Wednesday, October 23, 2019

Book Review: Dark Age (Red Rising #5) by Pierce Brown

Dark Age by Pierce Brown

Published: July 30, 2019

Genre: Science Fiction

Pages: 704

Synopsis:  The #1 New York Times bestselling author of Morning Star returns to the Red Rising universe with the thrilling sequel to Iron Gold.

For a decade Darrow led a revolution against the corrupt color-coded Society. Now, outlawed by the very Republic he founded, he wages a rogue war on Mercury in hopes that he can still salvage the dream of Eo. But as he leaves death and destruction in his wake, is he still the hero who broke the chains? Or will another legend rise to take his place?

Lysander au Lune, the heir in exile, has returned to the Core. Determined to bring peace back to mankind at the edge of his sword, he must overcome or unite the treacherous Gold families of the Core and face down Darrow over the skies of war-torn Mercury.

But theirs are not the only fates hanging in the balance.

On Luna, Mustang, Sovereign of the Republic, campaigns to unite the Republic behind her husband. Beset by political and criminal enemies, can she outwit her opponents in time to save him?

Once a Red refugee, young Lyria now stands accused of treason, and her only hope is a desperate escape with unlikely new allies.

Abducted by a new threat to the Republic, Pax and Electra, the children of Darrow and Sevro, must trust in Ephraim, a thief, for their salvation—and Ephraim must look to them for his chance at redemption.

As alliances shift, break, and re-form—and power is seized, lost, and reclaimed—every player is at risk in a game of conquest that could turn the Rising into a new Dark Age.

Thoughts: Well. Where to begin! This book, you guys. It took me over a month to read, but that's only because the thing is so dang long. Yet I didn't want it to end, so I didn't mind the length one bit, ha! I think this is my favorite in the Red Rising series since the debut book itself, honestly. So, you're like, this review is fairly glowing so far, why aren't you giving it a full five stars?

The only reason for the 4.5 is because the beginning, say, 20% was hard to get through, because it was pretty much just one long battle. At one point, I was beginning to wonder if the whole book was just going to be this one long battle. Thankfully, that was not the case, because I'm just not a huge big battle fan (which is probably why I lose interest in some of these types of series over time because they tend to end up in battles). Once that first section was through, I couldn't put the thing down.

I mean, it's a tough book. Like, don't expect to feel happy reading it, because a lot goes down. But do expect to feel engaged and compelled to keep reading. That is, if you've already read the rest of the series. Because if not, what are you even doing here? And also if not, please do. If you're not a fan of science fiction, I think you would still enjoy this series as it's more about the relationships and the weight of the world on peoples' shoulders, and just, you know, lots of twists and turns and gasps.

I can't wait to read the next one, which is supposedly the last, so hopefully it doesn't take Pierce Brown too long to write, because bloodydamn, man, I want to find out what happens! Although I am a bit like oh damn, what's going to happen, because he's not afraid to kick you where it hurts.

Rating: 4.5/5

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