Morning Star: Book 3 Of The Red Rising Saga by Pierce BrownMorning Star: Book 3 Of The Red Rising Saga by Pierce Brown

Morning Star: Book 3 Of The Red Rising Saga

byPierce Brown

Paperback | September 27, 2016

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#1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • Red Rising thrilled readers and announced the presence of a talented new author. Golden Son changed the game and took the story of Darrow to the next level. Now comes the exhilarating conclusion to the Red Rising Trilogy: Morning Star.

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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.

Praise for Morning Star

“You could call [Pierce] Brown science fiction’s best-kept secret. In Morning Star, the trilogy’s devastating and inspiring final chapter, . . . he flirts with volume, oscillating between thundering space escapes and hushed, tense parleys between rivals, where the cinematic dialogue oozes such specificity and suspense you could almost hear a pin drop between pages. His achievement is in creating an uncomfortably familiar world of flaw, fear, and promise.”Entertainment Weekly

“There is no one writing today who does shameless, Michael Bay–style action set pieces the way Brown does. The battle scenes are kinetic, bloody, breathless, crazy. Everything is on fire all the time.”—NPR

Morning Star is this trilogy’s Return of the Jedi. . . . The impactful battles that make up most of Morning Star are damn near operatic. . . . It absolutely satisfies.”Tor.com

“Excellent . . . Brown’s vivid, first-person prose puts the reader right at the forefront of impassioned speeches, broken families, and engaging battle scenes . . . as this interstellar civil war comes to a most satisfying conclusion.”Publishers Weekly (starred review)

“A page-turning epic filled with twists and turns . . . The conclusion to Brown’s saga is simply stellar.”Booklist (starred review)

“Multilayered and seething with characters who exist in a shadow world between history and myth, much as in Frank Herbert’s Dune . . . an ambitious and satisfying conclusion to a monumental saga.”Kirkus Reviews
Pierce Brown is the New York Times bestselling author of Red Rising, Golden Son, and Morning Star. While trying to make it as a writer, Brown 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 ...
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Title:Morning Star: Book 3 Of The Red Rising SagaFormat:PaperbackDimensions:544 pages, 8.24 × 5.49 × 1.12 inPublished:September 27, 2016Publisher:Random House Publishing GroupLanguage:English

