Friday, February 10, 2017

Morning Star by Pierce Brown

Title: Morning Star (Red Rising #3)
Author: Pierce Brown
Released February 9, 2016
Borrowed from Library
Rating: 3.5/5


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.


**This review contains spoilers**

Wow, so I think I'm just gonna start from the beginning.  I was going into this book with medium to high expectations after experiencing the greatness that is Golden Son.  The writing in the beginning was fantastic.  It captured Darrow's hurt and craziness from being imprisoned and tortured for over a year.  After he was rescued and reunited with Sevro, I was in heaven.  Sevro's lines are so funny, and I think he is everyone's favorite character not just because of his shoot-first-ask-questions-later style, but because he seems to be the best developed character.

While the beginning parts were good...the middle of the book was quite stagnant for me.  In Red Rising, the side characters had some personality, but still felt like cardboard.  There was a lot of action and little twists and turns.  Golden Son improved on this issue of characterization immensely, and had PLENTY of exciting action parts.  But Morning Star turned all the side characters into cardboard, especially Mustang.  I didn't feel any emotion from her in this entire book, even in that cliche epilogue.  Where was her concern when Darrow was getting his freakin' hand cut off? Why wasn't there a better reunion scene between her and Darrow after his captivity?  It felt like the Howlers all had the same personality, as well.

The story wasn't as action-packed, and the parts that did have action felt unexciting to me. I feel like the descriptions are not clear enough for me to imagine the setting, yet also too drawn out to be exciting (if that makes sense).

I have to say that the ending was both good and disappointing.  When Cassius shot Sevro in the chest six times and I thought he was dead:

That's one of my favorite gifs lmaoo.  I was legit about to give this book 2 stars.  But then we find out Cassius and Sevro were acting and almost everything was right again...except, I can't help but wonder what the point of that was?? Why didn't Cassius start kicking ass before Darrow got his hand cut off?? I was just confused.  Even with the plot twist, the end fighting scene just seemed...dry.  BUT, I was still happy with the ending, because my Sevro was still alive (basically the reason I gave this 3.5 stars instead of 3).

It seems like most of this review is a rant, but I did honestly like the series as a whole.  As I was reading Morning Star, I couldn't help but think of how far Darrow has come from his meager beginnings as a Red Helldiver in the mines of Mars.

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