I received this book for free from Publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.Golden Son by Pierce Brown
Series: Red Rising #2
Published by Hodder & Stoughton on January 6, 2015
Genres: Dystopia, Fantasy, Fiction, Science Fiction, Young Adult
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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.
Arrggghhh! I almost wish that I had given 4/5 Stars to Red Rising so that it would be pretty obvious that this is the better book. But that is hindsight for you. So what made Golden Son so good?
Well, we have moved on from the deadly games of the Academy, but everything has got deadlier and the games haven’t been left behind. They are still playing.
In Golden Son it is extremely clear how much Darrow has changed, how much being part of the Gold’s world has altered him. As Darrow attempts to start a civil war is loyalties are tested – Gold or Red? He is struggling with the burden he has on his shoulders, who can he rely on? And can he tell anyone his secrets?
There are some amazing characters here – old and new – who do their best to not steal the show. But they ultimately became my favourites (more Sevro please!). We also get a lot more information about the rivalry between the Houses and how corrupt the society and their system is. We also get to explore the universe more as Darrow forces the civil war to come about. And we suddenly realise how small the Universe was to Darrow’s eyes previously.
And we have the ending which leaves us on a massive cliffhanger. I thought I was safe as I near the end, that I could start to relax and not be so on edge. And then that ending happened and I have to wait another year to find out what happens. This is why I hate cliffhanger because I need to know now. I hate waiting.
Golden Son is a fantastic book, with so much action going on, it will be hard not to stop reading. This is definitely a one-sitting read. If you haven’t yet started this series, I can only ask why not? Go and enjoy 🙂