Golden Son (Red Rising, #2)
As a Red, Darrow grew up working the mines deep beneath the surface of Mars, enduring backbreaking labor while dreaming of the better future he was building for his descendants. But the Society he faithfully served was built on lies. Darrow’s kind have been betrayed and denied by their elitist masters, the Golds—and their only path to liberation is revolution. And so Darrow sacrifices himself in the name of the greater good for which Eo, his true love and inspiration, laid down her own life. He becomes a Gold, infiltrating their privileged realm so that he can destroy it from within. A lamb among wolves in a cruel world, Darrow finds friendship, respect, and even love—but also the wrath of powerful rivals. To wage and win the war that will change humankind’s destiny, Darrow must confront the treachery arrayed against him, overcome his all-too-human desire for retribution—and strive not for violent revolt but a hopeful rebirth. Though the road ahead is fraught with danger and deceit, Darrow must choose to follow Eo’s principles of love and justice to free his people. He must live for more.

Golden Son (Red Rising, #2) Details

TitleGolden Son (Red Rising, #2)
Author
LanguageEnglish
ReleaseJan 6th, 2015
PublisherDel Rey
ISBN-139780345539823
Rating
GenreScience Fiction, Fantasy, Dystopia, Fiction, Young Adult, Audiobook, Science Fiction Fantasy, Adult, Adventure, Space

Golden Son (Red Rising, #2) Review

  • Emily May
    January 1, 1970
    “I will die. You will die. We will all die and the universe will carry on without care. All that we have is that shout into the wind - how we live. How we go. And how we stand before we fall.” I *almost* didn't write a review for Golden Son. It doesn't matter how many reviews I write or how snarky I've been in the past, there is something extremely intimidating about writing a negative review for a book that all my friends loved, that critics praised, and that has an average Goodreads rating of “I will die. You will die. We will all die and the universe will carry on without care. All that we have is that shout into the wind - how we live. How we go. And how we stand before we fall.” I *almost* didn't write a review for Golden Son. It doesn't matter how many reviews I write or how snarky I've been in the past, there is something extremely intimidating about writing a negative review for a book that all my friends loved, that critics praised, and that has an average Goodreads rating of 4.49. I spent some time actually trying to come up with what was wrong with me as a way of explanation.It must be me, right? I must not have appreciated it right. It must be the wrong time. I must be hormonal. Because I just DO NOT GET IT. In the last week alone, I've had multiple requests from people telling me to continue with this series, calling it "one of the best series ever", and saying Golden Son is so much better than Red Rising.Is it? Because I struggle to see the leap between the two. So many reviewers have acknowledged that Darrow was the very definition of a Gary Stu in Red Rising, and yet many are now citing his epic failure at the start of this book as evidence of him shedding the Gary Stu-ness. But I just don't buy it. Even when he fails, he fails like a damn hero with fireworks going off behind his head, rushing back to rescue a damsel in distress in true, self-sacrificing perfection.Even when he fails, he doesn't fail.Even when things are awful, he has to deliver a melodramatic, rousing speech.Darrow is possibly the most self-obsessed character caricature I have ever come across. He loves to hear himself speak - or think, as it may be.There's a word - arch - that's used in various contexts, but is often used in theatre and acting as an example of how not to act. It refers to delivering lines while mentally side-eying the audience with a visible self-awareness of the part you are playing and what comes next. For example, playing out a dramatic scene with visible knowledge of your next line. Darrow feels like that. I feel like he is reading off a script. Every dramatic speech and inner monologue does not feel like someone making a realistically important speech in the face of death, it feels like a bad actor dramatically wiping his brow, doing a Sally Field lip bite, and launching into his lines.He's not really scared because duh, he's playing Darrow, he knows he can't fail in the end.Not only is he an epic drama llama, but he is still the voice of insufferably good and just morality. On one side, he has the Sons of Ares willing to go to extreme terrorist lengths for their cause, and on the other side he has many cold, callous Golds who DNGAF about the lower classes. Many times it feels like Darrow is the only one allowed to care about anything and allowed to be upset about the deaths of innocents.Even the most interesting character (by far) feels so unnatural and out of place in the story. Everyone is saluting Mustang as this amazing, strong female who completely overwrites the issues the last book introduced (i.e. all female characters are useless and need saving) and yet she does indeed feel like a direct response to readers' concerns. Her most memorable scene is a feminist speech she makes about being super smart and unapologetic and I can't help thinking... Brown is going for the female vote. Because we all know how much he loves to milk that.And, in a sea of books about civil unrest and divides between ruling/slave classes, I think the only way the Red Rising trilogy stands out is by its heavier use of scientific language and technical descriptions. I don't feel like it does anything different in terms of plot or characters.I lack the ability to care what will happen going forward. I feel like there is literally nothing I’m reading for… I don’t care how the war ends, I don’t care if Darrow lives or dies, I don’t care about any relationships. There are just no answers I’m seeking from this series. Which is why I won't be reading Morning Star, no matter how many people tell me I should.Seriously, though, who talks like this (note: this isn't Darrow): “… I was in a dark woods, blind and lost as Dante before Virgil. But Quinn helped me. Her voice calling me out of misery. She became my home. As she puts it, “Home isn’t where you’re from, it’s where you find light when all grows dark.” Blog | Facebook | Twitter | Instagram | Youtube | Store
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  • Patrick
    January 1, 1970
    Did I mention that I listened to these almost exclusively as audiobooks?I did. And the narration was, to put it plainly, purely brilliant. Dude knocked it out of the park.In fact, the narrative voice was so strong that when I picked up a paper copy of the book so I could read it faster. (I read about 5 or 6 times faster off the page.) The narrator's voice stuck with me in my head, like when you read some text next to a picture of Morgan Freeman.So yeah. Not just some excellent books. But excelle Did I mention that I listened to these almost exclusively as audiobooks?I did. And the narration was, to put it plainly, purely brilliant. Dude knocked it out of the park.In fact, the narrative voice was so strong that when I picked up a paper copy of the book so I could read it faster. (I read about 5 or 6 times faster off the page.) The narrator's voice stuck with me in my head, like when you read some text next to a picture of Morgan Freeman.So yeah. Not just some excellent books. But excellent audio production as well.
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  • Melissa ♥ Dog/Wolf Lover ♥ Martin
    January 1, 1970
    Re-readCan I just take a moment to give credit to this wonderful ending ↓I can't even right now! Okay, lets move on to a little bit of a more sedate review. First off I love Darrow, Sevro, Ragnar, Quinn and Mustang and I swear . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Well, I love a lot of the side characters but I'm most in love right now with Sevro, Darrow and Ragnar in that order. I can't even write this review! This book is all over the place with everything! Blowing people up in space, bloo Re-readCan I just take a moment to give credit to this wonderful ending ↓I can't even right now! Okay, lets move on to a little bit of a more sedate review. First off I love Darrow, Sevro, Ragnar, Quinn and Mustang and I swear . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Well, I love a lot of the side characters but I'm most in love right now with Sevro, Darrow and Ragnar in that order. I can't even write this review! This book is all over the place with everything! Blowing people up in space, bloody battles, stupidity, more people being blown up here and there and everywhere! People you like getting killed. People you don't like that you want to beat into the ground! Oh and the part with Darrow and his mom made me cry! Let me just add some random excerpts that have to do with Darrow and Sevro and stuff! I explode through the bridge like a ball of lead shot into a store of china and glass. I crash into displays and strategy desks before blasting through the reinforced metal of the bridge walls, through the steel of the hallways till at last I slam bodily into a bulkhead a hundred meters through and past the bridge. Dazed. Can't find Sevro. I call him over the com. He groans something about his ass. Maybe he did shit himself. Okay, so here is a moment that Darrow and Sevro had together after finding out a revelation. It brought a tear to my eye for reasons, there's always reasons people. Well, the tear to my eye came after the first part and some stuff and then the other stuff =D Sevro spits in my face, right under the eye. "Guess wrong again and I leave you like this." He snaps his fingers. "I will not come back. I will not help you. I will not bleed for you. I will not sacrifice my friends for a man who doesn't give enough of a shit about me to put his neck out just once. Trust goes both ways, Darrow. This time you have to take a leap." shfosehgsoihgsiodhfsidfhsifh some stuff and. . . He can't say any more because I'm hugging him and crying. I sob and hold on to him, shaking, scaring him. He doesn't move except to pat me on the head. All the weight falls from my shoulders. Someone knows. He knows and he's here. He knows and he came to help me. To help me. I can't stop shaking and saying thank you. Eo was right. I was right. "You are my friend," I tremble out like a child. It almost makes him cry seeing me this way. Once again, that ending! I can't even! It was messed right up and sad but good. We can't have it all! Happy Reading! Mel 🖤🐶🐺🐾MY BLOG: Melissa Martin's Reading List
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  • Miranda Reads
    January 1, 1970
    I don't know what's wrong with me but this one is so gory-damn boring that I could scream. Am I the only one?Does it get better??? - An Eternity Later - It didn't get better, but on the plus side, this book is over! I can FINALLY read something else! The Review Okay. So. A lot happens in this book.And most of it isn't important.The premise is still the same - Darrow's world is incredibly caste-divided (Reds - workers, Golds - rulers, Pinks - sex slaves, etc) and thanks to genetic modificati I don't know what's wrong with me but this one is so gory-damn boring that I could scream. Am I the only one?Does it get better??? - An Eternity Later - It didn't get better, but on the plus side, this book is over! I can FINALLY read something else! The Review Okay. So. A lot happens in this book.And most of it isn't important.The premise is still the same - Darrow's world is incredibly caste-divided (Reds - workers, Golds - rulers, Pinks - sex slaves, etc) and thanks to genetic modification, everyone is perfectly adapted to their role.However, Darrow, a Red, is transformed into a Gold and given a secret mission to infiltrate the higher-up world of Golds in order to dismantle their world from the inside-out.Last round we had a hunger-games-esque free-for-all only with far more brutal murders and actual scheming.It was hella-interesting to have the Greek-themed houses strategize and overthrow. I was so invested in the howlers and the fate of Darrow...but this round? Ehhh.Darrow flies around on a ship, wheeling and dealing as he gains more power. There's a couple of big bads but Darrow's big brain saves him every time.I just really wasn't feeling it - too much was happening and it was all too big. We are talking about the fate of billions of beings and intricate worlds and politics galore - and I'm just not about that life.It's the sort of issues which take decades to resolve in any meaningful manner and I just don't feel like sticking around for it.Sorry folks - I'm out.Audiobook CommentsRead by Tim Gerard Reynolds - the only good thing about this book was the quality of its narration.Blog | Instagram | Twitter
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  • Jessica ❁ ➳ Silverbow ➳ ❁ Rabid Reads-no-more
    January 1, 1970
    Updated Review:I have this quirk . . . I call it my "false sense of urgency." It sometimes makes me impatient and unforgiving when I'm reading a book for the first time, and if the new book happens to be the latest installment of one of my favorite series, the possibility of that first read suffering the effects of my FSoU goes up exponentially.*glances sheepishly at GOLDEN SON* 1. I don't care about the bloody Ash Lord.2. There was TONS of info about Obsidians and Stained, it just wasn't the in Updated Review:I have this quirk . . . I call it my "false sense of urgency." It sometimes makes me impatient and unforgiving when I'm reading a book for the first time, and if the new book happens to be the latest installment of one of my favorite series, the possibility of that first read suffering the effects of my FSoU goes up exponentially.