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Love it Wish there were more books
Date published: 2017-09-12
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Too many incomplete sentences I had an extremely hard time finishing this book because Brown uses so many consecutive short and incomplete sentences that was really annoying and hard to read. Plus the fact that all his characters who are newly graduated are all so amazing and able to defeat seasoned warriors. Hmm.
Date published: 2017-07-03
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Still love it so much! Re-read 2017-06-24: Well, the THING that happened in this book, the thing that I hated Pierce for on the first read? Year, this time I sobbed over it. In fact, he made me cry, at least a little, several times throughout the book. Maybe I'm just getting sappier, or maybe I saw even more meaning in it this time...I don't know. What I do know is that this trilogy remains one of my all-time favourites. Everyone needs to read these books! I can't wait for Iron Gold.
Date published: 2017-06-25
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great This was a great conclusion to the series.
Date published: 2017-05-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Sad it's over This trilogy was so incredible that it gave me book hangover. It took a while before I could start something new. I was beyond pleased with the story and character progression and couldn't put it down.
Date published: 2017-05-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A great ending for a great series A satisfying conclusion to the series. If you haven't read it yet - READ IT. You will not regret it. A lot of growth from Darrow that shows that our ideas about sacrifice and compromise changes a lot as we grow up.
Date published: 2017-05-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Simply captivating I read this book really quickly and the action and plot twists do not disappoint. There is a lot of character development and growth from hardships. This novel really concluded the series in a very wonderful manner!
Date published: 2017-04-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing conclusion to an amazing series This was an amazing conclusion to an absolutely amazing series. This book was gripping and captivating beyond words. I'm so excited for book 4 to come out!
Date published: 2017-03-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing This book was so good. As I was reading this series I felt the need to tell everyone I know just how much I enjoyed it. By the end of this book I was literally on the edge of my seat reading, yelling at the pages. Such a captivating story. So many plot twists , very exciting. I really enjoy the dystopian society novels. To me these books were like the hunger games and enders game put together. Highly recommend #plumreview
Date published: 2017-03-22
Rated 3 out of 5 by from So-So I thought that it started off pretty slow, and I have difficulty getting into books, so this may be a fault of my own. Great read once you get into it.
Date published: 2017-03-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from GREAT SERIES! An amazing series. Not predictable at all and so griping. I never wanted to put it down every chapter is so exciting. I am very excited this has been expanded to have a 4th book!
Date published: 2017-03-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Excellent finish to the trilogy Excellent read cover to cover. I'm just sad it is over!
Date published: 2017-03-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from AMAZING I love this series so much; I would even go so far as to say that it's better than Hunger Games!
Date published: 2017-03-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The perfect ending This series will make you love fiercely, hate with a passion, and grieve with all of your soul. This has been one of my favourite series of all time, and I cannot wait to see what Brown has in store for us in the future.
Date published: 2017-02-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from a great ending to a great trilogy the Red Rising series blew me away and this last book is just as amazing as the first.
Date published: 2017-02-20
Rated 4 out of 5 by from It's still good. I liked how the book started off quickly engaging the reader. I found it took me longer to read this book over the first two. Something I didn't appreciate was the stupidity Darrow kept causing himself with repetitive mistakes. Even though it was a bit far-fetched, it was still a decent book to read.
Date published: 2017-02-09
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great book Such a great read. Love it
Date published: 2017-02-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Good ending Loved this book, but probably not as much as the previous two. #plumreview
Date published: 2017-02-05
Rated 1 out of 5 by from ok took awhile to finish this book.... not a big fan.
Date published: 2017-02-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Nicely wrapped up The series was entertaining the whole way through. Luckily I started reading it right before this book came out so I didn't have to wait. I'd say it is the weakest of the series, but I still finished it in a few days, and was satisfied with the ending.I've gotten 2 other people to read it and they both loved the series as well.
Date published: 2017-01-18
Rated 4 out of 5 by from GREAT ending to this series and though I liked each book in very different ways (each one had a very different feel to it), this was probably my favourite overall.
Date published: 2017-01-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The Perfect Ending to an Awesome Trilogy Following on the heels of Golden Son, I wasn’t sure that Pierce could pull it off. The epic magnitude that encapsulated Golden Son was so overwhelming that I was sure that Morning Star couldn’t meet up to my extremely high expectations, and yet I was happily proved wrong. Explosive doesn’t even begin to summarize the epic nature of the third and final book in the Red Rising trilogy. There were a lot of ups and downs for me as I read it. It was, as I’ve come to think of it, a journey. And yet one completely worth traveling. As I made my way toward the end of the book, I found myself reeling and grasping at some way it could all end well amidst the impossible scenarios Pierce set up. I love a good plot and he definitely delivered that in abundance. It was everything I could have hoped for—and more. After reading Pierce’s letter at the end of the book it also made a lot more sense as to the nature of the story. It grew to encompass so much more than just Darrow, the Red. This is a fact I greatly appreciate. I am also thrilled that they have decided to continue the story and the world in the next book, Iron Gold. I will most definitely be reading it and anything Pierce pens henceforth. *Note: This is most definitely for a more mature audience. There is a lot of violence and quite a bit of language (the most of the three books).
Date published: 2016-12-29
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great series... I enjoyed this series very much... great read and I look forward to more from Pierce Brown!
Date published: 2016-12-25
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Perfect ending to an epic trilogy I couldn't put this book down. I couldn't have predicted any of the plot twists and turns and the amazing, creative and unique storyline. I got so invested in the characters, that I genuinely laughed and cried along with them. This trilogy was so amazing and it has definitely made my "Top Favorite Books of All Time" list!! #plumreview
Date published: 2016-12-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from great end to the trilogy This was action packed with some great plot twists and was a fitting end to an epic trilogy.
Date published: 2016-12-09
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great A great concluding to the trilogy. Though as I mentioned for my reviews of the first 2 books, all the characters really annoyed me at one point. I still don't like any characters at all, yet I thoroughly enjoyed the book because it was very engaging and fast-paced.
Date published: 2016-12-02
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great! A great debut! Though I did have some issues with the characters, but the book was fast-paced and every engaging. I thoroughly enjoyed it.
Date published: 2016-12-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Perfect ending to an epic trilogy I couldn't put this book down. I couldn't have predicted any of the plot twists and turns and the amazing, creative and unique storyline. I got so invested in the characters, that I genuinely laughed and cried along with them. This trilogy was so amazing and it has definitely made my "Top Favorite Books of All Time" list!!
Date published: 2016-11-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing Just like the first two books in the series, this one did not disappoint. Impossible to put this book down, yet sad this series is done! Great reads!
Date published: 2016-11-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Absolutely fantastic I was genuinely worried the final installation in the Red Rising series would disappoint me only because the first two books gave me such high expectations. I am happy to report this was not the case and Brown did a fantastic job once again. Unpredictable and wonderfully told, this was the perfect end to Darrow's story. I only wish the publisher had invested more in the quality of paper for the books. Apart from that, everything gets a big thumbs up.
Date published: 2016-11-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from In-Freaking-Credible H.O.L.Y. S.H.I.T. I like epic stories going out with a bang, but this... THIS?! Unlike anything I've ever read. I literally did not know how it was going to turn out, all the twists were wild, and the battles were gruesome. I predicted some major, major deaths, and got what I thought I would, but not every surprise was a morbid one (I'm just as shocked as you!). The story was incredible, easily my favourite in the trilogy. Darrow had spectacular growth, Sevro had substantial development, and Mustang was just as awesome as always. I loved everything about this book, even when it ripped out my heart and stomped it to mush. I mean, guys, I can't even. READ IT. READ IT NOW!!!
Date published: 2016-11-20
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Best Dystopian/Sci-Fi Trilogy Although the ending was a little cliche, the overall trilogy had a nice ending with Morning Star. Red Rising Trilogy is by far the best dystopian/sci-fi trilogy I have ever read, and now any other dystopian novels that I've read pales in comparison. This has lots of action-packed scenes and is full of twists and turns that leave you wanting more.
Date published: 2016-11-10
Rated 1 out of 5 by from LAME The first book in the trilogy really had be hooked but by this book it all seemed so pointless. The story was lost in all the violence
Date published: 2016-11-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from i need more This was a great conclusion to a great trilogy and I am fiending for more of Brown's writing & stories & this wonderful world he has created!
Date published: 2016-11-03

