Morning Star (Red Rising Trilogy #3) by Pierce Brown

February 15, 2016
Morning Star, Red Rising Trilogy #3, Pierce Brown, InToriLex, Book Review
Morning Star (Red Rising, #3)


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.


As great, suspenseful, memorable and emotionally moving as a book could be. Darrow has to pull the world back together after losing Ares and watching his friends get murdered. He emerges after being reborn from pain, torture and self doubt. In this book we get to see and learn more about the Obsidian's origin and religion. Servo continues to be a comedic and changing variable which balances out Darrow's leadership well, although there are some growing pains. 
"We are not Red, not Blue or Gold or Gray or Obsidian. We are humanity. We are the tide. And today we reclaim the lives that have been stolen from us. We build the future we were promised."
The plot leaves little to no time to be bored, because the action never lets up. The Sons of Ares are left scrounging for resources, direction and hope. While the Jackal manipulates and goes to depraved measures I didn't think was possible. I was so thoroughly engrossed in the story sometimes, I had to take a break and come back so I wouldn't throw the book across the room. Mr. Brown has a great way of putting you in suspense, and even when I knew somethings were coming I still couldn't wait for how he would actually lay them out. 

Darrow has to enlist everyone and everything he possibly can, and the process described is staggering. Alliances form and continue in very surprising ways. There's a good amount of gore involved and every battle lost or won, builds to a risky finish that pays off. The Jackal is the main villain of this story but even he is more than one dimensional, and we learn how he became so broken. The most memorable parts for me is when Darrow while bringing forth war, realizes how awful and terrifying it is to cause chaos. Over the course of the novel he learns how crucial it is to plan a better future, rather than just a casualty filled present. 
"Violence is a tool. It is meant to shock. To change. Instead, they normalize and celebrate it. And create a culture of exploitation where they are so entitled to sex and power that when they are told no, they pull a sword and do as they like."
Although this was a great conclusion to the entire series, there were some things I didn't like. Not everything was resolved with the characters that were a memorable part of the series for me. I know it may be impossible to conclude the story for everyone, but there were some characters I thought it was worth the effort. I was taken back and disappointed at the ending, I just expected something more substantial and less touchy-feely. But there are plenty of other readers who would disagree. Overall this was still an amazing conclusion to the series and I would recommend it to everyone who enjoys epic, and suspenseful sci-fi. 

Reviews for the Rest of the Series


Angel Erin's Book Obsession said...

Sorry you were a tad disappointed by the ending. I'm glad it was still enjoyable though! I need to read the second one still, but I can't wait to get to this one and see how it all ends.

Kindlemom said...

This is super high on my priority list as soon as I start to feel like reading again (don't know what it wrong with me!) but I'm glad overall you liked it even if you were disappointed with a few things.

InToriLex said...

Yes the second book is the best in my opinion, still a great series!!

InToriLex said...

Aww I hope you get out of your reading slump soon, Sometimes your brain just needs a break!!

Lis said...

I am so excited about this book! I still haven't read book 2 because I was waiting for this to come out (can't handle the wait!).
I'm glad it wasn't too disappointing.

InToriLex said...

Yes it was really good, despite the ending. Definitely get into it.

Jazmen said...

I kept saying I wanted to read this one but I have yet to do so and honestly I don't think I ever will. I'm glad it was such a great series despite the disappointments. I hate feeling like things are left unresolved.

InToriLex said...

Yes it's also a bookish pet peeve of mine. I always want clear conclusions!!

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