Review: Golden Son (Red Rising Saga #2) by Pierce Brown

MY RATING: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

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.

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I jumped into this as soon as I finished Red Rising. This is bigger, more fast-paced, lots of action, and even more complex. Mr. Brown continues to show us a dark world of unrelenting brutality that takes inspiration from Ancient Rome’s society that was filled with deceit of political machinations to show the cost of war and power in the wrong hands. The Greek and Roman themes are some of my favorite things about this series, I just love how those are tied in. Not only that, but the introduction of some Norse into the mix and that each color has its own belief system, much like our own world, shows just how vast his world is.

“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.”

This was both absolutely phenomenal and completely devastating, the story was so engaging that I pretty much abandoned watching any TV while I was reading this. I just kept wanting more! Every time I would take a break I would just keep thinking about what was going to happen next to Darrow and the gang as he continues his secret war to destroy the golds. World building took a big leap since we were introduced to even more of the vastness. The characters have gotten even better. Sevro, the loyal companion is given a lot more depth and history. Mustang, Victra, Roque and The Jackal are also given a lot more depth into their characters as this story twists and turns. Finally, Darrow’s development from where he was in Red Rising to how far he’s come is remarkable.

“They say a kingdom divided against itself cannot stand. They made no mention of the heart.”

Without spoiling anything… what a way to end this book, just holy crap! The last hour was nothing short of incredible, you knew something was going to happen because it’s Pierce Brown, but that was one incredible ending! Last but not least, the narration by Tim Gerard Reynolds was perfect and I don’t know if I would want to experience this in any other way than having him narrate. Just an all-around excellent job by the 2016 Reddit Stabby Award winner.

P.S. The dick joke had me rolling 😂

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