Golden Son by Pierce Brown
Published by Del Rey on January 6th 2015
Genres: Sci-fi, Action & Adventure, Fantasy
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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.
My silence thunders.
Golden Son by Pierce Brown is the Sci-fi sequel to his critically acclaimed novel, Red Rising. It picks up a couple years after the events of the first book at the end of Darrow’s academy training. With plans in upheaval, Darrow must figure out on his own how to take down the Gold’s from within.
Action in full throttle
Things promptly hit the ground running when it came to action with Golden Son. It’s as though we are moved starting with one significant circumstance then onto the next with simply enough downtime between each to give you a chance to catch your breath. At times it was a bit overwhelming trying to keep pace. And I did have to re-read a couple paragraphs to fully grasp all the information, but it was very well written! In Golden Son every circumstance conveys major plot developments that was key in driving the story in a specific course. I felt like there wasn’t a word squandered. Everything held a purpose in the gran scheme of things!
Regularly when a second book makes a flash forward in time it doesn’t generally work out however I thought it was well done here. We get just enough insight into Darrow’s life between the flash forward to not be confused. Not everything that happened between the first and second book was pivotal to the story line and I respect Brown’s decision in the matter. Darrow and his companions are 20 now and he’s working for the man that sentenced his dear wife Eo to death. He’s having some internal battles with keeping up his double life. He struggles being left in the dark from the Sons of Ares while trying to make the right decisions. He doesn’t comprehend what else he needs to do as such he keeps doing the things he supposes will best position him for the future battle. Being human we get to see his errors in judgement and how he handles the consequences!
Friends of all colors
This time around, a lot of emphasis is placed on the symbolism of friendship, which I absolutely loved. Darrow truly drives home how vital companions are to him and how far he’ll go to stay true and protect the ones he cares for, even if they’re Golds. For the larger part of the book this symbolism is prevalent in the decision making process of Darrow and it was nice to see these connections grow and break apart as the story developed! On top of that we got the opportunity to see a greater amount of other colors being brought into the mix. I particularly cherished the expansion of Obsidian. The supporting characters were better fleshed out this time around, particularly the females. That was a major issue I had with the primary book, none of the females were extremely solid characters to me aside from Mustang towards the very end. Some stand out characters this time around were Sevro, Victra, and Roque!
I found this time around the narration to be a lot easier to follow and more fleshed out then in Red Rising. Pierce Brown submerged himself into the story and character’s voices more clearly. There was less confusion this time around, although all the character names kept getting mixed up in my head at points. All the characters were clear and distinctively their own person and it was great to see them interact with each other.
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