I am loving this author. The characters are engaging, story plot unpredictable and thrilling. This book is oh so addicting, I didn't want it to be finished. Can't wait for the next book. Also the narration is on point makes characters easy to follow.
The narrator was good. A must read series that I hope is brought properly to the big screen!
Great story concept, well developed and engaging characters, and the sci fi action is thrilling. No anticlimax here!
However, as much as i appreciate laying bear the complex darkness of mankind, its taken to an extreme here. Ive only reached the end of the second book so im hoping it will balance out. But as it stands its feel hopeless and frustrating to the point of pulling you out of the story and needing to distance yourself from the characters youre supposed to feel for. Eventually i was able to start predicting the next betrayal and death of the innocent. I need to take a break before trying on the next book, but if it keeps digging its heals into the repetitive depressive violent horror it was so heavy handed with in this one i cant finish the series for my own mental health.
Thats said, it does feel highly appropriate for the times we’re in. Maybe thats what makes it hit home a little too hard.
I love sci fi / fantasy but expect the best in writing, plot, character development etc growing up on LOR, GOT, Hobbit, Pern series and anything by J Butcher. This novel was far and away better than the first. I had to force myself to finish that one as the Institute began to feel like pointless violence. I am so glad I did!! Will be going on to book3 immediately!
This is an awesome story and series. The narrator keeps you so focused and the battles sound so realistic.
I never leave reviews. I could not put this book down. Amazing.
solid. enough black and white in order to support the protagonist but a lot of gray as well
Awesome book can’t wait to start the next
about to start the 3rd book. great book and the cliff hanger is a doosy
Not as amusing as the first book. Various plot lines repeat itself, the killed off characters get replaced by more of the same, the scenes sometimes just repeat scenes from famous classical books. The characterisations are as bland as the names of the characters, so I kept mixing them up. There are some adventures, but by now it's very easy to guess how they were going to end.
The narrator was as fine as ever.
Best read in a while. Was not expecting such depth and action.
An amazing 2nd book continues the story on. full of action and leaves you excited for the next chapter.
uugh this one was bad. 2 stars.
Amazing. Since finishing it I’ve been looking for another series to grab me like the red rising collection has. I can’t wait to finish the 6th book. The narrator nails Darrow’s passion and changes the experience.
I can’t get enough of this series. I hate knowing it will end!
A truly fantastic book (series), And the narrator is superb. My son and I have listened to the first two books on our way to various activities, and often we decide at the end we would rather have listened then do the activity LOL highly recommend We can’t wait to start the third!
One of the best SF stories ever!
Just as exciting as the first book in the series. A thought provoking page turner.
Didn’t think it could get better. Red rising drew me in, now with even deeper expansive character development. Pierce Brown has another fabulous book. Tim Reynolds narration is heartfelt and accurate.
This story is amazing. The twists. The betrayals. :-o
Comparing this series, I have finished the first two, to the Hunger Games does Mr. Brown’s work a disservice. Much better character development, story line, morality examination. Excellent story telling!!!!
"Golden Son" was a wild ride. I had to pay attention to shifting alliances. It required reading "Red Rising" to appreciate the nuances. There was family, love, war, and a lot of politics. It is worth a second read.
I am off to read the sequel, "Morning Star."
great book so far, can't wait to read morning star
Amazing exciting extra ordinary!!!!
Great story and trilogy !
To many twists and turns throughout the book with unclear character development.
If you are turned off by Darrow acting like a terrorist, hang in there. Things turn around and we find the same Darrow you come to love in Red Rising.
At first, I was thrown off by the narration, but then it was great! Very similar to The Hunger Games
Top three series ever
Gripping, uplifting, and devastating story. I'll have to start reading the 3rd book asap after that cliffhanger. Narrator is excellent.
Love how there are no boring parts to the book, its like the whole book is the climax of the story
This book's fast-paced writing style makes it perfect to listen to as an audiobook--I couldn't stop listening! The narrator is also really excellent. I recommend listening at 1.5x speed.
First, let me say that I find the voice of the protagonist to be very emotional and beautiful. I don't know, however, if this is due to the writing or due to the fact that the narrator is simply outstanding. He embodies the voice of Darrow, gives it so much depth and feeling. And since most of the book is in Darrows voice, it has quite an impact.
Pierce Brown writes the emotional, loving parts extremely well. It definitely hits a cord. However, I found large parts of this book to be almost boring. For some reason, I couldn't really get into the battle scenes and I'm not a big fan of politics, which is what this book is based on. But I do feel that the characters are developed and round, having inner conflicts and flaws. The problem is, it sometimes makes them unrelatable. For the most part, Darrow's relationships with the other characters simply drove me into sadness and frustration. It's weird, it's almost as if this book is bipolar. Some parts of it are heartfelt and gripping, while others are just cruel and violent and tedious. I am left with mixed feelings about this book. Having said that, it definitely gets you feeling something, and it kind of stays with you.
3.5 stars from me.
Pierce Brown possessed with tremendous ability to weave futuristic tech into a compelling human interest tale of a heroic champion of the underdog.
Excellent 2nd book to red rising. Need a 3rd to finish the story. Well read .
This book will have your adrenaline going from the moment you start listening until the end. I thought my girlfriend was going to break up with while I was hooked on this book, just walking around the house with earbuds in living on Mars and listening to the REAPER, the Helldiver of Lykos change the tides for all colors.
This is a great book and performance, ! wish the third was here too.
great book read by a guy with a great accent. I don't know if how Darrow sounds is the narrators actual accent but either way it's music to my ears
what a great book and the narrator did a great job
Cant wait for the rest of the story and the grand ending
As great as the 1st book and keeps you in suspense. Great narration.
Excellent book two. Looking forward to number three
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