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Morning Star (Red Rising #3)

Morning Starby 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. 

Golden Son

by Pierce Brown

Golden Son(#2 of the Red Rising Trilogy)

In Red Rising, our hero Darrow became one of humanity’s elite, rising from the mines of Mars to the heights of Olympus. In a society fixated on Greek mythology and built on a strict colour coded caste system, the Golds are very much on charge and are looked on almost like gods. They control mankind’s expansion across the Solar System with cruel efficiency and a brutal disregard for the lower castes.

Sequels can often be disappointing, and the middle book of most trilogies tend to lack the pace and plot of the others, but not so here. Where Red Rising concentrated on Darrow’s Tragic and subsequently brutal fight for acceptance as one of society’s elite, Golden Son moves beyond the Red Planet, taking on all the trimmings of a great space opera.

The action is much more intense and the scope much broader. Darrow is still fighting for his life, and those of his people, but this time against the backdrop of an impending civil war that threatens the very fabric of Society itself. With unexpected twists and turns, Darrow finds himself at the centre of a conflict between the ruling families.

Working for the rebels who rescued him from is own execution our hero is a key figure in the fight to bring down the colour system and free “his people” from centuries of oppression.The scope of the story, it’s relentless pace and broad canvass make this a compelling read. It has political intrigue, epic space battles, personal and emotional conflicts and more than its fair share of very descriptive fight scenes. The characters are engaging, but not necessarily with a long life expectancy!  

Pierce Brown is proving to be a major new force in Science Fiction. All in all, a great read and I am looking forward to reading the final part of Darrow’s tale.

Red Rising

by Pierce Brown

Red Rising(#1 of the Red Rising Trilogy)

I picked up a copy of this book after coming across several very good reviews.

Red Rising is Pierce Brown’s debut novel, and the first book of his Red Rising trilogy.

Although it is set on Mars, it is more fantasy that science fiction. Set in the far future, mankind has spread out across the solar system, but not without some serious conflicts on the way. Society has evolved, or returned, to a colour-coded caste system. At the top of the pile are the Golds who rule with brutal efficiency, whilst at the bottom, literally, are the Reds.

Red Rising follows the story of Darrow, who works in the mines below Mars’ surface, working to help build a new home for humanity. But they have been betrayed. Mars is already inhabited with cities and forests sprawling across its surface.

Circumstances conspire to give Darrow an opportunity to work towards redressing the balance and giving his fellow Reds the opportunity to reap the rewards of their labours. Torn between revenge and justice, Darrow finds himself completing against and befriending young Golds as he takes his first steps on the road to bringing down the system that enslaved his family for generations.

Taking inspiration for several sci-fi/fantasy sources, and with more than a nod to Greek mythology, Pierce Brown’s debut is as exciting and well written novel. I was hooked from the very beginning. There is plenty of action with the plot taking several unexpected twists along the way.

Pierce Brown is a great story teller. I just hope the rest of the series is as good.

Red Rising (Red Rising #1)

Red Risingby Pierce Brown

Red Rising is Pierce Brown’s debut novel, and the first book of his Red Rising trilogy.

Although it is set on Mars, it is more fantasy that science fiction. Set in the far future, mankind has spread out across the solar system, but not without some serious conflicts on the way. Society has evolved, or returned, to a colour-coded caste system. At the top of the pile are the Golds who rule with brutal efficiency, whilst at the bottom, literally, are the Reds.

Red Rising follows the story of Darrow, who works in the mines below Mars’ surface, working to help build a new home for humanity. But they have been betrayed. Mars is already inhabited with cities and forests sprawling across its surface. 

Circumstances conspire to give Darrow an opportunity to work towards redressing the balance and giving his fellow Reds the opportunity to reap the rewards of their labours. Torn between revenge and justice, Darrow finds himself completing against and befriending young Golds as he takes his first steps on the road to bringing down the system that enslaved his family for generations.

Taking inspiration for several sci-fi/fantasy sources, and with more than a nod to Greek mythology, Pierce Brown’s debut is as exciting and well written novel. I was hooked from the very beginning. There is plenty of action with the plot taking several unexpected twists along the way. 

Pierce Brown is a great story teller. I just hope the rest of the series is as good.