If Red Rising and Golden Sun were a narrow one-way motor Road, then Morning Star is a wide 4-carriage expressway. The book covered a lot more characters and subplots than the first two books. When we talk about character development in literature, this book is the perfect stereotype. It should be the yardstick through which other character development levels in literature are measured.
I was up late reading the second half of this book, so engrossing was it. At the point where Cassius shot Sevro, I'm not so sure, but I think my heart stopped beating for a second. As as experienced reader, I got over the shock and was able to forsee the subsequent twist, Cassius' righteous betrayal of the Sovereign. But still, I had some lingering doubts in my mind, especially when Darrow's hand was chopped off. The suspense was heart twisting! It takes a great book to make a reader feel that way. I haven't read a lot of sci-fi. If I begin to read more of the genre, it'll have to be Pierce Brown who started my love for the genre. I agree with people who say this series is a sci-fi version of Game of Thrones. Its an entertaining, and suspense-filled read, coupled with lots of underlying lessons for life. Simply brilliant!