Tuesday, November 20, 2018

#RRSciFiMonth Audiobook Review: Golden Son (Red Rising #2) By Pierce Brown

Golden Son By Pierce Brown
Publisher: Recorded Books
Release Date: January 6th, 2015
Format: Audiobook narrated by Tim Gerard Reynolds

My Rating: ★ 1/2
GoodReads ★ Amazon ★ B&N ★ TBD

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 read the first book in this series maybe a year or so ago, and you all know me I hem and hall when it comes to series. I just kind of forget about them! I also have this thing were I won't buy the second book in a series until I read the first one, because I don't want to end up not liking the series and be stuck with books I don't want. So that usually means I forget about a lot of series and never start other ones. However, for Red Rising, I saw that books two and three were part of an Audible 2-for-1 sale for members, so I am finally getting to this series much quicker. Pierce Brown has definitely trapped me in his web, and now there is no chance of me escaping. ALAS!

I wasn't 100% sure about the narrator on this one at first, because the narrator has a British accent and that just wasn't how I pictured Darrow when I read the first one. I think it just took some getting used to, and later when the narrator starting using a more Irish-sounding accent for the Reds it kinda makes sense. I ended up really liking the narration and all the different accents and voices for different characters. I swore I had listened to a book narrated by this narrator before, but as far as I can tell this is the first one. I would definitely listen to him again, especially because I wasn't that bothered by his female voices. That's usually an issue I have with male narrators, but I think I didn't even noticed this with this narrator.

I don't get that emotional with books, as I am basically an android. I legit never cry at books, and I'm not saying that I did at this one, but man Pierce Brown straight up gutted me with this book. In this book Darrow struggles a lot with his identity, being a Red pretending to be a Gold and trying to figure out how he supposed to accomplish what Ares expects him to do. Also living with the guilt of not telling his closest allies who he really is. There are a lot of reveals in this novel, that I won't say what they are because SPOILERS, but they broken my heart. I really feel for Darrow. He never asked for any of this, but it was what he signed up for and he has to press on to Break The Chains. 

I have complicated feelings about Darrow's love interest Mustang. I like her, and she feels not as cruel as the other Golds, but also she perpetuates a system that puts "lower colors" down. She lives in freedom and luxury while others like Darrow's people have to fight to just scrape by. It's really hard to come to terms with that, and I'm not sure where her part in the story is going, but I don't think it's going to be good.

If you loved Sevro in the first book, by god you will love him in this book. There is a scene where someone refers to him as a "Goblin" and he legit pretends to be digging around in the trash. I was dying with laughter. Darrow's great and all, but no one is as crazy and awesome as Sevro. I stand firmly on my assessment that he is the best character in this series. He's loyal to his core, without asking question and he's always there in a pinch no questions asked.

The ending of this book was absolute madness! Like it ends on a point where I was so mad, my only reaction was "HOW DARE YOU, PIERCE BROWN!" It was so mean, so I was really glad I already had the third book loaded on my audible app to start listening to. That ending completely broke me, and now I think you all should read this series too!

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Happy Reads Everyone!