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Book Descriptions:
Red Rising:
“I live for the dream that my children will be born free,” she says. “That they will be what they like. That they will own the land their father gave them.”
“I live for you,” I say sadly.
Eo kisses my cheek. “Then you must live for more.”
Darrow is a Red, a member of the lowest caste in the color-coded society of the future. Like his fellow Reds, he works all day, believing that he and his people are making the surface of Mars livable for future generations.
Yet he spends his life willingly, knowing that his blood and sweat will one day result in a better world for his children.
But Darrow and his kind have been betrayed. Soon he discovers that humanity already reached the surface generations ago. Vast cities and sprawling parks spread across the planet. Darrow—and Reds like him—are nothing more than slaves to a decadent ruling class.
Inspired by a longing for justice, and driven by the memory of lost love, Darrow sacrifices everything to infiltrate the legendary Institute, a proving ground for the dominant Gold caste, where the next generation of humanity’s overlords struggle for power. He will be forced to compete for his life and the very future of civilization against the best and most brutal of Society’s ruling class. There, he will stop at nothing to bring down his enemies… even if it means he has to become one of them to do so.

Golden Son: 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.

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.

Let me just say reading this was a lot of fun! I felt like it was Hunger Games meets The Maze Runner meets Divergent. However, to me overall this was better than some of those, meaning I thought the third book in this series was better than the third book in the rest. I also just saw on Goodreads today that he is going to continue the series with Iron Gold and am very excited about that. Hopefully it is as good as this series was.

Let me start with Red Rising, at first I kind of felt like the Maze Runner with them saying like “my good man” all the time just like in Maze Runner there was something they said that I at the moment can’t remember that really annoyed me. However, I got over it and they used it less. I thought the premise of this story was very good, it was a different from the other books like this in many ways and just had a more almost grown up feel to it. I really liked the characters, I felt like I cared what happened to Darrow, Mustang, and Servo and the rest. The whole carving situation was just crazy to think about what they did and how the society was in this new world. I thought it was cool that people were living on the planets and that Earth was this like planet that was still there, but not the main planet anymore.

When we got to Golden Son I was like okay how is this going to play out, is Darrow going to get found out right away, is he going to be able to complete his task, are him and Mustang going to get together, what is going to happen with him and Cassius?! So many questions and it just made me want to keep reading to find out what was going to happen. There were parts that were a little annoying like when he would get depressed about things and start questioning if he was going to be able to do it and just almost feeling bad for himself. I am very happy that he got to see his family again and that the rebellion is actually beginning to take shape and he isn’t just sitting hanging out with the Golds. It was definitely a shocker the betrayal that happened in this book and the people that died, I won’t get too much into it don’t want to ruin it for anyone.

In Morning Star Darrow was pretty broken and not the same man he was in the first two, but he slowly gets himself back, but also remains true to who he was as a Red as well. Which is good because I was like come on man stop being a baby and just get this rebellion going and over with. I was worried him and Servo weren’t going to be able to figure things out and that they would not be friends and I was going to be like no don’t break up the friendship! Luckily I was not disappointed. I think everything that ended up happening in this book was very good and it played out well. I was definitely upset when Cassius all of a sudden betrays them again and it seems like things are going downhill again for Mustang, Darrow, and Servo, but then I was like is this true and then bam it turns out Cassius was actually going to do something good for once and all was okay again and I didn’t have to text my friend and say ahhh I hate this book and what happened to them! I thought the ending turned out well and it kept me wanting more. I want to know what happened to him and how it plays out with Mustangs big reveal at the end of the book! But now with Iron Gold coming out next year I might get to!

So yes I would definitely recommend this series and I think it would be an awesome movie, I wouldn’t be surprised if they don’t make one eventually.

My Rating: 4 out of 5 Stars

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