Golden Son (Red Rising Trilogy, #2) by Pierce Brown

golden sonFrom goodreads:

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.


As many of you know, I loved Red Rising and I devoured that book in a matter of just a few days.  With my hectic schedule, it takes me roughly one full week to get through a book (sadly, I know that’s a long time), and even though it took me a few days to get through it…that’s still a big deal.  I mean, HUGE. Aaaanyway…I was apprehensive in reading Golden Son because usually the next installment is somewhat disappointing, not always but usually.

“He always thinks because I’m reading, I’m not doing anything. There is no greater plague to an introvert than the extroverted.”

Holy twists and turns Batman!! This book did not disappoint at all! *bows at the altar of Pierce Brown*  The action/battle sequences are breathtaking in a brutal kind of way and this is all because of Eo’s vision of a better world.

“You taught me once, Lorn. I’m a better man for it. But now it’s my turn to teach you. Men can change. Sometimes they have to fall. Sometimes they have to leap.”

Golden Son left me emotionally battered but I loved that it did exactly that. Perhaps I’m a masochist? *shrugs* And the best part of the book is Darrow. I find him to be a complex character with layers upon layers, he’s equal parts vulnerable as he is powerful.  He’s faced with so many challenges and his challenges became mine because that’s how lost I became in the story.

“I am not some frill-wearing tramp. I am a genius. I say this because it is a fact. I am smarter than any person you’ve ever met, except perhaps my twin. My heart does not make my brain a fool.”

I want to touch on a supporting character that I absolutely adored and he deserves recognition because he’s fiercely awesome. Sevro has more of a presence in this book and sometimes I thought he served as Darrow’s conscience.  Truthfully, all the supporting characters are brilliant and Mustang broke my heart. She really did.

“Protect the ArchGovernor!” Mustang shouts at me, voice more composed than my own, making me feel an idiot obsessed with chivalry. Of course she does not need me to save her.”

This book is more compelling than the first one and I didn’t think that would be possible, which leads me to the author’s writing.  His writing is absolutely stellar!! Pierce Brown has written a masterpiece that’s incredibly emotional and at the same time, tragic.

“Yet how many times have I already been pieced back together? How much longer can all these stitches hold? In the end, will there even be pieces left of me?”

Oh, before I forget…the ending ripped my heart out and I haven’t been the same since. Am I being dramatic?  Probably, but that’s exactly what that ending did to me. I regret nothing. Nope. Not one bit.

My final thoughts: READ.THIS.SERIES.



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  1. says

    OMG, you are Darrow fan as well! I love this series unhealthy amount :)

    Anyway, I completely agree with everything you said, especially the way you described Darrow. And big yes to everything you wrote about side characters. Pierce Brown truly outdid himself with this sequel.

    But what we are supposed to do with yourselves after THAT ending???
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    • Cristina says

      When I read that in the book, I felt it spoke to booknerds worldwide! *wink* And yes, this author just keeps getting better Sarah! :)

    • Cristina says

      This is a series I absolutely recommend, seriously. And yes, it’s that good. I’d seen it around a lot last year but I never paid it any mind b/c I think it had something to do with the cover. *snickers* Well, who is the gal that has egg on her face now?? Yep…that would be me! You should absolutely try it Melliane! ;)

    • Cristina says

      Hi Benish…sometimes you have to be in the mood for this type of series but I think when you do pick it up again, you might find you’ll fall in love with the series like the rest of us! ;)

  2. says

    Super agree with this review. The second book pretty much blew Red Rising out of the water with its monumental awesomeness. It made me cheer, cry, and be devastated (THAT. ENDING. ARGHIFBASLDNASLDKNA) Everyone bows to the altar of Pierce Brown, with his writing and good looks, all in one ;) We unfortunately have to get in line with his popularity growing by the day. Did you know this series will be adapted to a film by Universal?!?! O_O
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    • Cristina says

      Faye darling….I can’t even imagine seeing this on the big screen!!! I can’t even picture Darrow in real life because I’m afraid he won’t live up to the image created in my head!!! But since Pierce is writing the screenplay…I’m almost certain it will rock our world completely! ;)

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