Title: Golden Son (Book II in the Red Rising Trilogy)
Author: Pierce Brown
Release Date: January 6, 2015
Publisher: Del Rey (Random House)
My Rating: 5/5
GoodReads blurb: 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.
I preordered Golden Son on Powell’s website about a month before it was released. I got the book on the seventh of January and even though I was in the middle of another book, I picked up Golden Son and didn’t close it until the entire thrilling ride was over. This book was a tale of battles between families and battles of the heart. It was action-packed, but also truly affecting and heart-rending.
When the book begins Darrow is twenty years old and approximately three years have passed since the end of Red Rising. Darrow is now a Peerless Scarred, one of the elite in the already elite Gold society. He feels torn away from his old life and has no way to hold on to it now that the resistance group he was working with, Sons of Ares, seem to have left him out to dry. He continues to hold on to Eo’s dream even if he isn’t sure how to execute a plan without Ares and the people who pulled him out of his home and his world.
After the Sons of Ares finally make contact with Darrow again, they tell him of their plan to instigate a civil war amongst the highColors: Golds, Silvers, and Coppers, so that the color-coded society might collapse onto itself. Darrow once again meets his old friend-turned-enemy, Cassius au Bellona, son of Tiberius au Bellona, and suitor to the girl Darrow wants more than anything, Virginia au Augustus or Mustang. After a duel with Cassius, the future Morning Knight of the Sovereign, the Bellona house and the Sovereign, Octavia au Lune, declare war on Darrow’s house, Augustus, and they must fight the armies of house Bellona and the Sovereign or face the desecration of their family name.
As Darrow continues to defy the the colorarchy of his society, he meets new people, creates new alliances, and unwittingly breaks off old ones. His bonds are tested and he must strive to keep the trust of his Gold friends and confidants as he works for the liberation of his people and all other lowColors. He makes good decisions and a lot of bad decisions in order to reach the end he is striving toward.
Darrow is a main character that I love, but that I don’t always agree with. He is a flawed person and as he learns from his mistakes and realizes the wrong decisions that he makes, we are able to see him grow as a character and as a human being. His development from a wide-eyed sixteen year old to a battle-hardened young man is truly fascinating and truthful.
Pierce Brown is most definitely one of my favorite authors. The way in which he writes delivers action as well as emotion, battles in the air as well as battles of the heart. The growth that each character has seen since the last book is amazing and heart-wrenching. Brown has truly gotten in touch with these characters and his knowledge of each character and of each player, increases my knowledge of them with each sentence.
This book was incredible and I can hardly wait for next, and unfortunately final, installment in the Red Rising trilogy, Morning Star. Golden Son can be purchased online at Amazon or anywhere that sells books.