Golden Son

Pierce Brown

Published January 2015

Red Rising #2

18966819 I have put off writing this review for too long.  What can I possibly say that hasn’t been said about this book before?  Also, I think I was intimidated by how much I enjoyed the book.  I didn’t want to write an incoherent review where I flailed and fangirled and ranted.  I wanted this to be concise and well thought out, but for some reason the words would not come.  After being read for two weeks, I decided I needed to stop procrastinating and just push forward.  So here we go.  Pushing forward.

“For seven hundred years, my people have been enslaved without voice, without hope. Now I am their sword. And I do not forgive. I do not forget. So let him lead me onto his shuttle. Let him think he owns me. Let him welcome me into his house, so I might burn it down.”

Second book syndrome is supposedly a thing.  The dreaded situation where, especially in trilogies, the second book in a series acts as more of a plot builder and character developer for the upcoming finale, rather than being a strong independent book able to stand on its own.   While I have no doubts Morning Star will blow me away when I get to it, I can tell you right now: Golden Son does not suffer from any syndrome other than kick ass syndrome.  (Not sure if that is a real thing, but I am rolling with it.)

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