*glances sheepishly at GOLDEN SON* 1. I don't care about the bloody Ash Lord.2. There was TONS of info about Obsidians and Stained, it just wasn't the info I wanted, so I threw a temper tantrum.3. The sequence that I felt heavily resembled a sequence from STAR TREK INTO DARKNESS . . . I don't know if it was b/c I had watched the movie just prior to reading it, or if it was another byproduct of FSoU, but this time . . . Yeah, it didn't bother me at all. *shrugs awkwardly*4. I downplayed it in my original review, but I was also extremely aggravated by Darrow continuing to keep his friends at arms-length, even as he recognized the damage his withholding was causing to those relationships.On this second pass, not only did it no longer feel redundant and obstinately foolish, but the friend I most resented being kept at a distance came across as petulant and self-righteous (more about that it the spoiler-tagged section).Funnily enough, before my reread, I thought I might have to lower the rating (to 4.0 from 4.5) now that the post-first-read-high had worn off.Instead I'm raising it to 5.0. SPOILERY FINAL THOUGHTS:(view spoiler)[1. I'm sorry, but Roque is a little bitch. Where the hell does he get off blaming Darrow for their friends' deaths? Eff you, dude. Efffff youuuuuu.Quinn's a big girl. She--and everyone else who got involved--understood what they were signing up for: CHALLENGING THE SOVEREIGN. No one is responsible for her death except for Aja (also a bitch). As for Tactus, he was a turncoat who had to be talked down from murdering Lorn's GRANDCHILDREN. I'm not saying I didn't hurt for him. I did. I hate that he was so screwed up by his upbringing that he couldn't . . . just let himself be. But it was no one's fault but his own that he bit it.2. Obviously, in light of all that I'm no longer holding out hope that Roque is some kind of double agent . . . *grimaces* Sorry, Robin . . . It made sense when we talked about it last year, but not a chance in hell. Hopefully by the time you finish your reread, you'll think he's a prat, too. *crosses fingers*3. “I found out later, Nero contrived an agreement with the daughter of the sitting Sovereign. You know her as Octavia au Lune. Younger then, she convinced her father to give Nero the throne of Mars and his revenge; in return, she earned Nero’s support when she led the faction that overthrew and killed her father five years later. That is the man you started a war for.” HOLY SHIT.4. “Narol … is he …?” “Dead? Aye. He’s dead.” The breath goes out of me. “How long?” “Two years ago,” she chuckles. “Fell down a mineshaft with Loran. Never found the bodies.” I'm with Darrow's mamma--I'll believe it when I see their dead bodies.5. “Then farewell hope, and with hope farewell fear. Farewell remorse: all good to me is lost.” He whispers to some distant, fading part of himself as he lazily lifts the scorcher to his father’s forehead. “Evil, be thou my good.” “Stop!” Aja steps forward. “Adrius! In the name of the Sovereign …” The Jackal shoots his father in the head. There is something so sinister about Jackal quoting Lucifer's lines from PARADISE LOST, like he's at that moment becoming a fallen angel. Dude, you've been an evil bastard your whole life. Or at least since you were TEN and arranged the death of YOUR BROTHER. GTFO.PS: I swear to god, if Antonia, Cassius, and Jackal don't die, and by "die" I mean die horribly, there's gonna be 'percussions. Roque, too. Maybe . . . Probably . . . DEATH COUNT:QuinnTactus Bellonas, excepting Cassius and his evil motherPliny Victra LornAugustusFitchner/ARES (hide spoiler)]Reviewed by: Rabid ReadsRight. SO . . . after finishing GOLDEN SON did I:A. Shriek incomprehensibly. Over and over (and over) again.B. Sit in a semi-comatose state staring at nothing for an indefinite period of time.C. Explain (in detail) to my poor mother (whom I was visiting) EXACTLY what my problem was, despite her having never read either book from this series, and thus being unable to understand what I was ranting about.That was a rhetorical question. Obviously, I did them all.Pierce Brown, (handsome) devil that he is, lured us into a false sense of security in RED RISING. He taught us that, yes, Bad Things would happen--LOTS of Bad Things--but by the end, we'd have found our footing. We'd know that there was more coming--and HOORAY for that--but the individual installment would be resolved<------LIES.But there is far more to GOLDEN SON than it's epic cliffhanger of DOOM.In fact, if it weren't for a few minor issues, I'd say it was even better than RED RISING, which tied for first place on my Best Books of 2014 list.GOLDEN SON continues to reveal the complexity of Darrow's situation: a Red who is a Gold/a Gold who is a Red. What Darrow originally imagined as a simple infiltration and sabotage mission has become infinitely more complicated, and where his hard-learned lessons from RED RISING were painful, his mistakes in this newest installment are downright agonizing. He makes those mistakes in both his personal and professional life, while you are forced to watch helplessly. You watch helplessly as Darrow enters into an alliance with Jackal, and visions ofdance through your head.You watch helplessly as Darrow continually keeps his friends at a distance, even as he acknowledges the potentially irreparable damage to the relationships.You watch helplessly as the chaos of battle ensues, knowing something . . . something terrible . . . is about to happen.And yet, once again, Brown was able to offset the trepidation and dread he made you carry along like travel companions with both well-placed hilarity, like Kavax au Telemanus, who feeds his pet fox jellybeans, and also with fascinating new details about the caste system Darrow is trying to overthrow, like a branch of Obsidians referred to as Stained.So it was fantastic. GOLDEN SON will probably be my favorite book in 2015. BUT. While Brown's ability to paint truly vivid pictures, and to elicit real emotions remains uncompromised, several details were still unclear to me by the end of book.The Ash Lord. I did a word search in both books and found that, yes, he had been mentioned briefly in RED Rising as having nuked the world of Rhea into oblivion, and as being the minion of Octavia au Lune, the Sovereign Consul. Various mentions are made to his burning and pillaging in GOLDEN SON as well, but always in a seemingly offhand way so that I never really grasped what was supposed to be so terrifying about the man. Yes, cerebrally I can comprehend that destroying an entire planet is a terrible thing, but I need meaningful details for something to matter, and in reference to the Ash Lord, there were none. Then again, watching Alderaan get blown to bits never made much of dent either, so maybe I'm a sociopath. *shrugs*BUT. Yes, I was fascinated by them, but I was never satisfied with the introduction of the Stained. As far as we've been told, there are two kinds of Reds: underground slaves like Darrow, and those who live above ground and work as menial laborers. The distinction may or may not be arbitray (I have suspicions, but that's for another time). There are also several types of Golds, but the separations are self-imposed and based on achievement, or lack thereof, and are explained as such. If there are deviations within the other colors, we have yet to learn of them.And yet, the Stained, a subdivision of Obsidians, are tossed at us as elite bodyguards without explanation. Elite bodyguards, who like the Ash Lord, inspire fear with only the mention of their name. In the first half of the book, they are an almost constant background presence . . . in the retinue of some Gold or another . . . making everyone inexplicably nervous . . . and then we find out why: Ragnar Volarus.Ragnar Volarus, "a dread creature stitched from shadow and muscle and armor, " and who is, incidentally, one of my new favorite characters. If there are any WHEEL OF TIME fans out there, Ragnar reminded me a lot of that honkin' myrddraal, Shaidar Haran. For the rest of you, that means he's a Stained to make even other Stained quake with fear, who seems capable of intelligent and independent thought, unlike other Obsidians and Stained who simply follow orders. But regardless, we never learn the reason for the divide between Obsidian and Stained, and while that may seem a small thing, for an OCD reader (like myself), every, single time I read the word "Stained" on a page, and every, single time Ragnar was present, in the not-so-back of my mind, I was screaming, "Why? Why, why, whyyyyyy?" It was a consistent distraction. And I'm not going to harp on it, b/c nobody else (that I talked to) even picked up on it, but the scenario where we first met Ragnar . . . It (to me) bore a striking similarity to a certain memorable scene in STAR TREK INTO DARKNESS. (view spoiler)[Okay, I'm sorry. I tried really, really hard to let it go, but not only did Darrow and Servo shoot through space in nothing but spacesuits to infiltrate an enemy vessel, but once they got there, Ragnar crushed someone's head with his bare hands. Like a grape. *shudders* (hide spoiler)]But all of those are piddly complaints. The only reason they warrant mentioning at all (except the STAR TREK thing, b/c that really bugged me), is b/c they are the reason I'm giving GOLDEN SON 4.5 stars instead of 5.0, when I thought the story and writing were even more compelling than in RED RISING, which I did give 5.0 stars. That's my story, and I'm sticking to it.Bottom line: Read it, read it NOW. My other reviews for this series: Red Rising (Red Rising Trilogy, #1) Morning Star (Red Rising Trilogy, #3)
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  • Petrik
    January 1, 1970
    Buddy reading this book with my favorite Howlers: Sarah, Celeste, Mary, Tweebie, JennymortTake all these 5 stars from me, Pierce Brown, take it, you completely deserve it. Unbelievable… It wasn’t an exaggeration when literally everyone told me the sequels to Red Rising are much better, Golden Son is truly an incredible installment in the trilogy. I praised Red Rising, I enjoyed reading it so much and yet it pales in comparison to its sequel. I started reading Golden Son on 8th January, the day I Buddy reading this book with my favorite Howlers: Sarah, Celeste, Mary, Tweebie, JennymortTake all these 5 stars from me, Pierce Brown, take it, you completely deserve it. Unbelievable… It wasn’t an exaggeration when literally everyone told me the sequels to Red Rising are much better, Golden Son is truly an incredible installment in the trilogy. I praised Red Rising, I enjoyed reading it so much and yet it pales in comparison to its sequel. I started reading Golden Son on 8th January, the day I turned 28, finished it in 3 days and I’m so lucky to have chosen this book to be my first read in my new age.There’s a new contender for the biggest lie I ever heard and that’s seeing this book shelved under “YA”. I was reluctant to start this series because of it (yes, I'm not a fan of YA) but I'm really glad that didn't stop me. Forget all the similarity with other YA books you think you’ve seen or heard in Red Rising, you won’t find any of them here at all. It completely goes into adult military sci-fi territory and written like one. No sugar coating, there’s a lot of harsh words, bloodbaths, brutality and some gore here. Unless your 13 old kids have their balls or tits tempered with Thor’s hammer, I recommend you to make them stay away from this book. It’s up to you in the end though, who knows? Maybe your kids will learn how to defy their bullies with Lego after reading this book since there are a lot of strategy and badasses involved here.Whether you’re one of those who loved (like me) or hated the previous book because of the plot, I’ll assure you that this time the plot took off in a completely different direction than before and it’s so much better. It relies on the foundation laid by the first book to hurl the plot itself to become a massive sci-fi and space opera (literally from page 1). Packed with non-stop actions, politics, bloody space or ground warfare and twists and turns, it will truly grip you right from the beginning until the end. Seriously, there are only a few chapters where you’re allowed to take a break before the story pulls you into all the madness and blood feud again.Have I mentioned the ending is so mind-blowing it's designed to give you an anxiety attack? I strongly recommend you to have MORNING STAR (Last book of the trilogy) beside you before you finished the book. It’s probably one of the most fucked up cliffhangers I ever experienced in my whole life. (I’m actually typing this review after I read the first 2 chapter of Morning Star straight after finishing Golden Son, otherwise this review will consist only of me typing my foamy mouth into words “argh urgh fruha euehoqo dsuhckijk quhaorj uhjqpkco”.)Frankly, I didn’t expect myself to get attached to the characters in this book so much when I started the series but I do, I really do. I’m a huge sucker for great character developments. I love when there is an improvement in the characters personality, strength and weaknesses and changes in all their relationships. Whether it’s in the form of love blossomed or betrayal casted, as long as they’re executed perfectly and make sense, I’ll never get tired of them and this book has them all. There are some new great characters here, Ragnar (not Lothbrok), Victra and Lorn specifically but my favorite part will have to be seeing the relationship development between Darrow and his best friends, old and new, especially Sevro. These two friendships are what I’d definitely called #friendshipgoals, they understand each other, bantered carelessly and most of all loyal to each other. Sadly I can’t tell you much more on this part this time as there are a lot of factors that I think would be much better for you to experience it yourself rather than hearing it from me but I’ll let you know that Darrow and Sevro are definitely my favorite and the best characters in the book for me.DarrowSevro’s re-introductionThe world-building scale is bigger than before as this time we deal with space travel and worlds hopping. It’s much easier to read and imagine compare to before as almost all the info dump was established already in the first book. This time, none of the world-building felt like Earth anymore and that’s a huge plus for me, I don’t want my head to imagine Earth when the settings are clearly not.I mentioned before in my Red Rising review that I absolutely loved Pierce Brown’s writing, it still holds true here, in fact, I love it even more now as I really think he really improved his writing style. It’s much more engrossing, immersive, poetic and yet still retained all the previous elements that captivated me. There are also a lot of great one-liners and fantastic quotes which will give you hope, laughter or something to think upon when you go through the book, here are some of my favorites: “I will die. You will die. We will all die and the universe will carry on without care. All that we have is that shout into the wind - how we live. How we go. And how we stand before we fall.” “Home isn't where you're from, it's where you find light when all grows dark.” “Friendships take minutes to make, moments to break, years to repair.” "I'm Gold, bitch. What'd you expect? Warm milk and cookies just because I'm pocket sized?” Adrenaline inducement is imminent, words you read will shoot straight to your heart and fill your feelings with love towards the main and side characters, rage and hatred towards the villains. Betrayal, bloodydamn epic action and military warfare (ground and space) sequences are written so vivid it felt like I’m experiencing a much more epic and dark version of Star Wars/Trek (yes I said that, deal with it).I’m putting this entry into my favorite shelves. Golden Son is everything I ever wanted in a Sci-Fi book, Pierce Brown himself said this is his favorite book out of the trilogy and I really don’t think the 3rd book could top this one but it still remains to be seen. I can say with confidence though that if Morning Star didn’t disappoint, this series will definitely become one of my favorite series of all time. I urge you strongly to start this series if you love any of these: Sci-fi, space opera, great actions, fantastic climax, great characterization with strong plot, perfect pacing or if you’re eager get your adrenaline fix, hey you don’t need to ride an extreme roller coaster, look no further, read this book and you’ll get all these experience for hours. I may sound calm in my review but inside my burning heart I’m typing this review with fingers full of adrenaline rush from the endless “one more chapter” syndrome this book gave me. This book is the kind of drug I need in this world where sometimes, we simply need a portal to escape from our boring reality and I bloodydamn hope you will experience this as well.
