Golden Son by Pierce BrownGolden Son by Pierce Brown

Golden Son

byPierce Brown

Paperback | August 20, 2015 | Large Print

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A New York Times Bestselling AuthorThe Red Rising Trilogy (Book 2)As Reds, Darrow and his kind have been betrayed and denied by their elitist masters, the Golds. In the name of the greater good for which Eo, his true love and inspiration, laid down her own life, Darrow becomes a Gold to destroy their privileged realm from within. On a path fraught with danger and deceit, Darrow must strive not for violent revolt but hopeful rebirth, and choose to follow Eo's principles of love and justice to free his people. He must live for more.
Pierce Brown worked as a manager of social media at a startup tech company, on the Disney lot at ABC Studios, as an NBC page, and as an aide on a U.S. Senate campaign. He is the author of the Red Rising Trilogy. Morning Star, Book 3 of the Red Rising Trilogy, made the New York Times ebook bestseller list in 2016.
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Title:Golden SonFormat:Paperback | Large PrintProduct dimensions:694 pages, 8.5 × 5.5 × 1.31 inShipping dimensions:8.5 × 5.5 × 1.31 inPublished:August 20, 2015Publisher:Large Print PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:1594139199

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great sequel Not disappointed with this sequel! Excited to keep going.
Date published: 2018-08-28
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great Sequel As much as I loved Red Rising, Golden Son is my favourite! The plot keeps you guessing as Brown weaves another space opera, filled with plot twists and epic action
Date published: 2018-01-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from THE ENDING BYE Yo like the ending and just the overall story was amazing please read
Date published: 2017-12-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Love it I immediately bought this book after I read Red Rising, and I finished it in a day. Could not put this down. I even read it a couple of times and it just gets better.
Date published: 2017-11-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Yep, it holds up! Good sequel. Quite a different feel from the first one, and interesting to see how the story is progressing! Very enjoyable to see more of the world that Pierce Brown has created, which I find very intriguing! #plumreview
Date published: 2017-11-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Keeps getting better Pierce Brown is starting to become himself as a writer in this book, I will say it has its slow parts like most books but really sets the tone for Morning Star. An amazing plot line that will make you immediately want to read the next one !
Date published: 2017-10-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Everyone needs to read these! Update on re-read June 14, 2017: I'm not sure why it's so hard for me to put into words how much these books mean. I just read a post from Pierce Brown, saying something to the effect that he wrote the books to show that you should never let someone else tell you who, or what kind of person, you have to be. On re-read, I found Golden Son to be much better than I did last time. It moved me more. Pierce's writing just grabs you emotionally. You experience this struggle with Darrow, feeling his emotions as he experiences them. He's learning in this book. Learning how to be a better leader. Realizing that he can't do it all on his own, that he needs the help of his friends. As always, I dearly loved Ragnar's parts in this book. I had forgotten just how much I love him and his rise, in his mind, from slave mentality to the knowledge that he is a person worthy of so much more. Seeing his confidence in himself grow is really inspiring. There's a part near the end of the book, in Chapter 46, that actually moved me to tears. The part where Darrow is speaking to Fitchner, when he knows things are not about to end, but that he's expected to continue the farce indefinitely. He just makes a simple request, that he needs to go home and see his family. Love of his family is what started all this, and he just needs to see them once more, to get that strength of purpose back once more. Anyway, I've bumped it up to 5 stars. Golden Son is worthy of at least that many, but so much more. On to Book 3!!
Date published: 2017-06-14
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Disappointed Too bad that the story or the books couldn't follow up from the first one. Lacked imagination and detail. hence the drop in price.
Date published: 2017-05-31
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Good I enjoyed this book as much as the first.
Date published: 2017-05-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from great Just as good at the last book. Plot twists galore
Date published: 2017-03-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Really Good An excellent continuation to the story
Date published: 2017-03-03
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great Great sequel! did not dissapoint
Date published: 2017-02-17
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Meh Middle of the series is always the worst. But still a fun read.
