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Golden Son: Book 2 of the Red Rising Saga (Red Rising Series) Paperback – July 7, 2015
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Praise for Golden Son
“Gripping . . . Both author and lead character have cranked up the emotional stakes. . . . With Golden Son, [Pierce] Brown avoids the sophomore slump, charging the novel with the kind of dystopia-toppling action you’d expect in a trilogy ender, not a middle volume. On virtually every level, this is a sequel that hates sequels—a perfect fit for a hero who already defies the tropes. [Grade:] A”—Entertainment Weekly
“Stirring . . . Comparisons to The Hunger Games and Game of Thrones series are inevitable, for this tale has elements of both.”—Kirkus Reviews
“Brown writes layered, flawed characters . . . but plot is his most breathtaking strength. . . . Every action seems to flow into the next.”—NPR
“It’s a far superior sequel, in fact: one of the rare breed of reads that improves upon its predecessor in every conceivable category. . . . In a word, Golden Son is stunning. Never mind how little we’ve seen of 2015: Among science fiction fans, it should be a shoo-in for book of the year.”—Tordotcom
“Pierce Brown is a prodigy. As great as the first book of the Red Rising Trilogy is, Golden Son is even better. A wild ride full of suspense, intrigue, and serious ass-kicking bravado, it’s expertly written and emotionally engaging, with top-notch universe-building that begs for further exploration. I want more!”—Christopher Golden, New York Times bestselling author of Snowblind
“The stakes are even higher than they were in Red Rising, and the twists and turns of the story are every bit as exciting. The jaw-dropper of an ending will leave readers hungry for the conclusion to Brown’s wholly original, completely thrilling saga.”—Booklist (starred review)
“Dramatic . . . the rare middle book that loses almost no momentum as it sets up the final installment.”—Publishers Weekly
Praise for Pierce Brown’s Red Rising
“[A] spectacular adventure . . . one heart-pounding ride . . . Pierce Brown’s dizzyingly good debut novel evokes The 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
“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 Times bestselling 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
About the Author
Pierce Brown is the New York Times bestselling author of Red Rising and Golden Son. While trying to make it as a writer, Brown worked as a manager of social media at a startup tech company, toiled as a peon on the Disney lot at ABC Studios, did his time as an NBC page, and gave sleep deprivation a new meaning during his stint as an aide on a U.S. Senate campaign. He lives in Los Angeles, where he is at work on his next novel.
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+ Continues the overarching themes and ideas from the first book. Generally speaking, if you like the first one you should like this one. The book has enough negatives that it should be 3stars... but it reads sooo good that I cant do it.
+/- Slightly more political then the first book.
- The main issue in the book is the time-lapse. It is handled extremely poorly. It almost seems like I missed a 1.5 novel. Darrow has established relationships with other people, gained new friends, and somehow ended his relationship with Mustang by the time we catch back up with him. Not to mention he has under gone a ton of training and other trials---- some of which are not even brought up until the end of the book.
- By the end of the book characters have started become repetitive. We see the same character cycle with at least 3 characters in a row.
- This book has missing plot elements- minor plot spoiler (I try to be vague): [There is a point in the book where the protagonists are trying to martial forces because they don't have enough. But it backfires and they lose a bunch instead. But then they are able to carry out the plan with less forces...even though they couldn't before. 3-1=5. Apparently.
In Golden Son, his position allows him to associate with the very top levels of the Society. In this rarefied arena, power, murder, betrayal, and a warped sense of honor are the only way of life. Darrow finds himself at odds with the edicts of this Society, but oddly, his upbringing as a Red (the most downtrodden of all people) have prepared him to thrive - mostly. His greatest downfall is his propensity to trust, and it keeps getting him into trouble.
This book could have been titled "How many times can Darrow get stabbed in the back because he trusted someone?" The whole book is a series of adventures connected together by his quest to infiltrate the Golds and wreak havoc on the Society, but each adventure, particularly the last, goes awry in some dreadful way. There may actually too many of these 'downturns', and as you make your way through the book (it took me a week to read it) you find yourself saying 'here we go again - another disaster'.
Like before, this book is loaded with action, suspense, intrigue, murder, betrayal (an art form in this world), friendships gained, friendships lost, allies and alliances killed or uprooted, and love betrayed. You very literally do not know who can be trusted. This book ended so badly for the good guys that I had to immediately start book three.
This is another book in the series that is many cuts above your assembly line trendy dystopia stuff.
For me it comes down to two things. I am not a fan of books written in first person as much. That doesn't mean that I dislike all first person books, but it is not my preferred writing style. The make or break of first person is the strength of its main character. Darrow is good but not great. I don't get him the same way I do say a "Harry Dresden". At least for me humor should be apart of first person and that is something that Darrow lacks. I don't want to give the impression that he is a bad main character. It is just with this volume I didn't find myself super wrapped up in his voice.
The second thing that this book doesn't compare to the first one, for me, is in its world building. The universe that Darrow inhabits, stretches that new YA class structure that series like Hunger Games, use to its limit. In the first book it stays so focused on the school, that the shaky world building didn't really hit me like it did with this one.
Still I would like to point out that I gave this book four stars. I had a good time reading it. The plot that unfolds is really good. Couple that with tons of good themes, and subtext; this novel just works really well. Another thing I would like to point out that even though I thought the setting had a very YA feel to it, that is the only thing that does.
I did think it a step down from one, but still good. It has a great first and third act. Especially in its third act the story takes a great emotional turn. Thanks for reading my review! If you have any questions, sound off in the comments.