Paperback, 442 pages

English language

Published July 7, 2015 by Del Rey.

ISBN:
978-0-345-53983-0
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Goodreads:
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4 stars (90 reviews)

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 …

4 editions

Review of 'Golden Son' on 'Goodreads'

4 stars

Following Red Rising in much the same vein, Darrow is now out of school, has sworn himself to a new master, and is progressing his plan to gain power within the highest circles of the Golds. As we follow his attempts to command space fleets and redeem himself for some serious errors, it's fairly hard to like anything about the society or most of the people we meet in it, but there are a few exceptions and Darrow tries to surround himself with those.

Not to say too much about the plot because of spoilers, but it's pretty much more of the same from book 1 and I imagine will continue in the same vein throughout the series, ending with a terrible cliffhanger that will send you looking for book 3 right away.

Review of 'Golden Son' on 'Goodreads'

4 stars

I loved the complex characters (Darrow and Mustang especially my girlie deserves even more pages) and complex world building, the writing was efficient and poetic at times, though I really had to focus, and some action scenes lost my attention a little. I knew what would happen in the end, being a reread, but the enjoyment was still there and I recommend this Sci Fi saga to whomever this appeals, even a bit, to.

Review of 'Golden Son' on 'Goodreads'

4 stars

Friendships take minutes to make, moments to break, years to repair.

Superb! The Red Rising trilogy continues to fire on all cylinders and delivers an excellent middle instalment. The story picks up a few years after Red Rising #1 and the scale of what's at stake hasn't decreased at all.

I would not have raised you to be a great man. There is no peace for great men. I would have had you be a decent one.

Familiar characters from Red Rising #1 make an appearance, friendships forged at the Institute are questioned and all the while the story continues to question the caste structure in place. Amongst the fast paced tale there are moral questions raised, challenges of preconceived notions and a sprinkle of heartbreak.

I am a child of hell, and I've spent too long int heir heaven.

Darrow continues to have a wonderful story arc as he …

Review of 'Golden Son' on 'Goodreads'

3 stars

A very satisfying follow up to Red Rising, avoiding shallow waters and heading directly into the riptides of politics Darrow can't just stab to conquer (he still stabs lots of things, don't worry). The lessons of book 1 provide interesting set ups for book 2, both where Darrow learned from his mistakes, and where the conflict between his friendships and his origins means he repeats them.
Warning: the ending is a real kick in the teeth.

Review of 'Golden Son' on 'Goodreads'

4 stars

Wow. This book has a lot of flow. Of momentum. The author references the idea quite a bit from the protagonist's life as a Helldiver. I found myself often swimming with this flow and enjoying so very much of it.

Psychologically, there is a bit too much strife going on in Darrow's head. I have a hard time struggling with the 20-something-year-old at this points point of view but I get it more often than not; again it's a novel for the youthful struggle and within a construct of some very delicate political maneuvering which is executed very well.

The alliances, the stress within the moments, the inevitable--and sometimes surprising betrayals. Especially the betrayals. Did we have a red wedding moment here? I think we did. Goodness. My heart rate monitor spiked 20bps and made my blood go cold.

I await the next book, wtf is transpiring here. ;)

Review of 'Golden Son' on 'Goodreads'

5 stars

Like Red Rising, I loved this book. I get very attached to well written characters and there are plenty of them here. The first of the series cut me and then the process of healing, having the wound reopened, healing, reopening and on an on ad nauseam began. It's the kind of hurt that grows on you though.

Here's the "spoiler": as much as I really really enjoyed this book, the end sort of cemented my issues of naïveté within the characters. I so want good to win, but sometimes these characters seem dumb as stumps. Like, they deserve these horrible things that happen to them. I understand that this is the flow of this type of story. I suspect that there will be much more personal tragedy before Darrow accomplishes his mission. I just wonder what the final cost will be. I might be irritated by this ending, but...I'll …

Review of 'Golden Son' on 'Goodreads'

4 stars

Audiobook
I had this book in my queue for a while but didn't rush to listen to it because while I did like Red Rising, I didn't feel the rush to go back to that world.

What a mistake. This book is better than the first, faster pacing, much more intrigue etc. I usually only listen to a book one maybe two hours at a time, this time I raced through it because I just had to see what comes next. The upside to waiting so long to read this is that I finished it days before the release of the third book, which is at the top of my queue now.

Review of 'Golden Son' on 'Goodreads'

3 stars

TL;DR Intrigue-stuffed Rome in Space follow-up to Hunger Games in the Middle Ages. If you enjoyed [b: Red Rising|15839976|Red Rising (Red Rising Trilogy, #1)|Pierce Brown|https://d.gr-assets.com/books/1369153188s/15839976.jpg|21580644] and speak Latin, this book is for you.

Some time has passed since the first book. Darrow has been to the 'Academy' and learned to fight space battles. Augustus is his mentor or sponsor or whatever-you-want-to-call-it while the Sons of Ares seem to have vanished. Darrow is a rising star about to win the final fight of the Academy tests with his coterie of friends and ascend to be an Imperator of the fleet. Of course nothing ever turns out the way it is planned. And the old saying still holds: the higher you rise, the deeper you fall, especially when your grav-boots give out.

This book is full of treachery, intrigue and missed connections. I believe there are several characters that change their allegiance …

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