Golden Son (Red Rising Series #2)

Golden Son (Red Rising Series #2)

by Pierce Brown


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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
“Stirring . . . Comparisons to The Hunger Games and Game of Thrones series are inevitable, for this tale has elements of both.”—Kirkus Reviews

“Brown writes layered, flawed characters . . . but plot is his most breathtaking strength. . . .  Every action seems to flow into the next.”—NPR

“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

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780345539830
Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
Publication date: 07/07/2015
Series: Red Rising Series , #2
Pages: 464
Sales rank: 11,206
Product dimensions: 5.51(w) x 8.24(h) x 0.93(d)
Lexile: HL630L (what's this?)

About the Author

Pierce Brown is the New York Times bestselling author of Red Rising and Golden Son. While trying to make it as a writer, Brown worked as a manager of social media at a startup tech company, toiled as a peon on the Disney lot at ABC Studios, did his time as an NBC page, and gave sleep deprivation a new meaning during his stint as an aide on a U.S. Senate campaign. He lives in Los Angeles, where he is at work on his next novel.

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Golden Son 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 130 reviews.
Caroles_Random_Life More than 1 year ago
Remarkable! 5 Stars! I am completely in awe of Pierce Brown after reading this book. Seriously, where did this guy come from? I was blown away by his debut novel, Red Rising, and had hoped that this book would be just as good. I think that this book was actually a little bit better than the first book in the trilogy if that is even possible. It is so refreshing to read a follow up novel that exceeds all of my expectations. This is the kind of book that hooks you right away and never lets go. Even after turning the final page, I found that I want the rest of this story. This book picks up not too long after the events in Red Rising. Hardly any time is spent rehashing the events of the first book which could be problematic for readers who read the first book nearly a year ago since there is so much going on in this series. Since I had just recently finished the previous book, I jumped into this story quite easily. This is not a series that you can jump in just anywhere and not feel lost so please be sure to read the first book before starting this novel. There were a lot of politics in this book and I found that I really enjoyed all of the complex political maneuvering. Politics are a large part of any change in society. Darrow navigates his way through all of the plotting and plans of others in ways that nobody expects. The things that he does often seem risky and foolish but he is almost always able to pull his plans off. The characters in this book are amazing. Many of the favorites from the first book are back in the second. We also are introduced to many new characters. I really liked Servo in the first book but I fell completely in love with him in this installment. He is rude, funny, loyal, and most importantly a true friend to Darrow. I also really liked Lorn's character in this book. He has seen and done it all and his wisdom and experience really aided Darrow. I like that Lorn respected Darrow but was never afraid to tell him when he was unhappy with him. Darrow finds himself at some very high points during this book but he also finds himself in some of the most dire situations. There were so many jaw dropping moments in this story that I lost count. I never knew which way things were going to go and how the power would shift. I must say that the ending of the book really left me wanting for more. I wouldn't call it a cliffhanger ending exactly but I would say that there are a lot of unresolved issues as this installment came to a close. I received a copy of this book from Random House Publishing Group - Del Ray Spectra via NetGalley for the purpose of providing an honest review.
tpolen More than 1 year ago
While reading Golden Son, I felt as if I were in a vacuum - nothing existed outside of this book - it was that captivating.  Darrow's story is both heartbreaking and horrifying and he performs some monstrous acts to accomplish the overall goal, but I was always in his corner.  He's as charming as he is wily and had some tricks up his sleeve that were pretty surprising. To say this book is full of action is an understatement.  The body count is quite high, copious amounts of blood are involved, and some of the killing are very inventive, so it's no wonder there's such an extensive list of characters in this series - you obviously can't kill the whole cast. Which brings me to my only issue with Golden Son.  I read Red Rising almost two years ago and with such a large number of characters, I had difficulty remembering them and what they'd done.  A short summary of the first book or character map would have been helpful. The world-building is just extraordinary, the characters deep and fascinating, and the storyline full of battles, betrayal, and power struggles with a little humor and romance tossed in.  The Red Rising Trilogy is easily one of the best series I've read and you won't find a sophomore slump in Golden Son.  You don't want to miss this.   This review is based on a digital ARC from the publisher through Edelweiss.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
