I’m the Odd Man Out | Golden Son #Review

April 27, 2016 Reviews 2

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I’m the Odd Man Out | Golden Son #ReviewGolden Son by Pierce Brown
Narrator: Tim Gerrard
Series: Red Rising #2
Published by Recorded Books, Del Rey on January 6, 2015
Genres: Science Fiction, Dystopia, Young Adult
Pages: 464
Length: 19 hours 2 minutes
Format: Audiobook
Source: Purchased

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.

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.

What Worked:

  • 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!

3.5 stars pretty good

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About Pierce Brown

Pierce Brown

Pierce Brown’s first novel, RED RISING (Del Rey Books), debuts January 28, 2014. It is the first installment in The Red Rising Trilogy.

Pierce Brown spent his childhood building forts and setting traps for his cousins in the woods of six states and the deserts of two. Graduating college in 2010, he fancied the idea of continuing his studies at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. Unfortunately, he doesn’t have a magical bone in his body. So while trying to make it as a writer, he worked as a manager of social media at a startup tech company, toiled as a peon on the Disney lot at ABC Studios, did his time as an NBC page, and gave sleep deprivation a new meaning during his stint as an aide on a U.S. Senate Campaign.

Now he lives in Los Angeles, where he scribbles tales of spaceships, wizards, ghouls, and most things old or bizarre.

Note to the reader: Always feel free to contact him via his website, twitter, or facebook. He likes people. Except if you’re a trollish person. Then he merely puts up with you for the sake of manners and propriety.


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2 Responses to “I’m the Odd Man Out | Golden Son #Review”

  1. Bookworm Brandee

    I was hoping to get this trilogy, or at least Red Rising, read before BEA but it isn’t happening, Berls. Nope. I’m glad you enjoyed Golden Son even if it wasn’t quite as much as you enjoyed Red Rising. I agree with you in that I’d not be happy about being surprised simply because it was information I didn’t know or didn’t have access to. And I also understand how too much action can actually be a detriment to a story. Nice review!
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