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1Only the DarkDeep in darkness, far from warmth and sun and moons, I lie, quiet as the stone that surrounds me, imprisoning my hunched body in a dreadful womb. I cannot stand. Cannot stretch. I can only curl in a ball, a withered fossil of the man that was. Hands cuffed behind my back. Naked on cold rock.All alone with the dark.It seems months, years, millennia since my knees have unbent, since my spine has straightened from its crooked pose. The ache is madness. My joints fuse like rusted iron. How much time has passed since I saw my Golden friends bleeding out into the grass? Since I felt gentle Roque kiss my cheek as he broke my heart?Time is no river.Not here.In this tomb, time is the stone. It is the darkness, permanent and unyielding, its only measure the twin pendulums of life—­breath and the beating of my heart.In. Buh . . . bump. Buh . . . bump.Out. Buh . . . bump. Buh . . . bump.In. Buh . . . bump. Buh . . . bump.And forever it repeats. Until . . . Until when? Until I die of old age? Until I crush my skull against the stone? Until I gnaw out the tubes the Yellows threaded into my lower gut to force nutrients in and wastes out?Or until you go mad?“No.” I grind my teeth.Yessssss.“It’s only the dark.” I breathe in. Calm myself. Touch the walls in my soothing pattern. Back, fingers, tailbone, heels, toes, knees, head. Repeat. A dozen times. A hundred. Why not be sure? Make it a thousand.Yes. I’m alone.I would have thought there to be worse fates than this, but now I know there are none. 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. All I have is the darkness. Sometimes I scream. Sometimes I laugh during the night, during the day. Who knows now? I laugh to pass the time, to exhaust the calories the Jackal gives me and make my body shiver into sleep.I weep too. I hum. I whistle.I listen to voices above. Coming to me from the endless sea of darkness. And attending them is the maddening clatter of chains and bones, vibrating through my prison walls. All so close, yet a thousand kilometers away, as if a whole world existed just beyond the darkness and I cannot see it, cannot touch it, taste it, feel it, or pierce that veil to belong to the world once again. I am imprisoned in solitude.I hear the voices now. The chains and bones trickling through my prison.Are the voices mine?I laugh at the idea.I curse.I plot. Kill.Slaughter. Gouge. Rip. Burn.I beg. I hallucinate. I bargain.I whimper prayers to Eo, happy she was spared a fate like this.She’s not listening.I sing childhood ballads and recite Dying Earth, The Lamplighter, the Ramayana, The Odyssey in Greek and Latin, then in the lost languages of Arabic, English, Chinese, and German, pulling from memories of dataDrops Matteo gave me when I was barely more than a boy. Seeking strength from the wayward Argive who only wished to find his way home.You forget what he did.Odysseus was a hero. He broke the walls of Troy with his wooden horse. Like I broke the Bellona armies in the Iron Rain over Mars.And then . . .“No,” I snap. “Quiet.”. . . men entered Troy. Found mothers. Found children. Guess what they did?“Shut up!”You know what they did. Bone. Sweat. Flesh. Ash. Weeping. Blood.The darkness cackles with glee.Reaper, Reaper, Reaper . . . All deeds that last are painted in blood.Am I asleep? Am I awake? I’ve lost my way. Everything bleeding together, drowning me in visions and whispers and sounds. Again and again I jerk Eo’s fragile little ankles. Break Julian’s face. Hear Pax and Quinn and Tactus and Lorn and Victra sigh their last. So much pain. And for what? To fail my wife. To fail my people.And fail Ares. Fail your friends.How many are even left?Sevro? Ragnar?Mustang?Mustang. What if she knows you’re here . . . What if she doesn’t care .  . . And why would she? You who betrayed. You who lied. You who used her mind. Her body. Her blood. You showed her your true face and she ran. What if it was her? What if she betrayed you? Could you love her then?“Shut up!” I scream at myself, at the darkness.Don’t think of her. Don’t think of her.Why ever not? You miss her.A vision of her is spawned in the darkness like so many before it—­a girl riding away from me across a field of green, twisting in her saddle and laughing for me to follow. Hair rippling as would summer hay fluttering from a farmer’s wagon.You crave her. You love her. The Golden girl. Forget that Red bitch.