Morning Star by Pierce Brown

Pierce Brown
Morning Star
Hodder & Stoughton
518 pages
9.8 (Best Book)

Blurb
#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 conclusion to the Red Rising Trilogy: Morning Star.

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.

Review
Pierce Brown's conclusion of Red Rising trilogy, Morning Star, amplifies the qualities that makes the trilogy stunning: twisted plot, gut-wrenching bloody scene, and heart-stopping moments. 

Pierce Brown is definitely a fucking admirable bastard. With his extremely handsome look, he can just become a supermodel, being famous, getting rich and everything. Yet, he doesn't follow that route. He decides to be a writer and graces us with Red Rising trilogy, one of the best sci-fi series that I have ever read. Brown introduces us to Darrow of Lykos, the most cunning and brave main characters ever in the history of young adult, and this trilogy is Darrow's mini-bildungsroman which allows us to join Darrow in his epic battle to bring justice to the universe and see him growing with tears and blood. The main theme looks like being ripped-off from Super Sentai, but how Brown weaves the plot intricately is absolutely sublime and he does it consistently until the final book.

Brown admits that writing Morning Star is hard. Not because he doesn't know how to end this story, but because he's absolutely aware where and how this story ends, but he's not sure how to bring it to his readers. He cloistered himself, trying to find tranquility, away from his friends and family, but he's still stuck. It's when he realized that Red Rising is a story of camaraderie and working alone won't help Brown finish it. What makes Darrow strong is the support and love of people who love and trust him. When I finish the book and understand what Brown has said, I cry. It's so fucking deep. It is true that Red Rising isn't a story about how an austere man rises to power by himself, but a story about how weak and ordinary man rises to power arduously with the help of his friends. 

The whole trilogy probably has such high death-count that makes Martin'sA Song of Ice and Fire look like a cute fairy tale. Each death is bloodydamn gory, starting from decapitated head until meat explosion. Yet, Brown writes it grotesquely, beautiful yet nauseating. He emphasizes the importance of each death; he keeps telling the significance of each character's death and how it affects Darrow who's pure at heart and dour at the same time. 

I don't know what I love the most about Red Rising or Morning Star in particular. Is it the plot? Red Rising, hands down, provides one of the most exhilarating and twisted plot ever. Is it the beautiful words that Brown use? Because Brown indeed can fucking write, and that is his quality that I covet the most. His chooses the scrupulously, and the three books of the trilogy possibly contain a quarter of Oxford Dictionaries entries. Yet, it doesn't feel pretentious, it just matches Darrow's intelligence. Or, is it because of the characters? I cannot believe how complex characters in this trilogy are. Even the villains or the tritagonists are given personality, that makes their motivation sensible, and it's a tough job. In Red Rising each characters matter. Or, is it because of the intense journey toward the ending? A poignantly written ending, that perfectly wraps this epic journey. When I can finally put down the book, I breathe, not realizing that I hold my breath this whole time. 

I may not able to answer what's the best thing about Red Rising. What I know is Red Rising trilogy is a fucking masterpiece, one that rises every thousand years.
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8 Januari 2017 20.48 delete

Review loe bagus banget Daniel.. Bikin gue penasaran dan pengen baca :) makasih sharingnya :)

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