Never trust your gut

posted Jun 20, 2016, 12:23 PM by Bruce Gaughran   [ updated Jun 20, 2016, 12:26 PM ]

I just finished, “Morning Star: Book III of The Red Rising Trilogy” by Pierce Brown. The synopsis from Amazon follows:

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 who 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.

Over 1,200 readers gave it an average rating of 4.8 out of 5. Even though I liked the book, I can’t rate it that high. The series was interesting, but it also wore on me. It seemed like Darrow, the lead protagonist, would learn from his previous mistakes and experiences. In some respects, he became as bad, or at times even worse, as his enemies. Then, every time he tried to be “human,” someone close to him stabbed in the back.

I give the book, and the series, 4 stars. I was surprised at the number of editing mistakes in this book. Yet, I liked the story as well as the twists and turns. It's Gladiator on steroids. It was a fun read and kept me turning the pages.

My review of Red Rising, Book One

My review of Golden Son, Book Two