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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...
#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...
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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 next chapter in the Red Rising Saga: Morning Star.
    ITW THRILLER AWARD FINALIST • “[Brown’s] achievement is in creating an uncomfortably familiar world of flaw, fear, and promise.”—Entertainment Weekly
    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

    “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.”Tordotcom
    “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)
    Don’t miss any of Pierce Brown’s Red Rising Saga:

    RED RISING • GOLDEN SON • MORNING STAR • IRON GOLD • DARK AGE

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  • From the book 1

    Only the Dark

    Deep 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,...

About the Author-

  • Pierce Brown is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of Red Rising, Golden Son, Morning Star, Iron Gold, and Dark Age. His work has been published in thirty-three languages and thirty-five territories. He lives in Los Angeles, where he is at work on his next novel.

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  • Publisher's Weekly

    Starred review from February 8, 2016
    In the excellent closing book of Brown's Red Rising trilogy, revolutionary Darrow is given a second chance to overthrow the government of a class-based future society obsessed with Ancient Rome and segregated by color-coded functions. Red-born Darrow's attempt to incite revolution while hiding among the godlike Golds, rulers of the Solar System, has failed, but it inspired an open revolt. Darrow struggles to figure out whom to trust; uniting an interplanetary uprising requires unstable and unpalatable alliances. His decisions often make him barely better than the oppressors he seeks to overthrow, blowing apart the all-too-overused trope of a plucky good-hearted band overcoming a corrupt oligarchy. Brown's vivid, first-person prose puts the reader right at the forefront of impassioned speeches, broken families, and engaging battle scenes that don't shy away from the gore as this intrastellar civil war comes to a most satisfying conclusion.

  • Kirkus

    December 15, 2015
    Brown completes his science-fiction trilogy with another intricately plotted and densely populated tome, this one continuing the focus on a rebellion against the imperious Golds. This last volume is incomprehensible without reference to the first two. Briefly, Darrow of Lykos, aka Reaper, has been "carved" from his status as a Red (the lowest class) into a Gold. This allows him to infiltrate the Gold political infrastructure...but a game's afoot, and at the beginning of the third volume, Darrow finds himself isolated and imprisoned for his insurgent activities. He longs both for rescue and for revenge, and eventually he gets both. Brown is an expert at creating violent set pieces whose cartoonish aspects (" 'Waste 'em, ' Sevro says with a sneer" ) are undermined by the graphic intensity of the savagery, with razors being a favored instrument of combat. Brown creates an alternative universe that is multilayered and seething with characters who exist in a shadow world between history and myth, much as in Frank Herbert's Dune. This world is vaguely Teutonic/Scandinavian (with characters such as Magnus, Ragnar, and the Valkyrie) and vaguely Roman (Octavia, Romulus, Cassius) but ultimately wholly eclectic. At the center are Darrow, his lover, Mustang, and the political and military action of the Uprising. Loyalties are conflicted, confusing, and malleable. Along the way we see Darrow become more heroic and daring and Mustang, more charismatic and unswerving, both agents of good in a battle against forces of corruption and domination. Among Darrow's insights as he works his way to a position of ascendancy is that "as we pretend to be brave, we become so." An ambitious and satisfying conclusion to a monumental saga.

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  • Booklist

    Starred review from February 1, 2016
    Picking up where Golden Son (2014), the second book in Brown's Red Rising trilogy, left off, the final entry opens with Darrow imprisoned by the elite Gold society he infiltrated. For Darrow, exposed as a Red and betrayed by his former cohorts, all hope seems lost until two new allies help him, and one of the Gold warriors loyal to him breaks out of prison. Darrow rejoins the revolutionary group that recruited him, the Sons of Ares, now led by his good friend, Sevro. But Sevro's warring tactics are vastly different from Darrow's, and Darrow realizes he must rebuild his confidence and retake his leadership if the rebels are to have any hope of succeeding. What follows is a page-turning epic filled with twists and turns, heartbreaks and daring gambles. In addition to a fabulously imagined universe, what makes Brown's thrilling odyssey so unique is Darrow himself. He's a hero who feels too much rather than too little, a man who not only recognizes he's not an island but knows that his strength comes from his chosen family of friends who fight alongside him. The conclusion to Brown's saga is simply stellar.(Reprinted with permission of Booklist, copyright 2016, American Library Association.)

  • Library Journal

    February 15, 2016

    Born in the mines of Mars, Darrow continues his quest to topple the ruling Gold class from his place embedded among them in this conclusion to Brown's "Red Rising" trilogy (after Golden Son), one of the most anticipated sf titles of the month. [See Prepub Alert, 7/13/15.]--MM

    Copyright 2016 Library Journal, LLC Used with permission.

  • Library Journal

    August 1, 2015

    Brown's Red Rising, the start of a dystopian trilogy set on Mars, where a rigidly hierarchical society keeps Reds slaving beneath the soil under the pretense that they are building for a future the dominant Golds already enjoy, was a No. 1 LibraryReads pick. The follow-up, Golden Son, was in the LibraryReads top ten. Now the protagonist, a Red named Darrow who's taken on the guise of a Gold and infiltrated society's highest echelons, is ready to declare revolution.

    Copyright 2015 Library Journal, LLC Used with permission.

  • Kirkus Reviews Advance praise for Morning Star "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."
  • The Huffington Post Golden Son Praise for Pierce Brown and the Red Rising Trilogy Red Rising "[A] spectacular adventure . . . one heart-pounding ride . . . Pierce Brown's dizzyingly good debut novel evokes The Hunger Games, Lord of the Flies, and Ender's Game. . . . [Red Rising] has everything it needs to become meteoric."--Entertainment Weekly "[A] top-notch debut novel . . . Red Rising ascends above a crowded dystopian field."--USA Today "Pierce Brown has done an astounding job at delivering a powerful piece of literature that will definitely make a mark in the minds of readers."
  • Booklist (starred review) "Brown writes layered, flawed characters . . . but plot is his most breathtaking strength. . . . Every action seems to flow into the next."--NPR "In a word, Golden Son is stunning. Among science fiction fans, it should be a shoo-in for book of the year."--Tor.com "The jaw-dropper of an ending will leave readers hungry for the conclusion to Brown's wholly original, completely thrilling saga."

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