Date published: 2017-01-20
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Read this trilogy! I read this last year and apparently was so busy jumping to the next one that I forgot to write a review! It's a bit late, but I remember that this was my least favourite of the series, at 4 stars instead of 5. It was mostly set in space which really threw me off because I'm not really familiar with "space jargon". Regardless, this trilogy is the best one that I read in 2016 and it is on my short list of all time favourites!
Date published: 2017-01-16
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Disappointing sequel to great book Having fallen completely in love with the first book in this series (red rising) I was so excited to start this book. It began quite nicely, but unfortunately I found that it soon started to drag a bit. There were so many new words and names and places that my mind felt like it was about to explode. There was Rip Wings and people of all colors and Obsidians and whatnot and they blasted each other from space and...I don't know. It just got too much for me and it made me unable to keep track of the plot and the progress. Eventually I had to put the book down and step away cause it just didn't work for me. And I was so excited about it and I was so disappointed and I really really wanted to love it. And Sevro, where did the attitude go? I want him back. However, with this ending, Pierce Brown sure made sure I would pick up the third novel in this series too, so way to go there, (I still hate the ending though).
Date published: 2015-09-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Golden son Great book, loved the first one. Second book is pritty good too. Broke my heart and sacrficed sleep, but worth it. Looking forward for the next book.
Date published: 2015-07-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Golden son .. a unique story that shows the battle between kinship and inhumanity in man's future living among the other planets.
Date published: 2015-05-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Exceeded my expectations Let's start with my thoughts as soon as I finished the book (acquired from Goodreads): "I... That ending. I was dozing off because it is super late but the last 4 pages woke me up with a virtual slap. Wow wow wow. This is crueler than Red Rising. That ending *cries* this book was glorious and exceeded my expectations by 100x times." Yes, I was blown away by Golden Son. If you read my review of Red Rising, you would know that I thoroughly enjoyed it but I wasn't blown away.. however, I stand corrected, Pierce Brown really hit it out of the ballpark. This book was so much more than I expected. I don't think I've ever read a book with this much plotting, manipulation, gasp inducing scenes, twists, and shocking revelations, all written in an engaging and addicting read. I honestly couldn't stop thinking about Golden Son, even after I finished my buddy read with Giselle from Booknerd Canada (I also buddy read Red Rising with her last year). There is just so much in this book that rereading it almost immediately will still result in discovering new things for the first time. Golden Son is set two years after Red Rising and the whole book spans another year of Darrow's life. I was quite impressed with this jump in timeline because this series is hovering, if it isn't already, on the line between young adult and adult fiction. I feel the gruesomeness of the book and the events that take place would shock many younger readers, however, being twenty four, I welcomed the uncensored feel of the book. Darrow really is a fantastic protagonist. I generally don't read male POV books because I don't connect with them but in Golden Son, Darrow captures your attention from the get go and you can't help but cheer him on and feel for him and invest your emotional well being in his outcome. I also loved the breakdown of all the colors as well as the houses and the people in them. It is always welcomed when fantasy/science fiction books include such glossaries and breakdowns so that we won't be lost halfway through the book. Those sections are so pretty and I just love the cover of the book too. Like I mentioned, from the first chapter, Brown kept throwing at Darrow (and us) complication after complication, twist after twist, I honestly wish I could say I was able to predict some of them but I couldn't predict a single one. It actually hurt my pride of being able to predict things, but at the same time I was ecstatic that finally, I can read a book where I 100% got everything wrong. It is glorious. Putting aside the plot, some of our favorite characters come back including Servo. God I love that foul mouthed boy. He is hilarious and I cracked up every time he said anything. There has also been a ton of crying moments (I admit it.. I cried) and I loved how Golden Son was able to tug at all my heartstrings but at the same time have so much substance and just so much action. I respect Brown for being able to create such a world and plot with so many details and all the interwoven plots without losing us. I am very excited for Morning Star and I honest'y don't know how I'll be able to wait over a year until it is in my hands.
