Review: Golden Son – Pierce Brown

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Book Info

Genre: Adventure, Scifi, Fantasy
Pages: 464 (paperback)
Publication Date: July 7, 2015
Publisher: Del Rey
Website: Pierce Brown official website
Golden Son on Goodreads
Pierce Brown Amazon author page
My Review Copy: Purchased via Amazon
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“With shades of The Hunger Games, Ender’s Game, and Game of Thrones, debut author Pierce Brown’s genre-defying epic Red Rising hit the ground running and wasted no time becoming a sensation.

Golden Son continues the stunning saga of Darrow, a rebel forged by tragedy, battling to lead his oppressed people to freedom from the overlords of a brutal elitist future built on lies. Now fully embedded among the Gold ruling class, Darrow continues his work to bring down Society from within.

A life-or-death tale of vengeance with an unforgettable hero at its heart, Golden Son guarantees Pierce Brown’s continuing status as one of fiction’s most exciting new voices.Goodreads

My Pick One Favorite
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… I must build the world she wanted to raise our child in. That was her dream. That was why she sacrificed, so others would not have to. And I will not let others decide my fate.
Character: Mustang
She wears black amid a sea of gold, white, and reds… She rolls her flashing eyes, twists her smirking mouth at the heads that turn in her direction…

Mustang. The golden girl who has a better understanding of humanity than any other of her class. She makes the cut for favorite character in the second book because she continues to show growth and understanding as a person. Although Mustang is definitely not the new face of the revolution, she attempts to research and sympathise with lower classes. Change is tough in any situation, but when you are at the top of the food chain, change is not an option, so I admire her individuality.


IMG_20160413_083749Thoughts About The Book
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Golden Son is the second installment of the Red Rising Trilogy and wowie wow WOW! It was not only just as good as Red Rising, it was better! I didn’t even know that was possible. When I finished Red Rising a few weeks ago, it was instantly placed as a new favorite on my list (read my full review of Red Rising here for more details). BUT now Golden Son takes the crown as my top favorite book so far. WARNING! There are no Golden Son spoilers in this review, but I may give away some Red Rising info so if you haven’t read Red Rising yet, STOP, go to my review and purchase your copy. Then come back to this post and we can chat! These are not stand alone books and must be read in order. Alright calm down Erica – I just get so excited about this series! Okay, now that I’ve given my disclaimer, let’s get to Golden Son.

Pierce Brown really knows how to paint a picture. I find that, like Red Rising, he is descriptive in his writing, but not so descriptive that there is no room for imagination – my favorite style of writing! At the end of Red Rising, we were left on a high note with Darrow winning at the Mars Institute and leaving to be under Augustus’ wing. Within the frist page of Golden Son we find out that Darrow is now a Peerless Scarred, “cruelest and brightest of all humankind,” and has made it to the end of the Academy where he is fighting to win an entire fleet. The story picks up from there.IMG_20160326_085951

We continue Darrow’s journey in the rebellion to free his enslaved people. Pierce Brown does a fantastic job of continuing his world building, but actually, let’s give him more credit than that. This series takes place in not just a world, but the entire universe. So kudos on creating not just one amazing world domain, but several. Space travel is introduced in Golden Son where we experience a whole other dynamic of Darrow and his crew. Darrow’s struggles continue, but growing with him is half the fun of reading this book. With his Red Rising series, Brown touches on controversial themes of government control, individualism, and corruption – all of which are still developing in this dystopian tale.

On one more tangent, I will not give anything away but I need to mention that the ending left me SHOCKED. Literally. I could not even comprehend what I was reading. How? What? How? Why? When? Who? Ugggggh. I have so many unanswered questions. I guess it’s time to pick up Morning Star and finish the series.


Is that even a question? I mean *coughs* YES! I don’t know why you’re still reading this when you should be buying your copy now! Red Rising kicked off a great trilogy and Golden Son followed up beautifully. I promise this series will not disappoint.

In case you’re like me and have to read more of this series now, here are purchse links to each book:

Red Rising

Golden Son

Morning Star

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