Golden Son by Pierce Brown
The sequel to last year’s Red Rising opens a year after Darrow has left the Institute, a full-fledged member of the Augustus household, and rather than spend an exorbitant amount of time on his exploits at the Academy, it opens with him in the final battle. From the beginning, it takes risks, and doesn’t just succumb to the same tricks that made the first book so great. There is growth, loss, and a lot of politics. Not to mention, Darrow gets taken down a peg or two, and his actions have consequences.
Overall, I really enjoyed Golden Son. Darrow’s matured, and his split between living as a Red and a Gold starts to take its toll on him. The book is very political, and it’s difficult to predict what is going to happen next (try as I might!), which is something I really enjoyed about Red Rising as well. There is a lot of backstabbing and deceit among the characters, and, much like A Song of Ice and Fire, no one is safe.
While I’m not the biggest fan of space battles, which made some scenes hard to visualize, I enjoyed the dynamics of the plot and the growth of the characters. Not to mention, there are moments that are jaw dropping, which kept me on the edge of my seat throughout reading. ca
I really like the world Brown has created, and the backstory behind it is intriguing. The color system is interesting, mostly because of the physical manifestations of those differences.
SLIGHT SPOILERS BELOW
The rebellion that Darrow is part of continues to slowly build throughout the novel, and the reader even discovers the identity of the mysterious terrorist leader, Ares. I love that some of the other colored characters gain prevalence, and you can really see how the rebellion may work, after all. One of the most shocking and heartbreaking scenes is when Darrow returns to his home, to his mother, and begins to grapple with just how much he’s changed, how Gold is starting to become stronger in him than Red.
And then there’s the ending. Holy mother of all things, the ending. In typical Part II of a trilogy fashion, the reader is left on a mind-numbing cliffhanger that leaves everything up in the air.
Brown has weaved an intricate web of a second act, and with the cliffhanger ending, I can only stare at the third book’s cover (Morning Star) in anticipation, counting down the unreleased days until it’s release.
See my full rant (WARNING: SPOILERS) below: