Series: Red Rising #2
Published by Hodder General Publishing Division on 8-1-15
Ender's Game meets The Hunger Games in this, the second in an extraordinary trilogy from an incredible new voice.
'I'm still playing games. This is just the deadliest yet.'
Darrow is a rebel forged by tragedy. For years he and his fellow Reds worked the mines, toiling to make the surface of Mars inhabitable. They were, they believed, mankind's last hope. Until Darrow discovered that it was all a lie, and that the Red were nothing more than unwitting slaves to an elitist ruling class, the Golds, who had been living on Mars in luxury for generations.
In RED RISING, Darrow infiltrated Gold society, to fight in secret for a better future for his people. Now fully embedded amongst the Gold ruling class, Darrow continues his dangerous work to bring them down from within. It's a journey that will take him further than he's ever been before - but is Darrow truly willing to pay the price that rebellion demands?
Hic sunt leones.
A life-or-death tale of vengeance with an unforgettable hero at its heart, Golden Son guarantees Pierce Brown's growing status as one of fiction's most exciting new voices.
SPOILER ALERT: As Golden Son is book 2 in a series, there may be some spoilers for Red Rising, so please stop here if you haven’t read that yet!
You know how in my end of year survey, I said the book that crushed my soul was Thirteen Reasons Why? I was wrong…it was this. The ending will leave you begging for more: more so even, than the way you did at the end of Red Rising and just had to know what happened next. Trust me, this is even more powerful.
Approximately two years after the end of Red Rising we return to Darrow, now fully embedded into the Gold society he wants to tear down from the inside, as he deals with enemies who look like friends and friends who look like enemies. There’s civial war, endless political scheming, and we see a lot more of the world throughout Golden Son than we did in Red Rising. This book is every bit as dramatic and gripping as the first, but the brutality in Golden Son is just as present (if not, perhaps, more so) in Red Rising. I think it’s necessary for the story – at least most of the time! – so it doesn’t bother me too much, but it’s worth noting.
“You’re going to fall into trouble because you believe that exceptions to the rule make new rules. That a bad man can be good simply because he says he can or simply becaue he does so once when you are watching.” – Location 4457 eARC
There is no greater plague to an introvert than the extroverted. – Location 1373 eARC
Golden Son would almost certainly benefit from a reread of Red Rising first, as there’s quite a cast of characters – especially when you also factor in the various titles, groups and code names. Not to mention the locations too!
I liked the characters in Golden Son, even those I wasn’t sure about in Red Rising, perhaps because we’ve seen more of them. The star of course is Sevro, who manages to steal your attention at every possible moment! I found it slightly harder to connect with Darrow than in Red Rising because he’s grown up a little, which is to be expected, but he’s also less principled than the boy he used to be. Having said that, I really liked Orion and Tactus, and I still liked the characters overall.
Golden Son is one of those books that I both never wanted to end, and yet could not stop reading. I forced myself to try and take it slowly, dragging it out over a week so that I could enjoy it for as long as possible, but it wasn’t enough! I don’t re-read much but I’ll almost certainly be re-reading Golden Son just because I loved the story and I won’t want to wait until the final book comes out.
Golden Son isn’t perfect of course (for one thing, I would have liked to see more of Mustang!) but it is, quite simply, brilliant. It will break your heart, piece it back together, and make it stop completely. It has one of the most dramatic scenes I think I’ve ever read, and I can’t wait for the final book.
Buy it? This is one I’d definitely be happy to buy.
In a nutshell: A truly fantastic follow up to Red Rising, I loved this even more than the first book!