I don’t even know where to begin with this book. I have been (not so patiently) waiting for Golden Son since I read the first book in Pierce Brown’s trilogy, Red Rising, almost a year ago. The book was released on January 6, 2015. And for the first time in a long time, I was actually glad I live in Southern California. Because it only took me about an hour to drive to the book launch party for Golden Son in Los Angeles.
I was genuinely worried that this would turn out to be one of those times I’d built something up in my head so much that, no matter how amazing it turns out to be, I’m still disappointed. Pierce Brown’s first book, Red Rising is kind of the reason I decided to get my master’s degree in English. It is so incredibly well written, it made me realize what I want to do with my life. So you can see how my expectations could be kind of high going into Golden Son.
All I have to say is: Golden Son is a bloodydamn excellent book!
I won’t give any spoilers, but let me just say there are about a million and one plot twists. To be honest, I saw one of the major ones coming. But that’s only because my years of reading books and watching TV has made me rather adept at picking up foreshadowing. Still, I was surprised by how it happened. And the rest of them, holy crap! I swear this book had like six endings, each of which blew my mind.
I really loved all of the literary references in this book. Everything from The Odessey to The Hobbit to “The Road Not Taken” to A Song of Ice and Fire. Also a lot of Latin, which is my nerd weakness (don’t worry, translations are given). It’s the little things like this that really make me appreciate a book. The plot is a beast, but I truly believe I wouldn’t have enjoyed it so much if it wasn’t so bloodydamn well written. It’s one of those books that makes you simultaneously want to start writing your own book and feel stupid because it will never be anywhere near as good as this one.
I am now going to nurse my gigantic book hangover, and force everyone I know to read this book. Just not my copy, because because I will seriously consider murder if someone damages one of my signed books. And now it’s going in a protective case (not really) with my personalized signed copy of Red Rising.
If you haven’t read it yet, drop everything and find yourself a copy. I don’t care what kind of books you like, you’ll enjoy this one, I promise. And if you have read it, recommendations for what to read next are welcome!
I love, love, loved this book! The wait for book three is going to be very long.