Review: ‘Morning Star’ by Pierce Brown

Review: ‘Morning Star’ by Pierce BrownMorning Star by Pierce Brown
Series: Red Rising #3
Published by Del Rey on February 9th, 2016
Genres: Action & Adventure, Dystopian, Fantasy & Magic, Science Fiction, Young Adult
Pages: 518
Format: Hardcover
Source: bought online
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.

About Pierce Brown

Pierce Brown spent his childhood building forts and setting traps for cousins in the woods of six states and the deserts of two. Graduating from college in 2010, he fancied the idea of continuing his studies at Hogwarts. Unfortunately, he doesn’t have a magical bone in his body. So while trying to make it as a writer, he worked as a manager of social media at a startup tech company, toiled as a peon on the Disney lot at ABC Studios, did his time as an NBC page, and gave sleep deprivation a new meaning during his stint as an aide on a U.S. Senate campaign. Now he lives Los Angeles, where he scribbles tales of spaceships, wizards, ghouls, and most things old or bizarre.

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*bangs head* I had to wait about a week to even start writing this review. I was stunned speechless. That’s only because I had no idea what to write about. I’m going to try make sense of what I thought, wish me luck.


Pierce Brown delivered the last book in timely fashion. I hate to say this, but he is not afraid to kill off his characters in the same lines as Rowling and Martin :S There was always this sense of fearful apprehension that was lurking around every corner. The slower parts made me super anxious. Not only was there the same gut-wrenching (and I mean that quite literally) action was there, the characters themselves are also going through massive size character arcs. Darrow was going through one, and it was odd seeing him feel so powerless. Servo was one character that I immediately liked even more. He reminded me a lot of Ron Weasley from the Harry Potter series, a loyal kind friend who will always stick up for friends and give support. My heart just reached out for both of them because they started making mistakes left and right. As for Mustang, I couldn’t help but still a little uneasy when she would appear. I still didn’t trust her only because she is the Jackal’s twin sister, but then I realized that would be too predictable.


Brown doesn’t do predictable, he likes to lead you down one path, then twist it around and slap you in the face! There’s a part in the book where I had to stop reading just because my heart felt like it would leap out from my chest, it was that intense! The pacing itself for Morning Star is pretty perfect with both highs and lows. And the ending? Well I can’t comment about that, but I believe most of my questions were answered.


Needless to say, I am bloodydamn excited to read more from this universe for Brown is also writing a spin-off trilogy about the Golds. An inventive, fast-paced, gut-wrenching and emotional read, you’re going to want this on your bookshelves book nerds! Read it before the movies come out 😛



Man is no island. We need those who love us. We need those who hate us. We need others to tether us to life, to give us a reason to live, to feel. (4)
This is war, boyo. Murder’s the name of the game. Don’t be sad if we’re good at it. (137)
I’m afraid all the time. I don’t want to lose anyone. I don’t want to let them down. (169)
I think the shittiest part about getting old is now we’re smart enough to see the cracks in everything. (171)
To build we must break. (192)
I am something new, and in this old world steeped in legends, ancestors, and what came before, something new is something very special. (272)
I want him to have a chance to decide for himself what kind of person he wants to be.
None of user to be what we want to be. Least not for long. (277)
What kind of parent would want their children to have servants? The moment a child thinks it is entitled to anything, they think they deserve everything. (320)
Honor is not what you say. It is not what you read. Honor is what you do. (335)
Life without love is the worst prison of all. (451)

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