Golden Sun – Pierce Brown


With shades of The Hunger Games, Ender’s Game, and Game of Thrones, debut author Pierce Brown’s genre-defying epic Red Rising hit the ground running and wasted no time becoming a sensation.

Golden Son continues the stunning saga of Darrow, a rebel forged by tragedy, battling to lead his oppressed people to freedom from the overlords of a brutal elitist future built on lies. Now fully embedded among the Gold ruling class, Darrow continues his work to bring down Society from within.

A life-or-death tale of vengeance with an unforgettable hero at its heart,Golden Son guarantees Pierce Brown’s continuing status as one of fiction’s most exciting new voices.


After finishing that book, all I can think is: Where do we go from here?

This book was pretty confusing at first because it’s been so long since the last one. The story has a lot of little parts to keep track of, and I’ve forgotten so many names! All the turncoating was hard to keep track of too. This book is really intricate. I probably would’ve enjoyed it more if I went to it right after reading the first book. Then again, that one had a steep learning curve too. It’s slightly unenjoyable to start off confused (this has happened with both of the books now). While the payoff was worth in in the first book, the cliffhanger at the end here was frustrating. And yes—it ends in a cliffhanger, augh!

I won’t deny that, for a bridge book, this one has a lot going on. But it felt like a completely different story from the first book! As futuristic as this book is, the concepts behind it are as old as time. Death begets death begets death.

I’m glad we got to see the original hometown. It’s been a long time, and it’s nice to know what’s happened there.

Also, where’s Mustang?! And why do people keep their threats alive? I know some are “bargaining chips” in the greater game (Lysander), but I don’t get why people let their rivals live. Get rid of Cassius already!!

Related Reading

  • Ender’s Game – Orson Scott Card
  • I am Number Four – Pittacus Lore
  • A Game of Thrones (A Song of Ice and Fire) – George R.R. Martins

Rating: 3.5/5


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