The Gilded Ones(Deathless #1) by Namina Forna

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This book is filled with social commentary that would spark various kinds of debates. My only concern is if the book itself gets lost a little in the point it’s trying to make. I needed to say that first before going into the rest of the book because it is the most prominent thing that has lingered with me days after having set it aside.
The Gilded Ones is set in a world where the women are tested for their purity before being given a chance to become part of the society (i.e. childbearing servants of households). Any assumption that the test would always bring up the same result is quickly dashed with the appearance of golden blood. Our lead protagonist is then tortured over days while we are given a full view of the double standards of this society’s betters. This particular point is brought to the surface again when we follow Deka’s journey to a new life.
Once she is on her way, a few mysteries regarding Deka start to crop up. At this point, this book was hard to put down. The writing was simple, and in time I seemed to be making great strides through both the book as well as the story itself.
The twists are both mildly expected and unexpected at the same time. It is slightly different from other books set in such worlds while hooking us in with characters in familiar roles. We have friendships, and personal growth and all the things that make a reader cheer on protagonists. The entire book can be read in very few sittings. I would pick up the next if given a chance. Since the people’s mentality was explained in this, I am hoping to see how they put the right actions in to change the entire society.

I received an ARC thanks to NetGalley and the publishers, but the review is entirely based on my own reading experience.

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