. A word missing here or a word added there, grammatical errors that made no sense, etc. Typically you might see two or three of these in a novel, and I felt like I noticed at least ten here. Maybe I'm being anal but it bothered me. With that being said, a minor editing quibble is nothing compared to the time I had reading this trilogy. It was a ride I'm sad to get off of. And if you've yet to ride it yourself well, what are you waiting for?
Okay, have to admit- I *cried* at the ending (no spoilers), in typical Brown writing I had to just -STOP- to consider the repricussions (sp) of what 'happened/s'. Dang.
This is some of the single BEST world building I have ever read, the complexity, the intricasies (sp), the vision of how it works (and does not work). The author paints an amazing picture with words- tiny details, the whole psychology of the razors... a fighting style, new uses, moves...I truly believed they were not only real, but had existed in 'real time' for centuries. The caste system, the never ending politics, the betrayal(s!), the tiered loyalties, the trust, the (gasp) love!
In each book there was at least 1 or 2 moments where I gasped out loud. Where I had to stop reading and simply process what had just happened. Was I PISSED at some of the twists and turns? YES!!!!!!!!!!! but when you get that worked up... it is some amazing-freagin' writing!!! WOW.