Review: GOLDEN SON by Pierce BrownGolden Son by Pierce Brown
Series: Red Rising #2
Also in this series: Red Rising
Published by Del Rey on January 6th 2015
Pages: 448
Genres: Fiction, Science Fiction, Action & Adventure
Also by this author: Red Rising
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With shades of The Hunger Games, Ender’s Game, and Game of Thrones,debut author Pierce Brown’s genre-defying epic Red Rising hit the ground running and wasted no time becoming a sensation. Golden Son continues the stunning saga of Darrow, a rebel forged by tragedy, battling to lead his oppressed people to freedom.

As a Red, Darrow grew up working the mines deep beneath the surface of Mars, enduring backbreaking labor while dreaming of the better future he was building for his descendants. But the Society he faithfully served was built on lies. Darrow’s kind have been betrayed and denied by their elitist masters, the Golds—and their only path to liberation is revolution. And so Darrow sacrifices himself in the name of the greater good for which Eo, his true love and inspiration, laid down her own life. He becomes a Gold, infiltrating their privileged realm so that he can destroy it from within.

A lamb among wolves in a cruel world, Darrow finds friendship, respect, and even love—but also the wrath of powerful rivals. To wage and win the war that will change humankind’s destiny, Darrow must confront the treachery arrayed against him, overcome his all-too-human desire for retribution—and strive not for violent revolt but a hopeful rebirth. Though the road ahead is fraught with danger and deceit, Darrow must choose to follow Eo’s principles of love and justice to free his people.
He must live for more.

Praise for Pierce Brown’s Red Rising “[A] spectacular adventure . . . one heart-pounding ride . . . Pierce Brown’s dizzyingly good debut novel evokes The Hunger Games, Lord of the Flies, andEnder’s Game. . . . [Red Rising] has everything it needs to become meteoric.”Entertainment Weekly
“[A] top-notch debut novel . . . Red Rising ascends above a crowded dystopian field.”—USA Today
“Compulsively readable and exceedingly entertaining . . . [a] must for both fans of classic sci-fi and fervent followers of new school dystopian epics.”—Examiner.com
“A story of vengeance, warfare and the quest for power . . . reminiscent of The Hunger Games and Game of Thrones.”—Kirkus Reviews “Fast-paced, gripping, well-written—the sort of book you cannot put down.”—Terry Brooks, New York Times bestselling author of The Sword of Shannara
“Pierce Brown has done an astounding job at delivering a powerful piece of literature that will definitely make a mark in the minds of readers.”—The Huffington Post

Reading time 4 mins

How do I even review this?

Okay, first if you haven’t read Red Rising, go RIGHT NOW and read it. I’ll wait…

Now, we can talk about Golden Son.

I struggled with how I can even explain this to you, dear reader. This is a complex series. Golden Son is a great follow up, one of the best I have read. It doesn’t suffer second book syndrome. This tells the story of Darrow’s rise to power, how he loses it, his rise to power again, and then how he loses it. There is betrayal and politics and WAR. So much WAR you will beg for peace. Don’t hold you breath. This story is all about Darrow making waves and upsetting the system. He is gonna lie and surprise. Then regret not being honest. Darrow will face his own fears and then change the game for Golds all over the solar system.

Oh Darrow, the hellllls you suffer! Can I tell you my heart broke through this story? I cried big FAT alligator tears twice in the reading of this story. I don’t know if this was the authors intention, but there it is. Tears streaming down my face as I try to focus on the words in front of me. This story had all the feels, and angst. SO MUCH ANGST! Darrow keep his friends at arms length, then he trusts, but it is never enough. Sevro, Mustang, Pax (you are still very much with us), Tactus, Augustus, Fitchner, Antonia, Cassius, Jackyl, Pliny, and Victra….please choose a side (and let it be Darrow’s). This story introduces us to Lorn, Ragnar, Ayn and we get to KNOW the (FEMALE) Sovereign, (she’s a very bad girrrrl).

I have to admit the beginning had me a little lost. There is a cast of characters in the beginning of the book, like a map. But I was SO sure I didn’t need it (i just finished Red Rising a few weeks ago) WRONG! If you haven’t read Red Rising in a while, you WILL NEED a refresher. This isn’t the sort of series you can take break from. Like I said in my video, you can’t just read a chapter and put this book down for a while. This is an epic story about the fight for basic human rights. It is one man’s war against tyranny. One chapter is just going to whet your appetite for more.

The world building in this book is amazing. We are on Mars, we go to Luna (our moon, but unlike we have imagined) we shoot back into space, we talk about the outer planets/moons and see so much. The thing that really sets this series apart is that you become immersed in the world. there are also much more immersion into the heirarchy of colors. We meet Blues, Bowns, Greens, Oranges, Pinks, Obsedians, Golds, and REDs. Underneath it all is this struggle for power and I found myself rooting so hard for Darrow. I was so surprised by his cunning. Darrow gets into and then out of so many crazy situations. He sees all the angles and he knows how to keep a secret. I mean he keep most of what he is doing from his closest friends.

There is romance. I swooned and shipped. The author then drew me back to Darrow’s beginnings and my heart shattered into a million pieces. Darrow’s heart is so broken and only one woman in the whole solar system can help him. Even as he negotiates and plans, he thinks of only her. Well, her, and his family at home.

There are so many facets to this story that I find my words inadequate to explain this. This is a science fiction/dystopian adventure on a level I wouldn’t have dared to imagine. Pierce Brown is a very gifted writer and I am just so delighted he decided to share his vision with the world.  This is the sort of story that needs to be experienced. I will say that the ending destroyed me. Book hangover doesn’t even begin to justify what this book did to me. I am currently devouring Morning Star, the last book in this series, with trepidation. Will my ship sail? Will Darrow (live, and maybe) find his happiness? I don’t know, but I plan to find out very soon.

My Rating

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Red Rising Series

About Pierce Brown

Pierce Brown spent his childhood building forts and setting traps for his cousins in the woods of six states and the deserts of two. Graduating college in 2010, he fancied the idea of continuing his studies at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. Unfortunately, he doesn’t have a magical bone in his body. So while trying to make it as a writer, he worked as a manager of social media at a startup tech company, toiled as a peon on the Disney lot at ABC Studios, did his time as an NBC page, and gave sleep deprivation a new meaning during his stint as an aide on a U.S. Senate Campaign.
Now he lives in Los Angeles, where he scribbles tales of spaceships, wizards, ghouls, and most things old or bizarre.

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