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Morning Star

(Red Rising Saga #3)

4.49  ·  Rating details ·  98,480 ratings  ·  8,945 reviews
#1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • 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,
Hardcover, 524 pages
Published February 9th 2016 by Del Rey
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T.W. Time Darrow is nuanced, complex, troubled, emotionally immature and unstable. He is so far from perfect that at times you really want to hit him. But, he's…moreDarrow is nuanced, complex, troubled, emotionally immature and unstable. He is so far from perfect that at times you really want to hit him. But, he's not even the reason this book is worth reading. The world building is phenomenal. Every nook and cranny is addressed--either in the first or second book. The supporting characters are so well fleshed out that you might just find your favorite among them instead of the protagonist. Definitely worth a read.(less)
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Sep 24, 2016 rated it it was amazing
When I'm starting a big multi-volume story, one of the big concerns isn't just if the individual books are good. And it's not just whether or not the books work well as a series. (Because a series is different than a multi-volume story.)

No. The big issue with a multi-volume story is how the *whole* thing wraps up. And as anyone who ever watched the Matrix movies knows, the final part of a trilogy can, in effect, go back in time and ruin the previous otherwise enjoyable story.

I'm happy to say th
Dec 03, 2013 marked it as to-read
If the zombie apocalypse happens before this book is released I will never forgive you, Pierce.
Melissa ♥ Dog/Wolf Lover ♥ Martin

God!!!!!!!!! This book was so freaking good I can't even people! But there were more deaths. There always are, but I had forgotten on purpose some of the deaths. One damn near broke my heart.

One of my loves is gone..... I have to stop loving people in books, damn it!

The crew is fighting all of the evil peeps once again and it finally comes to a head. A few heads.

Re-reading these books on audio has brought me right into the world where it just got me on the ed
Jessica ❁ ➳ Silverbow ➳ ❁ Rabid Reads-no-more
2/28/16: Okay, FOLKS, that's TWO amendments I've made to the spoiler-tagged section, so if you object to the first half of my issue, you now know that the second part is my biggest issue, and there's nothing you can say to change my mind about it, b/c it's one of those BLACK AND WHITE areas, as far as I'm concerned. <------ Read between the lines.

Reviewed by: Rabid Reads

I'm a mess. FYI.

Usually, when I'm this torn over a book, I take some time to reflect, to settle my FEELINGS--so many bloody
Virginia Ronan ♥ Herondale ♥
”Never mind the darkness you spread, never mind the night you summon, we will rage against it.”

In my “Golden Son” review I remarked that reading the second book of this amazing trilogy was like playing chess without any rules. Well, guess what?!
Yes, you already figured it out!
To read “Morning Star” was even worse! *lol*

Forget renegade chess figures that give you the finger!
This time around it’s the storyline, nature, two fleets, gravity AND the countless chess figures that all riot like there
Oct 29, 2016 rated it really liked it
"Everything is cracked, everything is stained except the fragile moments that hang crystalline in time and make life worth living."

4.5 stars because that was superbly concluded, truly!!!!!!

It's one thing to have a good book throughout, but it's another thing entirely to have a marvelous book, then slam the readers in the face with a ridiculously wonderful yet entirely unpredictable ending. I did not see that coming, not at all.

The book was a rather enthralling ending to a action packed and thor
Oct 06, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Sci-Fi & Space Opera fans
4.5/5 stars

Buddy reading this book with my favorite Howlers:
Sarah, Celeste, Mary, Tweebie, Jennymort

Short version: If you love Sci-Fi & Space Opera, do yourself a favor and go fucking read this trilogy.

As I predicted since Red Rising, this is another new entry to my favorite series of all time list and definitely one of the best Sci-Fi series I ever read. I read the whole trilogy within 9 days even though I have a full-time job to attend to, I sacrificed my sleeping hours to read during th
Caz (littlebookowl)
Jan 21, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favourites, owned

This book threw my heart through several hoops, dropping it a few times and trampling all over it.
I need some time to recover, but I am really satisfied by the conclusion.
Apr 22, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

this is the best sci-fi series i have ever read. without a doubt.

and as if i needed any more reason to be madly in love with pierce brown, he incorporated ‘bye, felicia’ in one of the most iconic ways possible. i literally screamed.

if you have been sleeping on this series, you need to wake up! this has been your public service announcement for today. youre welcome.

