Book Review: Sons of Ares by Pierce Brown

31178398Brutally Honest. Explicitly painful. Beyond Courageous. This Graphic Novel from Red Rising written by Pierce Brown gives us a new perspective on how did the Sons of Ares became which focuses on the life of Fitchner au Barca whose personality crafted by how cruel the society in Red Rising is. Since born, Fitchner was labeled weak, tested with starvation to death, and judged by the higher-ups of Golds that there is no Gold that as ugly as Fitchner.

He survived the youth – the story from this Graphic Novel introduces us on how cruel the Academy, his growth to survival, where did the Sons of Ares start and his struggles on fighting for his son and lowColor wife. The Prequel offers a new diverse set of characters set on where loyalty is tested, where Gold was corrupted by their own system, where a human treated as a dog for their selfish gains, and where love between different colors is omitted.

With the brilliant combination of art, style, and story by Brown, Hoskin, and Powell – they gave us a new heartbreaking, thrilling, and yet terrifying story of conquerors, beast, and a monster, who only, in the end, fell in love – fight for love and save his son. The story is compelling that it shows more than how the human nature could go far for something they want, something they want to control. The irrationality of a person displays so much in this set of arts – equally stunning and painful.

Red Rising: Sons of Ares by Pierce Brown discusses morality, ethics on humanity, politically inclined stories with variables in motion from a different perspective. I’ve never liked Fitchner from the Red Rising Trilogy but knowing what he had to suffer and to fight for in this book makes me mourn for him. I would like to empathize with him for having the brave and brilliance to secretly destroy the system. And now, we will understand why Fitchner confronts Darrow in Morning Star. Just don’t let Sevro die.

“Perhaps I am one.

Through Pain and Loss, they made me this way.

But in Darkness, far from light —

–Even monsters can fall in love.”



6474348Hello. I’m Pierce Brown, the author of the Red Rising Saga, a NYT #1 bestseller. The newest entry, IRON GOLD debuts January 15, 2018.

I figured I’d write you myself than have corporate copy pasted below my totally natural author photo.

In my books you’ll find stories of men and women finding their inner strength when all seems lost. You’ll also find me exploring themes of power–what it means, why people seek it, and how they hold onto it–love, violence, and hope.

I read a bit as a kid. Count of Monte Cristo, Dune, Lord of the Flies, Star Wars (expanded universe), GRRM, Antigone, Hyperion, and Harry Potter were some of my favorites. If you liked those books, maybe just maybe we’re on the same page.

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