“No.” I slam my head against the wall. “It’s only the dark,” I whisper. Only the dark playing tricks on my mind. But still I try to forget Mustang, Eo. There is no world beyond this place. I cannot miss what does not exist.Warm blood trickles down my forehead from old scabs, now freshly broken. It drips off my nose. I extend my tongue, probing the cold stone till I find the drops. Savor the salt, the Martian iron. Slowly. Slowly. Let the novelty of sensation last. Let the flavor linger and remind me I am a man. A Red of Lykos. A Helldiver.No. You are not. You are nothing. Your wife abandoned you and stole your child. Your whore turned from you. You were not good enough. You were too proud. Too stupid. Too wicked. Now, you are forgotten.Am I?When last I saw the Golden girl, I was on my knees beside Ragnar in the tunnels of Lykos, asking Mustang to betray her own people and live for more. I knew that if she chose to join us, Eo’s dream would blossom. A better world was at our fingertips. Instead, she left. Could she forget me? Has her love for me left her?She only loved your mask.“It’s only the dark. Only the dark. Only the dark,” I mumble faster and faster.I should not be here.I should be dead. After the death of Lorn, I was to be given to Octavia so her Carvers could dissect me to discover the secrets of how I became Gold. To see if there could be others like me. But the Jackal made a bargain. Kept me for his own. He tortured me in his Attica estate, asking about the Sons of Ares, about Lykos and my family. Never telling me how he discovered my secret. I begged him to end my life.In the end, he gave me stone.“When all is lost, honor demands death,” Roque once told me. “It is a noble end.” But what would a rich poet know of death? The poor know death. Slaves know death. But even as I yearn for it, I fear it. Because the more I see of this cruel world, the less I believe it ends in some pleasant fiction.The Vale is not real.It’s a lie told by mothers and fathers to give their starving children a reason for the horror. There is no reason. Eo is gone. She never watched me fight for her dream. She did not care what fate I made at the Institute or if I loved Mustang, because the day she died, she became nothing. There is nothing but this world. It is our beginning and our end. Our one chance at joy before the dark.Yes. But you don’t have to end. You can escape this place, the darkness whispers to me. Say the words. Say them. You know the way.It is right. I do.“All you must say is ‘I am broken,’ and this will all end,” the Jackal said long ago, before he lowered me into this hell. “I will put you in a lovely estate for the rest of your days and send you warm, beautiful Pinks and food enough to make you fatter than the Ash Lord. But the words carry a price.”Worth it. Save yourself. No one else will.“That price, dear Reaper, is your family.”The family he seized from Lykos with his lurchers and now keeps in his prison in the bowels of his Attica fortress. Never letting me see them. Never letting me tell them I love them, and that I’m sorry I was not strong enough to protect them.“I will feed them to the prisoners of this fortress,” he said. “These men and women you think should rule instead of Gold. Once you see the animal in man, you will know that I am right and you are wrong. Gold must rule.”Let them go, the darkness says. The sacrifice is practical. It is wise.“No . . . I won’t . . .”Your mother would want you to live.Not at that price.What man could grasp a mother’s love? Live. For her. For Eo.Could she want that? Is the darkness right? After all, I’m important. Eo said so. Ares said so; he chose me. Me of all the Reds. I can break the chains. I can live for more. It’s not selfish for me to escape this prison. In the grand scheme of things, it is selfless.Yes. Selfless, really . . .Mother would beg me to make this sacrifice. Kieran would understand. So would my sister. I can save our people. Eo’s dream must be made real, no matter the cost. It’s my responsibility to persevere. It is my right.Say the words.I slam my head into the stone and scream at the darkness to go away. It cannot trick me. It cannot break me.Didn’t you know? All men break.Its high cackle mocks me, stretching forever.And I know it is right. All men break. I did already under his torture. I told him that I was from Lykos. Where he could find my family. But there is a way out, to honor what I am. What Eo loved. To silence the voices.“Roque, you were right,” I whisper. “You were right.” I just want to be home. To be gone from here. But I can’t have that. All that’s left, the only honorable path for me, is death. Before I betray even more of who I am.Death is the way out.Don’t be a fool. Stop. Stop.I lurch my head forward into the wall harder than before. Not to punish, but to kill. To end myself. If there is no pleasant end to this world, then nothingness will suffice. But if there is a Vale beyond this plane, I will find it. I’m coming, Eo. At last, I am on my way. “I love you.”No. No. No. No. No.I crash my skull again into stone. Heat pours down my face. Sparks of pain dance in the black. The darkness wails at me, but I do not stop.If this is the end, I will rage toward it.But as I pull back my head to deliver one last great blow, existence groans. Rumbling like an earthquake. Not the darkness. Something beyond. Something in the stone itself, growing louder and deeper above me, till the darkness cracks and a blazing sword of light slashes down.From the Hardcover edition.