4.5 stars
Jan 14, 2018 rated it it was amazing
“My son, my son
Remember the chains
When Gold ruled with iron reins
We roared and roared
And twisted and screamed
For ours, a vale
of better dreams”

It's over.
Darrow au Andromedus, the son of Lykos, the Helldiver, the Howler, the Reaper, concluded his epic journey, a journey paved with blood, tears, mass murders and sacrifices, seeking a better future for the oppressed, the slaves and the victims of the Gold caste's cruelty. Break the chains. He was tortuted for months, and was left broken and hel
Shelby *trains flying monkeys*
There will be a thousand reviews telling you about this book. I'm just going to ramble as usual. Expect no spoiling here.

We're here to blow shit up." He throws open his arms and cackles. "Any questions?"
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I'm horrible about finishing series once I start them. My attention gets taken by another book and I don't have the best memory. That being said, I knew I had to see this one to the finish. Even though it took me a freaking week to read it. This book is a big old chunker. Not that a chunker is a
Mikee Andrea (ReadWithMikee)
Dec 30, 2016 rated it it was amazing

❝We will howl and fight till our last breath, not just in the mines of Mars, but on the shores of Venus, on the dunes of Io’s sulfur seas, in the glacial valleys of Pluto. We will fight in the towers of Ganymede and the ghettos of Luna and the storm-stricken oceans of Europa. And if we fall, others will take our place, because we are the tide. And we are rising.❞

What can I even say? Where do I even begin? When I started the Red Rising trilogy on the eve of Christmas, I never anticipated that
UPDATE January 16th 2018:
What a POWERFUL story! Even second time around.


I just finished it couple of minutes ago and I think I'm still in shock from what I read.

Morning Star is poignant story that crushed me, gave me goosebumps and consumed all my waking thoughts ever since I started reading it. Pierce Brown can tell a story in a way that only very few authors can. Morning Star is a masterpiece. Whole series is a masterpiece. And I believe that this is a story that child
Jan 15, 2017 rated it really liked it

Buddy Read with team Howlers; Speedy eye Oppa, Whorefart Aga, Dewi, Minxy & Voldemort

“The Reaper has come. And he’s brought hell with him.”

After thinking on this book for a night I realize I have a lot to say about it, good and bad. Read at your own risk because I'm about to bring the rant, minor spoilers may be included in this review. So I thought Morning Star was a great conclusion to a fantastic series the Epilogue was gorgeous but very short. Let me start with saying I'm goin
C.G. Drews
Feb 17, 2015 rated it it was amazing
You know that feeling when you finish a freaking excellent book and your HEART IS JUST SO FULL?!?? ME RIGHT NOW. This book is bloodydamn brilliant. It's brutal and terrifying and complex and sO MANY PLOT TWISTS (!! even my reread still had me shook so there's that !!) that I just am going to sit here in awe of the author for a while. Okay? Okay. That puddle on their face is ME.

(holy shit it's all so very clever)

• I remembered nothing before
J.L.   Sutton
Mar 13, 2016 rated it really liked it
The finale to Pierce Brown’s Red Rising Trilogy, Morning Star, packs a punch from action-packed beginning to (surprise) action-packed conclusion! The series was a fun ride! What most impressed me about this final installment was the character development of Darrow and his compatriots. They’ve been through gory hell (war, loss, betrayal (so many betrayals), suffering etc.) and it would be unrealistic if they hadn’t changed. In the new world they’re creating, many have loyalties they can’t shake ( ...more
Sh3lly (
I'm not sure what I'm feeling right now. Overall, this is hands down one of the best trilogies ever. I don't think this final book was as good as the first two, but it is still a very good book and a nice conclusion. It's much more space opera like Golden Son than Lord of the Flies dystopian like Red Rising was. Lots of space battles, politics, and intrigue/betrayal.

I love this world and although I would NEVER want to live in it, there are some truly unforgettable characters. I grieve a little b
Apr 26, 2017 rated it really liked it
#1.) Red Rising ★★★
#2.) Golden Son ★★★★

“The Reaper has come. And he’s brought hell with him.”

For those of you unfamiliar with Red Rising, even though I might be the only one left at this point, in this world that takes place in our universe, starring a young man from Mars, everyone is subdivided into color categories based on their skill sets, income, hair color, and what last name they possess (information provided by the Red Rising Wiki page):

Golds - Rulers of society
Robin (Bridge Four)
Braveheart in Space is how I’ve heard Pierce Brown refer to this series and that is a good comparison. At some point during this series a favorite character will love, kill, die, betray, change for the better, change for the worse, make horrible decisions, make cold decision, sacrifice themselves or others, inspire, destroy, connive , manipulate or frustrate you to the point you are ready to bloodydamn throw the book across the room.


