Wednesday, December 17, 2014

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

Release Date: January 13, 2015
Publisher: Del Rey
Source: NetGalley
Author Links: Website | Twitter | Goodreads

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.

Second Book Syndrome.
That was my biggest fear before I opened Golden Son up and started to read.
Was Brown going to shit the bed with this thing, and potentially taint one of my favorite reads?
Thankfully, the answer was a resounding NO.

Dear Mr. Brown, 
Thank you for not shitting the bed.

Golden Son takes place about 2 years after Red Rising leaves off, so things aren't quite the same as they were when we last saw everyone. Cuz, you know, it's been 2 years!
Darrow is at the Academy learning to command fleets of ships, and is just about to win another game against his enemies. He's older, he's got a bit more experience, and he's determined to do what needs to be done in order to win Augustus' trust. After all, if he wants to help Sons of Ares infiltrate the Golds and bring them to their knees, he's still got to worm his way to the top of that elite world.
Well, taking out Karnus au Bellona's fleet, and winning the Academy's Laurel will be a nice start.
Of course, Darrow has an excellent plan.
And then all hell breaks loose...
The End.

Yeah, I know. That doesn't make much sense, but once you read the book, you'll understand.

You can't explain a plot like this one. Not really.
All you need to know is that it's worth reading.
The opening scene sets the tone of the story, and that tone is this: Expect the Unexpected.
Every time I thought I had a grip on what was happening, the entire paradigm would shift, and I'd be sitting there gawping like a fish...or whatever else gawps.
So. Yeah.
It's got a few twists and turns.

My biggest problem?
I gave the first book 5 stars, but Golden Son blows Red Rising out of the water.
So, now what do I do?
Can I give this 6 stars? Am I allowed to do that?
That's a shame, because this was such an amazing book. I had sky-high expectations for it, and it didn't disappoint me in the least.
That's something I don't get to say very often, you know?
Go get it!
But watch out for that ending...


Olivia-Savannah said...

Wow, you loved this novella even more than the main book! I think this shows the author is only getting better but that is quite a shock. I really need to start on this series myself!

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