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  • Virginia Ronan ♥ Herondale ♥
    January 1, 1970
    “I will die. You will die. We will all die and the universe will carry on without care. All that we have is that shout into the wind - how we live. How we go. And how we stand before we fall.”It’s been three days I finished “Golden Son” and I still don’t know how I feel about it, let alone what I think about it. >_< I’m just so confused and devastated and my heart is nothing but an empty void. There seem to be three bloodydamn good reasons why I feel that way though:1.) Pierce Brown ri “I will die. You will die. We will all die and the universe will carry on without care. All that we have is that shout into the wind - how we live. How we go. And how we stand before we fall.”It’s been three days I finished “Golden Son” and I still don’t know how I feel about it, let alone what I think about it. >_< I’m just so confused and devastated and my heart is nothing but an empty void. There seem to be three bloodydamn good reasons why I feel that way though:1.) Pierce Brown ripped out my heart and gave it to the pitvipers.2.) He broke my mind and didn’t leave any glue.3.) His book shattered my soul and fractured it into tiny little pieces. YES! “Golden Son” quite literally destroyed me and I have no idea how I’m supposed to survive the third book. I got so attached to all those characters and whenever something happened to them, I almost got a heart attack. The pacing was so fast, I barely managed to keep up with all those many plot twists and every time I thought I knew in which direction it was heading, the entire story line changed once again. To read this book was like playing chess without any rules. *lol* You have all the familiar chess pieces you need in order to play a decent game of chess, but your nice little figures never do what they are actually meant to do. It’s like they constantly give you the finger instead! XDThat’s so rude Pierce!! So mean and cruel and painful!!! You hear me?! SO FREAKING SAVAGE AND EXCRUCIATING!!!*mental breakdown*Okay, okay I’m fine again. *clears throat* Where was I again? Oh, yes the plot!”How could so frail a girl have such a spirit, such a dream as freedom, when so many strong souls toiled and kept their heads down for fear of looking up?”The plot:”They say a kingdom divided against itself cannot stand. They made no mention of the heart.”After graduating from the Institute, Darrow Au Andromedus spent his last three years as a Lancer of House Augustus serving no other than Nero himself. Left to his own devices and without any guidance from Ares he didn’t just try his very best to find his way amongst his fellow Golds but also worked more than just hard to become an integral and important part of Nero’s forces. This however isn’t as easy as it seems and all it needs is a small mistake that’s able to destroy the good reputation he has built. After all there are plenty of enemies that want to get a piece of him, first and foremost Cassius au Bellona and his entire House which still holds a deadly grudge against him. With his loyal Howlers scattered all over the galaxy and only Roque at his side, the growing pressure on Darrow’s shoulders might soon become too strong to stand it any longer. Will he rise like a comet or will he tumble into red dirt?”Your people. My people. We have languished in darkness. But there will come a day when we walk in the light. It will not come from their mercy. It will not come by fate. It will come when brave hearts rise and choose to break the chains, to live for more.”The characters:”We’re all just wounded souls, stumbling about in the dark, desperately trying to stitch ourselves together, hoping to fill the holes they ripped in us.” This is the moment you enter my spoiler section. There will be lots of quotes and information about the individual characters and most definitely also way too many subjective emotions for your own good! Don’t say I didn’t warn you! ;-P Darrow:”I’ve seen her hanged a thousand times now as her martyrdom spreads across the worlds, city by city. Yet each time, it strikes me like a physical blow, nerve endings shivering in my chest, heart beating fast, neck tight just under the jaw. How cruel a life, that the sight of my dead wife means hope.”Oh Darrow, my torn and insecure child! This boy is hurting so much, not just because of the things people are doing to him, but also because of his past, his current present and the things that might eventually happen in the future. He wears a burden that is too heavy for him but he still tries his best to stay strong, to keep on moving and to fight for the things he values. *sigh* He’s such a torn man, it’s exceptionally painful to watch. For instance Darrow still loves Eo and his family, but he also grew fond of some of his fellow Golds and to say he is walking a thin line between acceptance, betrayal and loyalty is actually putting it more than just mildly. In fact it doesn’t even get close to the truth! >_< That moment when he realised that Sevro knows about his true identity and accepts him the way he is, oh boy did it kill me!!! I was right there crying with him! <333 Darrow has a too gentle soul for what he’s about to do, but his determination and will are incredible! XD I loved how he treated Mickey and I’m really sorry for what happened to the poor Carver. I mean just like Darrow he’s a product of his environment and he certainly didn’t deserve to be abused by Harmony. Still, as much as I admire Darrow he definitely made some huge mistakes as well and I think the ending of “Golden Son” made that more than just clear!!! Urgh that ENDING!! I can’t even… T_T”In so many ways, I’m still a boy, lost and afraid, seeking warmth and love. When I feel dirt, I honor Eo. And when I see fire, I remember the warmth and flicker of the flames across Mustang’s skin as we lay in our chamber of ice and snow.””He can’t say any more because I’m hugging him and crying. I sob and hold on to him, shaking, scaring him. He doesn’t move except to pat me on the head. All the weight falls from my shoulders. Someone knows. He knows and he’s here. He knows and he came to help me. To help me. I can’t stop shaking and saying thank you. Eo was right. I was right. “You are my friend,” I tremble out like a child. It almost makes him cry seeing me this way.””Because you’re my friend.” I bring his hands to my lips, kissing them gently as he looks up at me with hopeful eyes. “Weird as you are, wicked as you were. I know you want to be better. You want to live for more. We all do. And there’s not a place they could take one of my friends that I would ever abandon them.”Mustang:”Shame you don’t respect me enough to suppose that I have my own plan. You think I’m here because my aching loins thrust me into Bellona arms. Please. I’m no bitch in heat. I protect my family by any means necessary. Who do you protect but yourself?”I don’t even dare to say it but I was kind of disappointed by Mustang in this book. I mean yes she’s still cheeky and she was one of the good guys, but after “Red Rising” I really would have expected her to play a more important role and to fight for her opinions and rights. First she decided to work for Octavia au Lune and then she became Cassius girlfriend?! Like seriously?! We all know what a - excuse my crude language - bitch Octavia is and to date Cassius because she thinks she might protect her family by doing so?! WTF!?!! Where is her fire?! Where is the snarky spark I loved so much?! She doesn’t have to resort to the typical tricks of a woman, she’s way better than that and the fact she chose to use her femininity instead of her strength, intelligence and will power was just frustrating. Truth be told I think Victra was a way better role model in this book! She didn’t care what others thought of her, she did what she wanted to and she took what she needed! Yup, I think I liked Victra more. *lol* Oh and don’t even get me started about Mustang’s reaction when she found out that Darrow is a Red!!! It’s like she wanted to support all the classes and change the system and then BAM! Darrow tells her he’s actually a Red and she hates him!? I mean yes she’s entitled to feel betrayed, everyone would do, but to react like that?! Preach water and drink wine, right?!”If she gives me her heart, I’ll break it. My lie is too great to build a love upon. When she discovers what I am, she will reject me. Even if she could survive that, I would not.””The human spirit tries to break free, again and again, not in hate like the Dark Revolt. But for love. They don’t mimic each other. They aren’t inspired by others who come before them. Each is willing to take the leap, thinking they are the first. That’s bravery. And that means it’s part of who we are as people.”Sevro:”He stands quietly in his armor watching us, watching Roque hold the girl Sevro loves but has never told, the girl he could never have. The pain is raw and etched deep into the lines of his hawkish face. Impervious Sevro, immune to hurt, to sadness, to having his eye gouged out by Lilath, the Jackal’s lieutenant; it all falls on him now.”I still L.O.V.E that boy to bits and pieces!!! He’s truly the best thing about this series!!! <333 Sevro is the best friend anyone can have and he’s so damn loyal and gentle it’s a pleasure to watch! Yes, I said gentle!! Because behind all his rabid-wolf-attitude and the tough façade he shows to others, he’s actually the sweetest and kindest soul ever! Plus I love his humour!!! XD And just like Darrow I seem to have a weakness for men with only one eye and a really sassy demeanour. (Yes Lucien I’m talking about YOU here!! ;-P) I wasn’t really surprised to find out that he’s half Red, I have to admit that Fitchner’s true identity threw me though. *lol* Who would have thought Fitchner had it in him? Well, I certainly didn’t! XD ”Audentes fortuna juvat,” Sevro chuckles. “Fortune favors the bold? You deserve to die if that’s really going to be the last thing you say in this life.””Sevro?” I look around for him. He’s loitering around Pliny’s eyeball some twenty metres back. We turn to look at him and he shuffles his feet awkwardly.”Can I …” He gestures to it.“What?” Mustang asks.“Can I have it?”Mustang squints at him. “All yours.”He scoops up the eyeball and jams it into his pocket, grinning merrily. He runs to catch up. “Collecting the set, hopefully.””I can’t do this without you.” After a desperate moment, “Are you with me? Sevro?”He pulls back and wipes snot from his nose, muddying his face. Tears make lines in the mud as he looks up at me, voice cracking like a child’s. “Always, Darrow. Always.”Roque:”We are not our station in life. We are us – the sum of what we’ve done, what we want to do, and the people who we keep close. You’re my dearest friend, Darrow. Mind that. No matter what transpires, I will protect you as surely as you would protect me if ever I needed it.”Roque… my precious poet with principles. My kind spirit in a cruel world. OH GOD, I CAN’T EVEN!!! I knew this would come, I saw all the signs, Darrow’s betrayal, Quinn’s death, the fact Darrow shut him out of his inner circle over and over again. It was so damn hard to read!! Every little moment, every small action, every single word that left Darrow’s lips… it was poison for their friendship, poison for my poor Roque. Darrow should have tried to mend things between them, he should have given him time and an honest and long conversation but he did absolutely nothing and just left him out in the rain. Grief is a powerful emotion and it can change people in ways no one would have ever thought possible. Darrow of all people should have known this!!!! DAMN IT!!! Roque was so lonely and isolated, so broken… broken beyond repair and no one noticed. It’s really no surprise he did what he did…. I saw it coming, yet I still wasn’t prepared to face it. My heart is bleeding! I AM HEARTBROKEN! I feel so torn about Roque right now, but I can’t hate him. I can’t dislike him for what he did. He’s still my Roque. My gentle poet. *sobs* ARGH!! I hate Pierce Brown for making me feel this way. And how it happened in the end… I guess I finally have my answer how Roque made it through the passage…. I wish I would have never found out… It just hurts… T_T”I didn’t mind that it was always about you, Darrow. That was what burned Tactus, but not me. I’m not in love with you like Mustang. I don’t worship you like Sevro or the Howlers. I was a true friend. I was someone who saw your light and your dark and accepted both without judgement, without agenda. And what did you do to me? You used me like a man uses a horse. I’m better than that. Quinn was better than that.””Friendships take minutes to make, moments to break, years to repair,” he says, turning to glance over his shoulder. “We’ll talk again soon.”A needle from his ring pricks my wrist. Gentle, like the kiss he now plants on my cheek.“And thus go liars, with a bloodydamn kiss.”One word shatters a thousand lies.The Jackal:”Come now, Father …”“You are not my son.”Adrius flinches. With those few words, Augustus releases something. And the small part of Adrius that held out hope to be loved disappears. He shakes off his humanity, leaving only the Jackal.Cunning, cruel, conniving, relentless, heartless and creepy. In short: The perfect villain! Adrius is certainly a force to be reckoned with and this time around I actually truly and completely blame Darrow! He knew what he was getting himself into, he knew “The Jackal” wasn’t to be trusted, yet he still hoped his wrath wouldn’t reach him?! I mean what did he expect?! That the Jackal would stand aside while he became his father’s successor?! Didn’t the death of Leto teach him anything?! Adrius acted exactly the way I expected him to and I can’t believe Darrow actually fell for his trap! I don’t even want to know what he’s going to do with him… Knowing the Jackal it’s going to be cruel and savage though! >_<Conclusion:“Golden Son” was brilliant and ingenious! It caused me to laugh, it caused me to cry and it thoroughly broke my fragile heart! *sobs* I think I’ll never get over that ending… never ever as long as I live. It’s just too gorydamn painful! T_TThis said, I actually must be a masochist because I really can’t wait to read the last book. *lol*Thank you Pierce Brown, you successfully turned me into a sappy and weeping mess! ;-P
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  • Navessa
    January 1, 1970
    This comes out today. And you should read it because it's fucking awesome. RTC when I'm done with my re-read and can find the words to do this beast justice.
