Genre: Fantasy, Adult
Publication Date: January 6th 2015
My Rating: 4/5
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.
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I read Red Rising at the beginning of the year and I wasn’t a big fan. I didn’t feel like there was anything wrong it was just that apparently, I don’t like the “Huger Game – teenagers killing each other for a price” type of trope. However, I read a review saying that the Golden Son was different and that people should give it a try even if they didn’t like the first book in the trilogy. So I did. And indeed the storyline of this book was very different, and I definitely enjoyed it more than the first one.
Things I liked:
- Like I mentioned above the story was very different than the first book. We are following Darrow after two years when he is well infiltrated in the world of the Gold and the politics. We hear heaving on political games but the scales now is not only around and a group of teenagers but it involves the whole world and Colours.
- I was never bored. The pace is so fast and the twist and turn keep going as soon as you think you can catch your breath. I don’t think there is ever a chapter that is just a filler. It’s action, action and some more action.
- We met a couple of new characters including Rangar which a really enjoyed. They brought their own touch to the story.
- Although I was accidentally spoiled a part of the ending, it was still so intense, and I still didn’t see so details coming, and the cliffhanger was excellent!
Things I didn’t like:
The two following points are the reason why the book is not a 5 start but, to be honest, this is me nitpicking.
- Darrow is a suicidal hero and at two occasions he jumps into a plan he just came up with that is very unlikely to succeed and not only he survives but also somehow his plan works. And I’m ok for this to work once, but it happened at least twice. It made Darrow feel a little like a God that can take a whole army on his own. That put me off a little.
- I think I mention this next point in my review of the first book, but I don’t like the “they killed my wife” revenge plot, and to add to that we never really got to see Darrow and Eo together so every time Darrow reflects on how much he loved Eo and what she meant to him, it always felt like it is forced down my throat. And I was hoping that after two years (which is when this book takes place) maybe some things will have changed. But they didn’t. More specifically, throughout the story every time that we are in the middle of the action Darrow reflects on his motivations for doing what he is doing, and it’s always because of Eo. What she wanted what she would have wanted, her dreams, and I was hoping that it would be more about what Darrow wants, for example, to free his people and have an equal society, because this is right not because his dead wife of two years wanted that. I was hoping to see Darrow talking about how unfair people are treated, which we see every now and then, but it still comes back to Eo. And that annoyed the heck out of me.
What about you guys? Have you read this book? What are your thoughts on it? Let me know in the comments!