“Golden Son” continues the stunning saga of Darrow, a rebel forged by tragedy, battling to lead his oppressed people to freedom. 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.
Red Rising was one my favourite book of 2014, so I was always going to read Golden Son just as soon as I could manage it, and I did, almost a month ago now, but for some reason I’ve not gotten around to reviewing it. I think I had a ‘review’ book I had to post about first, and then it kept slipping back in the list of things to do. Which is unforgivable, because Golden Son is just as good if not better than Red Rising was.
Before I get into the review proper I’d just like to mention that Tim Gerard Reynolds once again does an gorydamn, awesome job with the narration of the audiobook.
We join Darrow a little while after the events at the end of Red Rising now working for the ArchGovernor of Mars, Nero au Augustus, the man responsible for the killing of his wife Eo. The only way to win justice for his people and her memory is from within.
If you thought the action was full-on in the first book, you haven’t seen anything yet. The battles are bigger and played out on a much larger battlefield, and yet the biggest danger Darrow faces comes from the smaller battles, from new enemies and old, from some of the very people he trusts the most, and the most dangerous one of all, himself.
To quote the title of another book where the heroes must make decisions and do things they hate, to achieve their ultimate aims, war makes Monsters of Men, and that could not be any more accurate about Darrow’s life though much of this volume.
You will spend much of the book gasping in shock as Pierce Brown throws another twist your way, just as you are recovering from the previous one, and the vast majority of them, you will not see coming, even the ones you do see, are likely to be achieved in a different way or time than you were expecting.
Whilst this enemies plot and betrayals are rife, you will be pleased to know that Darrow has support from some of those you would expect, yet the ‘depth’ of that support, like Darrow himself, you’ll likely underestimate.
I’m going to stop here, because all the best bits I’d like to talk about the most are big flashing neon signs of spoilers, and you don’t want to know them beforehand, trust me. What I will say though, is after that last chapter, I want the next one Morning Star, right-now, immediately, yesterday even, and by bloodydamn, so will you!