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Morning Star: Book III of The Red Rising Trilogy (The 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.
Top Customer Reviews
Despite conquering the dreaded "sophomore slump" with style, the finale was always going to be the most difficult thing to pull off. I had low expectations going into RED RISING and with GOLDEN SON my expectations were high but not astronomical. Going into MORNING STAR my expectations couldn't have been higher. Unsurprisingly Pierce delivers -- and in a way that was equally refreshing and satisfying.
Pierce's imagination is a wonderful, beautiful, bastard of a thing. He started with what could have easily been a typical YA novel premise with society being segregated into a hierarchy of colors with Gold at the top and Red at the bottom. He introduces a rebellion when a Red told to "break the chains" and "live for more." Honestly the reason I was so reticent to begin this series is that it sounded like another cookie cutter YA novel. It's even been hailed as the next HUNGER GAMES. The RED RISING series is so much more than that.Read more ›
Let’s get a couple things out of the way up front. Morning Star has a pretty shaky middle portion where things happen, characters wander, pages are turned, and not much else seems to happen. It has an ending that – while perfect in the eyes of this particular reader – will be received by many as…shall we say, enigmatic? It has a twist that should be harrowing, but somehow is predictable and comes across as tense, but ultimately not entirely threatening. Fortunately, however, even when lumped together these characteristics amount to about…oh, maybe…fifty pages or so of a 500+ page book.
The rest of it, my lovelies, is bloodydamn fantastic.
Look. I know you’re busy. And if you’re not busy, your time is still valuable, so let me say a couple things up front and spare you the bluster. Morning Star? Incredible. 9/10. The Red Rising Trilogy? Yeah. Perfect, even with flaws. 10/10. Book Two: Golden Son was the worst at 8/10, Books 3 and 1 (Morning Star and Red Rising) tie for the best at 9/10 each. Others will disagree, of course. Many think Golden Son was the best. Yet what matters is, we all seem to agree that the Trilogy, considered as a whole, is the best thing since sliced bread. Better even. So I give the Trilogy a 10/10, because it’s great for everybody for different reasons, at different times.
This review, to call it that, is less a review of one book and more an explosion of emotion about a trilogy that came into my life and changed it for the better. I won’t go into plot details, or spoilers, or any such nonsense. If you want plot details, read the summary on the back of the cover or higher up on the page under the information block.Read more ›
In the acknowledgements, Pierce Brown admits he had trouble writing this book and eventually decided that the third installment of Morning Star was no longer Darrow's story but a story about relationships and hope. This shift is readily apparent as you read the book and you're often left feeling like Darrow is just observing things; along for the ride but rarely contributing anything truly meaningful to the advancement of the plot.
The previous books had very interesting character development. Roque, Ragnar, Mustang, etc were very fun to watch over time. However in this installment the new characters appear fairly one-dimensional and are mostly dismissed and forgotten after reaching a resolution. Even most returning characters are quickly whisked away into the background.
And I don't know if I've just become used to Brown's writing style, but I found a lot of the "twists" to be pretty obvious with clues sprinkled throughout the book telegraphing the resolution from miles away. Forgivably some of this predictability comes from the fact that you know it's the last book and things need to lead towards a reasonable resolution. Pierce Brown must have realized this too because he deliberately made the narration misleading in this final book in an attempt to throw the reader off the scent, something I don't recall him having done in the past.Read more ›
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The last book in the series my son is a very big fan. All three of these books were great we're hoping they make a moviePublished 2 days ago by lizthe roman
This is my new favorite series. The characters are very well written and the plot twists like a board game. I've already started rereading it.Published 2 days ago by DAWN DANEVICH
I really liked the first book of this series. The second book was hard to get through. I couldn't even finish this book. Read morePublished 2 days ago by Cassie Raye Sportsman
All three books were spectacular. This one: A great way to end a story!!! And a great way to begin another...Published 2 days ago by Evan Ryerson
It was a roller coaster ride from start to finish! Beginning with a slow build up, climbing higher and higher until things go down at over 200mph action. It was an amazing read. Read morePublished 3 days ago by Jon Karoll
Outstanding ending to a great series. Darrow ranks up there with Harry Potter and Ender!Published 3 days ago by Mary Brosenne
Very exciting. Bought two sets of the trilogy for Xmas gifts. This author is a rising star.Published 3 days ago by Gerry