  • Steph Sinclair
    January 1, 1970
    This 5 star rating might come as a surprised to some of you who know how conflicted Red Rising left me. In fact, it's one of the only books I've read, but NOT rated. How often does that happen? Hmm... never. So how did I go from "unable to rate book one" to "loving book 2 something fierce"? The short and lazy answer is, I don't know. The long and complicated version is this review. Huzzah!Golden Son is a remarkable improvement over some of the issues I had with Red Rising. The writing and plot a This 5 star rating might come as a surprised to some of you who know how conflicted Red Rising left me. In fact, it's one of the only books I've read, but NOT rated. How often does that happen? Hmm... never. So how did I go from "unable to rate book one" to "loving book 2 something fierce"? The short and lazy answer is, I don't know. The long and complicated version is this review. Huzzah!Golden Son is a remarkable improvement over some of the issues I had with Red Rising. The writing and plot are noticeably stronger. The characters are fleshed out more. The action and suspense are cranked up several more notches. Really, I couldn't ask for more in a sequel.Fixed Issue #1: Super Slow BeginningFirst off, unlike Red Rising where I struggled with the first 100 pages, Golden Son starts off strong with plenty of action to keep the reader interested. Since the pesky job of world  building has been taken care of long, it gave Brown the opportunity to focus on what really mattered: making heads roll. What surprised me with Golden Son was just how many heads actually did roll, but more on that later.The majority of this novel focuses on Darrow outside the academy and the war he purposefully started. We find out a lot more about the Sons of Ares and the inner workings of the politics of the Golds. I was a little wary about that because a ton of political intrigue can lead to boredom. But in this case, that was not something that ever happened.Fixed Issue #2: Treatment of Female CharactersMy biggest issue with Red Rising was the treatment of female characters, specifically Mustang. I felt she was put into deliberate situations that forced Darrow to swoop in and save her lest her virtue be ruined. I'm so over that trope in books, so I was disappointed to see it in Red Rising.The good news is that Brown clearly took more care with showing us Mustang's strength. (slight spoilers, but not really) There's one scene in Golden Son where Darrow finally has a chance to talk to Mustang after certain events have pulled them apart and she ends up close with Cassius. He claims that he understands how she must feel, but she quickly corrects him. This is my favorite scene in the entire book:"Now, I'm sure you understand that I felt lost. One, because I thought I'd found someone special in you. Two, because I felt you were abandoning the idea that gave us the ability to conquer Olympus. Consider that I was vulnerable. Lonely. And that perhaps I fell into Cassius's bed because I was hurt and needed a salve to my pain. Can you imagine that? You may answer."I squirm on my cushion. "I suppose.""Good. Now shove that idea up your ass." Her lips make a hard line. "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 met, except perhaps my twin. My heart does not make my brain a fool."I really love how confident Mustang is in that scene and how unashamed she is about it. In that same scene, she goes on to tell him that he is not as invincible as he thinks and how he needs her if he has any hope of winning the war.I just really wished Darrow listened more. (view spoiler)[ If there was one thing that I had issue with, it's that if Darrow had repaired his friendship with Roque, none of the events in the ending would have happened. Servo and Mustang kept telling him over and over, "Fix that, Darrow" and he would agree, but never makes strides to actually do it. I just wanted to shake him and say, "You are at war! You need all your allies to be completely on your side!!" My problem was that the foreshadowing for that was too obvious. I knew that eventually it would lead to something devastating. (hide spoiler)]Fixed Issue #3: Darrow's a Super Gary StuThis can't be denied. No matter how much I admit to liking Red Rising, there was no doubt about it: Darrow was a Gary Stu in every possible way. He's The One. The Only One who can bring down the Golds and help the Reds rise. He can overcome any situation, no matter how horrible or impossible. I can completely see why this may bother some readers even if the novel contains intense fight scenes and dramatic rescues. It just gets to a point where you start to say, "COME ON ALREADY."Golden Son completely crushes that. Right from the first scene in the book, we see Darrow failing at something important and non one wants anything to do with him besides Roque. It was a little jarring to see Darrow that low, considering how far he had fallen. But shortly after, Brown played an interesting hand that *somewhat* annoyed me and the Gary Stu-ness returned in Full Gundam Force. However, just like in Red Rising, this didn't bother me much because I was too focused on fact that Darrow was busy giving someone the ass beating of a lifetime. What can I say? Priorities, I've got them.What's interesting is how the other characters continually call Darrow out on his apparent invincibility several times. My favorite one being this quote:“You are but a mortal," Roque whispers in my ear, riding his horse alongside the chariot, as per tradition."And a whorefart," Servo calls from the other side."Yes," Roque agrees solemnly. "That too.”OMG THE ENDING THO.When the ending finally came, I realized Brown had me right where he wanted me (get your minds out of the gutter). After thinking that Darrow could pull through out of anything that opposed him, I was not prepared for the ending. Truly, the last 25% of this novel is what bumped my rating from 4 starts to 5. There was so much death in that scene that it made Red Rising look like child's play. And that took balls. It made me angry, shocked, confused and immensely distraught. I absolutely have no idea how Darrow is supposed to pull through this mess. It's that bad.My feelings are so conflicted about the ending, it can only be described by way of Kanye and Jay-Z lyrics.Ball so hard.Dat shit cray.BITCH BEHAVE.Then there's my ship. Mustang and The Reaper. I really need this to work out. This is my OTP. My ship that I might just go down with. Unfortunately, Brown hasn't said anything to calm my fears and I'm sitting on the edge of my seat in fear. Bloodydamn.More reviews and other fantastical things at Cuddlebuggery.
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  • Katerina
    January 1, 1970
    What do you live for? Money? Fame? Glory? Love? Family? Ambition? For the autumn leaves that rustle under your feet? For the smell of the soil after rain? For the juicy peaches that melt in your mouth? For the sound of the tumultuous waves when they reach the shore? For the laughter of a child that views the world as a wonder?Darrow au Andromedus fights for the freedom, the opportunity to live for the above. For an oppressed people that hides in the shadows of the so-called superiors for centuri What do you live for? Money? Fame? Glory? Love? Family? Ambition? For the autumn leaves that rustle under your feet? For the smell of the soil after rain? For the juicy peaches that melt in your mouth? For the sound of the tumultuous waves when they reach the shore? For the laughter of a child that views the world as a wonder?Darrow au Andromedus fights for the freedom, the opportunity to live for the above. For an oppressed people that hides in the shadows of the so-called superiors for centuries. But in order to escape the monster, you either hide or fight. And fighting is the path, the painful, bloody, sinister path Darrow chose. Betray your friends. Scheme with your enemies. Rise next to people who stole your everything. Alienate those who genuinely care about you. And in doing so, become the monster yourself. “We are not our station in life. We are us - the sum of what we've done, what we want to do, and the people who we keep close.” Darrow is a Peerless Scarred now, but he's not even close to his mission; destroy the Society, and the Colours, before the Society destroys him. After an unfortunate incident in the Academy his position is precarious, and Nero au Augustus is ready to renounce him and leave him unprotected against the Bellonas, the powerful family that wants his head on a silver platter. But then the Sons of Ares reemerge, giving him orders too cruel to follow, and Darrow realises that the way to make the Society fall apart is civil war. And so it begins. “Let him think he owns me. Let him welcome me into his house, so I might burn it down.” Red Rising was a superb debut that set the standards for the sequel very high. You all know the dreadful term 'middle book syndrome', right? Well, forget it, because instead of a lame, weak second book, the genious called Pierce Brown gave us a masterpiece.As the story progressed, and Darrow had to make difficult decisions for the sake of his mission, I mourned him; I mourned every piece of his soul, of his conscience, of the past Darrow he had to sacrifice in order to make Eo's dream come true, and give a future to those who were denied it. Sometimes he was lost beyond redemption, a cocky, brutal Gold that stabbed his friends in the back and led armadas and thousands of people to their death with a simple order. But some other times, those rare moments he chose to trust, to protect the weak, to arm a terrifying giant and make love to the girl who stole his heart, he was a fiery Red. In the end, Darrow is both. The amagalm of two cultures, the weapon to divide only to unite. “Rise so high, in mud you lie.” Golden Son is focused on war and politics, plots and treason that put you on constant alert. Pierce Brown imagined and brought to life vivid, heartpounding space battles and massacres, he crafted high-tech spaceships and luscious palaces brimming with poisonous snakes. He introduced radiant new characters -let's take a moment to appreciate Victra and the glorious House Telemanus - and explored old ones, giving them voices and backrounds and motives and actions that shook you to the core. The death toll was extremely high. The nameless lives lost unimaginable. But this battlesong of deviousness and blood was injected with moments of jolly laughter and camaraderie that made your shields crack, and a ray of sunlight crawled into your petrified insides. There were also a couple of scenes so powerful and raw, in their simple gestures and scarce dialogues, that make you sob and feel and want to reach for Darrow and hold his hand. There was grandeur in those scenes. In the entirety of this magnificent, soul-ripping book. “Hic sunt leones. Here be lions.” But except from lions, there are also jackals. And in kindness, there is malice. Darrow kept friends at arm's length and miscalculated people, only to pay with blood in the astounding, devastating ending that shred my soul to pieces. Please, please, please , read this series. And trust Pierce Brown to lead you to a dangerous journey that will stay with you for a while.[Source of this gorgeous Red Rising fan art]*You can find this review and more on BookNest!*
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  • Caz (littlebookowl)
    January 1, 1970
    Rating: 4.5 starsIt's hard to believe that there can be even more action after Red Rising, but lo and behold! My heart breaks for these characters... they have loved and lost so much, but they just keep on fighting for what they believe is right. It was great spending more time with this crew, and meeting some fantastic new characters, too! I love Darrow's brain - he comes up with the most clever, and often crazy, plans, and it was so much fun (yet stressful) seeing them unfold.
