Morning Star

Morning Star

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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,...
Publisher: 2016
ISBN: 9780345539854
Characteristics: 1 online resource
Additional Contributors: OverDrive, Inc

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The conclusion of the Red Rising trilogy. Born a lowly Red in the mines of Mars, Darrow lost his beloved wife to the treacherous Gold overlords. Vowing to fight for the future that his ... Read More »


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kwsmith
Apr 30, 2017

The fast-paced conclusion to the *Red Rising* trilogy sweeps the galaxy into full scale civil war. Obviously the lowborn Darrow is a huge part of this book, but I was pleased to find the story shifting to include more about Darrow's friends. Brown's vivid prose is even sharper in this book, bringing us closer to the heart-pounding action. Although I'm sad to reach the conclusion of this ambitious science fiction series, I was very satisfied with the ending!

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isaachar
Apr 26, 2017

​​The thrill ride comes to an end. I read through this book expecting to find something that would let me down. It's rare to find a trilogy where at least one entry doesn't fail to live up to the other books. This is one of those rare entries. Even the ending was satisfying, leaving just enough foreshadowing for more material. Which is great, with Brown releasing the first of a new trilogy next year.

If I were forced to find a single criticism, it would be that the three books in the series were a little brief. The trilogy could probably have been divided into two larger books, with the story splitting after the first third of the second book. If I had read them initially upon their release, it would have been a hard wait for more material. It's hard to put these books down once you start reading. But, as all three books are available, it's not a problem for new readers. I can't wait to read more.

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kirschner19
Dec 05, 2016

I thought it was a great series! It ended as best it could, although the third installment was not quite as prone to making me pump my fist in the air. I did enjoy the theme that his community and relationships are what gave Darrow his "power."

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JackPurcell
Oct 18, 2016

Mostly just a denouement that should have been in the second book of the series. Along with far too much narration and story-telling with no purpose.

Seems to me a person could read the second installment of the series and shrug, go on to other authors, books, series ..... and not lose much in the way of enlightenment and edification.

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sean_c
Jul 07, 2016

An interesting end to the trilogy, although it felt much more subdued than the first two installments. Hopefully we get to see more of this universe even though we've reached the end of the reaper's journey!

CMLReads_Kristin Jun 22, 2016

While not as well paced as the prior two books in the trilogy, this was a worthy conclusion to a very fine series. Fans of Ender's Game who haven't discovered it yet should start with Red Rising!

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Kyanite
Mar 26, 2016

This final installment wasn't quite as tight as the first two (the plot meanders a tad), but it was still awesome. I loved this series, and the finale didn't disappoint.

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Tripnannagins
Mar 23, 2016

All in all, the whole trilogy was fantastic. The ending to Morning Star wraps up the series nicely, and should leave few people disappointed. Three thumbs up!

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LadyJaneBrais
Mar 23, 2016

I absolutely loved this trilogy! I first picked up "Red Rising" based on a review posted here. I am so grateful to others who post their comments because they have led me to so many great reads that I might have missed otherwise. This series is quite a bit more intense than is suitable for YA audiences in general, however, my teenage grandson is very well-read and is currently enjoying the series. My daughter, in her 30's, has also just finished the first novel in the series, and is also hooked on the series. Kudos, Pierce Brown!

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ADWithrow
Mar 07, 2016

“All deeds that last are painted in blood” Page 5

Pierce Brown was able to capture my imagination, and my heart, with Red Rising and Golden Son. At each turn I worried that the books and the characters I adore would end up flat lining in the end and leave me disappointed. I shouldn’t have worried. Brown is a master.

I have seen a number of comparisons to other dystopian series but they strike me as unfair, this is so much more than YA. While I enjoyed those series they never made me dig into the philosophy. There are moral questions that are being asked in these books, ones that are left unaddressed and unanswered by true YA dystopias. It’s as if the authors are afraid to get too real. Brown has no fear. He delves right into the complex morality, the compromises and choices that have to be made, in war. War is ugly, the people fighting a war must do ugly things even if they are good people. Brown doesn’t shy away from these realities and it makes the characters and the plot more engrossing, more believable as a result. Brown has a respect for his audience, his readers, in his belief that they are capable of taking on these issues alongside the characters. These is no attempt to hide, gloss over, or sugar coat the nature of war or its toll on the warriors. And it is greatly appreciated by me.

“Dreaming’s Easy. War isn’t” Sevro au Barca, Page 72

This installment focuses much more on the “after” of the war that these characters are fighting. Not so much on how to win, but what will they be winning. There were opportunities to take an easy out, opportunities that would have destroyed any hope of a real future that even mimics Eo’s dream. These characters were asked to tackle those opportunities and you see the realistic debates that would surround them, along with the savagery that can easily be adopted. There is no clean right and wrong, no simple black and white. There are pro’s and con’s to everything.
War is not monstrous for making corpses of men so much as it is for making machines of them. And woe to those who have no use in war except to feed the machines. Page 199

“Shit escalates” Sevro au Barca Page 93

Humans are plagued with frailty, with flaws. We are easily fooled into thinking ourselves the center of everything. This is the arrogance of Gold, they think they have evolved past that. And it is their downfall. They forgot that they were reliant on those they ruled, that they needed them. They forgot that they aren’t so different, so much better. They forgot they aren’t immortal. They thought their greatness was so vast that they would never be challenged. They also thought they were smarter than each other. This war comes to an end not because Golds fail in battle, or in tactics. They fail at humility. The Jackal is able to outmaneuver everyone, the whole of Gold, because he recognized and exploited the potential in others like Quicksilver. Gold would typically never stoop so low, but Jackal has no boundaries, he plays to win and nearly did by sacrificing Gold for victory. He, like Darrow, knew he needed those around him especially lowColors that could move in areas he couldn’t, do things he couldn’t, to devise his victory. But even he thought he could outmaneuver humanity. We are not self sacrificing creatures by nature. We are survivalists. Jackal attempted to manipulate the mentality of Gold, forgetting that in the end they would sacrifice victory to survive.

This has been a great ride, from Red Rising to Morning Star, I have loved watching these characters grow. Loved watching them tackle death, war, morality, and boundaries throughout this journey. I know many of these characters will stay with me long after the particulars of the plot flee my memory, particularly Sevro.

Break the Chains.

“If your heart beats like a drum, and your legs a little wet, it’s because the Reaper’s come to collect a little debt” Sevro singing Page 175

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