Published by Hodder & Stoughton, Hachette Australia on February 11th, 2016
Genres: Dystopian, Science Fiction
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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.
Two years ago, we learnt of Eo’s dream. A dream that would spark an impossible revolution. The burden of hope would be placed upon a lowly Red miner. This Red, would be elevated into the heights of Gold society. He would lead, infiltrate and manipulate from behind the scenes, to bring forth war and revolution for his people. Break the chains.
Many plans have conspired since the beginning of Red Rising, with Morning Star being the epic grand finale that we’ve all been waiting for. While the first two books featured the plans being set into motion by Darrow and the Sons of Ares, the all out war will take place in this final book. You can see it’s a massive undertaking, bringing readers from the bleak end of Golden Son to the events that are due to happen here, and it’s an epic journey that features all out space warfare.
We are not Red, not Blue or Gold or Gray or Obsidian. We are humanity. We are the tide. And today we reclaim the lives that have been stolen from us. We build the future we were promised.
As with all of these books, Morning Star takes a while to build. The beginning is quite slow, as Darrow flies about the solar system, gathering troops for his army and making allies. There are so many twists and turns, that I had to put the book down to absorb things before picking it up again. The quieter moments mixed with technological space battles were worth it however, as it builds into an epic crescendo in the latter half of the book. I loved Darrow’s speeches, having the voice and the words which not only carry power, but hope and revolution.
Through these quieter moments, we experience the hope and honour he places upon his friends, and even enemies. He’ll howl with Sevro in the moonlight, bear witness to Victra’s thirst for vengeance and experience the might of Ragnar the Obsidian. Darrow makes us believe that it’s his friends that make him who he is, and they take centre stage in Morning Star. Some of their final moments had me absolutely shattered, whereas others had me overjoyed. Whether as a Red, Gold or other colour, there are so many people who have touched Darrow’s life in one way or another, and you’ll see what will become of them in this book.
Never mind the darkness you spread, never mind the night you summon, we will rage against it.
Times have changed since the battle on the Institute grounds, as they’re now dealing with nuclear weapons, space warships and political warfare. We’ll also experience the solar system and its highlights in all of it’s glory – from the colder parts of the outer Rim to the Martian lands which Darrow calls home. From the snowy moon of Phobos, to Jupiter’s volcanic moon of Io and numerous warships and shuttles in space, the world in Red Rising sprawls across the solar system here.
As with impossible odds come impossible feats, and I love how the battles and overarching war never felt too easy. Plans will get foiled, their mission will get adapted, they’ll have victorious wins superseded by devastating losses. The build up was filled with twists and turns, and even in it’s final moments was a twist that I never saw coming.
Morning Star is a book of impossible odds, of friendship, death and new beginnings. It’s absolutely everything that I wished for, delivered with finesse, perfection and justice. With Iron Gold coming out next year, I’m actually not too sad that this series was over because it was concluded so perfectly. For an epic technological dystopian set in space, you can’t go wrong with this series.
Rating: 5 out of 5
Thanks Hachette Australia for sending me a review copy of this book.