Editorial Reviews

“You could call [Pierce] Brown science fiction’s best-kept secret. In Morning Star, the trilogy’s devastating and inspiring final chapter, . . . he flirts with volume, oscillating between thundering space escapes and hushed, tense parleys between rivals, where the cinematic dialogue oozes such specificity and suspense you could almost hear a pin drop between pages. His achievement is in creating an uncomfortably familiar world of flaw, fear, and promise.”—Entertainment Weekly“There is no one writing today who does shameless, Michael Bay–style action set pieces the way Brown does. The battle scenes are kinetic, bloody, breathless, crazy. Everything is on fire all the time.”—NPR   “Morning Star is this trilogy’s Return of the Jedi. . . . The impactful battles that make up most of Morning Star are damn near operatic. . . . It absolutely satisfies.”—Tor.com   “Excellent . . . Brown’s vivid, first-person prose puts the reader right at the forefront of impassioned speeches, broken families, and engaging battle scenes . . . as this interstellar civil war comes to a most satisfying conclusion.”—Publishers Weekly (starred review) “A page-turning epic filled with twists and turns . . . The conclusion to Brown’s saga is simply stellar.”—Booklist (starred review)“Multilayered and seething with characters who exist in a shadow world between history and myth, much as in Frank Herbert’s Dune . . . an ambitious and satisfying conclusion to a monumental saga.”—Kirkus ReviewsFrom the Hardcover edition.