Date published: 2015-02-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A Scify Novel of Epic Proportions! "Golden Son" by Pierce Brown is the second book in an intoxicating and gripping new series that begins on Mars where ArchGovernor Nero has decided to terminate Darrow Au Andromedus's contract because of the political and economic ramifications of the House of Bellona's blood feud with him. Knowing this setback will impact Ares and his rebellion Darrow makes a bold and dangerous move in a deadly game, hoping to finally fracture the Gold's dominance and bring equality to the Kingdom's oppressed people. Pierce Brown sets the stage in a society where the class structure is determined by colour and any individuality is shunned. Civilization is orderly, everyone knowing their place, undermining any chance of prosperity that could lead to a cycle of greed and war. But like ancient Rome the society with its corrupt ruling body of Golds, political intrigues and overindulgence is slowly crumbling. A cry for freedom and equality sparked by Ares and his resistance has begun to ripple through the other Colours while being secretly championed by Darrow. The plot is action-packed and emotionally-charged as Darrow once a Red Helldriver carved into a Gold not only battles to free the oppressed with his wits and warrior spirit, but has to overcome the inner demons that threaten to break him. Well-written with vivid imagery the reader is propelled into a brutal futuristic world where the elitist Gold survive at the expense of the downtrodden. With clever dexterity the author builds intensity and suspense with every twist and turn as events unfold that have Darrow struggling against a list of growing enemies, and recognizing that the only road to freedom may be through civil war. This is a page turner that keeps you enthralled from the first page to the last, ending in a cliff-hanger that begs for a thrilling conclusion. The characters he's created are unforgettable, realistic and complex with all their shadings of light and darkness. Darrow au Andromedus a warrior hewn by tragedy, pain and loss is aloof, afraid to seek warmth, love and put his faith in friends. An honest man with a deeply ingrained moral integrity, he rises above his brokenness, finding his victories result not only from his cleverness, strategy, and skills as a warrior but by putting his trust in friends and those he wants to free. Mustang au Augustus is highly intelligent, flirtatious and kind-hearted. Raised by a callous and cold-hearted father in a political atmosphere that spawns lies and secrets, Mustang is shrewd and cunning especially when protecting her family. Jackal her psychotic brother like his father Nero is power-hungry, cruel and two-faced. These personalities and a score of others, including a hard, calculating and heartless Sovereign and the proud, arrogant, killing instinct of the Bellona family add spine-tingling chills to a story filled with vengeance, violence and death that's diluted only by hope, friendship and love. "Golden Son" is captivating; a must-read for all those that like a science fiction series of epic proportions. I highly recommend it and can't wait for the next book to be published
Date published: 2015-02-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from What A Cliff Hanger Revenge and betrayal like only the Romans of old could dish out. Can't wait for the next book!
