Morning Star by Pierce Brown // Book Review

Morning Star (Red Rising, #3)

Morning Star by Pierce Brown

Publication Date: February 9th, 2016

Publisher: Del Rey

Page Number: 544

Format Read: E-book (Live-brary Borrowed)

Goodreads Synopsis:

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.

My Thoughts:

I LOVED THIS BOOK! Honestly, this trilogy is one of my favorite of all time.

The writing was perfect! The fact that Darrow hid everything from everyone, including the readers made this book so gasp filled! By the end though I managed to catch on that Darrow always saves the day, still though, I wasn’t quite sure if he had a plan or not by the end of the book with that last action scene.

I was really scared for the ending because it’s always hard to end a trilogy, but my favorites always have great endings so I was relieved that the ending was so amazing!

There was only one problem that I had, the fact that Darrow spent a YEAR with the Jackal being tortured and in a “black box”. And I feel like Pierce Brown made that year seem like nothing, Darrow bounced back so fast I had to double check that he’d been imprisoned for A YEAR. And he barely showed any mental side effects from it!

My affection for Sevro just grew with this as well as for Victra. All of the characters just grew on me and whenever there was a death I mourned them deeply. There was a lot more violence and death in this one and I was still left with questions.

One thing I am so very curious about is what happens to Lysander, like how he is when he grows up and if he turns out okay.

I’ve heard that Pierce Brown is working on something else involving the Red rising characters so I can’t wait to see what else he has in store for us!


A magnificent and action packed ending to a fabulous trilogy!

My Rating:

5 out of 5 stars!!!!

Please let me know your thoughts on Morning Star and the trilogy as a whole!

Stay awesome Sassenachs!-Calliope Fraser

Golden Son by Pierce Brown // Book Review

Golden Son (Red Rising, #2)

Golden Son by Pierce Brown

Publication Date: January 6th, 2015

Publisher: Del Rey

Page Number: 464

Format Read: E-book (Live-brary Borrowed)

Goodreads Synopsis: 

With shades of The Hunger Games, Ender’s Game, and Game of Thrones, debut author Pierce Brown’s genre-defying epic Red Rising hit the ground running and wasted no time becoming a sensation.

Golden Son continues the stunning saga of Darrow, a rebel forged by tragedy, battling to lead his oppressed people to freedom from the overlords of a brutal elitist future built on lies. Now fully embedded among the Gold ruling class, Darrow continues his work to bring down Society from within.

A life-or-death tale of vengeance with an unforgettable hero at its heart, Golden Son guarantees Pierce Brown’s continuing status as one of fiction’s most exciting new voices.

My Thoughts: 

This is actually a re-read in anticipation for Morning Star, the last book in the trilogy. But I figured since I had a Red Rising review, which you can click here to see, and since I will have a Morning Star review up too, that I should just review this re read anyway.

Pierce Brown continues to amaze me and be the master of plot twists. Honestly, I’ve also learned that I cannot trust anything that happens because it’s never true. Like Darrow always has some kind of plan and don’t cry because he’s going to fix it somehow.

But seriously, that ending though was a brutal cliffhanger. I remember reading it a year ago and just dying, but since I knew what was coming, this time around it was a little more bearable.

One thing that I love about this trilogy is how much romance and love there is, like there’s a lot of shipping going on, but at the same time, there’s like zero romance too. I can honestly count on one hand the amount of times that Darrow and Mustang have kissed. And if you guys know me, I’m a major shipper, I ship a lot. Do I ship Darrow and Mustang? YES! But I can’t focus on that when reading because there are waaaaay too many other things going on. If that made sense…probably not to be honest.

My favorite characters so far have got to be Darrow, Mustang and Sevro obviously, though Victra is growing on me.

Also, what is this book classified as? Is is YA? Or Adult? Cause it’s a very violent trilogy…


Pierce Brown does it again and makes me love this trilogy even more! Amazing book full of twists that will have you throwing your book across the room.

My Rating: 

5 stars out of 5 stars!

