Narrator: Tim Gerard Reynolds
Series: Red Rising #2
Also in this series: Red Rising
Published by Del Rey on January 6th 2015
Genres: Dystopian, Space Travel, Action & Adventure
Length: 19 hours 3 minutes
Format: Kindle, Audiobook
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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.
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.
Okay. I started this review a while ago and then I decided to stop and listen to book 3 before posting my review of book 2. Why you say? Well, I was really upset with the story and the main character. In short, I didn’t “love the book”. I liked it and it is still getting a 4 star review but I’m glad I went ahead and read book 3 because I feel like the things I didn’t like in book 2 were rectified in book 3.
Let’s get on with it shall we?
I hated Darrow. I just didn’t know if I could continue. My husband thought I was being unfair and what not, but after reading book one I was just so disappointed in his character development or “lack-thereof”. When I read previous “trilogies” I have to admit that it was super annoying to have an annoying main character and then you stop caring about them and just start rooting for the other characters. That’s how I felt in this book with Darrow. But I was disappointed because this book felt so much more “grown up” than the Hunger Games or Divergent. The world is more complex and the situations and problem more adult and real. Not that those weren’t but they were somehow “dumb down” as compared to this story.
I felt like Darrow just became a little irresponsible and that he turned into one of those I-have-nine-lives characters that just somehow escapes every unrealistic situation.
Now before you go thinking that this is a bad book, remember that I am giving it 4 stars. That’s because the rest of characters, including my fave, Sevro, are much better in this book. Of course, some of them get annoying too, but they aren’t the main characters and so it’s kinda okay. I don’t have to read 400 pages from their point of view.
I really liked how the general story progressed. Lots of action and surprises, and difficult, sticky situations to get out of.
There’s more back story about this world as well, although there still lots of questions that remain. Now that Darrow is out in the real world, we get to explore other places and learn some of their history. But again, Darrow makes a lot of a stupid choices that really cost him View Spoiler »and his friends « Hide Spoiler.
If you are annoyed by immature, guillible, suddenly super Darrow, do stick with the series. It gets much better.