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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.

©2016 Pierce Brown (P)2016 Recorded Books

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It doesn't get much better than this!

This series broke my heart a million times. It made me forget what I was doing and tune out the world. It made me hold my breath and laugh out loud. This is some seriously good writing. I'm normally not a Sci Fi girl but I'm so glad I tried this out. The world is expertly crafted and I fell in love with the characters. I feel like they are my friends and I'm sad that it's over.

I highly recommend this to anyone who loves an excellent story with believable characters who are flawed and imperfect but make you love them, forgive them, cheer for them and cry for them.

Tim Gerard Reynolds is also one of my favorite readers (why I got this book in the first place actually, along with a good review from someone I follow) and he did an amazing job, as always.

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The narration and content = outstanding

If I would have known how great a series I was about to get into, I would have waited for a weekend where I was not so busy. I blew through these books in 4 days. The feeling of satisfaction I had after reading the last page was sublime. Anyone who has a great imagination pick this book up.

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  • Royal
  • ROY, UT, US
  • 01-03-17

The movie that's disguised as a book

Man I felt like I was reading a screenplay of 3 trilogies....built into this one book..... book 1 is fantastic.... these last 2.. disappointments

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Too many betrayals

This series has been full of shocking betrayals by Darrow. This time he went so far beyond the pale the series just completely quit making sense right in the middle of this book. Beautifully written, but highly flawed.

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The end....or is it?

Like previous installments of the red rising trilogy this book has plenty of bone crushingly depressing moments and spine tingling exciting twists, only more. The author continues his go-to style of waxing poetic to the point of making the reader consider suicide, then moving at breakneck speeds around plot twist corners so sharp you cannot see them coming. Overall very good but the end leaves one filled but wanting, like dessert with out dinner, as almost all loose ends are tied up with the largest left unsatisfactorily unresolved, (spoiler alert) ----will it all descend into chaos now that the society has been broken. To really do justice to the readers another book is needed, a mature, well thought out discourse on the political ramifications raised throughout the series.----

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Good concept. Didn't like the execution.

I thought that this series started strong with an entertaining premise and a speedy pace. However, I felt like it never came together and got progressively worse as the story continued.

I guessed that it was rushed to print because the continuity and world building was confusing to me and I sensed the need for better editing.

Then again, if you liked the Hunger Games, you might like this series. I did not like either.

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Good enough I guess

Enjoyable, but by the time I got through this I was pretty much done with the story. I liked the first book, 2nd book was slower, this one was just...meh.

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Kind of a let down

This story fell flat in this third book. I was getting a little bored as in parts. The ending was decent, but was glad it finally wrapped up.

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Young adult only

I would have to go back to the first book to really tell, but it seems like the first was the only mature novel. This was disappointing to say the least. It is a good young adult fantasy novel, but not for us who seek complex, mature story telling.

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  • Dan
  • Charleston, South Carolina United States
  • 08-07-16

VERY Derivative

Take Game of Thrones, Rome, and Hunger Games, throw them in a blender with pseudo-lightsabers and generic sci-fi elements, and you've got this series in a nutshell. The prose is vaguely embarrassing throughout, and Brown has borrowed way too many vocabulary tics from his source material, especially those of George RR Martin. It's far from the worst thing I've ever read, but it's entirely forgettable.

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  • Sue Dobbing
  • 01-26-17

An epic saga

A satisfying finale to the trilogy, gripped me throughout.
Steady downbeat narration kept an often bloody storyline on track.
Enough plot twists & reveals to sustain the story length.

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  • Tree Frog
  • 04-28-18

RED RISING TRILOGY

What a book! loved the twists and turns. Some you could see coming but others were out of nowhere. highly recommend the all three books. TGR is a brilliant narrator, he took a great story and breathed life into the characters, so consistent, convincing and nuanced.

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  • Giffy B
  • 02-06-18

Captivating!

I've loved this trilogy, listened to all 3 in one week. The story is captivating and fast paced, but I never got lost. The narrator does an excellent job. highly recommend, this (I believe) transcends across genres, well worth a go even if you don't traditional enjoy sci fi fantasy, there is far more here!

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  • purple paladin
  • 01-10-17

just brilliant!

