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review 2016-04-18 14:34
Morning Star by Pierce Brown
Morning Star - Pierce Brown

A very exciting conclusion to the Red Rising Trilogy - with lots of surprises. I wasn't sure how Pierce Brown was going to find a way out of the ending to Golden Son, but find a way he did. Darrow is back and so are the Sons, but neither of them is the same. Things are quickly escalating out of control and plans need to be made to finish this fight.

But what a fight it is. Stretching from the far reaches of occupied space, Earth, the moons, and on board the ships - the fighting is everywhere. Some of these battles are quite complex with multiple layers of attack - so make sure you pay attention. Every move is important. Every word has meaning. Every person has their fate (and I didn't like all of them). Darrow ingenuity and way of thinking will be very important and could either win or lose the war for them.

The ending was a bit of a surprise. While I had some suspicions it may head in a similar direction, it took quite an about-face at the last minute and left me quite surprised at the maturity of a small boy. I was sad to see the saga end - I have grown to love all the characters and will miss hearing of their adventures and schemes. But the ending was very satisfying as well.

Source: www.hotofftheshelves.com/2016/04/morning-star-by-pierce-brown-review.html
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review 2015-02-02 16:25
Golden Son (Red Rising #2) by Pierce Brown
Golden Son - Pierce Brown

This series continues to get better. We have more of a traditional sci-fi feel in book one and it opens with a spaceship battle. We see a lot of the ships and technologies throughout the story. We also get to see a lot more of the politics that govern The Society and how poisonous it really is.

Darrow finds himself under attach once again - this time from the family he thought to ally himself with. In an effort to prove himself and regain his status, he alienates those that are closest to him and things just play out in a very interesting way.

There are tons of secrets revealed and lots of shocking situations that I never saw coming. Darrow learns a lot in the story - but mostly by making mistakes. This book has a very different feel from the first. We have much larger scaled battles with more space technology involved at all levels of the story.

The ending - one of the biggest cliffhangers I've seen. But it was so well done.

*This book was received in exchange for an honest review*

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review 2015-02-02 15:32
Red Rising (Red Rising Trilogy #1) by Pierce Brown
Red Rising - Pierce Brown

Red Rising was quit an interesting mix of ideas and concepts. We have a bit of a Hunger Games concept mixed with a dystopian science fiction beginning. Lots of mythological references and genetic engineering or planning births to achieve certain results.

Darrow is a red - the lowest color. And as such, he is relegated to mining underground for his entire life. But part of his spirit rebels and send him on a very interesting journey. His journey is a strange mix of sci=fi and medieval technologies. We don't get to see the space battles with ships and stations - but they are still an obvious part of the world.

As Darrow fights to bring chaos to the rulers of the galaxy, he is forced to learn a lot about himself and human nature. This could almost become a study in psychology and sociology. There are tons and tons of twists and turns throughout the story and there are quite a few times we think Darrow isn't going to win.

The end has a lot left open (this is a trilogy) but I wouldn't really call it a cliffhanger.

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review 2014-01-28 12:31
Release Day Review: Red Rising by Pierce Brown
Red Rising - Pierce Brown

Red Rising is easily my favorite book of 2014 – and we’re only in January. Red Rising is one of those books that sneaks up on you. It starts off slowly and then takes off in a rush of adrenalin. The opening line sets the tone:

”I would have lived in peace. But my enemies brought me war."

And so begins an amazing thrill ride… I think I Red Rising because of many factors. The world building was fascinating and highly detailed. Red Rising is set on Mars in the future. Mars has been colonized by humans who live both above and below the surface. Those who live below the surface are the Reds – the lowest caste, the miners. They’ve been led to believe that their work is to mine the material needed to make Mars habitable. On the opposite end are the most privileged, the Golds, the top of the castes. Other color coded castes populate the planet, each color specializing in a certain specialty such as science, medicine, service, policing, etc.


Red Rising has one of the more interesting teenage characters I’ve met in years. Darrow is only 16 years old and a Red, a child of miners and a miner himself since he was 13 years old. He’s a Helldiver, a particularly dangerous type of miner and he’s one of the best in his region. Darrow is happily married to the love of his life Eo and they are literally head over heels in love with each other. Darrow’s happiness is cut short when Eo is executed for inciting rebellion. Darrow’s grief is overwhelming and in an act of compassion, he buries his wife and gets sentenced to death.


The story takes off from here. Up to this time, there have been only whispers that all is not well in this world. It is forbidden to even sing a simple song, as it is the song of the rebels. Darrow finds himself resuscitated and whisked away by the members of the rebellion. He is surprised to find that there are cities on the surface of the planet. Darrow agrees to infiltrate the Golds and become one of them which is not an easy feat as he undergoes numerous surgical procedures, pain, coaching, and even learning how to read, all so that he could pass as a Gold and enter their Institute.


When we finally see what it is that the Golds do to train their leaders, it is shocking and appalling. This is Game of Thrones meets The Hunger Games and Lord of the Flies on speed. Kill or be killed. Fight or become a slave. It’s not really individuals against individuals – it’s house versus house. Some of the houses have advantages either in location, equipment, food, or soldiers. Several characters stand out in this part, notably Sevro, who at first glance, did not seem like much but his fierce and wolf-like behavior were a real asset for Darrow. Mustang was a good ally as well, and surprisingly tough when necessary. Then there was the fearsome Jackal, the one adversary that all the houses were afraid of.


The game has no rules and no time frame. The winner is the person who controls all 12 houses. Darrow has a unique insight into the game. He has nothing to lose. Once he learns that the game is rigged, he “breaks” the rules himself. Darrow is also remarkably civilized. When he hears that a girl has been raped, he punishes the offender with 20 lashes, earning the respect of others.


The writing is powerful, evoking the senses, the emotions, and the atmosphere. I loved how Darrow was portrayed. He kind of was 16 going on 30, which may not be a good thing in most young adult books, but his life experiences added to his maturity. Even though Eo only appeared in the first few chapters, her presence was greatly felt throughout the novel as Darrow was constantly living for her and grieving her loss.


Red Rising was an amazing read. I want to read the next book now, now, now!


Thank you to NetGalley and Random House Del Rey Spectra for a review copy of this book.


Review posted on Badass Book Reviews. Check it out!

Source: badassbookreviews.com/release-day-review-and-giveaway-red-rising-by-pierce-brown
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