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Morning Star

(Red Rising Saga #3)

4.48  ·  Rating details ·  154,876 ratings  ·  12,666 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
Melissa ♥ Dog/Wolf Lover ♥ Martin
FairyLoot Edition!! And then them put together to show the scythe!


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
Dec 03, 2013 marked it as to-read
If the zombie apocalypse happens before this book is released I will never forgive you, Pierce.
Apr 22, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
‘if your heart beats like a drum, and your legs a little wet, its because the reapers come to collect a little debt.’



gorydamn, my goodman. i. am. obsessed.

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
Jessica ❁ ➳ Silverbow ➳ ❁
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 bloodydam
Oct 06, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
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 these
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
Caz (littlebookowl)
Jan 21, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: owned, favourites

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.
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 an
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 i
Dec 22, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
It has finally happened:
I just let out a breath I didn't realize I was holding!

Morning Star, the 3rd-book of the Red Rising Saga, exceeded all my expectations. My favorite of the series so far!

Currently, Pierce Brown is in a head-to-head battle with George R.R. Martin to become the 'Author Intentionally Trying to Crush My Soul' the most.

Brown has created a hellishly brutal world here. No character is safe. Ever!

Just when you start to let your guard down...

Without giving too much away, as this i
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
Mikee (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 anticipa
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
Charlotte May
“You tried to kill me. You could not. I know your power. I know your pride. And I have seen how you will fall...And if we fall, others will take our place, because we are the tide. And we are rising.”

Goryhell and Bloodydamn!

This series has knocked about 10 years off my life I swear!

There isn’t really much I can say here. I was constantly shocked by the characters switching loyalties and plot twists.

The number of people being killed off had me on the edge of my seat.

This trilogy has a good
Luna. ✨
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 going to
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
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 so
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
Jul 19, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Absolutely INCREDIBLE. I’ve never once been bored reading this trilogy and have always been pleasantly surprised that each book somehow gets better. Pierce Brown is a genius and I adore his work so much. I love how he writes his characters and the politics in this messed up world. And I love how much it makes me think about our reality. I really feel as though he’s become one of my all time favorite authors, If not my favorite author. I can’t wait to move on to the next books, I already know the ...more
Chelsea ✨Arielle’s Nebular Ally and Team Acrux✨

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 h
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


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
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
Becca & The Books
Sep 25, 2021 rated it it was amazing
A dynamic and epic conclusion to the core Red Rising Trilogy.

Pierce Brown once again delivers pulse pounding action with gut wrenching twists that will keep you on the edge of your seat.
Feb 11, 2016 rated it it was ok
12/6/2016 - Edit at bottom

2.5 to 3 stars. Unpopular opinion time! This will serve as a review of not only this book, but the whole series.

Thank goodness it is over! This drug on forever - I read it on Kindle and felt like I was between 50 and 70% forever. This was not an enthralling series for me - I read it because it is a popular series right now and I am a sucker for pop culture.

Here is the pattern: things are okay, things are bad, someone gives a powerful speech, charge to battle, everyone
Apr 22, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Review 2:
This book is pure perfection 👌😤

5 ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

Review 1:
I'm lost for words ! so damm good is this book, this serie is epic , and this book is an amazing ending, darrow has my heart and i'm going to miss him
Nov 11, 2018 rated it liked it
3.75 stars
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Hello. I'm Pierce Brown, the author of the Red Rising Saga, a NYT #1 bestseller.
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 love, violence, hope, and power--what it means, why people seek it, and how th

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