I'm left feeling bereft after going on the often heartbreaking, action packed, twisting, messy yet beautiful journey with Darrow through this trilogy. A new favourite and more mature and vast in its scope than many dystopian novels. Gritty yet touching with moments of humour that made me laugh out loud (something I seldom do when reading). The audiobook narration is great and adds rather than detracts from the telling although frustrating when I was literally gripping the edge of my seat wishing I could speed through to find out what's next.
if all that isn't enough to tempt you to read then know I rarely leave reviews but these three truly deserve all the accolade and I'm just sad it's over.

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  • Axl Crawford
  • 01-07-17

Gory damn

Oh my. What a ride that was! This book trilogy was gory damn fantastic! I'll definitely be listening again in the future!!

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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  • Danielle
  • 06-16-16

A rare treasure!

What a magnificent trilogy! I was completely enthralled from beginning to end and felt every single emotion imaginable inbetween. I was initially discouraged with the 'space/sci-fi' concept but they are genuinely one of the most gripping stories that I have ever known; an identifiable concept despite the alien backdrop. Truly engaging characters, wonderful narration and non-stop excitement - I cannot recommend the entire trilogy highly enough. Tremendous!

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  • Johnny
  • 02-17-16

Great stuff

Best audio book I have listened to.. I cried. Laughed.. And got excited

But without the skills of the narrator it would not have been half as good....

Well done to both

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  • Jim Rids
  • 10-07-18

Couldn't finish it.

Truly awful third book in the trilogy. So so boring that I found myself zoning out constantly as it couldn't hold my attention. He also killed off the best character by far and that ruined it completely for me.

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  • Christophe
  • 09-22-18

Fantastic conclusion to the trilogy

Following the dark end of the second book, this book follows Darrow as he takes Revenge on the Jackal.

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  • Kolif
  • 09-02-18

Again it delivered.

I read the first two books in 4 days. And this one followed in 2. Now on to the next one. Can't wait for the new trilogy

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  • Chris Gander
  • 04-07-16

A captivating and exhilarating space adventure!

Without a doubt, the best trilogy I have ever read. Brown has catapulted himself into the upper echelons of literary greatness.

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  • Matt
  • 02-14-16

Arguably the best trilogy I have ever read.

Awesome characters with genuine depth, as a narrator Tim is spine tingling. as a writer, Pierce is a Jedi Master. As for the upcoming movie, I feel like I felt when I read that an eccentric director called Peter Jackson had aquired the rights to LOTR. As the source material was so good and so special to me I was petrified it would be slagged up. Thankfully I couldnt have been more wrong. Bloodydamn read it and break the Chains!!!

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  • Chaz Lewis
  • 07-24-18

Absolutely blown away.

This was an incredible series that somehow managed to deliver with an equally incredible conclusion. Absolutely loved every minute if it

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  • Linda
  • 06-24-18

Loved the series

Loved it but needed Tissues.... driving to work with tears streaming down my eyes.

Outstanding Narration, had me holding my breath, brilliant.

There is one more book but can't listen yet, the ending to the third book could have finished the series beautifully, i was so invested in the characters i can't cope with anyone else dying so will maybe lusten to the fourth once i have recovered

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  • Trent Thomson
  • 05-12-18

Gory damn!

What a good series. Cannot see why it has so many mixed reviews online. Too many people complaining about the violence but the details are why this was so good!

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  • Ed
  • 04-29-18

Solid effort

It's a solid book 3 to the trilogy. Some plot elements seem to go to the dramatic, but the rise is an enjoyable one.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 01-19-18

Amazing.

Best audio book series I have ever listened to. I cannot recommend it highly enough.

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  • Martin
  • 12-07-17

Emotional rollercoaster

A phenominal story that definately has its share of twists and turns. Made me so paniced at times i needed to stop listening and calm myself

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  • Anonymous User
  • 11-06-17

Full of twists!

Amazing. Full of twists and had me laughing and crying and biting my cheek the whole way through. Looking forward to Iron Gold.

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  • Tom
  • 10-19-17

A truly fantastic conclusion to the trilogy.

Morning Star wraps the Red Rising trilogy up very nicely. A fantastic ride with some great twists and turns, all of the characters reach a satisfying and fleshed out conclusion, a new addition to my favourite books of all time.