Golden by Melissa De La Cruz and Michael Johnston

Golden by Melissa De La Cruz and Michael Johnston
Golden by Melissa De La Cruz and Michael Johnston
Publisher: G.P. Putnam’s Sons Books for Young Readers (Penguin Group)
Genre: Fantasy, Young Adult
Print Length: Full Length (272 pgs)
Age Recommendation: 12+
Rated: 3 stars
Review by Lupine

Recast the spell. Light the flame. Make the world anew.

With the ruins of New Kandy still smoldering around them and Nat’s bond to her beloved drakon quickly fraying, Nat and Wes are lost amid a sea of destruction—with Wes at death’s door. Wes tried to save his sister, Eliza, and protect them from her cruelty, only to see firsthand just how dark her power had become.

Desperate to escape the dangers lurking in New Kandy, Wes accepts help from a mysterious voice calling out to him from the Blue, leading Nat and his crew into even more perilous surroundings. They quickly realize that their only chance for survival lies with Nat and the quest for a new world to replace their broken one—but at what cost?

In this epic conclusion to the Heart of Dread trilogy, Nat and Wes must put their love to the ultimate test in hopes of seeing their world reborn.

The conclusion to this trilogy by Melissa De La Cruz and Michael Johnston was full of epic adventures, and action packed as expected.

Golden starts off in the fray of battle, and certainly doesn’t leave the reader bored!

Still, I struggled with the disconnect between the reader and the story. It seems too much like a tale that someone tells around the campfire, rather than a story shown through literary devices. I couldn’t really bond too well with the characters because of that, even though they were well rounded and full of unique aspects, they lacked the emotional bond that I crave when I’m reading a book. It may be because I’m a few years older than the age recommendation, though, and younger readers may love the way its written. I did love the bond that Nat had with her drakon – it was my favorite part of the whole series.

I think the story and the plot were also something new that the YA genre hasn’t seen yet, which is one of the reason I’ve kept reading, but it seemed to either full on action for chapters followed by a slow period that drags along. I honestly think that the trilogy would have been better in one thick five hundred page book rather than spread out like it was.  Fans of fantasy combined with a dystopian world full of new technology and different government should enjoy this book and the series.

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