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

December 10, 2014
Golden Son (Red Rising Trilogy#2) by Pierce Brown, Book Review

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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.


Here Be Lions "Hic sunt leones." 
Mr. Brown just carved out pieces of me while reading, reeling I left many of my thoughts between his words. Darrow fresh from the Institute is thrown in the lions den, where he quickly learns the depravity of those who rule. Surrounded with liars, friends, lovers, allies and enemies, some of his closest friends playing opposite roles simultaneously. Every move toward progress with his mission, seems like a move back. With blood on his hands, he must fly up. Only at the top can he make strides for Eo, so that her dream will go way beyond Persephone on the HC.

"How could such a frail girl as she have such a spirit, such a dream as freedom, when so many strong souls toiled and kept their heads down for fear of looking up. " 

But as he ascends, his enemy's aren't as bold or honorable as the students who with standards showed their intentions to conquer. Now they comfort his pain, they stay by his bedside, offering kindness while they plan his demise. "Rise so high, in mud you lie." Darrow thinks that he has shielded himself, hardened himself enough so that even if he shatters he will be numbed. But what's to come is enough to traumatize, enough to cause you to throw your book (or kindle), taking deep breaths while you wipe the tears from your eyes.
I'm warning you when you read this be prepared to feel, because Mr. Brown is a genius, that is a fact. you'll find yourself wondering how you can digest being taken in by the glory, sure that the violence of winning is different from senseless violence inflicted on the helpless. But if for no other reason you should READ THIS, because the ending is unmatched. My heart wasn't ready to be flogged with razors, my eyes unprepared, my mind unstable. Every assurance Darrow is granted comes at a price. And as he works to break the chains, he's still learning what his are. He goes to war within himself and with the Society, against the confines so that he can prove their should be none.
"Modern war is fearing the air, the shadows, fearing the silence. Death will come and I won't even see it."
Once again I was caught up in the lore, glory and suspense the author created. War is done despite the costs, chasing power beyond reason or regret. Darrow's war continues endless, unflinching from the consequences, while he embraces the pieces hes left with to drive forward. If you haven't definitely read  the first book in series Red Rising, equally as awesome and engaging, see my review Here.

**This ARC was provided to me by the Publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review**

Reviews in Series
Red Rising (Red Rising Trilogy #1) by Pierce Brown
Morning Star (Red Rising Trilogy #3) by Pierce Brown


Anonymous said...

Wow, you make me want to run out (figuratively speaking, since I get my books for kindle!) and grab the #1. I've been hesitating so far.....

InToriLex said...

Definitely pick up the first when you get a chance, you'll wonder why you haven't read it sooner!!

Kindlemom said...

Your review is making me so excited to read this!

InToriLex said...

Thanks I am beyond happy, that i was able to grab a ARC

Heather said...

LOVED Red Rising. Cannot wait to read the Golden Son!

InToriLex said...

Definitely read it sooner than later!!!

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