Pierce Brown – Morning Star

If this is the end, I will race towards it.

Darrow is the Reaper of Mars. Born to toil, carved to fight, destined to lead. But he is a broken man. Exposed as a Red in a world ruled by Golds, he has been captured and tormented until he is something less than human. And yet he is humanity’s last chance.

In facing a godlike, ruthless enemy, he must call on every last ounce of strength to prove that loyalty, friendship and love are more powerful than any coldhearted machine of war.

He has been first Red, the Gold. Now he must transcend them all. He must become the hero the people believe he is.

I have had Pierce Brown’s Morning Star for over a year now. I really liked this series. It’s up there with The Expanse and the Vorkosigan Saga (I know it is older, just found it last year) as some of the best sci-fi I have read in recent years. In part this is because it is so much more than just its genre: military sci-fi. It also features social commentary, political intrigue and good world building all around. Top it off with an intricate story, great action scenes and you have more than the sum of its parts. 

In the afterword I read that Pierce Brown had trouble finishing the series, as he wanted a good ending to it. He was afraid he would not do his first and second book justice. As a reader I felt a similar thing. Red Rising and Golden Son were very good and I was hesitant to read the conclusion, lest it diminish the series as a whole.

Fortunately, now that I have to read a lot at work to keep me busy, I had the time and no excuses. Reading it was an absolute joy. It is everything I could have hoped for as a conclusion of this series. I only wish the other books were fresher in my mind. Now this is a series where you can’t jump in with book 2 or 3, so I will not spoil how this story ends. If you are going to read this you will have read the previous instalments and you will know exactly what you are going into. All traits that will have kept you reading through the first two books are present in this one, with an absolute thriller of an ending to complete the story.

Now that the series is complete I can wholeheartedly recommend it as some of the best military sci-fi around. Read and enjoy,

Wiebe van der Salm