Golden Son by Pierce Brown Review

Golden Son is the second book in the Red Rising series, so proceed with caution if you have not read Red Rising, spoilers to follow.

Following on a couple of years after the conclusion of Red Rising, Golden Son picks up with Darrow at the academy, a higher education facility. He is still in the position he earned in the finale of Red Rising and we follow him in his continued fight to free the low colours from the tyranny of the golds.

All in all, Pierce Brown does a good job of continuing to build up many of the characters we grew to love in the first book. Darrow does continue as a little bit of a Gary Stu, that doesn’t bother me at all but it might hamper your enjoyment depending on how you feel about that.

Golden Son excels at opening up the world, or in this case the universe. We are given a much broader view of the world Brown has created, and Darrow gets more involved in things way above his head, and his pay grade. This opening up of the world does the series a world of good, moving from the more self contained story of Red Rising.

Overall I’m not absolutely in love with this book, I felt the way Darrow’s motivations were dealt with actually became more hamfisted, as they were attempting to be expanded. However that is a small nitpick in an otherwise enjoyable sequel.

4 stars


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