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, 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. Advance praise for Morning Star "Multilayered and seething with characters who exist in a shadow world between history and myth, much as in Frank Herbert's Dune. an ambitious and satisfying conclusion to a monumental saga."--Kirkus Reviews Praise for Pierce Brown and the Red Rising Trilogy Red Rising "[A] spectacular adventure. one heart-pounding ride. Pierce Brown's dizzyingly good debut novel evokes The Hunger Games, Lord of the Flies, and Ender's Game. [Red Rising] has everything it needs to become meteoric."--Entertainment Weekly "[A] top-notch debut novel. Red Rising ascends above a crowded dystopian field."--USA Today "Pierce Brown has done an astounding job at delivering a powerful piece of literature that will definitely make a mark in the minds of readers."--The Huffington Post Golden Son "Brown writes layered, flawed characters. but plot is his most breathtaking strength. Every action seems to flow into the next."--NPR "In a word, Golden Son is stunning. Among science fiction fans, it should be a shoo-in for book of the year."--Tor.com "The jaw-dropper of an ending will leave readers hungry for the conclusion to Brown's wholly original, completely thrilling saga."--Booklist (starred review)"-- Provided by publisher
Publisher: New York : Del Rey, [2016]
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9780345539847
0345539842
9780345539854
Branch Call Number: SF Brown, P 100.3 2016
Characteristics: xiv, 524 pages : illustration ; 25 cm

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bookycakes
Feb 05, 2018

Pierce Brown is incredible. Twists around every corner, a challenging message and a sliver of hope through it all.

Really, though, this book is for the hardcore sci-fi fan. The series was lauded as 'The Hunger Games all grown up,' but there is so much more to it than that. In the final book in the original trilogy, Darrow has to face difficult decisions, the ache of lost friends, and the veil of war drifting over it all. I'm in love with these characters and this world, and I'm so glad a follow-up trilogy has begun.

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susan_findlay
Sep 17, 2017

Strong conclusion to an excellent trilogy. I enjoyed the other two books a bit more, but that's simply because this one was very war-focused and that's not my favourite topic. I do, however, understand why that was necessary within the context of this trilogy - and "enjoyed a little less" is certainly not an indictment of the book.

I think that what I enjoyed the most about this series is that it took a hard look at some of humanity's strengths and weaknesses in a clever way that wasn't overly moralistic. The characters were well developed, and they all had plausible mixtures of positive and negative traits.

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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.

AL_MARYA Sep 11, 2016

Morning Star does its job as the final book in a trilogy: it ties up loose ends and provides readers with satisfying closure. It’s easy to see why so many critics liken Pierce Brown’s Red Rising trilogy to the Hunger Games series – if you’re a fan of Suzanne Collins’ work, you’ll enjoy these books.

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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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nitetraino
Apr 11, 2016

This much too long novel is great on useless violence and short on meaningful dialogue. 1 of 10 stars

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AL_MARYA Sep 11, 2016

“Justice isn’t about fixing the past, it’s about fixing the future. We’re not fighting for the dead. We’re fighting for the living. And for those who aren’t yet born.”

― Pierce Brown, Morning Star, Chapter 35

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