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.
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.
Praise for Pierce Brown’s Red Rising
“[A] spectacular adventure . . . one heart-pounding ride . . . Pierce Brown’s dizzyingly good debut novel evokesThe Hunger Games, Lord of the Flies, and Ender’s Game. . . . [Red Rising] has everything it needs to become meteoric.”—Entertainment Weekly
“[A] top-notch debut novel . . . Red Rising ascends above a crowded dystopian field.”—USA Today
“Compulsively readable and exceedingly entertaining . . . [a] must for both fans of classic sci-fi and fervent followers of new school dystopian epics.”—Examiner.com
“A story of vengeance, warfare and the quest for power . . . reminiscent of The Hunger Games and Game of Thrones.”—Kirkus Reviews
“Fast-paced, gripping, well-written—the sort of book you cannot put down.”—Terry Brooks, New York Timesbestselling author of The Sword of Shannara
“Pierce Brown has done an astounding job at delivering a powerful piece of literature that will definitely make a mark in the minds of readers.”—The Huffington Post
Side note: I saw a little blurb about Golden Son in EW magazine a couple weeks ago and the gist of it was that the first book should have done better than it sold. Well sorry EW the first book had problems lets hope the second one is better.
I just want to start by recapping my review of Red Rising. I thought it was good not great. The beginning felt like an information dump instead of well crafted world building. I also felt like the main character Darrow was not relatable. On the other hand I felt like the first book had promise and a great foundation for a YA series.
Now let me tell you if the second book lives up to the hype.
You need to read the first book before you start the second one because the story starts immediately and doesn't reflect back on what really happens in the first book.
That being said this book was set at a faster pace, which I love and have needed lately in YA books in order to finish them. The plot was much more layered and kept me intrigued however I still found the book a frustrating read. The main character Darrow I still could not relate to him. I do not dislike Darrow I just could not relate to him and honestly I am not sure what it is that is preventing me from connecting with that character maybe it was to much of his introspection.
The only other issue I had with the book were the prolonged boring political conversations.
Overall it was good and not great.