Review: ‘Golden Son’ by Pierce Brown

I received this book for free from NetGalley, requested from publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Review: ‘Golden Son’ by Pierce BrownGolden Son by Pierce Brown
Series: Red Rising Trilogy #2
Published by Del Rey on January 6th, 2015
Genres: Action & Adventure, Adult, Dystopian, Science Fiction
Pages: 464
Format: eARC
Source: NetGalley, requested from publisher
With shades of The Hunger Games, Ender’s Game, and Game of Thrones, debut author Pierce Brown’s genre-defying epic Red Rising hit the ground running and wasted no time becoming a sensation.

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.

A life-or-death tale of vengeance with an unforgettable hero at its heart, Golden Son guarantees Pierce Brown’s continuing status as one of fiction’s most exciting new voices.

About Pierce Brown

Pierce Brown spent his childhood building forts and setting traps for cousins in the woods of six states and the deserts of two. Graduating from college in 2010, he fancied the idea of continuing his studies at Hogwarts. 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 Los Angeles, where he scribbles tales of spaceships, wizards, ghouls, and most things old or bizarre.

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Pierce has stepped up his game. He brings Darrow to his knees.. Trying to complete his mission with the Sons of Ares, Darrow is torn with his conflicting emotions, warring for both his wife Eo and his new love, you see a more vulnerable side to him. When he’s not forging battle plans and causing a civil war against Octavia, he struggles to keep his friendships Alice with all of the Pearless Scarred. Darrow’s conflicting emotions of being a Gold and a Red. His thoughts flip back and forth.


Non stop action and the plot keeps moving. No info dumps or slow build-ups at all. The pacing is pretty much perfect because I didn’t want the book to end, so I ended up savouring this read over five days of reading time. It can get violent, with limbs and eyes and even a heart set on a platter, this isn’t one for the faint of heart.


Instead of being set in one place, we get to see more of the Red Rising universe and we’re aware of the technology that exists. Having a razor reminded me of Star Wars and their light sabers. War in space is a whole different experience and I pretty much picture the entire scene from start to finish.


I’m guessing that the last book will be blue. If it is then all the covers are all done in primary colours. Which is where all the colour castes come from. How ironic.

HOLY CRAP. Brown completely annihilated the second book syndrome and stepped up his game with its sequel. Intense, brutal, heart-breaking.. These are just some of the adjectives I can describe this book. Don’t walk, RUN and get this book!

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To prosper, your superior must prosper.
It’s not victory that makes a man. It’s his defeats.
Everyone’s honest ’till they’re caught in a lie.
I didn’t know Roses to grow so deep amongst the weeds.
Pain is how they control us.
I am a child of hell, and I’ve spent too long in their heaven.
He always thinks because I’m reading, I’m not doing anything. There is no greater plague to an introvert than the extroverted.
Home isn’t where you’re from, it’s where you find light when all grows dark.
In a world of killers, it takes more to be kind than to be wicked.
Humans, no matter their Colour, are fragile as doves in the meat grinder of war.
Only people to ever treat me decently are people who don’t have a reason to.
My heart does not make my brain a fool.
I’ve fallen in love with her, but she’s fallen for a lie.
Wise men read books about history. Strong men write them.





  1. Kayla

    December 30, 2014 at 8:54 PM

    I haven’t started this series yet, but now I know I must! And soon hopefully!

    • giselle

      January 10, 2015 at 4:21 PM

      I really hope you can! Even if you wait until the last book..the endings are killer

  2. JAsmine Ong

    December 30, 2014 at 1:28 AM

    it’s sound so great !! btw i haven’t read the first book yet ! gonna catch it up quickly !

    • giselle

      January 10, 2015 at 4:21 PM

      That’s okay..You can take your time because waiting for the last book is going to be torture..

  3. Liza @ Reading with ABC

    December 29, 2014 at 6:16 PM

    I loved Red Rising and I can’t wait to read this one!

    • giselle

      January 10, 2015 at 4:20 PM

      It was crazy intense!

  4. Cali W.

    December 29, 2014 at 12:36 PM

    Now I can’t wait to read the book! I like the quotes. 😉

  5. Tammy

    December 29, 2014 at 8:51 AM

    Aaahhhh! Totally agree! This book was amazing and heart crushing. I love that you are predicting the color of the third book, but I’m not so sure I agree. Hmmm I’ll have to think about that. Great review!

    • giselle

      December 29, 2014 at 10:43 AM

      Ahhh! It was so great that I want to reread it already. Heh

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