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Morning Star

by Pierce Brown
SYNOPSIS

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.

WHY I LOVE IT

Okay, first of all, you can’t read this book until you’ve read Red Rising and Golden Sun, books 1 and 2 of the Red Rising Trilogy. But make it through those (and you surely will), and you’re left with Morning Star, a breakneck conclusion to an incredibly inventive, heart-pounding saga.

A book has not left me so breathless in ages. I could hardly put it down, especially nearing the conclusion. Brown weaves countless twists and turns into this tapestry. As you travel between his beautiful prose and fast-paced first-person plot, you can’t help but buckle up and enjoy the ride.

The Red Rising Trilogy features a perfect blend of sci-fi and fantasy. It’s not too sciency and not too magical. Playing homage to the ancient Greeks and Romans, Brown adapts their myths and style into an irresistible, operatic space epic.

Brown’s books basically possess everything I adore about fiction.

If I’m going to recommend one fiction series this year, it’s this one. And I know I’ll be recommending it for years to come.