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Golden Son

(Red Rising Saga #2)

4.44  ·  Rating details ·  188,856 ratings  ·  15,141 reviews
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 Darro ...more
ebook, 430 pages
Published January 6th 2015 by Del Rey
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Johnny Wenzel Pierce Brown mentioned that he pictured Fitchner to be Paul Bettany (Knight's Tale, Beautiful Mind), but I don't really see it.

I could go with Rhys W…more
Pierce Brown mentioned that he pictured Fitchner to be Paul Bettany (Knight's Tale, Beautiful Mind), but I don't really see it.

I could go with Rhys Wakefield. Handsome enough to be a gold but villainy enough to be Sevro.

I would love to see Emma Watson play Mustang. She usually takes the smart girl role, but I think she could pull off Mustang's edge very well.

Alex Pettyfur for Cassius

Marie Avgeropoulos for Antonia impossible. I picture someone like Robbie Amell but I think they should take someone unknown for him. I wouldn't want a celebrity to detract from who Darrow is. For example, initially, I saw Katniss as Katniss but now I just see Jennifer Lawrence. I couldn't buy into Dan Brown's Robert Langdon because all I could see was Tom Hanks (don't get me wrong; I love both movie series, but I'd like to experience Darrow with a new face).

I clearly liked this question. More people should pitch in thoughts.(less)
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Emily May
Feb 18, 2016 rated it it was ok
Shelves: sci-fi, young-adult, 2016
“I will die. You will die. We will all die and the universe will carry on without care. All that we have is that shout into the wind - how we live. How we go. And how we stand before we fall.”

I *almost* didn't write a review for Golden Son. It doesn't matter how many reviews I write or how snarky I've been in the past, there is something extremely intimidating about writing a negative review for a book that all my friends loved, that critics praised, and that has an average Goodreads rating
Sep 17, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Did I mention that I listened to these almost exclusively as audiobooks?

I did. And the narration was, to put it plainly, purely brilliant. Dude knocked it out of the park.

In fact, the narrative voice was so strong that when I picked up a paper copy of the book so I could read it faster. (I read about 5 or 6 times faster off the page.) The narrator's voice stuck with me in my head, like when you read some text next to a picture of Morgan Freeman.

So yeah. Not just some excellent books. But excelle
Melissa ♥ Dog/Wolf Lover ♥ Martin
Gah! FairyLoot edition!

Can I just take a moment to give credit to this wonderful ending ↓

I can't even right now!

Okay, lets move on to a little bit of a more sedate review. First off I love Darrow, Sevro, Ragnar, Quinn and Mustang and I swear . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Well, I love a lot of the side characters but I'm most in love right now with Sevro, Darrow and Ragnar in that order.

I can't even write this review! This book is all over the place with everything!

Blowing people
Mar 27, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favourites
the best thing about this reread is i already knew what happens, so i didnt feel so personally betrayed this time around. but that ending is still so gorydamn painful. ugh.


lets talk biology. goosebumps are a fight or flight response. usually (temperature excluded), they occur when experiencing intense emotions towards something and adrenaline is released throughout the body.

so what does it say about this book that i had goosebumps pretty much throughout the ent
Jan 10, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
Take all these 5/5 stars ratings from me, Pierce Brown. Take it! You completely deserve it.

Unbelievable… It wasn’t an exaggeration when practically everyone told me the sequels to Red Rising are much better. Golden Son was an absolutely magnificent installment in the trilogy. I praised Red Rising, I enjoyed reading it so much. And still, it pales in comparison to its sequel. I started reading Golden Son on the day I turned 28, I finished it in three days, and I’m so lucky to have chosen this bo
Miranda Reads
Apr 11, 2019 rated it it was ok
Shelves: audiobook

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Now that you know that this one is on it, check out the Worst Books of 2019 video to see what other ones made the cut!
The Actual Review
I don't know what's wrong with me but this one is so gory-damn boring that I could scream.

Am I the only one?

Does it get better???

- An Eternity Later -

It didn't get better, but on the plus side, this book is over! I can FINALLY read something else!

The Review

Okay. So. A lot hap
Jessica ❁ ➳ Silverbow ➳ ❁
Updated Review:

I have this quirk . . . I call it my "false sense of urgency."

It sometimes makes me impatient and unforgiving when I'm reading a book for the first time, and if the new book happens to be the latest installment of one of my favorite series, the possibility of that first read suffering the effects of my FSoU goes up exponentially.

*glances sheepishly at GOLDEN SON*

1. I don't care about the bloody Ash Lord.

2. There was TONS of info about Obsidians and Stained, it just wasn't the in
Virginia Ronan ♥ Herondale ♥
“I will die. You will die. We will all die and the universe will carry on without care. All that we have is that shout into the wind - how we live. How we go. And how we stand before we fall.”

