Review: Golden Son by Pierce Brown

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Review: Golden Son by Pierce Brown
Golden Son

4.5 Stars

Book Info

Released: January 6 2015
Series: Red Rising #2

Recommended Read!

“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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About Pierce Brown

Pierce Brown's first novel, RED RISING (Del Rey Books), debuts January 28, 2014. It is the first installment in The Red Rising Trilogy.

Pierce Brown spent his childhood building forts and setting traps for his cousins in the woods of six states and the deserts of two. Graduating college in 2010, he fancied the idea of continuing his studies at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. Unfortunately, he doesn’t have a magical bone in his body. So while trying to make it as a writer, he worked as a manager of social media at a startup tech company, toiled as a peon on the Disney lot at ABC Studios, did his time as an NBC page, and gave sleep deprivation a new meaning during his stint as an aide on a U.S. Senate Campaign.

Now he lives in Los Angeles, where he scribbles tales of spaceships, wizards, ghouls, and most things old or bizarre.

Note to the reader: Always feel free to contact him via his website, twitter, or facebook. He likes people. Except if you're a trollish person. Then he merely puts up with you for the sake of manners and propriety.


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Another series I’m dying to read! I even have all of them on my Kindle. Thanks for this great review!

Under the Covers Book Blog

Yes!!! You have to read it!

Amy R

Thanks for the review, I don’t read a lot of YA but this series sounds good.

Under the Covers Book Blog

It’s marketed as YA but I would definitely say it has a strong Sci Fi emphasis. It’s a heartbreaker, for sure.


I’m looking forward to reading this series, thanks for the review Annie

Under the Covers Book Blog

No problem, Timitra. I hope you try it out!