Book Review: Golden Son

image– Pierce Brown
Series: Red Rising Trilogy
Published: 2015, Random House
Genres: YA, Fantasy/Dystopia
Pages: 464
Format: Hardback
Source: Review Copy

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.

My Thoughts:

This book was long. Very long. It felt like I was reading it forever, and it did actually take me two weeks.

When I opened the book, I was excited. The ending of Red Rising was brilliant, and I was looking forward to getting thrown back into this world. And we were thrown back into this world – so quickly that I thought it was a little confusing. With hardly any mention of what happened in Red Rising, this is a sequel that you definitely cannot read before reading the first book. It just felt like huge chunks of information was missing, and we had a lot of talk and not a lot of description. I would have liked to see more over what happened immediately after the last book, but it seemed like we skipped that part and moved months ahead. Did I just mis-read or did that actually happen? xD

This book was action packed, and whilst it did take forever to read, once I’d reconnected with all the characters and what was actually going on, I enjoyed it. I mean, again, the first half of the book was really slow for me but the second half was great. The plot was constantly changing for me and I never really knew who to trust or what was going to happen, and I like that I was constantly kept on my toes. Some things were really hard to imagine, and I would say that is because we get a lot of conversation, but not so much description of the actual world around the people.

Honestly, I don’t really know what else to say! I’m disappointed that I just didn’t really love it overall! Goodreads seems to be filled almost completely with 5 star reviews. Maybe I need to re-read both books together and see if my feelings change! Would definitely love to hear some of your thoughts – have you done a review?

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