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Publisher's Summary

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.

©2016 Pierce Brown (P)2016 Recorded Books

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A solid ending to a first Trilogy.

At the end of book 2 I was so on the edge of my seat to find out what happens next. I jumped into this one immediately. At the end of this one I felt very satisfied with the conclusion of the first Trilogy and could happily put the series down if there weren't 2 more to dive into right away. This story built up lots of tension in the right way and had several unexpected twists that kept me on my toes trying to figure out what would happen next this series is fantastic and I have a hard time restraining myself from continually recommending it.

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Wow

That author can really drag me emotionally in all directions. Impressive book I loved it su much. Fantastic work from the voice actor too. Im really sad to know they remplace him by 5 differents in the next book and make consider reading the last two instead.

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Great Story but...

... it has dragged out too long. It seems thata few plot points could have been dropped due to redundancy.

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Good ending to the series. few missteps

I felt like the final book did a good job of ending the series properly. The characters go through a lot and there are a few surprises along the way. Some big showdowns and big space battles. Vocal performance was great again, wished there was some more variety, but always pleasant and understandable.
The politics take a massive step back this time and focus on the action this time. I felt like the series' reoccurring issues of meandering and getting stuck on mundane parts happens too often again. It really is a simpler series than I would have liked it to be, some deeper commentary on the different political spheres would've been interesting.
Generally the story took time to get started and didn't really play up massive space battles properly as they were about to happen.
Some good surprises from characters old and new. There was interesting growth for them and space to breathe for the large cast, which was definitely welcome after book 2 refused to share it's narrative with anyone but Darrow for longer than 2 minutes.
Overall I'd give it a 6.6/10 for the whole series. Not bad, but not exactly special

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Wonderfull

I have not read a better science, fiction, epic since reading Herbert's Dune series. Well done.

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A trilogy for the ages.

Wow. This series is so well written. The characters become beloved. Narrator did an excellent job voicing everyone. Highly recommended.

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A satisfying end to an amazing trilogy.

I absolutely LOVE this entire trilogy. The narrator did an amazing job and the ending was so satisfying. will listen to again and recommend to friends.

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I love this series!!

This is definitely one for the TBR pile. not only is it incredibly well written but the voice of the reader draws you in. I can picture that being his voice. I am aleays on the edge of my seat with this series! I strongly recommend this one!!

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Hunger Games meets Starwars

Great read, I would like to see it as a movie. A unique sci-fi drama with graphic violence. A well thought out story that has numerous threads all neatly wovem together. I did feel like the conclusion was a bit rushed, perhaps victim to a publisher's deadline?

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great series it starts slow but well worth it

Took me a few times to get into the story as it starts slow. Couple times I stopped listening to it because I didn't like what happened, but apon resuming it became much better.

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  • dashesy
  • 2018-02-01

Inside an insecure hero's head

The first 2 books were very good, that made Morning Star a sore disappointment. The story is no longer appealing to a mature audience, as if takes a sharp turn to YA at its worst. The story starts in the crazed head of the main protagonist being tortured and in delirium, and it seems like it never gets out of it!
You have to bear listening to the constant mood swings and insecurities twirling in his head. This moment's cunningly clever hero, is just an adolescent boy 20 seconds later. Also, there are constant reflections about the past events and characters long gone and forgotten "after academy".
The performance is good but slow, I had to speed Audible's speed to 1.25x to avoid the boring storyline.

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  • Daniel Black
  • 2018-09-01

Nobody left to root for

I loved the first book. I liked the second book. Will not finish the third book. I’m done at the end of chapter 57. Brown’s propensity to kill off main characters bothered me but I kept slogging through. Not anymore. Reality in this world is too depressing to want to escape to this one where every once of compassion and friendship is met with a knife in the back. When you kill off all the lovable sidekicks you destroy the story. On a positive note, Tim Gerard Reynolds is great as usual and the reason I stumbled upon this series.

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  • john
  • 2016-02-16

The end....or is it?

Like previous installments of the red rising trilogy this book has plenty of bone crushingly depressing moments and spine tingling exciting twists, only more. The author continues his go-to style of waxing poetic to the point of making the reader consider suicide, then moving at breakneck speeds around plot twist corners so sharp you cannot see them coming. Overall very good but the end leaves one filled but wanting, like dessert with out dinner, as almost all loose ends are tied up with the largest left unsatisfactorily unresolved, (spoiler alert) ----will it all descend into chaos now that the society has been broken. To really do justice to the readers another book is needed, a mature, well thought out discourse on the political ramifications raised throughout the series.----

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  • Patsy G.
  • 2018-01-26

I wanted to love it....but

I really wanted to like this series...... but oh my I just wanted to slap them, so predictable , lower class people find hero, he rises in the ranks to become top Hero, he makes friends, lose his friends, always has a positive attitude always thinks the best of everyone gets stabbed in the back over and over and over again all three books same situation , he gets one step forward and he get knocked back two steps , it was everything I could do to get through book 3 .

I do believe the narration was one of the best I've heard lately but the story I can only give two stars, just wasn't my cup of tea .

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  • Audre
  • 2016-03-24

It doesn't get much better than this!

This series broke my heart a million times. It made me forget what I was doing and tune out the world. It made me hold my breath and laugh out loud. This is some seriously good writing. I'm normally not a Sci Fi girl but I'm so glad I tried this out. The world is expertly crafted and I fell in love with the characters. I feel like they are my friends and I'm sad that it's over.

I highly recommend this to anyone who loves an excellent story with believable characters who are flawed and imperfect but make you love them, forgive them, cheer for them and cry for them.

Tim Gerard Reynolds is also one of my favorite readers (why I got this book in the first place actually, along with a good review from someone I follow) and he did an amazing job, as always.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 2017-07-13

Good concept. Didn't like the execution.

I thought that this series started strong with an entertaining premise and a speedy pace. However, I felt like it never came together and got progressively worse as the story continued.

I guessed that it was rushed to print because the continuity and world building was confusing to me and I sensed the need for better editing.

Then again, if you liked the Hunger Games, you might like this series. I did not like either.

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  • Jared
  • 2017-02-10

Poor Writing

Way too much Dues Ex Machina .. ashame with such a great narrator. Killing characters off for fun.

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  • Shaun
  • 2017-06-05

A series of idiotic decisions.

What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

I think the author just ran out of ideas at the end. I wanted to like this book. But when the protagonist keeps falling into the same idiotic traps making the same wrong decisions with SOMETIMES THE SAME F******** people.

Which character – as performed by Tim Gerard Reynolds – was your favorite?

the narrator was flawless!

What character would you cut from Morning Star?

All the stupid decisions. Make bad hard to overcome circumstances. And make it hard to overcome. Not seemingly hard to overcome situations that are somehow easily done. Then a huge debacle of juvenile decisions

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  • Gus
  • 2017-05-30

The narration and content = outstanding

If I would have known how great a series I was about to get into, I would have waited for a weekend where I was not so busy. I blew through these books in 4 days. The feeling of satisfaction I had after reading the last page was sublime. Anyone who has a great imagination pick this book up.

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  • Coop
  • 2016-09-27

Kind of a let down

This story fell flat in this third book. I was getting a little bored as in parts. The ending was decent, but was glad it finally wrapped up.

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