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  • C.G. Drews
    January 1, 1970
    READ #2, Jan 2018:I'm going to go ahead and say it: but this book is bloodydamn brilliant. I originally rated it 4 stars and then upped it to 5 because holy shit this book did not hold back. It was complex, smart, twisty, and powerful. And the actual rise in quality of the writing and characters was AMAZING!?? (For starters it was way way less sexist than Red Rising too.)GAH. I'M IN LOVE.And rereading was so freaking stressful because I knew what was going down in the end and I just??? I did not READ #2, Jan 2018:I'm going to go ahead and say it: but this book is bloodydamn brilliant. I originally rated it 4 stars and then upped it to 5 because holy shit this book did not hold back. It was complex, smart, twisty, and powerful. And the actual rise in quality of the writing and characters was AMAZING!?? (For starters it was way way less sexist than Red Rising too.)GAH. I'M IN LOVE.And rereading was so freaking stressful because I knew what was going down in the end and I just??? I did not want???Also Sevro is a nasty little shit and I love him to death.Also 10/10 to the audiobooks, I love this series WAY better listening because my mind actually absorbs what I'm reading because apparently my eyeballs aren't connected to my brain but my ears are. Lovely.*** READ #1, February 2015 ***Woah...how do I even begin to talk about this book?! I'm so, so torn. I loved it, but I loved having read it, and not the actual reading. I know I'm weird, but give me a sec to explain. I am two thousand percent in love with Red Rising. I AM. That book made 2013 the best year of my LIFE. I devoured Red Rising. I cried. I shipped. I think I had a small heart attack several times... But Golden Son just didn't live up to my feels of Red Rising. I felt like Golden Son had a completely different tone and vibe. And I didn't like it. I felt Red Rising was really focused on Darrow...but Golden Son was really focused on politics and war. I'm not saying it was badly written at all. In fact, I'm pretty extra sure it was genius. But I'm for books about CHARACTERS. And GS just...wasn't. I feel like my non-loves of this book is very much "it's me not you". As I read I gaped like a codfish at the pure skill it would've taken to write. (I bow to Pierce Brown for sure.) It was excellently written. It was stuffed with complex plots and detailed political climates. It had some skull bashing and blood letting. It had enemies and friends-of-enemies, and maybe-enemies and possible-enemies and EVERYTHING WORRYING YOU CAN THINK OF. My favourite were the tender moments. Like when Darrow went home and spoke to his mum again. :') I was ridiculously feelsy in that scene. Or when Darrow confessed (view spoiler)[ he was a Red to Sevro. OH SEVRO HOW I LOVE THEE. I'm enormously pleased Sevro is half-Red. He's adorable (hide spoiler)]. Darrow is twenty now (so it's not really a YA book) and he's lost all of the boyishness he ever clung to, but he also is very aware he's turning into a monster. And he doesn't want to! He wants to be kept in check. And there are some really vulnerable moments with Darrow. I feel all squishy. DARROW IS AMAZING. He has the weight of worlds (literally) on his Golden Red shoulders and...and...he's still walking.Well, KINDA. Did I mention there was a wicked awful cliffhanger? THERE IS AND IT HURTS, PEOPLES, IT HURTS. I was on the last 20 pages when I realised it was going to end very, very badly. Betrayal. General nastiness. A bit of beheading. Oh gosh. This book is simultaneously incredible and complex and basically out of my league. I felt like I was drowning read it. I'm not really into hardcore sci-fi....I just don't keep up! So this is all ME and not the book. It's a fantastic book, but I wanted more Darrow. Instead I got pages and pages of political TALK and I was bored. I'm very very keen for Morning Star though because...bloodydamn cliffhanger.
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  • Shelby *trains flying monkeys*
    January 1, 1970
    Two years after Red Rising left off we meet the Reaper/Darrow again. He has moved on to the Academy-He is the Golden child right? Then right as he tastes that brass ring; it gets yanked away.That's one thing about the Red Rising stories. They will twist you into a million different knots before they destroy you.If your heart beats like a drum,and your leg's a little wet,it's 'cause the Reaper's cometo collect a little debt. In this book I didn't love Darrow-sometimes I found him just plain whin Two years after Red Rising left off we meet the Reaper/Darrow again. He has moved on to the Academy-He is the Golden child right? Then right as he tastes that brass ring; it gets yanked away.That's one thing about the Red Rising stories. They will twist you into a million different knots before they destroy you.If your heart beats like a drum,and your leg's a little wet,it's 'cause the Reaper's cometo collect a little debt. In this book I didn't love Darrow-sometimes I found him just plain whiny or inconsistent (yes, I know he was supposed to be that way-doesn't mean it didn't get on my nerves). The star of these book as was in the last book..Sevro and the Howlers. Sevro makes no apologies for who he is. He will either end up cutting your throat or cussing you out, or maybe just both. I don't know why I'm rambling on. There is no explaining this book. I give up to it. Just read it and buckle your seatbelt..Because it's going to be a bumpy ride. I received an arc copy of this book from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.Now what am I going to read? Destroyed for all other books at this moment.
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  • jessica
    January 1, 1970
    ready for a little biology lesson? goosebumps are a fight or flight response. usually (weather excluded), they occur when experiencing intense emotions towards something and adrenaline is released throughout the body.so what does it say about this book that i had goosebumps pretty much throughout the entire thing?? it means this book is straight up chilling and, good gosh, i am in utter disbelief right now. i honestly dont know if i finished this book or if it finished me. thats how im feeling r ready for a little biology lesson? goosebumps are a fight or flight response. usually (weather excluded), they occur when experiencing intense emotions towards something and adrenaline is released throughout the body.so what does it say about this book that i had goosebumps pretty much throughout the entire thing?? it means this book is straight up chilling and, good gosh, i am in utter disbelief right now. i honestly dont know if i finished this book or if it finished me. thats how im feeling right now.the range of emotions i felt whilst reading this is exhausting. i feel like a wet towel that has been wrung out for every last drop of water. i never knew i could feel so much. i am R E E L I N G.ps. i still think pierce brown is a total hottie and, after reading this, im pretty sure im in love. <3↠ 5 stars
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  • Samantha
    January 1, 1970
    I am never emotionally prepared for this series but I am even less emotionally prepared for that cliffhanger.
  • Mikee Andrea (ReadWithMikee)
    January 1, 1970
    ❝My son, my daughter, now that you bleed, you shall know no fear, no defeat, only victory. Your cowardice seeps from you. Your rage burns bright. Rise, warrior of Gold, and take with you your Color’s might.❞ THAT ENDING. I AM SPEECHLESS. I don't even know what to say. This book was full of surprises. Literally. I did not see any of this coming. This series just keeps getting better and better. You'd think that Golden Son would suffer the "book before the finale" syndrome but NOPE. Not even cl ❝My son, my daughter, now that you bleed, you shall know no fear, no defeat, only victory. Your cowardice seeps from you. Your rage burns bright. Rise, warrior of Gold, and take with you your Color’s might.❞ THAT ENDING. I AM SPEECHLESS. I don't even know what to say. This book was full of surprises. Literally. I did not see any of this coming. This series just keeps getting better and better. You'd think that Golden Son would suffer the "book before the finale" syndrome but NOPE. Not even close. Pierce Brown just set us up for one of the most epic finales ever. I just know it.My poor Darrow. My heart breaks for him so much. He's lost so much and he's been betrayed so many times. I can't handle this. All my favorite characters, everyone, is NOT safe and it scares me so much. Please protect my babies!And let me just say that I ship Darrow and Mustang 1000%. I ship them so much, it literally hurts. Mustang is a goddess and I hope she finally comes to her senses soon!LASTLY, WE NEED TO PROTECT SEVRO AND RAGNAR AT ALL COST. Nobody is worthy of them.I can't even write a proper review because that ending just destroyed me and now I have to go binge read the finale. BYE.
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  • ☽Luna☾
    January 1, 1970
    5/5★★★★★What a fun Buddy Read with team Howlers; Speedy eye Oppa, Whorefart Aga, Dewi, Minxy & Voldemort 'If your heart beats like a drum and your leg's a little wet, it's 'cause the Reaper's come to collect a little debt.' that ending...... That MOTHERFUCKING ENDING. I AMDEAD BECAUSEMY MINDJUST EXPLODEDKA BOOM! Hear that sound? Relax. it's just the sound of my mind being blown and my brains splattering the walls.Holy balls is right folks. How the hell did the author think of such an aw 5/5★★★★★What a fun Buddy Read with team Howlers; Speedy eye Oppa, Whorefart Aga, Dewi, Minxy & Voldemort 'If your heart beats like a drum and your leg's a little wet, it's 'cause the Reaper's come to collect a little debt.' that ending...... That MOTHERFUCKING ENDING. I AMDEAD BECAUSEMY MINDJUST EXPLODEDKA BOOM! Hear that sound? Relax. it's just the sound of my mind being blown and my brains splattering the walls.Holy balls is right folks. How the hell did the author think of such an awesome ending?!Sweet baby Jesus it's been 24 hours since I finished and I need a whole bottle of wine (to myself). This goddamn book has killed me, I am now currently deceased. Sorry but I have to say it again; THAT ENDING.. I have honestly in my whole 24 years of existence, never been so mind blown before. That cliffhanger left me breathless, strained & stressed, as soon as I put this book down I ran into my lounge room like a possessed mad woman and tore book three off the shelf and started straight away. I thought book one was good, book two was even better! *puts on favourite shelf and starts worshipping for eternity*Warning and an apology in advance for anyone reading this rubbish. I'm actually at a lost for words, so this is just word vomit. I feel like if I vomited out a pile of dog shit it would be coherent & more interesting then this review.“You are but a mortal," Roque whispers in my ear, riding his horse alongside the chariot, as per tradition. "And a whorefart," Servo calls from the other side."Yes," Roque agrees solemnly. "That too.”Did I read that shit correctly or are my eyes deceiving me... A whorefart?! I'm pissing myself & stealing this brilliant saying.I'm so glad this surpassed my expectations. I thought I hated space opera turns out I secretly love it, all thanks to this book. I enjoyed this book more then book one, all because it felt more spacey. In book one the competition on Mars felt like Earth to me so it was kinda unoriginal. I'm happy I can't say that about this book, it felt like a proper Sci-Fi. I loved the space ships I loved the pulse weapons I actually just loved everything, the world building was fantastic, the character development (especially Darrow) was so realistic and awesome & it was so exciting the action didn't stop once. I'm also happy to say I've grown use to the first person POV now and it isn't bothering me at all now, I find comfort in Darrows POV for some reason, mainly because I know he is a crazy dude and he will fuck the golds up. So I'm happy to safely say this book was more my cup of tea then book one, it had more fighting & action. We also didn't go through 200 pages of information dumpage. *phew wipes sweat from forehead*I couldn't get enough of Darrow in this instalment, it was so refreshing to see him fail & go through hell for the second time. (Yay?)Also my baby, my darling, my Sevro. I swear I'm jealous of other women liking him, I love him that much and he isn't even real. There were some moments in this book i truly adored. Like when him and Darrow confess everything to each other what a wonderful heart warming bromance. Also his entrance towards the beginning *heart eyes* I love HIM. *howls at the moon like a mad bitch* “You're a sinister little shit, aren't you?" Victra asks."I'm Gold, bitch. What'd you expect? Warm milk and cookies just because I'm pocket sized?” Also my new second favourite character of the series is.... drum roll please...... The big badass Ragnar, what a cool dude. He is like a space version of the bloody nine. I wanna see him go batshit & kill everyone. "Like a sheep invited to a banquet in his honor thrown by wolves.” I literally can't fault this book I'm just so happy, thrilled & impressed with the hottie known as Pierce Brown. Awesome book dude and if you ever see me at a convention prepare yourself. *wink*Just take all my money Pierce Brown & give me more badassery and keep quenching my blood thirst. Please & thank you.I do not recommend this book to anyone under the age of 16 no idea why this brutal masterpiece is on the fucking YA shelf. Should be military space opera or just plain old Sci - Fi.Who I do recommend this to is everyone who loves a good blood bath, also I think just everyone on this planet should read this book it's awesome and full of so many unexpected twists. I think you would also enjoy this if your a whorefart like me.9/10
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  • ❄️Nani❄️
    January 1, 1970
    3.75⭐After the underwhelming and super unsatisfying Red Rising (which started out well then went downhills), Golden Son turned out to be a complete surprise in every aspect but one. And it would’ve been a solid 4⭐ read, were it not for the characters. The Plot:Golden Son continues with Darrow’s quest for vengeance and retribution and right off the bat, it started out with some much needed humbling and a vicious learning experience for him, which hyped me up for the rest of the book because the c 3.75⭐️After the underwhelming and super unsatisfying Red Rising (which started out well then went downhills), Golden Son turned out to be a complete surprise in every aspect but one. And it would’ve been a solid 4⭐️ read, were it not for the characters. The Plot:Golden Son continues with Darrow’s quest for vengeance and retribution and right off the bat, it started out with some much needed humbling and a vicious learning experience for him, which hyped me up for the rest of the book because the constant unstoppable successes he’d been having and the whole 'too good to lose' thing was seriously getting far too much and plain unrealistic (the boy desperately needed some lesson in humility). In comparison to RR, almost everything in Golden Son was a step up and I found the setup generally impressive. The stakes were higher, the need for vengeance even greater (though, personally, I didn't buy it), the balance of violence and the action was also a lot more even - with much more entertaining scenes of spaceship battles & combat with advanced weapons. We also find out a bit more about the Sons of Ares as well as the inner workings of the politics of the Golds, which I was pleased about.So, generally, sounds great right? NO. Because while I enjoyed the plot (still could've done with a lot more edge but ima let that slide), my hate for Darrow and the rest of the characters grew a considerable amount.The Characters:Heavens, how I hated them! Which I still can’t understand because this book had all the types of characters (layered, flawed and morally-grey) that I'm always drawn to without fail but for some reason, I couldn’t get behind… these bunch.Darrow:Darrow — "The young man chosen to be the saviour of his oppressed people on Mars. The secret hero of the Red rebellion" *eyes rolling*. What hero?? All I saw was a know-it-all, endlessly arrogant kid, who quite literally, thinks he's a gift to humanity. If not the gift. The road with him has been a difficult one, to put it mildly. And I will say this with absolute certainty - I would've enjoyed this book (series) a hell of a lot more if it’d been any other character but Darrow. I couldn’t stand him in Red Rising and I hated him even more in here.For starters, and this only made matters worse because I HATE first-person narratives (with a few exceptions), I had endless problems with how he talked about himself and the perpetually smug way in which he interacted with others, or how he'd let it be known that he's "not one to be crossed", like, get over yourself. I got so tired of being inside his head that at some point, I think I succumbed to my rage and simply screamed - 'Just shut up, already!' And those long-winded inner monologues about his constant inner struggles and “emotional distress” about what he’s doing and whether or not he's any different than the people he's trying to destroy. The majority of the book was spent on these constant back and forths with himself - Am I doing the right thing? have I gone too far? what makes me any different than the golds?Then in a matter of seconds, he'd contradict himself by going on and on about how this is what has to be done, fortune favours the brave, sacrifices must be made, to then only flip over and repeat the same thing over again after a few more chapters. It was exhausting and I did not care for it one bit, nor did I buy it. I get that this is an attempt to make his character appear more sympathetic despite all the shitty decisions he continues to make but, NO. It did not endear him to me and it only made him seem like an indecisive kid who didn’t know which way was up or... down.Another thing that got under my skin was the lack of subtlety in the “emotional” dialogues between him and the rest of the cast, which I found none of it to be convincing. all I saw in these characters was simply pride, arrogance and the need for control, which left me even more disconnected from them and the plot. Mustang:Mustang was… alright, under normal circumstances, I would’ve loved her. She’s an individual, smart, snarky, knows what she wants and stands by her decisions no matter how unpopular they may seem, so I don't understand why I couldn't connect with her. There was something so... exasperating and extremely arrogant about her that really got under my skin.I didn’t hate her, I simply didn’t like her. Sevro:Somebody tell me if I've read the same book as everyone else because I don't get the hype here and I feel like the whole appeal was completely lost on me. However, unlike, Mustang, I didn't dislike Sevro nor did I find him annoying in any way. He was actually my favourite character in the book (with the bar so low, however, I question myself whether or not this is a compliment). I just didn’t get… the appeal. Plus, he was barely in the picture and I didn't get the right amount of time with him as I did with the others.As for the rest of the characters, none is worth mentioning. With the exception of Lorn au Arcos, whom I really liked and who also gave me a plethora of reasons to hate Darrow even more. And since I can't get into it without spoiling some things, I'll just wrap this up right now.
