by Pierce Brown
Morning Star brings to a close a trilogy that has almost everything you could ask for: mythology, action and adventure, epic battle scenes, heroes, villains, romance and political intrigue. The only things missing are fire-breathing dragons and a rusty kitchen sink. Mind you, Marsian raised Griffins are a good substitute (not for the kitchen sink!).
In the Red Rising trilogy, Pierce Brown has created a very unique future for the human race, but one both feet planted firmly in our own history and present. Inspiration for these books has come from many different sources: Greek and Norse mythology amongst the most obvious. However, I feel that the decision to make the hero Darrow of Lykos a Red in The Society’s colour-baed caste system is no accident. A Red” fighting against the system that places people depending on birth and gives privilege to a chosen few mirrors the ongoing clash between socialism and conservatism.
I have enjoyed the previous two books and had high expectations for the final instalment. And I have to say that I was not disappointed on any level. The story continues with the same pace as Darrow, the Reaper of Mars, faces his biggest challenge yet in his struggle to bring freedom to his “people”. After the events of Golden Son, the big question was just who could he rely on/ With plenty of plot twists and some help from unexpected quarters, Darrow’s journey takes him from Mars to the moons of Jupiter before heading for the heart of the Society, Luna and Earth. As with everything he has done before, things do not always go his way as he learns the painful realities of leadership – the frustration of compromise and the pain of sacrifice. Is he willing to sacrifice thousands for the future of millions? Can he really trust those around him?
Morning Star is dramatic, exciting, compelling and insightful. Pierce Brown has created a world filled with wonder and adventure. Darrow’s story may well be over for now, but I feel there is great potential for more stories of this colourful universe. I would love to hear more about the rise of the Golds and also about the world Darrow and his band of rebels has created. A dramatic and compelling end to a well written and thought provoking trilogy.