Title: Golden Son
Author: Pierce Brown
Series: Red rising #2
Genres: Dystopian, Science fiction, Young adult
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I loved the first book in the series so it didn’t take me more than a day to make time and jump head first into this one. I liked Golden son to but nowhere as much as Red rising this book has a completely different atmosphere than the first one and I kind of missed it.
The world in which the story plays out expands greatly. In the first book we hear about the different planets and the fact that the characters can travel great distances in space but in his book we see it firsthand. The events take place mostly in space ships and several different planets. But the expansion pertains not only the physical world, the places but we get to know more of the social build up of world, the things the hierarchy works and more of the politics and movers and shakers of it. There is more explanation of the different colors and their roles. So the details of the world building take up substantial part of the plot. Still a lot of things happen in the background.
The storyline follows an arch like structure or more likely Darrow role to it. He starts out practically from the beginning at the bottom then fights himself up into a leading position just to fall again. Darrow became more and more effective and good with strategy but his downfall is that after a couple of successful endeavor he gets a bit conceited takes unguarded steps which result is serious mistake. In this story his conflicted emotions and thoughts start to come to light. In his heart he is a red but lived a gold for a long time now which makes it hard for him to decide what the best next step toward his goal is. He starts to make mentally hard but necessary moves that will help the rebellion but at the same time he betrays his new but good friends among the golds. He has good intentions and doesn’t want to destroy the leading caste completely, he just wants to change the hierarchy but doesn’t know how to go about it and this causes rift between him and his friends. He starts to keep them at arm’s length to and effectively loosing the dynamism they had in the first book but at the same time he creates connections with various people from different castes, he is good at creating relationships but it gives him away. I couldn’t agree with all of his decisions and actions and for me he lost a bit from his shine he acquired at the end of the first installment.
Mustang is still his adversary and their relationship progresses into different levels too but they are not as in sync as before. Maybe they have similar view but she doesn’t want as radical changes as Darrow and she hopes to accomplish things more in a political way and with less aggression and battles. They clash more and I like her but I think that she is smart but also a bit naïve and too hopeful.
I still love Sevro with all his brutal honesty, and he helps Darrow a lot since he got a deeper understanding of his cause but there are also several new and interesting characters. I adored Ragnar and Victra, too. On the other hand the ones Darrow gathered around himself change a lot during this story. Their golden upbringing and need for accomplishments start to take over their sense of loyalty toward Darrow and friend distant demeanor doesn’t reassure them enough to keep fighting for him. I was disappointed in a lot of them.
This book is also divided up into four parts like the first book and the different parts and the way they grouped has a substantial meaning to the storyline. Golden son is a good story, a more political oriented, a bit more gory but intense and complex. I just didn’t like how the whole plot played out and how things went down. More over the last chapter is a blur for me, it came out of nowhere and still don’t know a how or a why. It put a damper on my mood so much so that I think I’m going to take a longer time out before I read the last book. Unfortunately, I don’t see good things coming.