Date published: 2015-01-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Son of a G*ld! Holy Son of a Gold. What in the bloodydamn have I read? "Golden Son" is the best Book Two I have ever read. It keeps up with the pace and chain of events of Red Rising and expands on the world beyond the mines and Institute of Mars. The vastness of the Solar System is now the stage, befit for the objective of a Golden Son pretender. It is new terrain, but the same rules apply, in that there are no rules except survive. Survive, your friends live. Survive, your fight resolves. Survive, your dream breathes. But when everything turns against you just when it seems like they are going according to plan, how does one exactly survive? By playing the game. The game with no rules. Politics on a grander scale become pivotal in "Golden Son". The scheming is more refined in its intricacies than the grittier struggle for power at the Institute of "Red Rising" but that doesn't mean that this follow-up is any less bloody. On the contrary, with the higher stakes, so too are the fights gorier. Technology of the coolest kind is put to good use in Book Two, making it feel heavier on the sci-fi side with the satisfying payoff in more bloodshed and deaths. We get to see more of The Society and its caste system, try to comprehend how it thinks and works, and finally, realize how it all might just crumble under the weight of its own lies and treachery, expedited by Darrow and the Sons of Ares' doing. The internal conflict of our protagonist is real, albeit a little repetitive. He is constantly faced with the same dilemma - fulfill what he set out to do as a Red at the cost of betraying the surprisingly real relationships he has forged along the way as a Gold, or not. Either way, Darrow is at the short end of the stick. His identity and innocence are pit against that of his agenda, and against that of his friends'. Many of the characters we know and love from "Red Rising" reappear in this sequel, and the newly introduced ones are a fun welcome, possessing equal measures of humour, loyalty, strength, cunningness, and ruthlessness. Don't get too attached to any of them though, you never know what lies ahead. I thought to myself after "Red Rising" that the trilogy will wrap up exceptionally well in this order... book one, Inception; two, Ascent; three, Revolution. Well, screw that. Pierce Brown knows what he's doing, and it's definitely not in this boring, predictable sequence. This makes me even more grateful because "Golden Son" kept me on my toes constantly, leaving me without any inkling as to where the story is headed to. A gasp, a grunt, a sigh, a scowl, a cry, a cheer, one after another in a rapid cyclical fashion. With that jaw-dropping end to this book, it leaves me shaking with these responses all over again. How one is to recover from this, I do not know. Not enough emphasis can be placed on how much this series deserves every read savoured. Book Three will be the antidote I need to cure my ailments, and with the wait only beginning, I can only dream of what is to come and put faith in Pierce Brown, who has proven twice now that he's no amateur Pixie but the blazing Golden Son.
Date published: 2015-01-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from An incredible Book 2 Is it possible for your heart to be utterly smashed to pieces by a book? Well. I suppose so, because that's what happened to me after reading Golden Son. I had super high expectations for Golden Son, especially with the incredible first book and all the hype I had been hearing about Book 2. Golden Son definitely does not suffer from Second Book Syndrome. In the first book, we see a glimpse into the horrors of the world that Pierce Brown has built, with the war game and the ways Golds treat other people. However, as Darrow is thrust into the political games of the Golds and their tricky ways, we truly get to see the Golds in all their (horrible) glory. Darrow continues to grow and learn from his mistakes, which I especially like. He's still stumbling along and finding a way to somehow free his family. I like that he doesn't know what he's doing and that there's no all knowing entity that can give him the answers he seeks. He goes through so much in this book that I found myself yearning to experience his easier days in Red Rising. And his days in Red Rising were rough. Sevro is back in this book of course as is most of the cast from the first book (those that didn't die anyways). Despite all the emotional turmoil and the severity of the situations they find themselves in, I'm glad that he manages to provide some semblance of comic relief. I love Sevro, and his loyalty to Darrow. There's also, what I found to be comic relief in Praetor Kavax and his son Daxo, Pax's family. They are these massive mountains of men, even amongst the Golds. Praetor Kavax, Pax's father, has a red fox named Sophocles as a pet and feeds him jellybeans. He also believes in magic. We definitely learn more about some of the characters we met in Red Rising and some of it is clarifying and some of it is just heartbreaking. This book is saturated with anger and grief and the yearning for a better world. After reading it, I'm left feeling emotionally taxed. This book will rip your heart out and grind it into dust. But it's so so good and will leave you wanting more. It's a "It hurts so good" kind of situation. I can't wait for the last book in the trilogy to be released now. All I want is some happiness for the characters and for Darrow's goal to be achieved. I think he's gone through enough turmoil in his short life so far. I can't wait for you all to read this book and enjoy it and suffer my heartbreak as well. (Muahaha) Seriously. This debut series is incredible. Pierce Brown drags you into the novel with his writing and the world, and doesn't let you go until you've finished the book. It's action packed and there's never a dull moment
Date published: 2014-12-30