Title: Golden Son
Author: Pierce Brown
Publisher/Year: Random House Publishing 7/7/15
Length: 451 pages
Series: Red Rising #2
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 LOVE how this series has continued, and i think that there’s a constant question about who’s loyal to whom, what secrets are being kept, and ultimately, who’s going to survive. I think that at the end of Red Rising, we all had this vision of Darrow moving up the ranks as the Sons of Ares wanted, and of course knowing that it was just the first book, there was going to have to be something drastic happening, and that’s exactly what we get here.
Darrow underestimates some of the folks in the ‘game’ and as a result, his rise to fame then becomes a quick fall to shame. Partially because of his own issues, but partially because he’s been set up by someone that he knew he couldn’t trust, and someone that’s got the ear of the ArchGovernor. All that being said, we spend the majority of this book watching as Darrow plots how to get back into power, and gain the trust and respect of others. At least what he wants them to think that’s what he’s doing while he tries to figure out why Ares hasn’t been in touch, and how he can finish what he’s been tasked to do.
What i like a lot about this book is that typically in 2nd books, bridge books in a series, there’s a lot of middle of the road type stuff happening. I feel like we often are just biding our time until we get to the finale, and in this 2nd installment, that’s completely not the case. There are dynamic relationships that are expanded upon with Darrow and just about everyone else, we’re introduced to new complex relationships and we see that friendships are obliterated because of misplaced trust.
Throughout this story too, we’re continuously reminded of the love story of Eo and Darrow, and it’s nice to see that while Darrow remains true to that, he’s questioning what he felt and what he feels. I feel like it’s really nice to see what role Mustang plays, and even Victra to an extent because it’s given us a sense of growth and realistic situations that we don’t always get in these types of stories.
There are intense battles, civil wars so to speak, and complex schemes that require a lot of lies and deceit to get folks on to one side or another. So many of our favorite characters don’t make it past the half way point in this book, and then what happens in the very end was even more shocking. Not unexpected at all knowing that we’ll have another 400 page + book to read in the series finale, but i think that how it went down was really a shocker to me, and i can’t wait to see how it plays out. I think that secrets have been revealed in a way that have completely shifted alliances, and that is going to be the main theme i’m guessing on how Morning Star ends the trilogy.
I’m off to start reading this finale, and i’ll be back soon with the wrap up. Have a great Tuesday everyone!