Author: Pierce Brown
Series: Red Rising Trilogy #2
Publisher: Del Rey
Genre: Science Fiction
Release Date: January 6, 2015
Source: egalley received from publisher via NetGalley
Rating: 5 Stars
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***I received a free copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. This has in no way changed my opinion of the book. The review below is my open and honest opinion.***
Synopsis from Goodreads:
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.
Holy shitballs. I just finished this book and I am reeling. Slayed. Destroyed. Dead. No way am I going to survive the wait for the next book. Because that ending was too cruel. Too cliffhangery. Too horrible. I’m babbling aren’t I?
Okay. So I really loved the first book in this series Red Rising
. Thought it was pretty darn incredible. But its sequel, Golden Son
, makes its predecessor look like child’s play. I’m not saying the first book is bad. It’s not. It was so good. But this one just completely blew it out of the water, much like Heir of Fire
out of the water.
This is technically adult fiction, I believe, but it’s definitely a good cross-over series. While the first one read more like YA, this one definitely has a more adult feel. The plotlines are super complex and the language is pretty high level, so just be prepared for that. This book is LONG. As in, it took me like 8 hours to get through it. Goodreads says the print copy is only 464 pages, but for some reason it took me forever. Maybe that’s because I was reading more slowly so I could capture all the details, all the politics, all the characters, every perfect twist. You’re going to want to read this one slowly. If you don’t, you’ll surely miss something.
Action, action and more action. Your mind will be blown at all the vicious battles, personal showdowns and just everything else that is going on in this book. But it’s also not so action-packed that it lacks other things such as character development. All of that good stuff is there too. Darrow grew a lot in the first book, but he grew even more in this one. He truly is becoming a leader. The people believe in him, trust him, love him and it was really cool to watch Darrow realize what that meant. The responsibility that came with that. Darrow isn’t perfect. He can be selfish, but I think that’s what makes him such an interesting character.
And it’s not just Darrow. It’s Sevro, Roque, Mustang, the Jackal, Tactus, Quinn, Fitchner, Octavia, Augustus, Cassius, Dancer, Ares himself. Let’s just say there are a lot of characters and they are all equal parts awesome/deliciously villainous.
After reading this book, I am praying to the film gods that this series gets picked up and done right. I think that this story would be AMAZING on the big screen. Seriously, it would be epic. With all the space. The battles. I need this to happen.
My favorite part of this book? The politics. Agreeing with the synopsis, this definitely has a Game of Thrones
feel to it. There is so much corruption and everyone truly does have their own agenda. It’s impossible to figure out who you can trust or what’s going to happen next. Which is why the ending will tear you open and leave you bleeding, wondering where the hell this story goes from here. Read this series if you like sci-fi, politics, strong world-building and strong characters. Hell, just read this book because I said so.
Have you read this one yet? If you are, how much did you rage at that ending? If you haven’t, then what the heck are you waiting for???