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Golden Son: Book 2 of the Red Rising Saga (Red Rising Series) Paperback – July 7, 2015
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An Amazon Best Book of the Month, January 2015: One of the pleasures of author Pierce Brown’s world building is the juxtaposition of the primitive and high-tech: blood feuds fought with complex weaponry, a game of truth mediated by lie-detecting scorpions, and, of course, an antiquated class system in a world where carvers can make a Red into a Gold. In Golden Son there is no shortage of deception or heroics and the action never wanes. There is no second book slump here, instead Brown amps up the tension by putting Darrow into ever greater physical and emotional conflict. Just like Red Rising, the first book in Brown's series, the end of Golden Son has me counting the days until the next (and final) book is released. --Seira Wilson--This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.
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.”—Tor.com
“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.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 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
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The series strikes at the fundamental core of our American independence - free will. Many stories have been told of dystopic societies that paint a worrisome future for us if we "continue down the path we're on." Most of them have oppressive regimes that all feel they are doing what is necessary to keep the peace. Look to Star Wars and The Hunger Games, to name just a few. These stories take our fundamental desire for free will and suppress it in a structure that appeals to the reader on a visceral level.
Brown does a remarkable job of playing with the reader's emotions, to the point where one takes personal offense at the content of the story. This draws the reader in and attaches themselves to the fate of the characters, willing the characters to make the right choices and make the same decisions the reader would make. You're all but cheering along with the victories, and weeping with the tragedies.
The world Brown has built is rich and expansive. Not just the planetary scale of characters, but the depth with which the society has been carefully constructed to serve the story and reflect history. There's enough for everyone to relate to from a historical perspective, and yet it's easy to become lost in the overwhelming "now" of the narrative.
Golden Son is as amazing as Red Rising; the story is relentless and engaging, if not a bit predictable. Just a bit, though. There are patterns that must be followed of course, but you'll still enjoy the ride the entire time.
+ 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.
I am an avid reader of fiction (literature, mostly), but I am committed to books written for young adults because they tell their stories and develop their characters without relying on sex as a crutch or short-cut. This series, like the Hunger Games series, presents a very complete universe in which the characters' actions are understandable, even if would not be appropriate or acceptable in ours, and a protagonist whose humanity and loyalty are tested.
While I was a tiny bit hesitant after Red Rising, I am glad I pressed on in the series. While Red Rising was a decent book that I enjoyed, it didn't have the fast paced action & plot changes that keep you guessing & reading intently, increasing your heart rate & making it difficult to stop & go to sleep.
This has become one of my favorite SciFi novels & while cursing about the wait till 2016 for the next installment, I am also eagerly anticipating it & hoping beyond all hope that it will be everything the series has become so far.
I know my words are pretty generic, but I do not want to spoil anything for anyone, PERIOD. All I will say, is if you enjoy action, battle & gut wrenching twists, you will enjoy this series, especially this book in particular, so very much.
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Can't wait to read the conclusion.
Great trilogy so far.