September 18, 2017

Book Review: Golden Son by Pierce Brown

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.

I'm just going to go straight to it -Golden Son is the best book of the trilogy and is so far in my top 5 reads of 2017. Golden Son suffers none of the ills of the dreaded middle  - in fact is better than the phenomenal first book. Brown addressed some of the problems of Red Rising and made this installment a jaw-dropping, twist-laden, make-sure-you-have-the-next-book-ready ride. Just when you think that Darrow's reached the summit, he falls lower and harder than before and I just wanted to devour every minute of him clawing his way back to the top, then beyond. Complex characters, loyalty, ideals, friendship and not to mention a phenomenal plot. Loved it, loved it, loved it!

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