BOOK REVIEW: Golden Son (Red Rising #2)
by Pierce Brown
Publication date: 24 September 2015
Publisher: Hodder Paperbacks
Goodreads: Darrow is a rebel forged by tragedy. For years he and his fellow Reds worked the mines, toiling to make the surface of Mars inhabitable. They were, they believed, mankind’s last hope. Until Darrow discovered that it was all a lie, and that the Red were nothing more than unwitting slaves to an elitist ruling class, the Golds, who had been living on Mars in luxury for generations.
In Red Rising, Darrow infiltrated Gold society, to fight in secret for a better future for his people. Now fully embedded amongst the Gold ruling class, Darrow continues his dangerous work to bring them down from within. It’s a journey that will take him further than he’s ever been before – but is Darrow truly willing to pay the price that rebellion demands?
A life-or-death tale of vengeance with an unforgettable hero at its heart, Golden Son guarantees Pierce Brown’s continuing status as one of fiction’s most exciting new voices.
I liked Golden Son a lot more than Red Rising. I found that Brown’s writing had improved greatly. In saying that, it did take awhile (nearly two thirds of the book) before I really got into it. The book is split into four ‘parts’ and the last part is when I started to really get hooked. Despite all the action, the book just wasn’t holding my interest. I think this is because the protagonist, Darrow, is now an adult. Since he’s no longer a teenager, the tone and language of the book has to change to fit his voice and this took some getting used to. I read primarily YA so it was a very different experience. There was also a stronger focus on politics and war rather than the characters themselves.
The characters were all fantastic. Like I said earlier, Darrow’s now 20 (I’m pretty sure he’s 20 if not then he’s in his early 20’s). He’s improved and grown from the first book but he’s still difficult to relate to. Mustang was just a total badass.She really got involved in the politics and played her own games. Even the ArchGovernor, Nero au Augustus, goes through a development. By the end of the book he isn’t the cruel and powerful leader that you originally know him to be. But the real star for me is of course Sevro. Oh Sevro, my tiny son. I love his character so much. He’s funny and he brings a much needed comedic aspect to the books without being the classic comedic sidekick.
The twists would not stop coming in this book. You can’t be sure about any of the character’s motives or actions. Just when you think you’ve got them figured out, they’ll turn around and surprise you. It was action packed from start to finish but the final few chapters were definitely my favourite part. And the ending might leave you in a bit of a mess.
Hopefully I can get a copy of Morning Star soon to see how it all ends!