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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 Darrow sacrifices himself in the name of the greater good for which Eo, his true love and inspiration, laid down her own life. He becomes a Gold, infiltrating their privileged realm so that he can destroy it from within.
A lamb among wolves in a cruel world, Darrow finds friendship, respect, and even love—but also the wrath of powerful rivals. To wage and win the war that will change humankind’s destiny, Darrow must confront the treachery arrayed against him, overcome his all-too-human desire for retribution—and strive not for violent revolt but a hopeful rebirth. Though the road ahead is fraught with danger and deceit, Darrow must choose to follow Eo’s principles of love and justice to free his people.
He must live for more.
I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review.
If you’ve come here upon the assumption that I am able to talk about my feelings for this book coherently, I am sorry to say but your expectations have been for naught. How can I be coherent when this book turned my life upside down? While reading this book from start to finish, I have shamelessly done the following:
1.) Roll on the bed over and over, with eyes cracked open, fearing for the well-being of my precious Darrow;
2.) Howl like a hyena at Darrow’s glorious moments;
3.) Bang my head on the wall to relieve some of the stress this book has given me,BECAUSE OMG OMG OMG DARROW OMG OMG OMG MUSTANG OMG OMG OMG SEVRO LORN AND EVERYONE ELSE OMG OMG OMG!!!
4.) Rinse and repeat
*sips tea* *looks at you with a raised eyebrow*
However, despite the off-chance that your impression of me now has changed (and I wouldn’t blame you; I would think myself a mad lunatic, too. Surely a small price to pay to read a bloodydamn good book?), I wouldn’t change any of it, coherent or not. When I read Red Rising last year, I’ve thought that succeeding books would have a hard time toppling it. It was the book that made me believe in these genres again, the book that rekindled my love for reading, the book that made me see red of the social injustice that exactly mirror the plights billions of people here on Earth experience every single day.
And then came Golden Son.
Very well, I’ll explain my insights as coherent as I can.
If Red Rising made the genre alive again, the second installment was the one who put the bar higher than ever before. It’s more brutal, more heart-breaking, more shocking, and even more glorious. You read this and it’s like watching ancient Romans battle it out with conquest and diplomacy in space. I am fucking serious. If ever there were a space opera with Julius Caesar in it, this book would be it. It’s highly engaging and visualizing, making you angry, sad, and teary-eyed while pumping you adrenaline every step of the way, because baby, this is as unpredictable as it can get. I’m not surprised this has a film in the making – it has the formula down pat.
I absolutely love Darrow in this one. There were times he seemed like a whiny baby (especially at the beginning… “No, I must take this path.” “I was wrong, the path I’ve taken sucks.” “Yes, I will take this other path!” “Gosh darnit, wrong again… let me cry a bit over here…” Obviously non-verbatim, but you get the point, yes?), but all these things only added to his complexity over what he feels is needed to be done to tame a hungry society that has been dead-set on a selfish mentality for centuries. What’s a man to do when to fight the fire he must fight it with fire as well? A double-edged sword surely, because you end up fanning the flames, but it was so interesting and heart-breaking seeing him be torn of doing one thing and wanting to do the other. He pulls you into his misery, making you feel despair alongside him as he mulls over the morality of the people surrounding him and his own. You feel and see the horrors he face, pushing you into a pit of overwhelming emotions.
So brutal and horrible, yet so mystifying and beautiful at the same time. I don’t have any dobut that more than the setting, it’s Darrow and how he stands up against the social injustice of the Golds and their mentality that truly makes this book shine.
And the twists! Holy heavens above, they pierced the feels where they hurt. I never saw them coming. Of course, I expected that Darrow will eventually face harder obstacles along the way, but I never expected them to be of great magnitude. I was crushed by the end. I was crying and in denial. But despite all the cursing and wailing that followed, it were the very same events that made me feel this book was truly magical and epic.
I really don’t know what else to say beyond what I have already said and what has already been said around the blogosphere. If you’re the type of person who don’t buy hypes, I implore you to take one exception and take this on, because rarely do you get a book this good.
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