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Action Packed Sci-Fi: Golden Son

5 Aug

Second books in a trilogy can be a tricky thing. They have to follow the build up from the first book and still maintain the attention of the reader while continuing the story from where it last left off. Such is the case of Golden Son, the second book of the Red Rising Trilogy

The opening starts off with quite a literal bang and leads us right into a thrilling story with a conclusion that will leave the reader dying for book three. While there are some slower moments throughout Golden Son, they are moments that help to weave the tapestry of the narrative, Pierce Brown has written. The pacing over all is well done and the character work is just as excellent as ever before, even introducing us to new characters, readers are sure to love as much as the original cast.

Of course it wouldn’t be much of a sci-fi book without space battles and for those looking for quality action, you need look no further. Brown delivers on all these fronts from exciting ship battles to one on one fights; every fight leaves the reader satisfied.

This is excellent second for the trilogy and one fans of Red Rising will love.

If you enjoy Speculative Fiction then you should join us for our monthly virtual Science Fiction and Fantasy Book Discussion Group. Our next meeting is on August 24 at 6 PM EST; we will discuss The Grace of Kings by Ken Liu, a “silkpunk” sci-fi fantasy adventure! Besides ebook copies available to HPL patrons from eLibraryNJ, you can request a print copy for curbside or locker pickup. For more information and to get the zoom invite email hplwriters@gmail.com.

Written by:
Lauren Lapinski
Circulation Assistance

A Different Type of Science Fiction: Red Rising

13 May

Red Rising
Many ideas come to mind when one thinks about science fiction. For some, it consists of hard sci-fi with lots of technical terms they can’t understand to save their lives. For others, its images of laser guns and traveling to far off planets and meeting alien species.

Red Rising, however, is a different type of sci-fi. While we still get the element of space travel, there’s also an element of fantasy to this book. For some it could be seen as Hunger Games in Space, due to events that happen later on in the plot.

Darrow, a Red, is our protagonist in this novel, having to witness as his wife is killed right before his eyes. He then discovers there  is an underground movement dedicated to ending the rule of the dictatorial Golds and creating a society in which all colors can be equal. The world we are thrown into with Darrow is different than your standard space opera adventure. You get a few elements of sci-fi before setting foot in a world that’s much more primal and with echoes of the Roman Empire. Pierce’s Brown’s writing is at the top of his game and this quickly becomes a story you want to return to again and again.

If you’re looking for something darker when it comes to your sci-fi stories, than Red Rising is one that is certain to entertain.  You can borrow it as an ebook from eLibraryNJ and eBCCLS or a digital audiobook from Hoopla.

Written By:
Lauren Lapinski
Circulation Assistant
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