Red Rising Trilogy: Book Two
Written by Pierce Brown
Reviewed by the Hubby
Science Fiction, Dystopian
Published January 13th 3015
Thank you to Hachette Australia
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The astonishing, unforgettable sequel to Red Rising, which the Examiner called 'properly a-ma-zing, like an adrenalin shot for the imagination.' Ender's Game meets The Hunger Games in this, the second in an extraordinary trilogy from an incredible new voice.The second installment of the Red Rising trilogy, is not the slow building to the crescendo as one might expect out of the second book in a series. Simply a masterpiece, adding layer upon layer of intrigue and depth to a rich and vast world. Darrow must overcome his biggest fears and crush his demons to move forward. His true destiny begins to unfold before his eyes, his future seemingly out of his hands.
'I'm still playing games. This is just the deadliest yet.'
Darrow is a rebel forged by tragedy. For years he and his fellow Reds worked the mines, toiling to make the surface of Mars inhabitable. They were, they believed, mankind's last hope. Until Darrow discovered that it was all a lie, and that the Red were nothing more than unwitting slaves to an elitist ruling class, the Golds, who had been living on Mars in luxury for generations.
In Red Rising, Darrow infiltrated Gold society, to fight in secret for a better future for his people. Now fully embedded amongst the Gold ruling class, Darrow continues his dangerous work to bring them down from within. It's a journey that will take him further than he's ever been before, but is Darrow truly willing to pay the price that rebellion demands?
Hic sunt leones.
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.
After being thrust back into the academy, The Reaper is smashing and obliterating all that oppose his forces, he too shall learn of defeat and the true cost of mistakes caused by gold arrogance. The academy is focused on fleets and how to conduct battle amongst the society's claim to the solar system. Many personal tragedies will befall Darrow, but you really see his character shining through.
The reader will be bathed in the true horrors of war and gold blood being spilt. The fall of the Roman empire seems to be a true inspiration here, betrayal by friends also with some unexpected surprises. The reader immersion has been stepped up for Golden Son. Not only do you feel as if you are wearing Darrow's gravity boots, but you feel like you are breathing the same air as Darrow. Simply put, you will NOT be able to put this book down . Prepare to forgo sleep.
There are so many twists, turns and sub plots going on here, that its' hard to keep track of them all. But they all tie in together and give the story a much deeper sense that this world is truly alive. As before, the author utilises his mastery of emotions through the characters.
I liked the pure epicness and vastness of the Society's reach, both in power and that of their fleets. Because let's face it, space battles are the embodiment of epicness in their own right. Thousands of tons of steel hurtling through space toward the enemy, firing fighter wings and nuclear missiles for one aim, to destroy, to crush, to obliterate and to break the chains.
There is nothing that I didn't like about Golden Son, other than it had to end. Now I fear it will be a year before I can read the next, and final part of the trilogy. I recommend this book to science fiction and dystopian fans alike. For anyone who is looking for a rich, deep story that will take you on a ride you never expected, from meager beginnings of toil under the surface of Mars, riding a drill. Five stars for Golden Son simply isn't enough. I would be dumb founded if movie producers aren't falling over each other to offer movie deals to the author. It's a modern day masterpiece.