Morning Star, the third and final book of the Red Rising trilogy by Pierce Brown, has a cover! And even though Golden Son, book two of the trilogy, was just released earlier this month, this cover reveal has me brimming with excitement. The thing is I never lost it after reading Golden Son.
And with this reveal comes an interview Entertainment Weekly conducted with Pierce. There’s a lot to say, but I should warn you, if you haven’t read Golden Son yet, it’s slightly spoilery. Read the interview after the jump!
EW: Morning Star is the next title—but Pierce, what does it mean?!
PIERCE BROWN: Each title has pertained to Darrow. In Red Rising, he was the red rising, but it also talks about the overall rebellion. In Golden Son, it reflects his place in society as he interacts more with Gold culture and politics. With Morning Star, it reflects Darrow as he evolves into the leader that everything has prepared him to be. Morning Star is the light that many sailors would use to guide them. But it’s also referenced twice in the Bible—once for Lucifer and once for Jesus. So there’s an internal dichotomy in Darrow’s character which, depending on your perspective, he’s either the hero or the villain, and that’s really what I wanted to bring out in Morning Star. Because this is the end of the road for the Rebellion, and everything that has happened comes to a head. Can he lead? Can he be the hero he was meant to be? Can he lead them to rebellion? Can he evolve past revenge and become the leader he needs to be?
How much time has passed between books?
There will be a time jump. Some stuff has to happen offstage in order for the final book to be one book instead of three. Having only Darrow’s perspective focuses the emotions of the rebellion, but it also makes it more vast because you realize—how much difference can one man, even a man like Darrow, make? And Morning Star is about him not necessarily taking down a ship by himself or conquering the enemy singlehandedly. It’s about leading, so events have to be set up so that he can lead.
How did the story you set out to tell at the beginning of Red Rising change by the time you finished the first two books and started writing Morning Star?
The size of it changed. The size of the world kept expanding. In book two, I had it all in my head, but then when it got on paper, the scenes and the emotions kept growing. Book three became a much more difficult task. I always thought book three would be the easiest to write, and it seems, in order to do justice to book two, particularly the velocity of storytelling as well as the brevity of words and maximum amount of emotional impact as possible, it seems like a lot to live up to in order to do these characters justice.
What surprised you most about Golden Son?
I did not expect to have so many intelligent characters who are independent actors around Darrow. I always thought it’d be a little more Darrow driven, but in reality he’s just the game-changer, but they’re all playing the game, and that’s what makes Golden Son so fun, I think, is you can realize that these people all have their own goals, all have their own independent actions, and for book three, that makes it very difficult because how do you line all that up? Also, think about how intelligent Mustang is supposed to be. She’s five times more intelligent than me. Already more intelligent than Darrow, and I already had to rewrite Darrow in order to get him as intelligent as he needed to be. He’s way smarter than I am. So imagine trying to plot in her being intelligent plus him being intelligent and Sevro’s also intelligent, but then there are the Telemanuses who are loyal and also more intelligent than they seem, and the Jackal’s really intelligent, so it’s kind of hard when you have that many intelligent characters. I really should have put some dumb Golds in there.
You pissed a lot of people off at the end of book two, in the best way possible. Do you promise a satisfying ending to the trilogy? What can you tell me about how this story wraps up?
Here’s one thing I can tell you: Sevro gets a girlfriend. It’s someone you know. When I discovered that it would happen for him, I just started giggling.
Okay, so what if I ask: What’s not in Morning Star?
Here’s what I’ll say. I think almost all of us exist in a world where we can try and do anything we want in the world, and whenever that fails, we can go home—but what if the very thing you’re trying to accomplish destroys your home? To win the rebellion, Darrow can never go home again, and if our lower class wins, if the Reds win, what society do they build off of that? How can they, in a power vacuum, create a better world? These are the struggles. You’re not going to see Ewoks partying at the end of the novel. There are so many complexities, they can’t simply be solved by martial means. You can defeat your enemy by martial means, but can you create? Can we build while destroying? And I think that’s the question for every rebellion.
It looks like Mr. Brown might be further along in Morning Star than I might’ve guessed, which was a question he so elegantly skipped when I asked it at his stop in San Diego. I have to say this cover is not what I expected, but it is so glorious in it’s blue and yellow hues with the shining sickle that just screams Darrow. This image really does complement the previous two covers of the trilogy, and I can’t wait to get my hands on it…next year. *sigh*
Read the full interview at EW.com.