Sunday, January 11, 2015

Golden Son (Red Rising #2)

Pierce Brown

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.(from Netgalley)

My Thoughts
Darrow lives is a world where people are segregated by color. As a Red, Darrow worked in the mines. As part of a group who want to overthrow the upper echelon, he is made to look like a Gold and has successfully ensconced himself within the Gold environs. Now, he must work from within to move plans forward for the revolution.

Whew - what a ride this was. For every step forward Darrow is able to make for the revolution, something happens that forces him backwards. This story was also an emotional roller coaster because as a Gold, Darrow has now made friends with other Golds and is sometimes conflicted with what path to take. The author really had some outstanding plot twists. Friends become enemies and vice versa. And the ending - oi!

I strongly suggest reading book #1, Red Rising, before reading Golden Son. It is crucial to get all the players straight and the set up for that is in book one. Mr. Brown really left us with a cliff hanger and I am looking forward to reading the final book in this very creative trilogy.

Many thanks to Random House-Del Rey Spectra, via Netgalley for allowing me to read this book in exchange for an unbiased review.



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