There was never a dull or even a slow moment in both this book nor the first, Red Rising. I literally could not put the book down! I cried, I laughed, I cursed and even when I might have had an idea of what was to come, I was blown away by the twists and turns of this story. I eagerly await not only the third book in this series but any and all books to come from this author. An amazing, exciting and stunning read!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I was completely confused when I read the last chapter. It was a strange and exciting ending. I read it at night and I was horrified and satisfied at the ending because it was so unexpected. This is definitly a book worth reading.
EA_Hendryx More than 1 year ago
Riding on the heels of Red Rising, Golden Son is Pierce Brown's second installment of the Red Rising Trilogy. This book will stun you into contemplative silence by the sheer force of Brown's incredible imagination and story world conveyed in a swirl of description. We find the hero Darrow, a Red transformed into a member of the Gold society, continuing on the quest he began in book two. He carries the weight of his secret from all of those surrounding him, creating an impossibly difficult relational dynamic. Characters from Red Rising reappear as friends and enemies and the scope of Darrow's mission extends beyond what even he can imagine. I was completely captivated by Golden Son. The intensity of Brown's descriptive language painted a vivid picture of the futuristic world he has created. It is obvious that his understanding of Darrow, the story world he has created, and the inherent rules of society have become even more clear than in book one. For those who enjoy sci-fi and fantasy worlds, I highly recommend the Red Rising trilogy. The all-encompassing story world and genuine characters coupled with a cause worth fighting for will draw you in. Brown's grasp of story and his strong writing will not allow you to put this book down. I will however advise it for older readers (17+) as there is adult language, off-color humor, and adult references not typical with what I generally review or recommend. _______________ I received a free copy of this book for review purposes, but was under no obligation to read the book or post a review. I do so under my own motivation and the opinions I have expressed in this review are honest and entirely my own.
MorrisMorgan More than 1 year ago
The first thought I had when I finished reading “Golden Son” is that there is no way I can wait an entire year to find out what happens next.  My second thought was a mass of self-pity that I have no choice but to wait.  Finally, my third thought was that it was an amazing follow-up to “Red Rising” and was actually even better than the first in the series. Pierce Brown has built an amazing world and mythology for the Red Rising series.  Everything is fully fleshed out and even when not explicitly written, you can tell he has a backstory in mind for all of the races.  It’s a pleasure whenever you find out more, and at no point does it contradict anything that was previously written. One of my favorite aspects of the characters in “Golden Son” is that none of them are perfect.  Darrow, the protagonist, is extremely flawed.  No character is good or bad, even those who are the clear villains of the story.  All of the characters from “Red Rising” experienced a great deal of growth in “Golden Son”, with many not taking a route you would expect.  There were some particularly bold moves by the author when it comes to Eo, but I will leave those for the reader to discover on their own. At no point does the plot lag, and that is saying quite a bit for a novel the length of “Golden Son”.  It is filled with war, adventure, gore, fantasy, science-fiction, romance, and anything else you can fit into a book.  If you are a fan of “Red Rising”, make sure you clear a couple of days on your calendar, because you will not want to put this one down.  If you have never read the first in the series, I highly encourage you to do so and to be certain you have “Golden Son” ready to begin as soon as you finish the last page of “Red Rising”. In short, I highly recommend “Golden Son”, but do need to caution that it is not for the squeamish.  It is also not a young adult novel, though I saw “Red Rising” categorized in many places as such, so that is something for parents of middle readers to keep in mind. 5 stars all the way. This review is based upon a complimentary copy provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review.
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Such an incredible series! A must read
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As I began Red Rising and stayed up long after my boys had fallen asleep, I could not and did not want to put it down. Instant fan! I told my family that I am currently reading the next Game of Thrones or Hunger Games (as I read these books years before any film was even mentioned) This is a great compliment as it is worthy of the big screen, though I worry/wonder if the film could even do this series justice? I read in the "acknowledgements" that there is a colleague that has worked hard for film rights! So, now I am very curious to see what happens. I just finished the 2nd book and I am about to order the 3rd on my nook. This is the first review I have ever taken the time to write. Bravo!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Non-stop action could not put it down. Did not see the ending coming.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This series doesn’t get old
