Review: Golden Son by Pierce Brown

Posted January 29, 2015 by Liza in Reviews / 3 Comments

Review: Golden Son by Pierce Brown

Golden Son

by Pierce Brown
Series: Red Rising #2
Published on January 6th, 2015
by Random House LLC
Genres: Action & Adventure, Science Fiction, Young Adult
Format: eARC
Source: Netgalley
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Also by this author: Red Rising, Morning Star (Red Rising, #3)

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.

5 Stars

During the holidays we played a game in our office during our Christmas lunch.  We passed a box that was wrapped in paper until the music stopped and then peal a layer of wrapping paper off.  The winner was the one that unwrapped that last layer.  The point to this little story (yes, there is a point!) is that reading Golden Son felt like unwrapping layer after layer of pure awesome to get to even more awesome.

Giving details about this book is very hard. The plot is so complex, complicated, twisty, action packed, surprising; honestly is a gem.  I cannot fathom how Brown came up with it and kept track of it all! Golden Sun starts almost two years after the end of Red Rising.  Darrow has spent time with the Andromedus family and is now finishing the Academy.  He is committed to his cause, to make a different, to make Eo proud.  He has lost contact with the Son of Ares, but keeps his goal of becoming someone with power.

“For seven hundred years, my people have been enslaved without voice, without hope. Now I am their sword. And I do not forgive. I do not forget. So let him lead me onto his shuttle. Let him think he owns me. Let him welcome me into his house, so I might burn it down.”

Darrow is such an intricate character, full of contradictions. He’s afraid and fearless. Brutal and tender. Loyal and traitorous. His mission makes it a necessity to always plan ahead and always lie.  It’s such a hard life, such a twisted path.   I adore Darrow.

“Were I still the man Eo knew, I would have stood frozen in horror. But that man is gone. I mourn his passing every day. Forgetting more and more of who I was, what dreams I held, what things I loved. The sadness now is numb. And I carry on despite the shadow it casts over me.”

Darrow’s relationship with Mustang is complicated (I know, I know, but it really is!)  There is no doubt that they love each other, but there are both so strong and unbending.  Darrow doesn’t feel guilty anymore of being in love with someone else, but he’s doesn’t believe he deserves her when he’s keeping such a big secret from her.  There is a host of amazing characters from Red Rising and also new characters that make an appearance here.

She wears black in a sea of gold, white, and reds… I’m reminded of the warmth of her flesh, the mischief in her voice, the smell at the nape of her neck, the kindness of her heart. “

Brown’s writing is enthralling and thought provoking.  It kept me at the edge of my seat the whole time.  There is defeat, war, death, life, love, trust, friendship, and so much more in this book. This ending, bloodydamn! How am I ever going to be able to wait a whole year for Morning Star? I can’t even explain because it would the mother of all spoilers.

Overall, Golden Son was such a great read.  I wish there were words to describe how good this book, the series is, is without spoiling it for you.  If you like strong characters, complicated plots, amazing writing, fantasy and sci-fi, this is the series for you.


About Pierce Brown

Pierce Brown spent his childhood building forts and setting traps for cousins in the woods of six states and the deserts of two. Graduating from college in 2010, he fancied the idea of continuing his studies at Hogwarts. 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 Los Angeles, where he scribbles tales of spaceships, wizards, ghouls, and most things old or bizarre.


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