Goryhell! Golden Son Left Me Breathless

golden sonSo if you saw my review a few days ago, you’ll know I loved Red Riding. And just when I thought it couldn’t get any better… this book sucker punched me in the gut!

There were so many twists and turns, I couldn’t even recount it all if I wanted to. This book kept me on my toes for the entire wild ride. Brown’s writing has proved to be so dynamic and explosive that it will literally blow your mind! Reading them is like playing “pass the bomb”- you will not be able to put them down.

And like a bomb, Darrow comes into his own as a hero. He is perfectly placed at the epicentre- ready to rock the very foundations of the society with his (and Eo’s) dream. He storms through the story as a force to be reckoned with, pulling out the rug from under the elite and creates chaos better than any explosion. The drama is escalated from the first book, as Darrow and his friends turn the real world into their playground and become embroiled in the politics of their universe.

But he is not just a one-dimensional hero. Because the theme of humanity is carried over from the first book- Darrow is human in that he finds it easy to sink to the level of one of the entitled elite and must constantly struggle with himself to be a better man. In a way, the book shows how it is easy to fall into the trap of being a Gold (the elites), while it is harder to identify with the Reds (the oppressed).

True to the form of the first book, Brown explores depths I couldn’t have fathomed in what is technically a YA book series. Because these books are technically about power- but not in the way you might expect. They are about the power of love, the power of friendship and the power of humanity. This book philosophises with the best of them- it is both ingenious and deep as it delves into a future that resembles the Roman past so perfectly.

Like the first book, the connection to the Classics is vivid and perfectly interpreted. The battles remind me simultaneously of the Homeric myths that founded this ancient civilisation and the skirmishes at the end of the Roman Empire. It is a perfect circle that encompasses both the beginning and end of this political cycle.

And while I was knee deep in those crazy Machiavellian shenanigans, that ending came out of nowhere and blew me away. That ending COMPLETELY threw me- just when I thought there were no more surprises. After that I understood why Brown has compounded words: one word just couldn’t quite do all this craziness justice. Because, bloodyhell, it is a good book.

Rating: 5/5 bananas

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Hope you all enjoyed that! I will see you all again shortly- but probably not too soon- because these books are literally taking over my life! Let me know in the comments the last series you read that had you completely obsessed and of course your thoughts on this book if you’ve read it!

***Read the Review of Morning Star Here***

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31 thoughts on “Goryhell! Golden Son Left Me Breathless

  1. rantandraveaboutbooks says:

    I’m still only 6% into Red Rising. I tried reading it again last night and the info dump was killing me. And I have no idea what he’s talking about with the world building. There’s so many colors and whatnot I’m losing track of it all. I’ll stick with it. Hopefully it will all make sense soon and I can rave over it with you.

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    • theorangutanlibrarian says:

      Ah definitely stick with it- I was a bit of a dork about the world building cos of the Classics references, but normally that kind of thing drives me mad- I usually find it helpful if someone tells me if it gets better- and this one definitely does!

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      • rantandraveaboutbooks says:

        I noticed some Greek references. I think there was some mention of Omegas or Epsilon somewhere in chapter two or three. There’s so much of an info dump though. I almost feel like I need to write some of it down, which is probably why I haven’t stuck with it. I hope he explains some of this stuff later on or I’ll be so lost. I like the sound of Homeric battles. My favorite book is The Iliad. Everyone says it gets better, so that’s the only reason why I’m forcing myself to keep reading. Normally if someone tells me wait until around page 200, I usually skip over it. But I made a promise to my blogger friend I would finish it. 😉

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        • theorangutanlibrarian says:

          ahh don’t worry about it too much! I feel like it’s pretty well explained for sure- but then I’m biased :p I love the Iliad- but I’m a bit more biased towards the Aeneid- and I feel like this is closer to that (in that it makes me think more of ancient Rome than Greece). Ahh it’s really worth it- because the plot *really* picks up in the second half!! Good luck! 😀

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  2. Read Diverse Books says:

    OK, I did not technically read your review entirely because I still haven’t even read the first one though I really want to. I will try to make time for Red Rising this year because it sounds incredible and Pierce Brown is amazing. He came to my city a couple of months ago for a book signing and I just had to go see him even though I hadn’t read any of his books yet. haha. He’s so young, and successful, and handsome! He’s doing life right.

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  3. Kat Impossible says:

    What an amazing review!!! I loved your metaphor with the bomb and how you put everything without giving anything away really. I knew that something still had to happen in the ending, but I didn’t expect it to be quite so devastating. That ending broke me in so many ways. When I got my copy of Morning Star, I just hugged it for a while, quite scared of what I would have to face in the new book. I read Pierce’s afterword first and it sort of gave the first couple of chapters even more meaning.

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  4. Donna says:

    I blame you and your enthusiasm for my adding of the books into my to-buy-very-very-very-soon book list. This is one hell of a review! I just want to drop everything I’m doing and dive into Brown’s world! But I can’t. Because I must take a shower (without hot water) and go to work. So I’m frustrated, haha.

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  5. Creatyvebooks says:

    I love Red Rising but Darrow was much to be desired. But I thoroughly enjoyed the secondary characters. They were amazing. Reading your review I’m super excited to see what this ending is all about. I’m halfway through Golden Son and it’s decent so far although a bit slow for my liking but Pierce Brown writing is fantastic. Still don’t like Darrow though lol.

    Are you excited for Morning Star? Do you have the book already?

    As always great review.

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    • theorangutanlibrarian says:

      Ahh that’s a shame- I really liked him! But I agree with you about the secondary characters- they were incredible!!! Thank you!! I had to work really hard not to give anything away in this review haha- you’ll see what I mean when you get there- I can’t wait to see your reaction. Yeah it is! And don’t worry- it speeds up- I swear whenever I think something’s slowed down, Brown totally blows my mind. I already started it- I couldn’t help myself lol

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