It’s been three days I finished “Golden Son” and I still don’t know how I feel about it, let alone what I think about it. >_<
I’m just so confused and devastated and my heart is nothing but an empty void.

There seem to be three bloodydamn good reasons why I feel that way though:

1.) Pierce Brown ripp
Dec 03, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
This comes out today. And you should read it because it's fucking awesome.

RTC when I'm done with my re-read and can find the words to do this beast justice.
Jan 15, 2018 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Warning: Snarkiness ahead, which might be offensive to anyone who actually enjoys this series.

Everyone says the second book is better than the first, so I gave it a try. And I agree. If I squint hard enough, it is a smidge better. But it doesn't really improve enough to push it from "just ok" to "actually good" for me.

I appreciate that we are no longer inundated with the tedious worldbuilding of the first book, which does speed up the pacing of this one. It's more action-filled and less waxing
Steph Sinclair
This 5 star rating might come as a surprised to some of you who know how conflicted Red Rising left me. In fact, it's one of the only books I've read, but NOT rated. How often does that happen? Hmm... never. So how did I go from "unable to rate book one" to "loving book 2 something fierce"? The short and lazy answer is, I don't know. The long and complicated version is this review. Huzzah!

Golden Son is a remarkable improvement over some of the issues I had with Red Rising. The writing and plot a
Sep 13, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Golden Son has officially wrecked me. I'm actually checking my pulse right now to make sure I'm still alive.

Status unclear.

Picking up approximately 2-years after the events of Red Rising, we continue to follow our intrepid hero, Darrow au Anadromedus, also known as, The Reaper.

His secret war against the Golds, rages forth. The ultimate goal of which is to demolish the status quo.

Full of the same action-packed, pulse-pounding battle scenes as the first book, this installment amps up the level o
Jan 04, 2018 rated it it was amazing
What do you live for?

Money? Fame? Glory? Love? Family? Ambition?
For the autumn leaves that rustle under your feet? For the smell of the soil after rain? For the juicy peaches that melt in your mouth? For the sound of the tumultuous waves when they reach the shore? For the laughter of a child that views the world as a wonder?

Darrow au Andromedus fights for the freedom, the opportunity to live for the above. For an oppressed people that hides in the shadows of the so-called superiors for centuri
Caz (littlebookowl)
Jan 21, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: owned
Rating: 4.5 stars

It's hard to believe that there can be even more action after Red Rising, but lo and behold! My heart breaks for these characters... they have loved and lost so much, but they just keep on fighting for what they believe is right.

It was great spending more time with this crew, and meeting some fantastic new characters, too! I love Darrow's brain - he comes up with the most clever, and often crazy, plans, and it was so much fun (yet stressful) seeing them unfold.

Ahmad Sharabiani
Golden Son (Red Rising #2), Pierce Brown

Golden Son is a 2015 science fiction novel, by American author Pierce Brown, the second in his Red Rising trilogy. The sequel to 2014's Red Rising, Golden Son continues to follow lowborn Darrow's plan to destroy the Society from within. The third novel, Morning Star, was published in February 2016.

تاریخ نخستین خوانش: ماه مارس سال2017میلادی

عنوان: پسر زرین - کتاب دوم از سه گانه قیام سرخ؛ نویسنده: پیرس براون؛ برگردان: مهنام عبادی؛ ویراستار: نیما کهندانی؛ تهر
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Jun 11, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Oh Darrow you silly little fool 🥴
Nov 02, 2017 rated it really liked it
I am never emotionally prepared for this series but I am even less emotionally prepared for that cliffhanger.
Shelby *trains flying monkeys*

Two years after Red Rising left off we meet the Reaper/Darrow again. He has moved on to the Academy-He is the Golden child right? Then right as he tastes that brass ring; it gets yanked away.
That's one thing about the Red Rising stories. They will twist you into a million different knots before they destroy you.

If your heart beats like a drum,
and your leg's a little wet,
it's 'cause the Reaper's come
to collect a little debt.

In this book I didn't love Darrow-sometimes I found him just plai
Mikee (ReadWithMikee)
❝My son, my daughter, now that you bleed, you shall know no fear, no defeat, only victory. Your cowardice seeps from you. Your rage burns bright. Rise, warrior of Gold, and take with you your Color’s might.❞

THAT ENDING. I AM SPEECHLESS. I don't even know what to say. This book was full of surprises. Literally. I did not see any of this coming. This series just keeps getting better and better. You'd think that Golden Son would suffer the "book before the finale" syndrome but NOPE. Not
Luna. ✨
Jan 08, 2017 rated it it was amazing

What a fun Buddy Read with team Howlers; Speedy eye Oppa, Whorefart Aga, Dewi, Minxy & Voldemort

'If your heart beats like a drum and your leg's a little wet, it's 'cause the Reaper's come to collect a little debt.'

that ending...... That MOTHERFUCKING ENDING.









