Morning Star. Book Review

MORNING STAR by Pierce Brown
Hodder and Stoughton, p/b, 544pp, £7.99
Reviewed by Matthew Johns

This is the third, and final instalment in Brown’s excellent Red Rising trilogy. Set in the far distant future, mankind now inhabits most planets and moons in the solar system, having perfected the science of terraforming. An elaborate caste system has been set up, with the lowest being the Reds – deemed to be so inferior that they are only suited for mining in the most inhospitable environments, like Mars. Ruled over by the merciless and greedy Golds, who with surgical and technological enhancements appear god-like in stature and powers. The rebellious Sons of Ares have been trying to unseat the Golds for years, and the Red Rising trilogy tells of Darrow, once a Red, but transformed into a Gold through elaborate surgical procedures and much training. He became a figurehead for the resistance, but was captured by the Golds, with his friends and troops dead or injured. Believed to be dead, he is imprisoned by his enemies, and left almost without hope.

Filled with political intrigue and relentless action, tinged with tragedy and triumph, Morning Star is a fitting and satisfying end to the Red Rising trilogy, leaving space for the story to continue. If you haven’t experienced Pierce Brown’s work, then now is the time to immerse yourself into Darrow’s world and share his pain, his fight, all of his experiences.