Title: Golden Son
Author: Pierce Brown
Series: Red Rising Trilogy, book 2
Genre: Sci-fi, Dystopian, Fantasy
Publisher: Del Rey (January 6th)
Source: Review copy from publisher
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.
The hardest reviews to write are the ones for the books you loved, imagine how it is for books you simply more than love. That’s my problem with this review. I loved Golden Son so much I want to write the best review ever, a review that makes honor to the “amaziness” that is Golden Son, the problem is there are not enough words to convey my feelings about this book. So please, bear with me while
I gush about this book I’ll try to do my best.
Once upon a time there was a girl who liked to read books, one day she found a book called Red Rising by Pierce Brown, she read it and she was left in awed with the brilliantness the author created with his words. As soon as she finished that book she started to count the hours until she could get her hands on the following installment of that series, Golden Son. Luckily for her she was able to get an early copy, which she started to read it as soon as her hands touched the book. Before starting the book, this girl had mixed emotions, she was dying to dig into the story, but at the same time she was afraid it wouldn’t live to her high expectations. Topping or keeping in level with a book as good as Red Rising was not an easy feat and she was not sure the author could accomplish it. Fortunately, after only few pages in she realized her misgivings were unfounded, Pierce Brown was not only able to keep with the brilliantness that was Red Rising, but to her great surprise, he was able to surpass it.
Golden Son starts two years after the events in Red Rising. Darrow has grown and changed during those years. His actions are focus in helping Ares, but some days, without noticing, those goals start to blurry and he starts to forget where he came from and his mission in life; but he doesn’t need to worry, because shortly after, the injustices of society soon remember him of his objective.
Golden Son reads slightly different from Red Rising; it feels more mature. I don’t know if it’s because the characters are now in their twenties instead of in their teens or because now the stakes are even higher than they were in the Academy.
Pierce Brown doesn’t shy about where he takes his characters and what he makes them experience. He’s also not afraid of decreasing the headcount or making heart-wrenching decisions.
In Golden Son we see characters we loved (yes, Servo, I’m talking about you) and -didn’t like much- from Red Rising and meet new ones that will have a great impact on the story and on you. The only thing I can tell you is don’t get too attach to anyone because Brown is not timid about offing the characters you love.
Brown goes an extra mile developing the world building. This time around the story is not limited to Mars, it’s expanded with visits to other planets and epic fights in space. Iron Rain, people, Iron Rain!
Golden Son is not an easy read, it’s plagued with deceits, betrayals, heartaches, secrets, revelations, epic confrontations and much, much more. Saying Golden Son will keep you on the edge of your seat is the understatement of the year.
There is a touch of romance, almost more like an acceptance to new circumstances than a real romance… And talking about circumstances I have to talk about the end. OMFG! That *insert the strongest bad word you know* end! Pierce Brown gutted me with that end. It was completely unexpected and completely brilliant, but it was at the same time the most heart-wrenching end ever. I had to read it twice to believe what I was reading. It was that surprising and that remarkable.
I can’t recommend you enough this book, but something very important, Golden Son SHOULDN’T be read as a stand alone, it should be read as a part of the series, so if you haven’t read Red Rising
in which world do you
live? go and do it now and then pick up this book… and if you have read Red Rising, next Tuesday, January 6th, get your copy of Golden Son, find a
comfortable place to seat/lay, tie your imaginary seatbelt and get ready for
the ride of your life and for the book hangover of the year.
Now, I’m left eagerly-dying-awaiting for the release of next and final book in the trilogy, Morning Star. There is not a release date yet, but I’ll continue
stalking following Pierce Brown
closely until I find the answers I seek.
My Verdict: 5 Paws & a Purr
Other book in the series
Golden Son (January 6th)
Morning Star (TBA)
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