Genre: Science Fiction
Publisher: Hodder Books
Publication date: January 16th, 2018
Format: ARC Paperback
Source: Pansing Books
Page Count: 626
Series: Iron Gold #1 (Spin-off series from Red Rising trilogy)
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.
Warning: Spoilers from Red Rising Trilogy.
“Men call him father, liberator, warlord, Slave King, Reaper. But he feels a boy as he falls toward the war-torn planet, his armor red, his army vast, his heart heavy. It is the tenth year of war and the thirty-third of his life.”
Iron Gold is the first installment in the new trilogy that takes place 10 years after the Red Rising trilogy ends, and it turned out to be a thrilling, action-packed read which exceeded my initial expectations of the book. I would recommend refreshing your mind of the events that took place in Golden Son and Morning Star in preparation to read Iron Gold.
Iron Gold changed the entire paradigm of the story set by PIERCE BROWN in the original trilogy, where it ended on an optimistic note for better efforts in abolishing enslavement and caste system. But Iron Gold now questions the efforts and lives required to rebuild humanity after a 700-year-old colonialism was shattered to pieces. The story finds us reunited with Darrow and the Republic which is now led by Mustang, alongside many old and new characters bound to get you emotionally attached.
The backstory of Iron Gold is the fight to retain all sense of peace and justice after 10 hard years of effort which doesn’t seem to be as fruitful as everyone hoped. How far must we go to save the future generation from history’s clutches of injustice and never-ending jaws of war? And just how many must be sacrificed for the future? As I read Iron Gold, I started questioning past decisions and war efforts that occurred in Red Rising trilogy to have had the inevitable consequences seen in this book. It’s pretty amazing how Iron Gold is so relevant in today’s political climate and the racial tensions we witness, which is what Brown was aiming to represent.
“After ten years of war, I no longer believe in moments of peace.”
Plot-wise Iron Gold started off very shaky, and surprisingly similar to Red Rising, Brown took a very long time to set all the foundations of the story. You might want to mentally prepare for it as the story gets very long-winded before it all starts to make sense. But towards the end, the plot was truly phenomenal. You’ll never know where the story is headed. And as with all adult scifi novels, always pay attention because bread crumbs are left in various places throughout the book.
I’d say Iron Gold did a wonderful job in kick-starting a new spin-off series, despite the uncertain start. And most of this is attributed to the fact that it has a new style of character POVs which I truly enjoyed. We saw everything from Darrow’s eyes in the original series, but in Iron Gold a cast of new characters spread across the Solar System give us new eyes into the past 10 years and what the future might hold. I love how 2 of these characters played such minor parts in the original series are revived to become essential elements and plot-influencers in Iron Gold.
“But history is so often molded from tainted clay by those who remain.”
Overall, Iron Gold is a wonderful scifi book which I’d recommend to all scifi lovers.
Iron Gold has all the makings of an amazing scifi novel: badass characters, crude jokes, phenomenal plot twists, lots of deaths and space voyage beyond our imagination.
Thank you Pansing Books for providing a copy in exchange of an honest review.