Series: Red Rising #4
Published by Recorded Books on 1-16-2018
Genres: Science Fiction
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Honor and betrayal fuel a caste-shattering revolution in the action-packed new novel from the number one New York Times best-selling author of the Red Rising Trilogy.
Ten years after the events of Morning Star, Darrow and the Rising are battling the remaining Gold loyalist forces and are closer than ever to abolishing the color-coded caste system of Society for good. But new foes will emerge from the shadows to threaten the imperfect victory Darrow and his friends have earned. Pierce Brown expands the size and scope of his impressive Red Rising universe with new characters, enemies, and conflicts among the stars.
I have mixed feelings with this book. On the story of Darrow, this book is an absolute mess. Darrow turns into a complete idiot for the entire novel, and he makes as many bad decisions as he can. He always throws away his values (family, friends, etc.). In short, the story I’ve been following the previous three books just crashes and burns.
However, this book is the first in the series to feature multiple view points and narrators, which helps to save the novel. First, there is Lyria, a red who ends up being a servant for the Telemanus family. Her story shows everything from the front lines of the war and what citizens go through. Secondly, there is Lysander, whose story intertwines with Cassius au Bellona and with the golds of the outer rim. And thirdly, there is Ehpraim, a gray mercenary who is disillusioned . All of these stories interlink to make a very interesting and compelling story, and they were all extremely well done.
The action is non-stop and the book is very enthralling. I would give it 5 stars if it was not for Darrow and his constant bumbling.