Monday, November 7, 2016

BOOK REVIEW: Golden Son by Pierce Brown

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Title: Golden Son
Series: Red Rising #2
Author: Pierce Brown
Pages: 444
Pub Date: July 07, 2015
Publisher: Del Rey/Penguin Random House
Book Source: Personal collection
My Rating: 3.5 of 5 stars




**POSSIBLE SPOILERS**

Synopsis: Golden Son continues the stunning saga of Darrow, a rebel forged by tragedy, battling to lead his oppressed people to freedom from the overlords of a brutal elitist future built on lies. Now fully embedded among the Gold ruling class, Darrow continues his work to bring down Society from within.
What do you live for?
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**This review is going to contain tons of spoilers!**

So, this book tore me in half. I was so angry, sad, but impressed at the same time. I had trouble rating the book. I was tempted to do a 3-star, but I couldn't bring myself to. I guess I'll go with a 3.5.

What I had issues with:

• The plot had a lot of filler. There were too many scenes with characters doing a whole lot of talking and taking very little action. I think this book could've been condensed a little. I felt the urge to skim and that is never a good thing.

• I understand why the author skipped ahead a few years after the events of Red Rising, but I still didn't like it. I GET IT. It just felt like a cop-out. I realize this book could've had middle-book-syndrome otherwise... but, I still just didn't like it. Just didn't. I felt cheated in not seeing the interactions between the characters during that crucial time after the gritty events in RR.

• Mustang confuses me. Why did she sing Eo's song while she and Darrow were in the cave in RR? This was an indication that she agreed that change was needed; that she understood what that song means. So this confuses me. Why did she have the negative reaction to Darrow's true identity?

This brings me to my likes:

• Mustang's reaction to Darrow's true self. lol While her singing Eo's song confuses me, I still enjoyed her reaction to Darrow being a Red. I mean, I didn't enjoy it in the way you are thinking... It actually broke my heart and made me feel dead inside. BUT, I was impressed that the author didn't make it so easy on Darrow—or us, for that matter. He made it realistic. The fact of the matter is this: Mustang is a Gold. It is ingrained into her psyche that Reds are below her—that they are slaves. Not to mention, she feels foolish. She was tricked thoroughly and it makes the most sense that she would be pissed. Still... my heart!

• The war & the action! I found this book very full of action (between the fillers, that is) and I loved it. There was always a battle, always a fight.

• Pierce Brown isn't afraid to kill characters. Again, it is sad, but necessary for the book to make sense and to make you feel it.

• Darrow himself. I am so impressed with how true Darrow has stayed to Eo and their dream even after years of being amongst the Golds. I also appreciate that we get to see a human side of the Golds by the interactions with the people he has befriended. I am so very curious to see how this will all end!

How do we feel about Fitchner being Ares? IDK how I feel. I felt a pang of disappointment that it was him. Meh.

THAT CLIFFHANGER THOUGH. GAH!

All in all, Golden Son was a great second installment. I had my pet peeves, but I am 100% going to move into book three sometime this week. :)
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