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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.

27 of 28 people found this review helpful

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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.

17 of 18 people found this review helpful

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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.----

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

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Gory damn magnificent!

Morning Star, Pierce Brown's thrilling conclusion to the Red Rising trilogy more than lives up to expectations based on the the first two volumes. What begins from the low point with Darrow's capture at the end of volume 2, proceeds through a series of two steps forward and one step back as Darrow must constantly second guess both his friends and enemies while he continues to excel at doing the unexpected. The core of the resolution of the multiple eight balls Darrow finds himself behind is to methodically pick apart the societal hold by exploiting the weaknesses and animosities among the outer worlds, Mars (meaning the jackal) and the core. Rather than a systematic, well executed take-down, the denouement morphs into one potential catastrophe after another until even in the face of eventual victory Brown still manages to surprise with left field turn of events.

The sci-fi elements are muted with no new elements relative to earlier installments and stay well in the background as a supporting role. Beyond the thriller aspects of the storytelling, Brown explores relationships along with differing attitudes and beliefs that drive the main characters around Darrow. Each supporting character, Mustang, Cassius, Sevro, Victra, Roque, Quicksilver, etc. have different, but equally valid perspectives on their drives and ambitions. The intimacy of their various interactions is poignant and moving and is a compelling component of the appeal of the tale. At the same time, Darrow is continually making tough, less than ideal choices that completely satisfy few and leave many worse off than before. In this way, the tale is closer to "real life" than expected, especially in utilizing the "fog of war". Finally, while Darrow succeeds in achieving his overarching goal, Brown leaves the reluctant revolutionist with the unenviable task of remolding society while bracketed by potential enemies and the disillusioned,leaving plenty of fodder for future installments. One glaring omission was the noticeable absence of Harmony.

The narration is simply outstanding with sheer mastery of the range of voices of both genders. Tone, pace, and mood are expertly handled to render a nonstop can't put down attraction that dovetails nicely with the author's "seat of the pants" writing pace.

33 of 40 people found this review helpful

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  • David
  • Chesapeake, VA, United States
  • 02-13-16

Suspenseful, Powerful, Perfect ending!

I had been looking forward to the third installment to Brown's trilogy since finishing Golden Son. I was not disappointed. It was a bit slow starting, but as time passed, the story line became much tighter and focused. Brown did an outstanding job keeping the plot plausible, edgy, suspenseful, emotional, dark (but not too dark). There are some very humorous and even touching moments in the story that are very endearing. The characters are flawed, but what depth in terms of their development. They deal with difficult choices, horrific events, and real loss. Tim Gerard Reynolds pulls out all the stops with this story and treats the listener to another wonderful performance. It is the relationships that have been forged in the first book that make this trilogy so special. The end is wonderfully done, very satisfying. Kudos to the team of Pierce Brown and Tim Gerard Reynolds that have given us a story for the ages.

15 of 18 people found this review helpful

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  • Russell
  • Keswick, ON, Canada
  • 03-16-16

Satisfying End to a Great Series

I was uplifted, crushed and occasionally succumbed to a few belly laughs while listening to this concluding book of the Red Rising trilogy. This series can be compared to the Hunger Games series. Both were very entertaining.. but this one had a lot more depth.

I actually had to restrain myself from writing a review before the book was finished. In chapters 40 - 50, Darrow (the reaper) seemed to be in an unwinnable situation between forces that were hostile to each other, but more hostile to him. He made a huge sacrifice to get the outer planets temporarily on his side. In the epic battle that ensued, he reacted to a fluid situation and his improvised action solved all those problems. I did not see it coming... and it was so good, Pierce Brown could have ended the book there and had me salivating for book four. I certainly have spent a lot of credits on 8-10 hour books and been happy. One credit for a 21 hour book was really delivering.

Who knew that there was a crushing blow coming up in the story-line after my euphoria. It hurt so much, I actually had to turn off the book on my commute home and debate with myself on the merits of continuing. The next day I did. Those of us who have read a lot are able to imagine every kind of scenario as these exceptional authors toy with us and I did have something in the back of my mind based on a hint that was dropped.

