Dystopia, Fantasy, Science Fiction

Review: Golden Son by Pierce Brown

GS(1)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.

5 stars

Science Fiction |  Fantasy | Dystopia

Ugh – take my money, all of it! Pierce Brown got me jaw dropped after every page, I just cannot take it anymore! I need more… I seriously love this series. I cannot convey that enough. Anyone who knows my bookstagram knows my overly obsessive habits when the discussion involves Red Rising Series. Everything from the characters, their plot dynamics and the world building – everything is just phenomenal.

To jump start this, I can honestly say that this book slayed me. It was beyond catastrophic euphoria for me while reading Golden Son. That emotionally crippling feeling I had in the pit of my stomach kept telling me that something was about to happen, and goryhell I was not prepared for the reaping.

In Golden Son, the reader is thrown right back into the world roughly two years after leaving the institute; more development towards the deception, the hatred and the surrounding the characters, everything that flooded Red Rising is literally boiling over in Golden Son. Obviously the groups that survived the reaping that was the institute is now divided into the chosen houses, representing their leaders within the Golds for the War Games. The howlers falling closely behind The Reaper, though Darrow is still conflicted on who he can truly trust. 

I loved the drama. The violence was definitely more back seat, which I personally enjoyed, mostly because I felt it was more needed to evolve the story line. Not denying the violence and war wasn’t the high points, because comrades it was fierce battlefield one after the other, but I really feel that Golden Son was more about the evolution of the characters from book one to now, setting up for what could be the ending of many heroes to come. The characters emotions, their reactions, friendships were broken and bonds were made in Golden Son.

I am still swooning for Darrow, Cassius and Sevro. They are hands down some of my favorite characters. I love the backbone of their stories, the development, the struggles. Just their overall evolution. Mustang is also a key element character I cannot get over. I absolutely love Pierce’s ability to make female characters damsels with the scary as shit badassary. This is probably the main reason I fell in love with this series, the depth, the character dynamics- no character has limits. 

Can I also just take a moment to also say that the villains in this series have no limits to the destruction they will bring. Not only that, but every deceitful dynamic questions everything I feel about a single character, I am left jerking back the tears, gripping my pounding heart as I watch each scene unfold. I literally questioned every character, even to the point that Darrow starts to allow some into his circle, you just feel his walls breaking only to be slapped in the face again. I am not even sure who is truly the villian, the brutality levels are menacing. 

Honestly I can say without a doubt this is the best dystopian science fiction series I have ever soared through, a true page turner. I inhaled these books. Brown has captivated me, holding my heart hostage as I cried, laughed, cussed like a sailor, swooned – I was gutted. I could not recommend this series more! Pierce Brown… please – take all my money! Just give me more damnit.

2 thoughts on “Review: Golden Son by Pierce Brown”

    1. Oh I LOVED Morning Star – It crushed me, it made me soar; I promise the book boner hangover will be strong in the third just as bad 🙂 🙂 Just wait for Iron Gold! Oh man…


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