Hear that sound? Relax. it's just the sound of my mind being blown and my brains splattering the walls.


Holy balls is right folks. How the hell did the author think of su
Robin (Bridge Four)
Re-read with some of my Glorydamn friends at Buddies Books and Baubles because there was a lot of stuff that went down in this and I need to relive it all going into Morning Star.

I'm glad I reread this since I had forgotten so much of what happened early on this this book. And even though I knew what was going to happen at the end and I knew it was coming and I was waiting for it to get there it still affected me so deeply and hurt just as much if not more than the first time.

I'm pretty sure

After the underwhelming and super unsatisfying Red Rising (which started out well then went downhills), Golden Son turned out to be a complete surprise in every aspect but one. And it would’ve been a solid 4⭐️ read, were it not for the characters.

The Plot:

Golden Son continues with Darrow’s quest for vengeance and retribution and right off the bat, it started out with some much needed humbling and a vicious learning experience for him, which hyped me up for the rest of the book because th
Feb 26, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Holy Moly that was a real ending. I'm pretty gobsmacked. This is an absolutely phenomenal read.

Even though I wasn't mad on the beginning, Golden Son really ironed out any issues I had with Red Rising, developed the already great characters and threw in some amazing twists and turns. Not to mention that the ending was incredible, my heart was in my mouth.

5 gory damn stars.
Charlotte May
Jun 14, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Bloodydamn!!! What an epic second instalment.


What do you suppose they would think of us?” I ask. “Of man?” “I suppose they would think we’re beautiful, strange and inexplicably horrible to one another.

This series has me hook line and sinker! Darrow and his band of loyal friends are planning to destroy their enemies.
Meanwhile Darrow has agreements and plans with The Jackal, The Sons of Ares and Augustus. He can’t follow through with them all. But the real question is, who is dece
Natasha Polis
Dec 09, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
I finished this baby awhile ago, and loved every action packed minute. I'm anticipated Morning Star this February!!! ...more
Mar 31, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Oh wow, holy mother of bloody/gory damn hell on earth, Mars, Venus and Pluto! What did I just read??!!!!!

This book surpassed the first quite evidently. It was clear from the beginning this would be a great book.

The story picked up where the first book ended, but not quite. The story picks up with a several year gap, where the characters have recovered from the institute and are now members of the active society. They have had a chance to mature and become the people they were meant to be. I thi
Aug 23, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Profound and thought-provoking, this novel will rarely allow you to catch your breath with its fast-paced and nerve-wracking atmosphere. Pierce Brown stayed true to all what made me love Red Rising and even upped the game. I couldn't have wished for a better sequel.

"For seven hundred years, my people have been enslaved without voice, without hope. Now I am their sword."

In Golden Son, Darrow continues in his quest of infiltrating into Society ruled by Golds, so he can gain freedom for his peo
Mar 11, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites

Epic roller coaster ride from start to finish! I'd have given it 6 stars if I could.

At the end of the first book of this trilogy, Darrow Au Andromedus, after winning the Institutes barbaric challenge, kneels before his enemy and agrees to become his adopted son. The second book in the trilogy begins two years later with Darrow at the head of a fleet of warships battling a simulated war against house Bellona's oldest son Karnus for victory in the graduation test of the Academy.

I won't sp

Erica Ravenclaw
Reread: January 2018 ☆☆☆

Well. This is awkward. Reading Golden Son is arduous af.

This installment shifts to a tech-heavy and space-centric sci-fi novel, which feels like a stark contrast in the wake of Red Rising. In truth, I see the continuity for the complete story arc, it is natural for things to expand. It also feels polarizing, and boring. But that character development tho... I remain here for Sevro. Always.

**Original review below**


No spoilers and colorful language abound! I receive
Drcong O '
“They say a kingdom divided against itself cannot stand. They made no mention of the heart.”

This is more of a 2 1/2 stars and I enjoyed it slightly more than the previous book. Friends please don't kill me, I tried, but I just can't find myself to love it. D:

Dw, there will be no spoilers in my review. I won't be talking about the plot or anything bc then that will spoil those of you who haven't read Red Rising.

I tried so hard and I had so much hope I would end up liking this bc of
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Hello. I'm Pierce Brown, the author of the Red Rising Saga, a NYT #1 bestseller.
I figured I'd write you myself than have corporate copy pasted below my totally natural author photo.

In my books you'll find stories of men and women finding their inner strength when all seems lost. You'll also find me exploring themes of love, violence, hope, and power--what it means, why people seek it, and how th

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