Into the Darkness! Golden Son by Pierce Brown

Posted January 21, 2015 by Jonetta in Book Review | | 8 Comments

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

Into the Darkness! Golden Son by Pierce BrownGolden Son by Pierce Brown
Series: Red Rising Trilogy #2
Published by Del Rey on January 6, 2015
Genres: Dystopia, Fantasy, Science Fiction Fantasy, Young Adult
Pages: 464
Format: eARC
Source: NetGalley
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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 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.

You must read the first book of the trilogy before this one. If you don’t, nothing will make sense. This isn’t the series to read out of order.

The dramatic climax of the end of the Institute has settled and, a year later, Darrow has completed the Academy. He’s now in the midst of the highest echelons of Gold leadership and all that implies. It takes all of his skills to navigate the treachery, greed and duplicity surrounding him.


icon cliffRed Rising was a walk in the park in comparison. I thought I was ready for the darkness that was inevitable but nothing could have prepared me for all Darrow faced in this story. It left me bereft at the end after having challenged every emotion I could muster to reach the most extraordinary cliffhanger.


icon EPICThis is a brilliant, epic adventure that at all times reflects the very best and worst of the human condition. You just won’t know who will be reflecting what at any given moment. Don’t get invested in a point of view as it will prove to be a slippery slope you’ll not foresee.


Icon Must ReadI’ve never written a more difficult review because to share any part of the story would be inadequate. All I can say in conclusion is I knew a year ago this would be a fascinating but brutal venture. I just didn’t calculate how much of my soul would be consumed.


Again, run, don’t walk, to read this series. You’ll need time to recover before the final book in the trilogy is released.

About Pierce Brown

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.

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8 responses to “Into the Darkness! Golden Son by Pierce Brown

  1. OMG Jonetta! This was some book! I’m totally with you in every point…Wow! I started Firefight (another great fantasy) but I had to put it down for later, it felt flat after the ride I took with Golden Son.
    It seems like all we do is wait!…LOL
    Great job…simply to the point!