The downtime and boring moments are few and far between and Mor
Jan 09, 2014 rated it it was amazing
So I'm halfway through this thing and I realize...I'm not going to survive it if Sevro dies.
I might be able to handle it if Darrow takes a dirt nap, but if Brown kills off that crazy little Howler, I'll probably set my library book on fire.
What? You didn't think I'd set something I paid for on fire did you?!
Pffft. You obviously don't understand the depths of my frugal...ness? Frugality?
What's a word for cheap that doesn't sound quite as awful? Anyone?

Forget it. The point is, somewhere along the
Chelsea ❤Peril Please❤

So let him do his worst.
I know how to suffer.
I know the darkness.
This is
not how it ends.

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You know those books where, even though you know it will be cemented into your favorites list until the end of time (the whole series, for that matter), words just don’t describe how you feel?? Like, no matter what you say, everything will seem like useless drivel that couldn’t possibly compare to what you felt while reading that novel?? Well…this is one of those books-One of those books where you have i

THIS happened :P I wrote a recap of the signing here.

*bangs head* I had to wait about a week to even start writing this review. I was stunned speechless. That's only because I had no idea what to write about. I'm going to try make sense of what I thought, wish me luck.

Pierce Brown delivered the last book in timely fashion. I hate to say this, but he is not afraid to kill off his characters in the same lines as Rowling and Martin :S There was always this sense of fearful apprehension that
Mar 11, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites

Great ending to a great series!

It's been a long time since I've read a book that gave me chills. I can't count how often Morning Star raised the hair on the back of my neck! It seemed like every chapter had some shock or great surprise, some moment of 'holy shit!!". Literally, this kept up until the final chapter!.

If you've read the second book you know Darrow was captured and on his way to be dissected. I won't spoil anything for you, just be prepared for the action to start in the first chapt

Jan 13, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: sci-fi
This was the almost perfect ending to the trilogy that probably ranks as my favourite sci-fi series of all time. Just like the previous books in the series it was the perfect blend of action, drama, romance, and shock happenings. The story was dark and intense, but that was mitigated by the humor and the undercurrent of hope that ran through the series.

Pierce Brown is my sort of author. His writing is highly engaging and has a beautifully melancholic and poetic feel to it. The story itself was
Nov 11, 2018 rated it liked it
3.75 stars
Simona Bartolotta
Slowest buddy read ever (by our standards) with my irreplaceable Nina!

Aren't you afraid you're going to break everything and not be able to put it back together?

I am particularly happy to be sharing this review with you, fellow readers, mainly because it means I have very successfully survived the thirty heart attacks Morning Star so kindly gave me, and secondly because this trilogy is now so dear to me, I am almost tempted to discourage you all from ever giving it even half a thought, so as
♔ Dark Lordette Jennymort ♔




I don't think I'll ever be able to fucking review this series properly. I have been murdered on the inside by this man. Beautiful he may be, he is the devil.

RTC.... maybe never.
Sep 24, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Every single soul on GR and in RL!
Recommended to Haïfa by: Petrik
Shelves: favorites, owned, sci-fi
You can find this review and more at Booksprens.

Actual rating : 4.5 stars

Morning Star is a praiseworthy finale to the first Red Rising trilogy! It had it all: heart-crashing scenes, fast, unpredictable plot, a world ever expanding and incredibly well developed and touching characters.

“In war, men lose what makes them great. Their creativity. Their wisdom. Their joy. All that’s left is their utility.”

There was a rare intensity to this series. Something in the writing and in the atmosphere th
Feb 02, 2017 rated it it was ok
Recommended to Sana by: I blame jenny and tweebie
I am the Reaper.
I know how to suffer.
I know the darkness.
This is not how it ends.

2.5 Sevro stars.

I was going to originally give this 1.5 stars, but then Sevro came in and spiced things up and made this book much better. My review is pretty much the same ramblings which can be found here andddd here.
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Hello. I'm Pierce Brown, the author of the Red Rising Saga, a NYT #1 bestseller. The newest entry, IRON GOLD debuts January 15, 2018.

I figured I'd write you myself than have corporate copy pasted below my totally natural author photo.

In my books you'll find stories of men and women finding their inner strength when all seems lost. You'll also find me exploring themes of power--what it means, why

Other books in the series

Red Rising Saga (6 books)
  • Red Rising (Red Rising, #1)
  • Golden Son (Red Rising, #2)
  • Iron Gold (Red Rising, #4)
  • Dark Age (Red Rising Saga, #5)
  • Untitled (Red Rising Saga #6)
“A man thinks he can fly, but he is afraid to jump. A poor friend pushes him from behind.” He looks up at me. “A good friend jumps with.” 219 likes
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