Golden Son: Book 2 of the Red Rising Saga (Red Rising Series)
- Publish Date: 2015-07-07
- Binding: Paperback
- Author: Pierce Brown
NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER â¢Â NAMED ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR BY NPR, BUZZFEED,Â AND BOOKLIST â¢Â With shades of The Hunger Games, Enderâs Game, and Game of Thrones, debut author Pierce Brownâs 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. Darrowâs kind have been betrayed and denied by their elitist masters, the Goldsâand 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 loveâbut also the wrath of powerful rivals. To wage and win the war that will change humankindâs destiny, Darrow must confront the treachery arrayed against him, overcome his all-too-human desire for retributionâand strive not for violent revolt but a hopeful rebirth. Though the road ahead is fraught with danger and deceit, Darrow must choose to follow Eoâs principles of love and justice to free his people.
He must live for more.
Praise for Golden Son
âGripping . . . 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 youâd expect in a trilogy ender, not a middle volume. On virtually every level, this is a sequel that hates sequelsâa perfect fit for a hero who already defies the tropes. [Grade:] AââEntertainment Weekly
âStirring . . . Comparisons to The Hunger Games and Game of Thrones series are inevitable, for this tale has elements of both.ââKirkus Reviews
âBrown writes layered, flawed characters . . . but plot is his most breathtaking strength. . . . Every action seems to flow into the next.ââNPR
âItâs 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 weâve seen of 2015: Among science fiction fans, it should be a shoo-in for book of the year.ââTor.com
âPierce 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, itâs expertly written and emotionally engaging, with top-notch universe-building that begs for further exploration. I want more!ââChristopher Golden, New York Times bestselling author of Snowblind
âThe 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 Brownâs wholly original, completely thrilling saga.ââBooklist (starred review)
âDramatic . . . the rare middle book that loses almost no momentum as it sets up the final installment.ââPublishers Weekly
From the Hardcover edition.