Golden Son

Golden Son

Book - 2015
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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.

As a Red, Darrow grew up working the mines deep beneath the surface of Mars, enduring backbreaking labor while dreaming of the better future he was building for his descendants. But the Society he faithfully served was built on lies. Darrow's kind have been betrayed and denied by their elitist masters, the Golds--and their only path to liberation is revolution. And so Darrow sacrifices himself in the name of the greater good for which Eo, his true love and inspiration, laid down her own life. He becomes a Gold, infiltrating their privileged realm so that he can destroy it from within.
A lamb among wolves in a cruel world, Darrow finds friendship, respect, and even love--but also the wrath of powerful rivals. To wage and win the war that will change humankind's destiny, Darrow must confront the treachery arrayed against him, overcome his all-too-human desire for retribution--and strive not for violent revolt but a hopeful rebirth. Though the road ahead is fraught with danger and deceit, Darrow must choose to follow Eo's principles of love and justice to free his people.
He must live for more.

Praise for Golden Son
"Gripping . . . Both author and lead character have cranked up the emotional stakes. . . . With Golden Son, Brown avoids the sophomore slump, charging the novel with the kind of dystopia-toppling action you'd expect in a trilogy ender, not a middle volume. On virtually every level, this is a sequel that hates sequels--a perfect fit for a hero who already defies the tropes. [Grade:] A" -- Entertainment Weekly
"It's a far superior sequel, in fact: one of the rare breed of reads that improves upon its predecessor in every conceivable category. . . . In a word, Golden Son is stunning. Never mind how little we've seen of 2015: Among science fiction fans, it should be a shoo-in for book of the year." --

"Pierce Brown is a prodigy. As great as the first book of the Red Rising Trilogy is, Golden Son is even better. A wild ride full of suspense, intrigue, and serious ass-kicking bravado, it's expertly written and emotionally engaging, with top-notch universe-building that begs for further exploration. I want more!" --Christopher Golden, New York Times bestselling author of Snowblind
"The stakes are even higher than they were in Red Rising, and the twists and turns of the story are every bit as exciting. The jaw-dropper of an ending will leave readers hungry for the conclusion to Brown's wholly original, completely thrilling saga." -- Booklist (starred review)
"Dramatic . . . the rare middle book that loses almost no momentum as it sets up the final installment." -- Publishers Weekly
"Darrow is an assertive hero. . . . Comparisons to The Hunger Games and Game of Thrones series are inevitable, for this tale has elements of both." -- Kirkus Reviews
Publisher: New York : Del Rey, [2015]
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9780345539816
Branch Call Number: SF BROWN
Characteristics: xii, 446 pages ; 25 cm


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May 10, 2018

I read this book to fulfil the goal read a past goodreads choice awards winner (the first book in the series also won an award) i didn't think i liked the series after reading the first book and the first part of this one, and was annoyed that i had chose to read all of them this year, but by middle of this book. it got really good. i had tears in my eyes as i finished, and i can't wait to read the next one. (warning: contains a bit of strong lauguage)

Jan 22, 2018

This is a great book and must read for any scifi/adventure fan.

Library_Jill Nov 29, 2017

This was a strong follow-up to "Red Rising," that moves beyond the elements that drew inevitable comparisons to "Ender's Game" and "The Hunger Games" in the first book. There is a good deal more violence in this series than I usually enjoy, but I am drawn by the depth and complexity of the characters, the strength of the continued worldbuilding, and the lovely twists and turns of a plot rife with political intrigue, friendships and alliances made and broken, and secrets worth dying--and living--for in this grim imagining of our future. We often joke of the "second book" trap, in which the second book of a trilogy serves as little more than a bridge to the trilogy's conclusion, neither forwarding the plot nor developing the characters in meaningful ways--"Golden Son" escapes this trap entirely (perhaps through use of its Grav Boots?) and becomes one of the strongest "second books" I have ever read.

Sep 08, 2017

Excellent sequel to Red Rising. I look forward to Morning Star.

Apr 26, 2017

A solid follow-up to to Red Rising. The second chapter of the series expands the cast and the overall character interaction. There's more action, betrayal and revelation than the first book. Darrow is finally past the introduction phase of his mission, and he can now work to truly infiltrate The Society. Along the way he makes new friends, loses old friends to betrayal and makes sacrifices to move his mission forward. You also learn more about the origins of The Society, and why it has lasted almost a millennia. Everything I enjoyed about the first book was kicked up a few notches in the second.

Mar 24, 2017

This is the follow-up book to the hugely entertaining Red Rising. Just like its predecessor, this book delivers fast paced thrills, but adds 100% more giant space battles. I'm a great fan of the tense romance developing between Mustang and Darrow and am looking forward to reading the next book in the series.

Nov 15, 2016

Where the first book was fresh and interesting, the second is just more of the same, which is what happened to the Hunger Games series. Note: Don't read it before bedtime, because there will be too much adrenaline in your body to sleep!

Oct 13, 2016

Second book in Pierce Brown's trilogy, Red Rising..... It's well enough written to keep the reader reading. And when it ends, send him/her to the catalog to put the third of the trilogy on hold.

Jun 02, 2016

Jerry Garcia sang a lyric that sometimes influences my decisions as it hits a little too close to home. It kills me just a little inside every time I hear him sing, "All the things I planned to do I only did half way." Let's face it sports fans this is exactly why I've been a certified yellow belt in Judo, Aikido, and Tae Kwon Do since the year of our Lord 19 and 84. Thus, I have a complete love/hate relationship with this trilogy. I was so excited when Red Rising began since it appeared there was finally something interesting being written about Mars. However the story rapidly fell apart when it turned into yet another televised dystopian war game. I guess the only thing I really love about it is some of the lingo like "Gory Hell", which is like a good Stephen King novel that changes my vocabulary. Otherwise it is more like a Russian novel in which I get lost in its epic scale and quickly lose interest in the vast amount of vapid and tedious characters. However, I am going to soldier on simply because I am slightly interested in how it all ends even though I find the plot less appealing than Pride and Prejudice times the Brothers Karamazov. Besides I set my intention on the mat this morning at the 5 am heated, power, cardio, sculpt yoga class that I was going to begin finishing things I start.

Feb 21, 2016

Very well done. Imaginative and robust. I see these are being made into a feature length film. Good stuff -

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AshleyF2008 Aug 07, 2017

"The human spirit tries to break free, again and again, not in hate like the Dark Revolt. But for love. They don't mimic each other. They aren't inspired by others who come before them. Each is willing to take the leap, thinking they are the first. That's bravery. And that means it's a part of who we are as a people."

AshleyF2008 Aug 05, 2017

"I will die. You will die. We will all die and the universe will carry on without care. All that we have is that shout into the wind--how we live. How we go. And how we stand before we fall."


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