golden son // review

Title: Golden Son
Author: Pierce Brown
No. of pages: 442
Genre: Science Fiction, Dystopia, Young Adult, Fiction
Publisher: Del Ray
Publication Date: January 6, 2015
Date Read: December 7, 2017

  • Second book of the Red Rising Trilogy


“I give you no Golds,” I tell Ragnar. “Do you understand what that means?”

I do.”

“This can be a beginning,” I say quietly. I bend, picking a discarded razor from the sucking mud. “It is a man’s duty to choose his own destiny. Choose yours.”… (Brown 356)



I really enjoyed getting to go back to the world that Pierce Brown built and getting to read more about Darrow’s journey. Again, for me, it was kind of hard to get into the book within the first few chapters, but it definitely pays off to stick with it until the end.

After the first maybe 10 chapters of the book, I couldn’t put this book down. It was full of adventure and action and twists and turns. Knowing about how Darrow’s trying to high-key bring down the Golds while low-key being a Gold threw in the whole struggle of “is-he-going-to-live-up-to-what-he-wants-to-be-or-what-he’s-being-made-into.”

Honestly, one of the best things about this book was how Darrow, through all the crazy crap that happens to him by others, still sees the best in people. He wants to believe that Golds can change. He wants to give lower Colors some sort of ownership over themselves and not have to worry about what others think. He wants to show literally everyone that they can better than they are. In the first book, I think he struggled with that a lot because he needed to be tough in the Institute, but he also had built a wall up so that others saw what they wanted. In this one, he let those walls down a bit for others to see in. Some were okay with what they saw behind the curtain and others weren’t.

I’m still internally screaming at that ending. The twist there was one I wasn’t expecting and definitely killed a small part of me. Darrow had every right to be shook and but also glad that his friends were far away. And you’re literally gonna have to read it because I’m still trying to piece it together.

There were so many good things about this book that I liked and loved and if I told you every single one, I would ruin this book and give too much away and you’d probably hate me. And, I’m also slightly mad that I have to wait for the next one at the library because I’d pick the next one up straight away.

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