Morning Star (Red Rising 3) by Pierce Brown

Discussion in '2016 Published Science Fiction - Your Ratings' started by btkong, Feb 28, 2016.

  1. btkong

    btkong Administrator Staff Member

    Finished Morning Star off last week. Absolutely loved it. Resounding conclusion to one of my favorite science fiction trilogies. It's certainly one of the best science fiction books / series that's come out this decade.

    While I don't feel the series does anything new, it's exciting to read, it's well written (almost poetic at times), the characters are strong (though sometimes stupid), and you are kept on your toes the whole way through.

    I'd rate Morning Star 9/10.

    Red Rising: 9.1 /10
    Golden Son: 7.5 / 10
    Morning Star: 9 / 10

    Overall, I'd give the series a 8.5 out of 10. Very, very readable and it's hard to put down.
  2. jon snow

    jon snow Full Member

    Both Golden Son and Morning Star didn't reach the heights that were Red Rising to me, however, I thought Morning Star was a much better book than Golden Son. The twist at the end was good but only because of the build up of how stupid I thought Darrow and Co were. I also really doubt the end scene as well, but it fits in with the evil guys losing due to gloating.

    A couple of places I couldn't really imagine the scenes that were happening. One was the ice fight and the second was...did Jackal's hand explode when he fired at Darrow i.e. Dredd 3D...I do know that his left hand was staked to the ground. Says he has a stump? Did he lose it in a past book...I forget...

    I think an 8 is fair. Maybe a 9 for the series...Red Rising was just amazing.
  3. hrafnwasser

    hrafnwasser Well-Known Member

    My usual approach to reading is to suspend disbelief and immerse myself in the story - after all I've spent good money on the book.
    That's just how I started "Red Rising". Whilst the pace of the writing kept me turning the pages, I was always aware of the critical part of my mind whispering "this is so derivative".
    Whilst Brown clearly has writing skills I am not convinced that his imagination was put to good use.

    I would rate it (perhaps generously) 5/10.

    This seems to put me at odds with the general acclaim. So prospective readers may choose to ignore my rating.

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