I have been struggling to review this titanic novel for the past week, and I just don’t have the words to do it justice. Golden Son by Pierce Brown is the second book in the Red Rising trilogy, and it is an intense, action-packed, gut-wrenching, whirlwind of a novel.
Golden Son by Pierce Brown
Series: Red Rising #2
Published by Del Rey on January 6th 2015
Genres: Science Fiction, Dystopian
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.
Here’s the thing about these books. You have NO IDEA what you’re getting into. You pick up Red Rising and you think you’re reading a story about a miner on Mars when BAM the plot changes. I don’t even want to describe what Golden Son is about, because if you haven’t read it, you need to just find out for yourself. If you haven’t even read Red Rising, telling you what this one was about would spoil everything. (AND I SAY *NO* TO SPOILAGE.)
Here’s what I’ll tell you: Pierce Brown will toy with your emotions like no other. Nothing is guaranteed when it comes to how he writes: You think you’re in happy, hunky-dory land? WRONG. SOMETHING TERRIBLE WILL HAPPEN. You think Darrow (the main character) has lost everything? HELL NO. Somehow something epic will happen and it will totally make sense and be perfect. There is no such thing as a slow plot in these books, because everything changes with each turn of the page. IT’S AMAZING for the wandering attention span.
You need to read this series if you haven’t yet. JUST GO READ IT. Check out my review of Red Rising here.
Fair warning: the ending of Golden Son will tear out your heart and smash it to the ground. You will break and then try to find a place to curl up and sob. Or die.
(Good thing Morning Star, the trilogy finale, is already out so you can go and devour it ASAP).
If you’ve read Golden Son, how destroyed were you by the ending? I haven’t read Morning Star yet, but I’m downright terrified it’s going to ACTUALLY kill me. *trembles in a corner* What did you think of the finale?