Narrator: Tim Gerrard
Series: Red Rising #2
Published by Recorded Books, Del Rey on January 6, 2015
Genres: Science Fiction, Dystopia, Young Adult
Length: 19 hours 2 minutes
I think I’m the odd man out, in that I enjoyed Golden Son a little less than Red Rising – though I still enjoyed it and give Golden Son 3.5 stars.
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.
- The action and intrigue! It is was there in Red Rising, but I think I enjoyed it a bit more in Golden Son because the stakes were higher and I knew the characters better.
- The characters continued to be very complex and pulled me in. I have to say that Darrow’s arrogance got on my nerves even more in Golden Son than it did in Red Rising though.
- I still really liked Tim Gerrard’s narration and think he does really great female voices.
What Didn’t Work:
- The pacing was a bit rough for me this time around. As much as I liked the action and intrigue, I think it also slowed things up a bit and I found my mind wandering away from the story.
- Sometimes I found it frustrating that major or developments hinged on a Knowledge of the society that we don’t have (or I missed?). It’s great to be surprised, but I’d rather it be because I missed a twist, not because I didn’t have the knowledge in the first place.
- The space factor came into play a bit more in Golden Son, and that was the reason I was hesitant to read the series. At least I THINK it was the space factor. There were these moments were people are wearing complex suits and losing oxygen, for example, and I can’t understand why in the world they need it. I got confused a lot about what was happening during major plot moments and it was frustrating.
Even though I didn’t love Golden Son quite as much as Red Rising I’m eager to read the final book in the trilogy. Things ended on quite a cliff and… While I’ll admit some of that was part of what I was confused about… I understood enough to know I NEED to see what happens next. So I’ll be continuing very soon!
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