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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.

5 of 5 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.

31 of 37 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.

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I'm actually depressed the story ended.

I have NEVER immediately restarted a trilogy after finishing until now. This book can compete with Tolkien. unbelievable story telling. Never a dull moment, I laughed, cried, yelled out loud in anger, and cheered! My new favorite.

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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!




23 of 28 people found this review helpful

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I'm exhausted

The author and narrator do a masterful job of orchestrating the tension that moved me from exhilaration to despair and then back again.

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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.

14 of 17 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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A Masterpiece

The Fallacy of many trilogies is believing that they can finish as strong as they start. Morning Star and the Red Rising Trilogy as a whole not only believes this about themselves, but actually succeeds where so many fail. This journey has taken me from the Mines of Lycos beneath the surface of Mars, to the Moons of Jupiter, the Moon and everywhere in between and it will be a long time before I ever come back down to Earth. There are not enough words in the English language to express how highly I reconmend this series. Darrow's journey is one truly made hand in hand with the reader.

In the beginning of Red Rising I saw him as a character that I would have difficulty liking and sticking with, but I was entranced by the brilliant narration of Tim Gerard Renolds and the prose of Pierce Brown. As the books continued I grew with Darrow and came to view him as exactly what this series and the world within needed. He surrounds himself with a cast of characters that at oftentimes outshine him in their life and vigor, overflowing with personality.

The story ebs and flows and has its fair share of moments that rip out your heart or make your breathe catch in your throat, but the common core beneath it all is the human condition and the struggle that all must wrestle with within their own minds and the world around them, what is humanity and who has a right to define it? Listen to this audiobook, immediately, and if you have not listened to the rest of the series, what are you waiting for? Mars and the stars beyond await. Break the chains.

9 of 11 people found this review helpful

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Amazing series and an amazing 3rd installment

How to begin? I was captivated from the moment I started Red Rising and the ride didn't end until completing this 3rd novel. I can't say enough about how amazing Reynolds is at narrating; I've listened to many books narrated by him, all of which were done exquisitely. The charactors and plot twists were complex and entertaining. Must Read.

4 of 5 people found this review helpful

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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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  • 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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  • Jameela
  • 11-24-17

The feels

How many times can one girl cry on the train! Really enjoyed the 3rd book! Laughed & cried! The ending made my heart warm. Such a fantastic narrator! Can't wait for book 4!

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  • Eskimo
  • 11-11-17

epic conclusion but wait there is more

i was gripped coming into this book, my review of this series has only gotten better and though in pervious books you may find the odd boring information download this had tension and made you breeze though just to know what would happen next, the ending or conclusion had me second guessing myself, i had believed so hard and when it all came to an end i was fist bumping scream on the reds as they fight, i was truly brought to tears by this a epic conclusion and am curious where book 4 takes us

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  • Chris Black
  • 11-02-17

sci fi at its unadulterated best, read this trilog

sci fi at its unadulterated best, read this trilogy or miss out. narration is awesome too

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  • Jonathan
  • 10-12-17

Bloody damn excellent!

A prime way to finish a great series my good man. Well done to all involved, you should be proud.

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  • Jonny
  • 10-09-17

excellent

Great Audiobook and trilogy. This one dragged slightly and I personally preferred the first two. A few too many long speeches and character arcs get a little confused. But still very enjoyable and a good close out to an awesome story.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 10-03-17

Very impressed

It twists and turns keeping you constantly surprised. The characters are very likable and you invest allot emotionally which is what I loved. great voice acting and I liked that it was written from Darrows point of view. I'd highly recommend this series if you like sagas like dune, although the pace is like comapring F1 with a glacier.

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  • Jocasta
  • 09-22-17

Excellent.

The narration was excellent. The sorry is gripping filled with emotion, hope and violence. well worth a listen.

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  • tialw
  • 08-18-17

A perfect ending

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I don't know how Pierce Brown manages to confuse, horrify, trick, depress, and overwhelm you with happiness all at the same time. The third instalment of Darrow's mission continues with all the action and humanity of the first two books. You will not want to turn this off, be warned! The narration, as always, is golden.

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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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  • 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.

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  • liam
  • 09-14-17

CAN'T WAIT FOR IRON GOLD!!

If you could sum up Morning Star in three words, what would they be?

so good, only problem is that iron gold isn't gonna be realised until January 2018. could not stop listening i need more

What other book might you compare Morning Star to, and why?

i dont think there is any other book quite like it

Which scene did you most enjoy?

the ending

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

god yes it keept me up at night

Any additional comments?

please we need more books like this, that way i will never be bored

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  • richard
  • 08-17-17

Too long

i did struggle to complete the last of the trilogy. Too much fluff. This book was just ok but trilogy overall was very good.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 07-24-17

Great end to a gripping series

I loved the narrator of this book. So good. I would often sit in my car not wanting to stop listening. I also found his voice very easy to listen to. This series was unputdownable. Definitely worth a listen, or a read!

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  • Cameron
  • 07-23-17

Great finish, a little predictable but still great

Great book and great end, even though it got a little predictable I still nightly rate it.