The Gilded Ones by Namina Forna, Random House Children’s Books, 9781984848697, 2021
Rating: (1-5) (5 is a starred review) 3
What did you like about the book? I thoroughly enjoyed the development of the story. Suspense was built, plot twists occurred, and a relationship was developed with the characters over time. Following the story of a young girl approaching her ‘purity ceremony’ in which girls of age are tested for pure blood, the reader enters Deka’s (the main character) mind. The fears and thoughts swarm Deka and continue as threats invade her village and she fights for her place in the society she once considered home. The climax in the last few chapters was the best part of the book. How every emotion came through and every question was answered in the very end that had been built throughout the story was phenomenal. By the end Deka finds where she truly belongs among those who accept her.
Anything you didn’t like about it? Though the suspense and foreshadowing was age appropriate the minor details and the length of the build up was far too long. It became repetitive and a fight to make it through some chapters. In the end it seemed as though the details were useful but could have been done in a more efficient way.
To whom would you recommend this book? This book should be recommended to any lovers of mystery, adventure and fantasy. Covering all aspects of such novels this book entertains anyone who is a sucker for fantasy and a whimsical story of a made up society.
Who should buy this book? Middle Schools, public libraries, book sellers, and high schools that contain junior high students should purchase this book. Though it is a younger reading level some topics discussed are for mature audiences such as upper middle schoolers.
Where would you shelve it? This book should be shelved in the YA section
Should we (librarans/readers) put this on the top of our “to read” piles? No, I believe more useful books could be put here.
Reviewer’s Name, Library (or school), City, and State: Keeva George, Marstons Mills Public Library, Marstons Mills, MA
Date of review: 06/20/2021