Book Review: Golden Son, by Pierce Brown

Golden Son, by Pierce Brown

Golden Son by Pierce Brown

Published by Del Rey on January 6, 2015

Series: Red Rising, #2

Genre(s): fiction, action, adventure, fantasy, science fiction

Format & Length: hardcover, 442

Source: library

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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 from the overlords of a brutal elitist future built on lies. Now fully embedded among the Gold ruling class, Darrow continues his work to bring down Society from within. A life-or-death tale of vengeance with an unforgettable hero at its heart, Golden Son guarantees Pierce Brown’s continuing status as one of fiction’s most exciting new voices.

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Wow. I think Golden Son was even better than Red Rising.

“I’m still playing games. This is just the deadliest yet.”

Here, the story that started on Mars is blown to epic proportions as we travel through space to several planets, including the moon. As we discover more about this world, we continue to follow Darrow in his fight against Society, and learn more about the backstory, key players, and politics along the way.

“Man wasn’t born to be any Color. Our rulers decided to relegate us to Colors. And they were wrong.”

The plot was complex, with plenty of twists, yet it was easy to follow. The battle scenes were so well done. For someone who knows basically nothing about guns or fighting (other than what I’ve read in novels or seen in movies), I was still able to imagine it all. If you read Red Rising and thought it was gory, Golden Son was even more so. The quiet moments were also powerful, some packing even more punch that the action sequences.

“Home isn’t where you’re from, it’s where you find light when all grows dark.”

And that ending! Even if I hadn’t enjoyed the rest of the book, the final cliffhanger alone would have been enough to make me pick up the third book in this trilogy. I can’t wait to see what Brown does to end this adventure in Morning Star!


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