Way way way way back (trust me, loooong time ago) I read Red Rising by Pierce Brown.
I basically collapsed with the sheer brilliance. (My review was a conglomeration of flailing and unintelligent sobbing.) And, because I received an e-ARC off Netgalley, I read it in October, 2013. So you’ll totally agree I’ve waited A LONG TIME for the sequel: Golden Son.
But. (Oh drat. I’ve got a but already.)
But I liked Red Rising a heck of a lot better.
Red Rising got my by the ears and yelled its bloodthirsty plot and heartbreaking characters. Darrow won my heart. It was complex, but the story focused on Darrow. He had clear motives. It was obvious and understandable where the plot was going. Basic rule: just don’t trust anyone, okay?!
Golden Son was like an explosion of political sci-fi warfare and…it lost me.
This book is simultaneously incredible and complex and basically out of my league. I drowned. I’m not good with hardcore sci-fi (this is purely just me) and this is way tougher than Red Rising. If it wasn’t for the horrific cliffhanger I would probably take my scrawny brain and I and leave quietly. BUT THAT CLIFFHANGER.
But, did you see The Hobbit reference? (I am possibly queen of reference finding.)
“He has to play my game!” Sevro says. “Shithead isn’t getting out till he plays nice. I’ll give him a riddle instead. What do I have in my pocket?”
I grow tired of the game, so behind my back, I point to my eye.
“An eyeball,” the Jackal says.
“Gorydammit, who told him?”
“Grow up, Sevro,” Roque mutters. (pg. 302)
Absolute genius! It’s so rich and complex! (I bow to Pierce Brown for sure.) Golden Son was stuffed with war, and betrayal, and political catastrophes. Everyone was an enemy (unless maybe they’re not?!) and no one could be trusted (unless maybe you can?!) Basically it had EVERYTHING WORRYING YOU CAN THINK OF.
My favourite moments were:
- When Darrow saw his mum again. AW!
- All of Darrow’s softer more vulnerable moments…like when he was unsure how to handle his crush on Mustang because, even though Eo was dead, he still loved her.
- The moment when
- Anything and everything with Sevro. (He reminds me of Ronan from The Raven Boys just a little. Ronan isn’t bloodthirsty, but they have a similar personality.)
My LEAST favourite moments were:
- The fact that it’s no longer YA…Darrow is 20. I cry when books swap age-categories.
- The amount of battles.
- The amount of sitting around talking about said battles.
- The sheer amount of characters with unfathomable names.
- That WICKEDLY AWFUL CLIFFHANGER. (haha! I’m just kidding. I love cliffhangers. I love to sweep up my shatter nerves and stitch them back together. No biggie.)
Genius book, but a little heavy for me.
The cliffhanger will maim you. You’ve been warned. (Go read it nooooow.)
Thank you Hachette Australia for the review-copy! Golden Son (Red Rising Trilogy #2) by Pierce Brown came out in January, 2015. The final book, Morning Star, is out in 2016!
With shades of The Hunger Games, Ender’s Game, and Game of Thrones, debut author Pierce Brown’s genre-defying epic Red Rising hit the ground running and wasted no time becoming a sensation.
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.