Released: January 6 2015
Genre: Young Adult
Series: Red Rising #2
Published by Del Rey
“Brown writes with a honesty that astounds me.”
~ Under the Covers
In book two of the Red Rising trilogy, Pierce Brown raises the stakes, revealing heartbreaking details that not only fuel the story but the characters as well. If you fell in love with Darrow and his story in the first book, then be prepared to have your heart broken with GOLDEN SON.
When it comes to Science Fiction, I can be picky. But there’s something about this series that makes it more than just a story set in space. Brown writes with a honesty that astounds me. Being in Darrow’s head is both dark and hopeful. Fluid and moving, the writing is almost poetic, seeming to come from somewhere deeper. While I can understand the undeniable comparisons to the Hunger Games, I think the Red Rising trilogy delivers something more to readers. Brown’s words have the ability to pull you from reality and take you to another world entirely.
But to be honest, it’s not always a wonderful place. I may have been too proud when I mentioned that I could predict the events in the last book. But here, there were some discoveries that absolutely gutted me. I won’t say what they were but just know that I both love and hated it. I love the fact that Brown is an author who is willing to take risks. You know me and my love for fearless writers; they tend to be my favorites and I think Pierce Brown has showcased that he’s not afraid to write scenes that will get a reaction from his readers. But I also hate that some of the things had to happen in this story. If there is one thing that I learned about Brown from reading this book is that he’s a heartbreaker. And he writes bloody damn good books because of it.
My favorite character of the series is Darrow but there’s another character that is quickly becoming a favorite. Every time Sevro walks onto the page, I get a little more excited. There’s something about the guy that you can’t help but like. And yet, although he can be seen as the craziest out of the entire cast, he’s also the voice of reason when Darrow is in one of his moods. I just love watching their friendship. Even if you aren’t the biggest Sevro fan (how can you not be?), there’s a character for everyone. With such a diverse cast, Brown has created such multi-dimensional characters that flavor the world.
With its heartbreaking emotion, breakneck action and unfathomable twists and turns, it’s no surprise that GOLDEN SON is one of my favorite books of the year.
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