Thursday, November 29, 2018

#RRSciFiMonth Audiobook Review: Morning Star (Red Rising #3) By Pierce Brown

Morning Star By Pierce Brown
Publisher: Recorded Books
Release Date: February 9th, 2016
Format: Audiobook narrated by Tim Gerard Reynolds

My Rating: 
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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.
Remember when I reviewed Golden Son last week and said "Pierce Brown straight up gutted me" with that book? HAHAHAHA! I WAS A FOOL! In the third book in his Red Rising series, Brown took me on a wide ride of emotions. For awhile in this book I was also REALLY mad at him for what he had done to these characters. He is straight up EVIL! So I have a lot of feelings about this third book, but I am also going to be really vague about them in this review, because otherwise I would be giving away a lot of massive spoilers.

I'm not sure if this book was a lot longer than the other ones, in terms of audiobook, it's was similar in length to Golden Son, but it did feel like it was a very long book. I will admit there were some times in the beginning where the pacing felt a little too slow, but the action that came after it more than made up for it. A lot of stuff happens in this book, and a lot of it is really bad. Brown does not shy away from being really brutal with the violence and killing. So it's that's not your thing, maybe don't consider this book, but if you are okay with warriors fighting sometimes to the death for their freedom, this book is great.

Tim Gerard Reynolds returns as the narrator for this audiobook, and he's really grown on me more. In this book he was also able to showcase more of his range of accents. I was super impressed with it, and I definitely will listen to more books he narrates if I come across them. I also like that he doesn't really try to make the female characters sound like women, but just speaks in their accents. I kind of appreciate that more than a male narrator that tries to do a female voice too much. Sometimes it's really bad and almost a caricature, so I was glad I didn't experience that with this audiobook.

This book had a lot of action, with a lot of twists and turns. There is a part in the novel where something really bad happens and I was super mad. Like so mad, I didn't want to finish the book. I only had 2 1/2 hours left, so of course I did and I'm glad I did because it got even crazier from there. I'm being purposefully vague in talking about this, because it's a really cool part in the book that threw me for a loop, but also I don't want to spoil it for anyone that hasn't read this book yet.

All in all if you haven't read any of this series, I highly recommend it. If you are debating continuing this series, I also urge you to do so.

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Happy Reads Everyone!