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"NEW YORK TIMES "BESTSELLER NAMED ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR BY NPR, "BUZZFEED, "AND "BOOKLIST "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.
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.
Praise for "Golden Son"
Gripping . . . Both author and lead character have cranked up the emotional stakes. . . . With "Golden Son, "Brown avoids the sophomore slump, charging the novel with the kind of dystopia-toppling action you d expect in a trilogy ender, not a middle volume. On virtually every level, this is a sequel that hates sequels a perfect fit for a hero who already defies the tropes. Grade: ] A "Entertainment Weekly"
Stirring . . . Comparisons to "The Hunger Games "and" Game of Thrones" series are inevitable, for this tale has elements of both. " Kirkus Reviews"
Brown writes layered, flawed characters . . . but plot is his most breathtaking strength. . . . Every action seems to flow into the next. NPR
It s a far superior sequel, in fact: one of the rare breed of reads that improves upon its predecessor in every conceivable category. . . . In a word, "Golden Son" is stunning. Never mind how little we ve seen of 2015: Among science fiction fans, it should be a shoo-in for book of the year. "Tor.com"
Pierce Brown is a prodigy. As great as the first book of the Red Rising Trilogy is, "Golden Son" is even better. A wild ride full of suspense, intrigue, and serious ass-kicking bravado, it s expertly written and emotionally engaging, with top-notch universe-building that begs for further exploration. I want more Christopher Golden, "New York Times" bestselling author of" Snowblind"
The stakes are even higher than they were in "Red Rising, " and the twists and turns of the story are every bit as exciting. The jaw-dropper of an ending will leave readers hungry for the conclusion to Brown s wholly original, completely thrilling saga. "Booklist" (starred review)
Dramatic . . . the rare middle book that loses almost no momentum as it sets up the final installment. "Publishers Weekly""
- ISBN-13: 9780345539816
- ISBN-10: 0345539818
- Publisher: Del Rey Books
- Publish Date: January 2015
- Page Count: 464
Series: Red Rising Trilogy #3
Publishers Weekly® Reviews
- Reviewed in: Publishers Weekly, page .
- Review Date: 2014-10-13
- Reviewer: Staff
Misdirection and chaos mark the twisty second book of Brown’s SF trilogy (after Red Rising), set mostly on a near-future Mars divided between the ruling Golds and the peons called Reds. Red-born Darrow has been recruited by radicals, disguised as one of the elite, and sent to spark a revolution, but Brown makes it clear (often through scenes of mopey self-reflection) that Darrow’s not suited to the task. As a sleeper agent, he is forced to manipulate both friend and foe, a burden described vividly and to great effect. Brown shows everything organically, from the Roman influences on the culture to the exciting potential hidden in both halves of society. Dramatic battles with a real sense of loss, and a final chapter that slams into both Darrow and the reader, make this the rare middle book that loses almost no momentum as it sets up the final installment. (Jan.)