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pooled_ink More than 1 year ago
pooled ink Reviews: Pierce Brown’s sci-fi saga is just as thrilling as ever. All the characters I hated to love and loved to hate were back in full form, new characters were thrust into the volatile mix, and as Darrow continues to rise for the Reds I’m left slack-jawed at the cleverness and audacity of each twist and turn. GOLDEN SON follows its predecessor into a dramatic build that will have the trilogy’s conclusion stealing all breath and thought. Epic, cunning, and a declaration that will alter everything to come, Darrow takes his mission into the heart of society and detonates. If you enjoy science fiction that spins ploys like a ballad, war like poetry, and loyalty like a wolf amongst men, then you need to enter the world of the Red Rising saga. **Read the full review on Wordpress: Pooled Ink
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Superb! How has it that it took so long for me to hear about this series? And I am a book junkie! The writing is absolutely top of the line. I felt free to think and imagine, visualizing every tasty scene as I plowed my way through the 450 pages of ooey gooey perfection. There were so many twists and turns, I nearly had neck cramps as scene after scene the plot grew and betrayals seemed to come from all angles. After binge-reading the first book in the series, Red Rising, I tried to slow down and savor this one. But darn it, it took me only three days to finiish. Whew, I need to get up and move! Thank you for such a wonderful journey so far! Five stars for sure!!! M.Cunningham in WV
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Absolutely love it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
So many twists and turns. Amazing.
ManiB More than 1 year ago
(review taken from “For seven hundred years, my people have been enslaved without voice, without hope. Now I am their sword. And I do not forgive. I do not forget. So let him lead me onto his shuttle. Let him think he owns me. Let him welcome me into his house, so I might burn it down.” It’s been three days since I finished reading this book. It left me a wreck so I waited to write my review in hopes that I would chill out about it. I haven’t. Pierce Brown, you left me wrecked and desperate for Morning Star. Desperate. Of course I had to go on a wait list at the library to get it. In the entire county the library system only has one copy of that book. WHY?! (Luckily they got it in pretty quickly and held it for me so I got to pick it up yesterday afternoon) Despite my aching need for Morning Star, here I sit still brooding over Golden Son. I’m not even sure where to begin. This review is going to be a disorganized mess of enthusiasm and feels. ALL OF THE FEELS. Brown gave us love, hate, betrayal, violence, logic, apathy, desperation, more violence, prejudice, sadness, hurt, frightening levels of intelligence, violence…and it has left me a weeping, hollow shell of a book enthusiast. But not so hollow that I didn’t wake a sleeping toddler and usher her into the car when the library e-mailed me that Morning Star had come in. Speed limits were broken. Over a book. Worth it. Now, Golden Son… “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.” We return to our spy/warrior/widower/champion Darrow 2+ years after his spectacular victory in Red Rising. He is now captaining a fleet against his sponsor’s rival and he has become even more overly confident in himself. That particular characteristic would be highly annoying if he didn’t, for the most part, deserve that confidence. Unfortunately for Darrow, in this case, he didn’t. But, man, what an opening sequence. He had all the swagger and confidence of Captain Kirk (Pine, not Shatner) and I was rooting for him hard within the first few paragraphs. Unfortunately this is followed by an epic fail on his part and he doesn’t have a Mister Spock to bail him out of the situation. Every ship’s captain needs a Spock type character in tough situations. Most of his crew dies and Darrow discovers that he is being cast to the wind by…you’ll have to forgive me here I can’t remember or find the man’s name to save my life. Usually I’d just open the book and look it up but I was a dunderhead and returned it to the library before writing my review. Stupid, right? Unless his name hits me like a ton of bricks I’m going to call him “the sponsor” although I admit that I am tempted to call him Caesar for my own amusement’s sake. Give me a break, folks. I have a toddler and am thirty. The brain and memory aren’t what they once were to say the least. Anyway, Caesar (told you I’d do it) is going to effectively sell Darrow’s contract because he is convinced that Darrow isn’t worth the time or hassle. Darrow, of course, finds a way out of the situation. It includes quite the dramatic blood bath. Brown really knows how to write fantastic battles. He can make you hold your breath during... (remaining review can be found at
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Amazingly fast past
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This is the continued story started in RED RISING. It is about freedom, about justice, about love. The main charactor Darrow must deal with so many things in his struggles to right the wrongs of an empire built on greed and cruelty. He must deal with fear of letting down his friends, and the fear caused by doubt in himself and in what he is doing. The fear of being unequal to the task before him. I can not wait to read book three MORNING STAR to see how it all ends.