Golden Son by Pierce Brown

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Golden Son by Pierce Brown

Published: January 6th 2015 by Del Ray

Amazon: Golden Son

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.

I feel like I should really be kicking myself for not picking this series up sooner. I picked up this book as soon as I had finished Red Rising and, like book 1, this book had me hooked from beginning to end. What I liked most about this book was that it focused on other aspects of the world and the rebellion where the fist book didn’t – so I feel that the continuation really did a great job of building the events even more.

I liked the fact that this book focused more on the political side of things, rather than character building etc. like the first book did. Whilst there was character and plot building going on, I felt that focusing on the politics of the rebellion and the society really helped to solidify why Darrow was doing what he was doing, as well as give us a better understanding of the society itself and the Gold race. I loved the hypocrisy shown by the Golds within their politics and the system that they have created.

It was also interesting to watch Darrow struggle to come to terms with what he was doing and what he was becoming. He has friends amongst the Golds, which he never believed he would have, and a relationship with Mustang that he also believed he would never have – so he struggles to internalise that with everything that he has to do for the Rebellion to free his own people. I liked watching him grow as a character and how he faced and dealt with new problems and how he learned from new mistakes that he makes along the way. There were times where I really wanted to shout at him because I felt like he was acting pretty stupid, but that’s just Darrow.

It was interesting to see how the relationships between Darrow and other characters really formed and developed within the book. There was a lot of betrayal going on and it was difficult to really know who you can trust and who was going to stab Darrow in the back – and I often times chose wrong! There were characters who I really believed wouldn’t betray Darrow, despite the fact that he kept pushing them away because of the struggle he was having with himself, and there were other characters who I was expecting to betray Darrow, who really stuck by him throughout everything.

The plot itself was fast paced and had me completely hooked! I constantly wanted to know what was going to happen next, and there were a lot of twists and turns that I did not see coming! Can I also just mention the ENDING?!?!?!?!??!?!?!?!?!?!? What even did I read in that end? I stared at my kindle for about 20 minutes before I even moved, I was that shocked.

All in all, I absolutely LOVED this instalment to the Red Rising series. I am currently reading Morning Star, but I haven’t gotten that far because of the hectic that was Christmas, however, I am hoping to get some more read later today! I really should have picked this series up sooner than I did *Facepalm* I gave this book 5/5 stars.

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18 thoughts on “Golden Son by Pierce Brown

  1. Kelly Howler says:

    Reblogged this on Howler Life and commented:
    A prime response to Golden Son’s ending: “Can I also just mention the ENDING?!?!?!?!??!?!?!?!?!?!? What even did I read in that end? I stared at my kindle for about 20 minutes before I even moved, I was that shocked.”

    • lry93 says:

      Thank you for the reblog! 🙂 Golden Son was so amazing! I was basically on the edge of my seat throughout the book 🙂 I’m so bummed that I haven’t had enough time to read Morning Star lately, but I think I’ll be able to get more done today 🙂 I’ve definitely enjoyed it thus far 🙂

  2. Kat Impossible says:

    The Red Rising trilogy was literally all I could talk about last year and I already pre-ordered Iron Gold for the beginning of January. I ADORE this world and it’s mostly because these books made me feel so much. I was shaking with anger at some points and that is something really powerful.

    • lry93 says:

      It has definitely become one of my favourite series and I’m not even through with Morning Star yet! 😂 and I pre ordered Iron Gold as well, in a way I’m glad I waited so I didn’t have to wait as long for Iron gold 😅

      • Kat Impossible says:

        Fair enough hahaha the wait was torturous between books and now the new spin-off series. I was so happy when the first announcement for Iron Gold was a August 2017 release, because it was like a birthday present. Then it got postponed till January and I was in agony 😅

      • lry93 says:

        I can imagine! I hate it when they postpone highly anticipated books because it’s just like… I NEED IT! 😂😂 at least it’ll be the best book it can be 😊😊 and I’m glad your wait is nearly over!

  3. Beth (Reading Every Night) says:

    Great review for this book Lauren, and I am so glad you enjoyed Golden Son and that you are currently enjoying the trilogy. I think Golden Son really took the series to a while new level, I loved the focus on politics because it added a lot to the world building and kind of made the stakes higher now Darrow is out of the institute and in the real world among more Golds.
    Also yes that ending! It was insane but made me want to dive into the third book right away! 😀
    Again great review, and I can’t wait to see what you think of Morning Star. 🙂

    • lry93 says:

      Yes! The politics definitely helped to make things more relatable and realistic and definitely took it from lessons being learned in school to the real world pretty quick.
      That ending killed me! It was so amazing and shocking and I basically picked up Morning Star after I stared at the kindle for 20 minutes 😂
      Thank you! 😊❤️

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