Have you read this book!? What did you think!?

Stay awesome Sassenachs!-Calliope Fraser

Red Rising by Pierce Brown

Hello! So, i was going through my folders and documents on my computer, and i found this document, which is a very lengthy and spoiler filled rant on Red Rising by Pierce Brown. This was written a year ago, i think.


I was introduced to this book by first tashapolis from booktube, and then katytastic when she started reading it. Then I was at the library, and I saw it on the new books shelf, and it was like fate brought us together. I was hesitant going into the book based on the book jacket description, but boy am I glad I read it!

It’s considered an adult book, but I read it, and I’m a teen, so as long as you can handle violence and heavy topics, it’s ok to read for a young adult.

I haven’t read Golden Son yet, which is the sequel, but I’ve ordered it at the library, so it should come in in a few weeks, because there is a waiting list for it already! (Edit: I’ve read Golden Son) 🙂


It’s best to go into this book not knowing anything, like at all. But here are some general things. The main character is named Darrow, and he’s a guy. I haven’t read from many guy point of views, and those I did, I generally didn’t like, but I found myself liking Darrow’s guy thoughts on everything in the book.

It takes place on Mars, where the social hierarchy is in colors. Reds are at the bottom, and then there are I think, Pinks, Browns, and so on, with Golds at the top. Darrow and his fellow Reds are mining on Mars, to make Mars inhabitable for the other colors, so that they could leave a dying Earth and colonize on Mars. That’s really all I can say for the non spoilery part. If you haven’t read the book, I’d suggest leaving now, because I’m going to ruin everything for you up in here. So come back when you’ve read the book, yes!?

My thoughts: Spoilers 

Spoilery part! I just have so much to say on this book!

Eo’s death, what do you think? I was kind of expecting it. Eo was going to be the force that pushed Darrow into action, and the only way to do that apparently was if she died. I didn’t really like her though, how she forced Darrow to do this, but I guess the rebellion needed him in a way.

The fact that Mars was already colonized made me so mad! That’s horrible! And then Darrow’s transformation into a Gold! He got freaking new eyeballs for god’s sakes!

I love how we see Mustang in the beginning when he’s learning to ride a horse, and then we see her again in the games. Also, Julian, Cassius, and Antonia.

Ok, freaking Julian! I did not expect him to die! It makes sense though, how they get rid of the weak half, but it’s horrible!

I loved how Sevro beat Priam, and no one expected that. Oooh, how about Flechner being Sevro’s dad!? I never saw that coming!

Cassius was going to find out about Julian no matter what, so I wasn’t surprised when they had their annoying man duel. I also wasn’t surprised to hear that the Procters had been bribed by the ArchGovernor. Though I was surprised when we found out that Mustang was the Jackal’s twin sister! And Darrow is now living in the ArchGovernor’s household! What’s going to happen with Mustang and Darrow’s romance in the next book. I’m a fan of romance, so I’m all for some hot and heavy!

The fact that Darrow didn’t believe in Mustang though! I never believed she would betray them, I knew she was keeping a secret, and once it was revealed it made sense, but I trusted her completely.

Tirus being a Red shocked me too! Are there more Reds posing as Golds!?

Ok, Darrow storming Olympus. He freaking killed Apollo! And Sevro getting Jupiter like that!

Ok, also, the Jackal freaking cut off his own hand, oooh, and then killed Pax! I liked Pax, he was beginning to grow on me, and then that idiot Jackal killed him! Urgh!

Ha ha, it was so weird for me reading a book review from a year ago. I suppose it’s not really a review, but a rant on everything i liked, disliked, or found shocking, so i’ll review it right now.


I loved Pierce Brown’s writing style and his world and characters. I’d give it a solid 5 out of 5 stars. I read Golden Son right after i read Red Rising, and i am looking forward to the third and last book, Midnight Heir, i think it’s called, or something like that.

I probably will do a book review of it when it comes out.

Anyway, thanks for reading! -My younger self just needed a word document to rant to apparently, 😉 –

And i’ll see you in the next one!