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  • Robin (Bridge Four)
    January 1, 1970
    Re-read with some of my Glorydamn friends at Buddies Books and Baubles because there was a lot of stuff that went down in this and I need to relive it all going into Morning Star.I'm glad I reread this since I had forgotten so much of what happened early on this this book. And even though I knew what was going to happen at the end and I knew it was coming and I was waiting for it to get there it still affected me so deeply and hurt just as much if not more than the first time.I'm pretty sure P Re-read with some of my Glorydamn friends at Buddies Books and Baubles because there was a lot of stuff that went down in this and I need to relive it all going into Morning Star.I'm glad I reread this since I had forgotten so much of what happened early on this this book. And even though I knew what was going to happen at the end and I knew it was coming and I was waiting for it to get there it still affected me so deeply and hurt just as much if not more than the first time.I'm pretty sure Pierce Brown just stuck a knife through my heart all over again.The good news is that I now only have to wait 4 days to see how the rest of this bloodydamn series plays out...instead of the year I had to wait before.THE GOLDS ARE GOING DOWNOriginal Review Dec 20144.5 GLORYDAMN StarsEveryone is comparing this book/series to Hunger Games, Enders Game and Game of Thrones well I say screw that….THIS IS THE SERIES OTHERS WILL COMPARE THEIR BOOKS TO. Step 1 - Read or Reread (trust me on this, unless you read it in the last few months) Red RisingStep 2 - Find a quiet space and time to immerse yourself in this book. Once you start you will not want to stop.Step 3 - Gather snacks, comfortable clothes, pillows and blankets. You are not going to want to get up for anything Step 4 - Make sure to have your highlighter ready there are so many great lines to mark.Step 5 - READ ALL THE WORDS!!!!! Pierce Brown has done it again and created fantastic, complicated characters in a new world with danger, betrayal, humor, epic battles, political intrigue and awesomeness around every corner. I had inklings and theories and suppositions throughout the entire book and I got a few right but most of the time I was so wrong and I loved all the surprises. I’m not going to give any spoilers because I want everyone to be as surprised and blown away as I was by events as they happen. Darrow - It has to be hard living in the middle of the enemy and not forgetting from time to time why you are there. He has a lot of personal growth to go through as he tries to find his way in this world with all the Golds. He will take some chances and I will cross my fingers that they all work out. Darrow is struggling to become the man he needs to be to lead his people out of a slavery they do not even know they are in and stumbling along the way I hold my breath rooting for him to win at every instance. If you felt the first book was Intense well I have to say that I believe this book to be even more so. But there are still so great characters to add humor and a human face to all of the events. I love Darrow and Mustang I ship them with the intensity of a thousand stars….but SERVO always steals the show for me.Do you like bromances? I love them. True friendships that withstand anything and everything. Servo is the best friend a man like Darrow could have and he is even more crazy and fantastic in this book.There are so many great characters in this book, some from the past and more introduced. Plus there was new interesting and exciting information on some of the other colors that we haven’t seen yet. I was drawn into the story and world even more this time around and it was bloodydamn great. New characters to love…RAGNAR and new characters to hate…______ (not telling). AND THAT ENDING……What will I do as I contemplate for the next year how that is going to work out. I am all a twitter with anticipation. THANK YOU!!!THANK YOU!!!THANK YOU to Del Rey publishing via Netgalley for the ARC for review
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  • Natasha Polis
    January 1, 1970
    I finished this baby awhile ago, and loved every action packed minute. I'm anticipated Morning Star this February!!!
  • Dorreh
    January 1, 1970
    Oh wow, holy mother of bloody/gory damn hell on earth, Mars, Venus and Pluto! What did I just read??!!!!!This book surpassed the first quite evidently. It was clear from the beginning this would be a great book. The story picked up where the first book ended, but not quite. The story picks up with a several year gap, where the characters have recovered from the institute and are now members of the active society. They have had a chance to mature and become the people they were meant to be. I thi Oh wow, holy mother of bloody/gory damn hell on earth, Mars, Venus and Pluto! What did I just read??!!!!!This book surpassed the first quite evidently. It was clear from the beginning this would be a great book. The story picked up where the first book ended, but not quite. The story picks up with a several year gap, where the characters have recovered from the institute and are now members of the active society. They have had a chance to mature and become the people they were meant to be. I think this is what caught me of guard most. The young and relatively naive children of the first book are now the experienced adults with a hidden agenda.The book wasn't enthralling simply because it was exciting and nerve wrecking, but to me the unpredictability was so enticing. Just when you thought all is well, some major disaster strikes. That ending was the biggest plot twist ever. I mean yes I assumed that things wouldn't go so simple and easy, but I definitely did not expect THAT! I have complaints though, so so many! First of all, Roque, really? Kind hearted, faithful, poetic Roque?!?! He of all people should not have been the one to betray everything in the end. And then there was Victra, I mean yes, although I was ship mustang/Darrow, I fell in love with Victra all the same. There was a place in my heart for the feisty girl with a soft spot for the revolutionary trouble maker with a love for the smell of wet stone. I think her end is what outraged me the most in all of this. In reviewing the first book, I compared this to "game of thrones" and this book only proved how right that analogy was. The concept of betrayal and death gives this book a shark edge, one I've only ever seen in GOT. The anticipation of knowing anyone could betray anyone and that anyone could be killed by any other anyone was the true metaphorical experience of waking on a blades edge. It made every page as exciting as the first, and every sentence a plausible death or life decision. There is a general down to earth reality in the characters of this book that captured my attention since book one. It's like they understand that the deeper darker side of them is controlling them more times than not. It lead me to feel for the characters more than I have in most books that I have read. It's gives them a touch of realism that is ever so lacking in modern fiction. There is always darkness, it's just a matter of which side we fight harder to stay on. It's a constant struggle, they are not some magical heroes of morality born into the light, they are human beings struggling to understand what's right. Overall I adored this book, and yes even though I have been giving out a lot of high stars lately, I think this one is probably my favorite book since 2015. Can't wait to finish morning star and see what finally happens!!!!!!
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  • Erica Ravenclaw
    January 1, 1970
    Reread: January 2018 ☆☆☆Well. This is awkward. Reading Golden Son is arduous af.This installment shifts to a tech-heavy and space-centric sci-fi novel, which feels like a stark contrast in the wake of Red Rising. In truth, I see the continuity for the complete story arc, it is natural for things to expand. It also feels polarizing, and boring. But that character development tho... I remain here for Sevro. Always. **Original review below**☆☆☆☆☆ No spoilers and colorful language abound! I received Reread: January 2018 ☆☆☆Well. This is awkward. Reading Golden Son is arduous af.This installment shifts to a tech-heavy and space-centric sci-fi novel, which feels like a stark contrast in the wake of Red Rising. In truth, I see the continuity for the complete story arc, it is natural for things to expand. It also feels polarizing, and boring. But that character development tho... I remain here for Sevro. Always. **Original review below**☆☆☆☆☆ No spoilers and colorful language abound! I received this ARC from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. Red Rising Review (Book 1) The short answer?No.  You have absolutely no idea.  In Golden Son, Brown continues to cultivate the heart of this narrative; an ever beating chord of sentiment, perfectly balanced with the gory realities of war. Two years have passed since the academy, and the loyalties forged there are unmercifully tested while Darrow struggles to define himself. A man of juxtaposition, the Reaper, a Golden God with a heart forged by pit viper venom and ensnared by the songs of the Reds, stands at the helm of the revolution.The intricacy and nuisances seamlessly woven into this multi-dimensional plot has left me speechless. Golden Son reads differently than Red Rising, and I believe this is one of the more notable aspects of this book. Although this may feel disjointing for some readers, it is in fact an accurate transition for Darrow, as he changes, so does his world. I am once again in awe of how satisfying it is to read Darrow's evolution. His steadfast devotion, in combination with his capacity for introspection is a never-ending feast for the reader.What Brown does with such complexity is provide a balance in all things, a counterpart in equal measure. Love and war, technology and savagery, advancement and archaic sentiment, Darrow and Sevro. It's no secret that Sevro is my favorite, he is the unyielding voice of truth in a pit of silver tongues. I adore his brutal heart and twisted soul. If Darrow is the golden light of the sun, then Sevro is the velvet darkness of space, you cannot have one without the other.This is a captivatingly rare middle book that will leave you bewildered, heart broken and thirsting for more. It is violent, it is tender, it is brutal, and it will rip you open like only one hell of a book can.
