Book 2 of the Red Rising Trilogy

posted May 24, 2016, 11:52 AM by Bruce Gaughran   [ updated Feb 21, 2019, 1:44 PM ]
I finished Golden Son by Pierce Brown. At first I wasn’t sure I liked it as much as Book 1, but after finishing it, I liked it even more. This book begins about two years after Red Rising ends.

Summary from Amazon:  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.

The story, in my opinion, is now the Game of Thones and Gladiator tied nicely into the history of the fall of the Roman Empire. Jealous families, power-hungry people, friendships, alliances, warped views of morality, deceit and betrayal play heavily in this story. Along with this, there is a war going on to gain, or regain, control of the Alliance. As in the Game of Thones, no one can be trusted entirely. Alliances change quickly and even your most trusted friends can become your enemy.

Darrow, the hero, walks a tightrope once again, but this time the stakes are much higher. Millions of people can lose their lives and entire royal families can be wiped out with one wrong move. Just when you believe one side has the upper hand, deceit and betrayal walks through the door. By the time I finished the book, I was ready for Book 3.