The return of Darrow to Luna was tough to experience. If you have already read books 1 and 2, I will let you find out on your own how everything turns out in this final book. I loved it and all those stars above attest to my affection for this final book. I took one star off for the story because I think Peirce Brown cheated a bit. But, in the final analysis, I am okay with that.

If you think this is a cryptic review, there are good reasons. I hate knowing major plot points before getting there. If you are like me and have read book 1 and 2 - don't read anymore reviews - get started on this book. If you haven't read the first two books .... what are you waiting for!



10 of 12 people found this review helpful

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  • Lore
  • SAN JOSE, CA, United States
  • 03-07-16

A trilogy that ends on a high note

I usually have 2 audiobooks going at once since I listen to one book while commuting and another while running. For the most part, the two books stay in their assigned places but occasionally one of the two books will grab my attention and cause me to listen to it continuously across both activities. Morning Star was such a book.

As this series has gone on I have found myself more and more invested in it. Red Rising was good but I felt that it contained a few standard YA tropes that forced me to keep my distance. Golden Son was better but as the middle story of the trilogy it was a bridge that went nowhere ending with a cliffhanger. That left Morning Star with a built in obligation to build upon the unfinished foundation laid before it and it does not fail to deliver. For me it was the best book of the series.

Darrow's exploits in this one contain highs and lows alike and he finds that he must make a final determination of the trustworthiness of almost every person in his life. From the dead who helped shape him to the living who still try to manipulate him, Darrow melds all of their influences together with his own opinions to finally become himself. He no longer fights for Eo's vision or Ares' cause but rather for his own reasons. He has all sigils removed from his hands and transforms himself into a simple human that is neither red nor gold. He has no color at all and represents the future that he desires to create for all of humanity.

Pierce Brown takes you a non-stop wild adventure ride in this one and he keeps you guessing. Sometimes you are in on the plans, and sometimes you are not, but you never lose interest in the outcome. The events build to a final showdown with the Sovereign and every character is eventually forced to pick a side to stand on. Loyalties are up in the air until the very end but this one is no cliffhanger.

Tim Gerard Reynolds is brilliant once again and without a doubt enhances the written word with his narration. Is this book perfect? No it isn't but I am not going to dwell on any negatives as they are easy to overlook. It grabbed my attention from the start and didn't let go until it was over which makes this the best book of the series.

Break the chains!




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Very poor story but a great narrator.

The quality of the trilogy goes steadily down from the first book to this one. I am a huge fan of fantasy and scifi and I am usually a forgiving audience, but here the book feel off my hands in the last 10 chapters. The author seems to repeat multiple times completely artificial crises in the flow of the story. I felt multiple times that the mental process was "I feel the tension is going down and I don't know what to do next, let create a crisis out of the blue and kill one of the main characters, maybe it will mask the weakness in the script". These artificial twists kept kicking me out of the story and wiping out the suspension of disbelief, until I stopped listening 7 chapters from the end.
The narrator on the other hand is really good, he was just not able to salvage the disastrous flaws in the stories.

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depressing

just got way too depressing for me...main character was hard to believe as real because of behavior

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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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  • 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.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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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!

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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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

2 of 3 people found this review helpful

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  • Mr P Eldridge
  • 07-06-18

Fitting end to the trilogy

if you loved the first two in the series then this will be no different. A fitting end to the trilogy though some of the twists were a bit obvious.

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  • Lachlan
  • 06-22-18

Great narration and a decent story

The narrator really brings this alive. The story is good, although at certain points Darrow feels like an omniscient being. The book is written from his perspective and as such reader is supposed to know what he's thinking. However he hides his strategies from the reader. As a result it feels like he hides his plans from himself, which often feels unconvincing. I appreciate this technique adds tension and so I can see why it was used, however it may have been better to narrate as a fly on the wall. All in all a good story set within a nice universe with interesting characters.

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  • Sarah Sydric
  • 06-16-18

Best of the trilogy, hard to stop listening

Very gripping story, best of the original trilogy, hard to stop listening. Great narration; very immersive character narration.

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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.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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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!!!

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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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.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 10-07-17

Ragnar

Only thing that didnt make it a 5 was Ragnars Death. It was so obviously coming and then his sister basically just took his place as if he barely existed.