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  • Kyle
    January 1, 1970
    Epic roller coaster ride from start to finish! I'd have given it 6 stars if I could. At the end of the first book of this trilogy, Darrow Au Andromedus, after winning the Institutes barbaric challenge, kneels before his enemy and agrees to become his adopted son. The second book in the trilogy begins two years later with Darrow at the head of a fleet of warships battling a simulated war against house Bellona's oldest son Karnus for victory in the graduation test of the Academy. I won't spoil ev Epic roller coaster ride from start to finish! I'd have given it 6 stars if I could. At the end of the first book of this trilogy, Darrow Au Andromedus, after winning the Institutes barbaric challenge, kneels before his enemy and agrees to become his adopted son. The second book in the trilogy begins two years later with Darrow at the head of a fleet of warships battling a simulated war against house Bellona's oldest son Karnus for victory in the graduation test of the Academy. I won't spoil even the first chapter for you. But this author knows how to take you from highs to lows to highs to lows and back again. There were times I wanted to scream "Yeah!!!!" and others when I wanted to throw my tablet across the room. I couldn't help but relate with Darrow in the first book and that continued and deepened in the second. The love he has for his friends continues to grow, as he also gains other friends. He feels terrible guilt because he's constantly having to lie to them about who he really is. The guilt eats at him throughout the novel. I thought it made him so real. I think anyone in that situation would feel the same. The writing was amazing. When there was betrayal, it came as a shock. When there was a twist or turn, I was surprised that I didn't see it coming. Which is so refreshing! It seems so many authors think they have to foreshadow things. Prepare our fragile hearts for the shock like we can't take it if they don't. I think there is nothing better than reading something and going "BEEEELP!!!" There was enough of that in this book to make it easily my favorites of all time. Seriously, I think I finally read a book that has dislodged Ender's Game as my favorite book of all time. Grade A, absolutely fantastic material. Definitely a MUST READ! To read my review of the other books in this series, use the links below: Book One: Red Rising Book Three: Morning Star
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  • Brandi
    January 1, 1970
    IT'S LIVE "Hic sunt leones." The stakes have risen. Friends become enemies, and enemies become allies. Who can Darrow trust as his journey to destroy his corrupt society continues? Golden Son is a jaw-dropping, fast paced addition to the Red Rising Trilogy, full of intrigue, courage and fast-paced action that left my heart pounding. For seven hundred years, my people have been enslaved without voice, without hope. Now I am their sword. Bloodydamn. This book had me on the edge of my seat. The g IT'S LIVE "Hic sunt leones." The stakes have risen. Friends become enemies, and enemies become allies. Who can Darrow trust as his journey to destroy his corrupt society continues? Golden Son is a jaw-dropping, fast paced addition to the Red Rising Trilogy, full of intrigue, courage and fast-paced action that left my heart pounding. For seven hundred years, my people have been enslaved without voice, without hope. Now I am their sword. Bloodydamn. This book had me on the edge of my seat. The games at the Academy are over, but only to be replaced by a new deadlier game. Darrow's fight for survival and the freedom of his people has just begun. In a world of killers, it takes more to be kind than to be wicked. This book still has me reeling - I will have more to say, but I am still trying to wrap my head around everything that happened. "Rise so high, in mud you lie." *ARC kindly provided by NetGalley in exchange for an honest review*
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  • Sana
    January 1, 1970
    “They say a kingdom divided against itself cannot stand. They made no mention of the heart.” This is more of a 2 1/2 stars and I enjoyed it slightly more than the previous book. Friends please don't kill me, I tried, but I just can't find myself to love it. D:Dw, there will be no spoilers in my review. I won't be talking about the plot or anything bc then that will spoil those of you who haven't read Red Rising.I tried so hard and I had so much hope I would end up liking this bc of PEOPLE, “They say a kingdom divided against itself cannot stand. They made no mention of the heart.” This is more of a 2 1/2 stars and I enjoyed it slightly more than the previous book. Friends please don't kill me, I tried, but I just can't find myself to love it. D:Dw, there will be no spoilers in my review. I won't be talking about the plot or anything bc then that will spoil those of you who haven't read Red Rising.I tried so hard and I had so much hope I would end up liking this bc of PEOPLE, PEOPLE and PEOPLE were tellesing me this gets so much better and I'm just sittin' there like when??? I don't know why, but like I just didn't like this, despite being told the series gets "much better" as it goes on. Clearly, it didn't for me, but I still have this tiny thing called hope that Morning Star will be better. 10/10 won't bc like if I disliked the first two books then I definitely ain't likin' the third.※As I've said so many times in my review for Red Rising, it was extremely boring for me. I don't know why, but I just can't seem to be hooked into this series and no matter how hard I push myself to enjoy it, I just fucking can't bc I'm dying of boredom. I just wanted to dnf this so hard and never pick it up and pretend I never read this series but like,,, PEOPLE, PEOPLE and PEOPLE. I wasn't hooked, I didn't find anything interesting and it was excruciatingly boring okay? Okay. ○Like all I read about is a dude living some other life bc of his wife's dream, but he actually doesn't do anything. ※GIVE ಠ_ಠ ME ಠ_ಠ SOME ಠ_ಠ MORE ಠ_ಠ BRUTAL ಠ_ಠ FUCKING ಠ_ಠ DYING. Yo, I be seein' reviews of PEOPLE, PEOPLE and PEOPLE and other people saying there's so much death (which there is) and it's bloody and murderous and there's this human called @me™ who's just like,, where??? Yes, there was death, but I wanted the gory descriptions of it. I wanted Darrow fucking riping off their heads as blood dripped and that shit ya'know? Gawd, I am so bloodthirsty, but like,, ¯\_(ツ)_/¯ The only thing that I liked about these books were the mother fucking brutal ass deaths and even that wasn't satisfying enough for me. Obvs, I have some high standards which this book failed to meet. ※There's this guy named Sevro in this book which literally almost everyone is trash for and then there's me™, who does not get this Sevro hype either and at this point y'all who've read are probably wondering if I'm good in the head. Even in Red Rising, I couldn't really care for him. I was hoping to y'know become trash for him like all the other normal people,, but like, no. Sure he's cool and all, but I don't see anything about him that makes him stand out so much. ●Also, I'm kind of sad that sweaty, hot piss™ wasn't mentioned that much. Whenever I read those words in Red Rising, I legit laughed out loud and then said hot sweaty piss aloud in my house. lmao i have issues. *also, I hated Mustang and Darrow as a couple, like no thank you, goodbye. Overall,,, this did not meet my expectations and high standards. I am disappointed and ready to die.
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  • Faye, la Patata
    January 1, 1970
    EDIT: just finished this bloodydamn good book for the second time and I am completely shattered, wrecked, and in absolute overwhelming despair. How? How does this author write so amazingly that his words and narrative rip you apart from all directions? Throughout reading, I was high then I was low, from feeling the glory to feeling the pain and anguish. Seriously, I am not sure I can survive from this. BRAVO!!!If you've come here upon the assumption that I am able to talk about my feelings for t EDIT: just finished this bloodydamn good book for the second time and I am completely shattered, wrecked, and in absolute overwhelming despair. How? How does this author write so amazingly that his words and narrative rip you apart from all directions? Throughout reading, I was high then I was low, from feeling the glory to feeling the pain and anguish. Seriously, I am not sure I can survive from this. BRAVO!!!If you've come here upon the assumption that I am able to talk about my feelings for this book coherently, I am sorry to say but your expectations have been for naught. How can I be coherent when this book turned my life upside down? While reading this book from start to finish, I have shamelessly done the following:1.) Roll on the bed over and over, with eyes cracked open, fearing for the well-being of my precious Darrow;2.) Howl like a hyena at Darrow's glorious moments;3.) Bang my head on the wall to relieve some of the stress this book has given me,BECAUSE OMG OMG OMG DARROW OMG OMG OMG MUSTANG OMG OMG OMG SEVRO LORN AND EVERYONE ELSE OMG OMG OMG!!!4.) Rinse and repeat*sips tea* *looks at you with a raised eyebrow*However, despite the off-chance that your impression of me now has changed (and I wouldn't blame you; I would think myself a mad lunatic, too. Surely a small price to pay to read a bloodydamn good book?), I wouldn't change any of it, coherent or not. When I read Red Rising last year, I've thought that succeeding books would have a hard time toppling it. It was the book that made me believe in these genres again, the book that rekindled my love for reading, the book that made me see red of the social injustice that exactly mirror the plights billions of people here on Earth experience every single day.And then came Golden Son.Very well, I'll explain my insights as coherent as I can.If Red Rising made the genre alive again, the second installment was the one who put the bar higher than ever before. It's more brutal, more heart-breaking, more shocking, and even more glorious. You read this and it's like watching ancient Romans battle it out with conquest and diplomacy in space. I am fucking serious. If ever there were a space opera with Julius Caesar in it, this book would be it. It's highly engaging and visualizing, making you angry, sad, and teary-eyed while pumping you adrenaline every step of the way, because baby, this is as unpredictable as it can get. I'm not surprised this has a film in the making - it has the formula down pat.I absolutely love Darrow in this one. There were times he seemed like a whiny baby (especially at the beginning... "No, I must take this path." "I was wrong, the path I've taken sucks." "Yes, I will take this other path!" "Gosh darnit, wrong again... let me cry a bit over here..." Obviously non-verbatim, but you get the point, yes?), but all these things only added to his complexity over what he feels is needed to be done to tame a hungry society that has been dead-set on a selfish mentality for centuries. What's a man to do when to fight the fire he must fight it with fire as well? A double-edged sword surely, because you end up fanning the flames, but it was so interesting and heart-breaking seeing him be torn of doing one thing and wanting to do the other. He pulls you into his misery, making you feel despair alongside him as he mulls over the morality of the people surrounding him and his own. You feel and see the horrors he face, pushing you into a pit of overwhelming emotions.So brutal and horrible, yet so mystifying and beautiful at the same time. I don't have any dobut that more than the setting, it's Darrow and how he stands up against the social injustice of the Golds and their mentality that truly makes this book shine.And the twists! Holy heavens above, they pierced the feels where they hurt. I never saw them coming. Of course, I expected that Darrow will eventually face harder obstacles along the way, but I never expected them to be of great magnitude. I was crushed by the end. I was crying and in denial. But despite all the cursing and wailing that followed, it were the very same events that made me feel this book was truly magical and epic.I really don't know what else to say beyond what I have already said and what has already been said around the blogosphere. If you're the type of person who don't buy hypes, I implore you to take one exception and take this on, because rarely do you get a book this good.IMMEDIATELY AFTER READING:HOLY SHEEETHOLY SHEEETHOLY GUACAMOLE SHEEEEEEEETFUCKFUCKFUCKFUCKFUCKFUCKFUCKFUCKI'M DONE. I'M DEAD. THIS BOOK KILLED ME.I FEEL LIKE I JUST WATCHED A DRAMA SET IN ANCIENT ROME - FULL OF LIES, BETRAYALS, AND CONSPIRACIES.
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  • Angela
    January 1, 1970
    "...So it's pride." "It's always pride." "Pride is just a shout into the wind." He shakes his head, voice deepening. "I will die. You will die. We will all die and the universe will carry on without care. All that we have is that shout into the wind-how we live. How we go. And how we stand before we fall." He leans forward. "So you see, pride is the only thing..." Red Rising took me by surprise... Way way by surprise. Golden Son did the same and then some. I have no idea where Pierce Brown "...So it's pride." "It's always pride." "Pride is just a shout into the wind." He shakes his head, voice deepening. "I will die. You will die. We will all die and the universe will carry on without care. All that we have is that shout into the wind-how we live. How we go. And how we stand before we fall." He leans forward. "So you see, pride is the only thing..." Red Rising took me by surprise... Way way by surprise. Golden Son did the same and then some. I have no idea where Pierce Brown came from and I really don't care. Golden Son puts Red Rising too shame! Everything I wanted too get out of book one and didn't till the end you'll get out of the entire book two. Golden Son is none stop action!There were a lot of politics in this book and I would usually be turned off by this but not in this case. Darrow navigates his way through all of the plotting and plans of others in ways that nobody expects. In a way that I've never read before. Darrow is a character unlike anyone else. He isn't the only character in this book that you'll be falling for. Servo is a character you can't ignore. Easily one of my all time favorites. Lorn is another strong and ballsy character, and constantly telling it how it is. Friends become enemies, enemies become friends. Characters I don't even want to mention will have you freaking out.The plot of this story is just action, unlike the first which was a lot of info dumping and world building, Golden Son is just nonstop the whole time. Until the last page you'll be on the edge of your seat. I started this book at 6pm and ended it at 8pm... It was that captivating.   Instead of the story being held in one solid location reads will get to see and experience more of universe. More second books suffer from "second book syndrome", but this wont be a problem when you pick this up. There's so much suffering, pain, and sorrow pushed into this book.This novel had me freaking out and wanted to flip tables until the ending... because that ending... that ending is world shattering. I CAN'T REMEMBER THE LAST TIME MY BRAIN ACTUALLY CRIED OUT IN PAIN BECAUSE A BOOK SHOOK ME SO HARD.  Intense, brutal, heart-breaking, The Red Rising series isn't one you're going to want to miss. I could go on for days about plot, characters, and my love for what this series turned out too be but this is something you need to enjoy yourself. I find it so hard to find books I can recommend for guys but I will no longer have to struggle with a book to mention. Comparing this book to Ender's Game and The Hunger Games makes complete sense, but at the same time Golden Son is in a class all of it's own. Take everything you love in books, throw in a bitchin ending, gore for days, and a touch of Star Wars and you'll get Golden Son. READ THIS BOOK REVIEW AND MORE AT: http://southernbredsouthernread.blogs...http://southernbredsouthernread.blogs...http://southernbredsouthernread.blogs...
