- Mass Market Paperback: 352 pages
- Publisher: Ace; Reprint edition (April 1, 2001)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0441008216
- ISBN-13: 978-0441008216
- Product Dimensions: 7 x 1 x 5 inches
- Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 39 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,419,672 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Heart of Gold Mass Market Paperback – April 1, 2001
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Our story takes place on a continent on which three separate races reside. There are the Indigo, the most powerful and populous race. The Indigo are a matriarchal society who live mostly in what they call "in-country" and yes, they are actually blue. Men are subjugated, though not to a terrible degree, but a working man is unusual.
Then there are the Gulden. The Gulden have been forced by the Indigo to the western most edge of the continent. They are an extremely patriarchal society in which honor killings are acceptable and you are not considered human until you're 12 years old. And yes, they're actually gold.
Then there are the albinos, who don't have anything to do with the story.
Anyway, the Gulden and Indigo have major conflict because of the expansion and colonialism of the Indigo people. To combat this, the gulden have started terrorist attacks in the city (supposedly the only city there is, no map is provided.) One of our main characters, Kit, is the daughter and granddaughter of two gulden anthropologists and the lover of the main gulden terrorist, who is the son of the king. She doesn't approve, but hey, she's in love.
And then there's Nolan, an indigo biotech worker who discovers drugs to combat gulden diseases. He's slated to marry an indigo heiress, move back "in-country" and spend the rest of his life being a husband and father. And then he learns something he really shouldn't know......
These two strangers are forced together by circumstance to try, if they can, to keep the two cultures from exploding into an all out race war.
It's not a bad book; in fact "Heart of Gold" is pretty intriguing. But the ending is just, well.....there should have been another hundred pages tacked on.
living a life laid down by one's culture versus choosing to be free and having to find one's own perilous way. There are wonderful characters here, not only the main ones, Nolan and Kitrini, but Pakt, Chay, Melini, and many others, somehow rendered
interesting and real. I'd love to see a movie: whom shall we cast? I read this in two days, and hardly minded my cold. I don't usually review books that already have a number of reviews saying roughly the same thing I want to say, but this time I just had to. I need to give it more than 5 stars.
Hearts of Gold has an intricate complicated plot but strong characters and while blue and gold skins may be difficult to envision their motivations are not.
I thought it was a very good book written with Miss Shinn's usually thoughtful characterisations but it didn't really touch me as much as her other books, her Archangel and 12 Houses series which I love.
So I would say this book is mostly for Shinn fans who enjoy her writing style and would like most anything she writes.