Golden Son (Red Rising #2) ★★★★☆

3.5 stars 

I don’t know what it was about this book but it just took me forever to get though. It wasn’t that this book was bad but it just didn’t hold my attention. I’ve just lost interest in the trilogy and sadly I don’t think that I will be reading the last book.

I will mention that there are minor spoilers in this review but they are incredibly small and they are surrounded by bolded words. Feel free to read around these areas because they aren’t very big and if you do happen to read them it wouldn’t spoil the entire book for you!

Goodreads Summary:

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.

My Review: 

This book compares itself to Game of Thrones but honestly, this book didn’t interest me as much as the GOT series. I can see the similarities but Golden Son tends to drag on, especially in the middle, which is where I kept getting stuck. It may have just been the time when I was reading the book but I could only read small portions of it before I got really bored of it and had to put it down.

I really did enjoy the beginning of the book though when the reader got to see exactly what happened after Red Rising. I will say that I finished this book a while back so I cannot give direct examples (and I wouldn’t want to spoil anything) but while it is predictable, the book itself is decent. I will say that the ending wasn’t predictable at all, it surprised me but not enough to keep me interested in reading the next book.

Darrow is still very much a person who thinks that he is doing everything and he is the only one capable of completing this goal. It’s not like there are other people trying to survive or anything. It’s not like other people haven’t died for the cause. But if you move past that he really does care about the people he grew up with and that can really be seen when SPOILERS he visits his family back in the mines END OF SPOILERS.

The plot was really boring for me after about 25% of the book. This may have just been me and not the book but I just struggled to get through it. It felt dry and I ended up skim reading large portions of the text until I came to some dialogue. Even at the end when it picked up a bit more I still caught myself skim reading because I had lost almost all interest in the book and was just reading it because I wanted to be done with it. That sounds bad but I was 80% of the way through the book and just wanted to finish it. I was also a little curious to find out what happens at the end so that was also why I decided against DNFing it.

To be honest I don’t know if I would really recommend this book to anyone. I loved the crap out of the first book and this book just didn’t come close to it for me. I know some books can have middle book syndrome and that might be the case here but it was just not interesting enough for me to pick up the third book. I recommend reading the first book and then maybe checking this book out from a local library that way you have the chance to just return it.

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