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  • Markus
    January 1, 1970
    "For seven hundred years, my people have been enslaved without voice, without hope. Now I am their sword. And I do not forgive. I do not forget. So let him lead me onto his shuttle. Let him think he owns me. Let him welcome me into his house, so I might burn it down."The life of Darrow au Andromedus is a charade. To the eyes of the world, he is a Gold, a member of the proud and wicked master race in full control of the Society. In secret, he is a Red, a slave from the depths of Mars sent by the "For seven hundred years, my people have been enslaved without voice, without hope. Now I am their sword. And I do not forgive. I do not forget. So let him lead me onto his shuttle. Let him think he owns me. Let him welcome me into his house, so I might burn it down."The life of Darrow au Andromedus is a charade. To the eyes of the world, he is a Gold, a member of the proud and wicked master race in full control of the Society. In secret, he is a Red, a slave from the depths of Mars sent by the Sons of Ares to infiltrate the halls of power and prepare the revolution...From what I would consider the most overrated book I have read in quite a while to one of the best dystopian novels I have ever read, the transition from Red Rising to Golden Son is, to use a common metaphor, like the transition from night to day. Whereas the first book in the series was amazingly disappointing, the second takes a great step in correcting all its flaws. I do not recall having ever experienced a second book in a series which is so much better than the first.The writing seems to have improved quite a bit, and even the story is a lot more engaging. The Institute is replaced by the Academy, and war games for children are replaced by full-scale battles in the skies of the solar system. The conflict between the rival Martian houses of Augustus and Bellona escalates, and the Sovereign herself, Octavia au Lune, starts plotting against her vassals. Darrow's mission becomes more dangerous than ever, but while the stakes are raised, the ultimate goal looms ever closer.But the characters are what truly made this book memorable. Sevro returns, as cranky as ever. My personal favourite, Mustang, turns into an even greater character as she tries her hand in the games of power on Luna itself. Even Darrow seems to have improved, from being the worst and least engaging protagonist I have encountered recently to becoming a rather interesting character, though still not someone it is easy to relate to.Then there are a few additions who are almost to good to be true. First and foremost of those is Lorn au Arcos, the renowned Rage Knight himself. For a Gold, he is a bastion of honour and principle, a champion of justice who refuses to be anyone's pawn, and so much of a living legend you can frighten off a bunch of Peerless Scarred by just mentioning you've been training with him. It's like Pierce Brown designed him to be the perfect knight, and mostly succeeded.The book also includes one hell of an example of astounding character development in Nero au Augustus. The ArchGovernor starts out as a cruel and sadistic man with no desires beyond increasing his own power and that of his family. And in the end he is one of the greatest characters in dystopian fiction.Golden Son is a fantastic novel. There, I said it. Red Rising was borderline disastrous, Golden Son is excellent. It is far from a perfect book, and I may be too generous in giving it such a high rating, but there were times while reading when I actually considered giving it five solid stars. This series is not, nor will it likely ever be, a favourite of mine. But since I outright love some of these characters (and hate others), and the story was interesting enough to make me desperate to know what happens, I think it is fair to say that Pierce Brown has redeemed himself in my eyes.
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  • Sh3lly
    January 1, 1970
    First Read: December 2014 (5 stars)Second Read: February 2016 (5 stars)Buddy Re-read with Buddies Books and Baubles January 25, 2016! YESYESYESYESNew thoughts: Still just as great the second time around. That ending, though. Pierce Brown, you are a wicked man! Sevro, Ragnar, Victra, Lorn = my favorites in this.I swear, the following people had better die a horrible death in the last book! Seriously! (view spoiler)[The Jackal, Roque (how could you, bastard), Aja, Lilath, Virginia, Cassius, and th First Read: December 2014 (5 stars)Second Read: February 2016 (5 stars)Buddy Re-read with Buddies Books and Baubles January 25, 2016! YESYESYESYESNew thoughts: Still just as great the second time around. That ending, though. Pierce Brown, you are a wicked man! Sevro, Ragnar, Victra, Lorn = my favorites in this.I swear, the following people had better die a horrible death in the last book! Seriously! (view spoiler)[The Jackal, Roque (how could you, bastard), Aja, Lilath, Virginia, Cassius, and the Sovereign. THEY BETTER ALL DIE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! (hide spoiler)]Original posts:Edit 30 NOV 2015: Yes, I am bumping this, but only because Golden Son WON the GRs Science Fiction category for best books in 2015 (in a landslide)! YAY! I freaking ADORE this book. I will be re-reading this before Morning Star is released in February 2016.Original post:I have so many feelings right now about this book that it’s hard to put in words. I’m not sure exactly what I’m feeling - happy, sad, angry, excited? Yes to all. I feel a little bit gutted – and that was a crazy cliffhanger (which I’m not a fan of cliffhangers). However, in my view, the book is brilliant.Red Rising was more dystopian meets Lord of the Flies and Golden Son has much more of a sci-fi Star Wars vibe to it. All the characters we’ve grown to love from Red Rising are back, plus some. But don’t expect any recapping or filler here. You are thrown right back in and the action doesn’t stop for most of the book. Golden Son is a maelstrom of a book, with one surprise (or shock) after another. Two years have passed, Darrow has graduated the Academy, and the book is about his further struggles, trying to secretly carve his way into Gold society, to help undo it from within. I think Pierce Brown has created a magnificent hero in Darrow. Family and friendship is so important to him, yet he is surrounded by people he doesn't know if he can trust. Trust is maybe his greatest flaw, being too willing to give people another chance. He sees the best in people and believes in the person they could be, even if they won’t be. And he pays for it several times.Now that I have just finished the ending, I have some mixed feelings. Maybe part of it is just shock and grief. It truly was an amazing book, even though I highly dislike cliffhangers. I won’t hold that against the author (this time). So far, Red Rising and Golden Son have been almost flawless, in my view. I hope Pierce either has the last book already mapped out or takes his time with it. He definitely raised the bar after this.Thank you NetGalley for the opportunity to read and review this book.
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  • Melanie
    January 1, 1970
    #1.) Red Rising ★★★Okay, let me shout this from on top of my roof real quick before I start reviewing this: this series is very much not a YA series, but is an ADULT series that has a lot of violence, gore, and cruelty throughout it. It is honestly almost the equivalent of calling ASOIAF a YA series, because it so happens to have some young adults in it. For those of you unfamiliar with Red Rising, even though I feel like I was the only one left at this point, in this world that takes place in o #1.) Red Rising ★★★Okay, let me shout this from on top of my roof real quick before I start reviewing this: this series is very much not a YA series, but is an ADULT series that has a lot of violence, gore, and cruelty throughout it. It is honestly almost the equivalent of calling ASOIAF a YA series, because it so happens to have some young adults in it. For those of you unfamiliar with Red Rising, even though I feel like I was the only one left at this point, in this world that takes place in our universe, starring a young man from Mars, everyone is subdivided into color categories based on their skill sets, income, hair color, and what last name they possess (information provided by the Red Rising Wiki page):➽ HighColors: • Golds - Rulers of society• Silvers - Financiers and businessmen• Whites - The clergy• Coppers - Administrators, lawyers and bureaucrats➽ MidColors: • Blues - Astronavigators of ships• Yellows - Doctors and scientists• Greens - Programmers and developers• Violets - The creative class such as artists• Oranges - Mechanics• Grays - Law-enforcement, security, military and other armed personnel➽ LowColors: • Browns - Servants• Obsidians - "Monstrous race only bred for war"• Pinks - Pleasure slaves• Reds - The unskilled and menial laborersDarrow, that young man that was born and raised in the mines of Mars as a Red, has some pretty traumatic things happen to him in Red Rising that has lead to him being the main tool in a rebellion for equality among the colors. Obviously, the Golds and some higher-ups are not willing to just roll over and let this happen, so many of the important families are trying to stop this rebellion before it even truly begins. “For seven hundred years, my people have been enslaved without voice, without hope. Now I am their sword. And I do not forgive. I do not forget. So let him lead me onto his shuttle. Let him think he owns me. Let him welcome me into his house, so I might burn it down.” I enjoyed this immensely more than Red Rising! Gone are the The Hunger Games vibes, and this story really came into its own with a very unique and addicting plot with a crazy enjoyable cast of characters. I'm going to make this review just a spoiler-free gush about some of the characters, because they really are the shining light of this elaborate tale, and I feel like this book was very much just setting up for Morning Star, while continuing just to break my heart and make me cry over and over. Also, all reviewers know that middle books are always the hardest to review, so here we are!And yes, I see why you all love Sevro now. He was, for me, the start of this book. Learning about his family and past, all the twists and turns, seeing his heart break, knowing his heart is going to break, it was the highlight of this whole book for me. Also, for my WoW friends, Sevro totally always reminds me of Durotan, and not just because of the wolf pelts (though it does help, let's be real)!Also, with the heart breaking, cliffhanger, ASOIAF -feeling, ending about killed me. Honestly, one of the hardest things I've ever read and then been left alone with, because it was the last page. I'm not sure how you all waited a year for Morning Star, but you are all the true MVPS here. Yeah, not even Brad Pitt in Se7en prepared me. My heart also belonged to Lorn throughout this book. Seeing his grandchildren of all the different colors just sang to my very soul. He was also so willing to give up everything to protect Darrow. Seriously such an amazing character and such a wonder father figure that Darrow so badly needed. “A boy throws stones. A fool steals kisses. A man gives his heart.” Then Darrow's mother.... Lord, my heart. The tea scene was probably my second favorite part of this entire book. I don't have children yet, but I imagine most mothers would be very much like her, and it just broke me to tears, but happy tears. My favorite scene was with the stained, freed, Obsidian, Ragnar Volarus. The monologues from him and with him were alone almost able for me to give Gold Son five stars. He is such a pure reflection of our very own humanity, and the terrible things we as humans do to other humans. I tear up just thinking about him, and how he is such a perfect little cinnamon roll after everything he's been through. “Godchild Andromedus, I am Ragnar Volarus, the Stained firstborn of my mother, Alia Snowsparrow of the Valkyrie Spires north of the Dragon’s Spine, south of the Fallen City, where the Winged Horror flies, brother of Sefi the Quiet, breaker of Tanos, which once stood by the water, and I make you an offering of stains.” The other little cinnamon roll of this story is Pax's dad, Kavax, and his jellybean eating little fox, Sophocles! Ahhhh! Seriously, cuteness overload. I was so happy to see and learn about Pax's family in this book! It was such an unexpected pure joy-filled surprise! Please, keep them safe at any cost!I still like Cassius, I know I'm sick, but I just feel like his actions are also so believable and understandable, especially if someone is setting up Darrow for him, which is so easy from what Darrow has already done and lied about to him. I do believe Cassius will come through at the end of this trilogy, but Lord, I'm still not over the ending of this freakin' book! “Friendships take minutes to make, moments to break, years to repair.” And the Jackal is just on a whole other level. What a villain; a bad, broken, evil, corrupt, selfish, manipulating, villain. I mean, if you think he was bad in Red Rising at the war games, you are in for a treat with Golden Son. Also, because it needs to be said, Roque is stupid. Pierce Brown really excels in writing characters. Even though this book is filled with war, intergalactic-hardships, slavery, friendships, betrayal, revenge, and more the heart of this story and this world are all these amazingly crafted characters. It was so easy for me to just pour my heart out and type away all these things about these people, because Pierce Brown has me so heavilyy invested with each and every one of them. Needless to say, I cannot wait to begin Morning Star, and I'm sorry if this review isn't completely coherent, but I promise if you read the ending of Golden Son and then try to write a review right afterwards, it will probably look something like this mess. I mean, who needs to be processed and composed while reviewing a book, when you can be ugly crying and fangirling? “Home isn't where you're from, it's where you find light when all grows dark.” Blog | Twitter | Tumblr | Instagram | Youtube | Twitch
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