Pierce Brown’s finale to his Red Rising trilogy is a masterpiece. I have been waiting for Morning Star ever since I read the first book in the series two years ago. Red Rising was the very first book I reviewed on this blog (though I can’t say I did it justice). I have since read it four times, and it’s sequel, Golden Son, twice. This is one of my favorite book series, and it ended perfectly.
Darrow is a Helldiver. A hero among the Reds. But the Reds are the lowest caste in Society defined by Colors. And when the Society kills his wife, Eo, Darrow is plucked from the mines of Mars by the Sons of Ares, a rebel group fighting for the same cause Eo died for: a Colorless Society. To take down Society, the Sons have Darrow Carved into a Gold, the godlike race at the pinnacle of Society. Darrow has climbed the ranks in Gold society, and waited patiently to start the revolution he was created for. That time has come.
I don’t want to give away too many spoilers for the first two books, in case you haven’t read them. But trust me, they’re awesome. I honestly don’t think I could pick a favorite book in the series. I love them all so much.
First, I have to say that Pierce Brown’s writing is seriously beautiful. It doesn’t take long to be pulled into a world that’s complex and beautiful, but also terrible. Brown expertly crafted a futuristic world deeply rooted in history, and it’s truly amazing!I have so many favorite quotes from these books, I’ve lost count. And the characters are incredible! It’s pretty hard to choose a favorite. Even the secondary characters are nuanced and interesting. And Brown manages to squeeze all that world-building and characterization in a book with action on nearly every page. And when I say action, I mean crazy aerial sword fights and epic space battles resulting in the deaths of millions. Yeah.
Needless to say, I had some really high expectations going into Morning Star. And to be honest, I have never not been disappointed by a book I anticipated this much. Until now. Like I said, it’s a magnificent novel. I laughed. I cried. I screamed. I cursed. I threw the book down in protest. And I bloodydamn loved it! Morning Star was exciting and heartbreaking. But, most importantly, it was the perfect end to an extraordinary trilogy.
Obviously, I’m giving this book five out of five stars. I know it’s a book that will stay with me for a long time. And, like the other two books in the series, it’s something I will reread again and again.
If you haven’t read any of Pierce Brown’s books yet, I highly recommend them! Even if you’re not into science fiction, because these books are so much more than that. Click these links – Red Rising, Golden Son, and Morning Star – to get yourself a copy. You won’t regret it!
And, if you have read it, let me know your thoughts in the comments! (No spoilers, please.)