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.
Red Rising was a book that probably would not have been on my radar if it hadn’t been for a fellow bookwhore, Dri-G, telling me I HAD to read it because it was amazing. And it was.
Golden Son left me with such a bloodydamn book hangover and pissed off because I had to wait to find out the fate of characters I’d come to love...and hate as well.
And then Morning Star appeared and all I can say is that it was bloodydamn EPIC! And though I didn’t want it to end (I waffled between wanting to gorge on it vs. savoring it many, many times) it really was an amazing and appropriate ending to this insane, haunting, beautiful and just all around addictive trilogy.
I've been having a hell of a time trying to figure out how to start this review because how does one really sum up the end of what was an epic journey? So, I stopped trying and slept on it. And guess what? It came to me.
‘Reap what you sow’.
Now, that statement isn't owned solely by The Red Rising Trilogy, but it became a call to arms in a sense throughout the series and after two books, five years as far as timeline in the story is concerned, we are finally seeing what all of the decisions that each of these characters have sown and it was a hell of a ride. What started out as a desire to topple the power the Golds held over the masses morphed into the understanding that it was the entire Society that needed an overhaul. Of course nothing is ever that simple in this world, but Pierce Brown made it happen. The twists and turns that kept popping up had me on the edge of my seat and though I knew things would work out, one way or another, there were quite a few times when I was screaming WTF ?!?! (in my head of course because that would be frowned upon at work) but no matter the outcome, it all made sense and the ending was perfect. It’s not a HEA, let’s all join hands and sing kumbaya ending, it’s more of a ‘one door closes, another opens’ one that stays true to the story.
And then there cast of characters that made this journey worthwhile for me because I loved that they were all flawed in some way, but they each owned those flaws. Darrow really came into his own here and matured. He finally grasped the big picture and what his role was in the big scheme instead of always looking at things as if he was carrying out Eo’s or Fitchner’s ideals. He still had his selfish moments and was still quite sneaky, though in a good way, but he’s learned from his past mistakes and finally figured out that he isn’t alone and didn’t have to do it all on his own. Sevro, I seriously adore the Goblin. His crass I don’t give a bloodydamn personality had me cracking up, but even he matures and I swear there were times when I wanted to hug him...at least after he bathed. The character that surprised me the most in how much I came to adore her was Victra. She is such a Gold, but the confidence she has and her blunt honesty was refreshing and had me wanting to grab a razor and head into battle with her. Ragnar I loved, period. And though Mustang didn’t always do it for me, she is definitely what Darrow needed in the end. As for the rest (because I could go on and on and on about each one and then we’d be getting into a thesis paper which we don’t need) let’s just say that, for the most part. they all get the endings that are right for them.
For Morning Star I mixed it up and did the audio book route and read when I wasn’t at work and I must give Tim Gerard Reynolds a huge shout out. He did such a beautiful job narrating this entire trilogy from the various accents used to the intonation of his voice to convey the emotion of the scene was simply perfect.
The Bottom Line: Bloodydamn EPIC!
Pierce Brown's first novel, RED RISING (Del Rey Books), debuts January 28, 2014. It is the first installment in The Red Rising Trilogy.
Pierce Brown spent his childhood building forts and setting traps for his cousins in the woods of six states and the deserts of two. Graduating college in 2010, he fancied the idea of continuing his studies at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. Unfortunately, he doesn’t have a magical bone in his body. So while trying to make it as a writer, he worked as a manager of social media at a startup tech company, toiled as a peon on the Disney lot at ABC Studios, did his time as an NBC page, and gave sleep deprivation a new meaning during his stint as an aide on a U.S. Senate Campaign.
Now he lives in Los Angeles, where he scribbles tales of spaceships, wizards, ghouls, and most things old or bizarre.
Note to the reader: Always feel free to contact him via his website, twitter, or facebook. He likes people. Except if you're a trollish person. Then he merely puts up with you for the sake of manners and propriety