Wednesday, April 25, 2018

Book Review: Iron Gold (Red Rising #4) by Pierce Brown

Iron Gold by Pierce Brown

Published: January 16, 2018

Genre: Science Fiction, Fantasy

Hardcover Pages: 624

Synopsis: They call him father, liberator, warlord, Reaper. But he feels a boy as he falls toward the pale blue planet, his armor red, his army vast, his heart heavy. It is the tenth year of war and the thirty-second of his life. 

A decade ago, Darrow was the hero of the revolution he believed would break the chains of the Society. But the Rising has shattered everything: Instead of peace and freedom, it has brought endless war. Now he must risk everything he has fought for on one last desperate mission. Darrow still believes he can save everyone, but can he save himself?

And throughout the worlds, other destinies entwine with Darrow’s to change his fate forever: A young Red girl flees tragedy in her refugee camp and achieves for herself a new life she could never have imagined.

An ex-soldier broken by grief is forced to steal the most valuable thing in the galaxy—or pay with his life.

And Lysander au Lune, the heir in exile to the sovereign, wanders the stars with his mentor, Cassius, haunted by the loss of the world that Darrow transformed, and dreaming of what will rise from its ashes.

Red Rising was the story of the end of one universe, and Iron Gold is the story of the creation of a new one. Witness the beginning of a stunning new saga of tragedy and triumph from masterly New York Times bestselling author Pierce Brown.

Thoughts: I loved Red Rising, and though I enjoyed the two other books in the series, neither of them quite lived up to that first debut in the same way. They were still really good, just different and not quite as page-turning. Iron Gold is in that camp for me. It took me almost 40% through to finally really get into it. Why's that, you wonder?

Well, my goodman, you really need to give yourself a refresher on who was who from the first series to really jump into this one, which I did not. So I was reading stuff going now wait who is this and how are they connected to everything? I never did pause to go back and get a brief overview, and eventually I placed everyone as best I could based on the little I truly remember and what was happening in this book.

The biggest difference between this series and the original is the multiple character perspectives. Darrow was the sole narrator in the first series, but here his story is split up with three new characters - Lyria, Ephraim, and Lysander. Lysander technically we met before, but he was just a young kid. So for the most part, these are all entirely new characters to get into and start caring about, and it took a bit of time for me, personally. Eventually, though, some of their stories start to intersect in unexpected ways, and that's when things really pick up.

What's great about this whole series in general is that while it takes place in the future amidst many planets of the solar system, it still is very human. Though there is this whole system of colored classes of people, it's really just a take on current society and people of different classes - racial, monetary, etc. It's very human and relevant while being chockfull of action.

Basically, if you liked the original series, you're going to like this one. And if you're into well-written science fiction with a lot of action and intrigue, then I recommend you pick up Red Rising and get to reading. They're long, but they're worth it.

Rating: 4/5

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