- 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: 43 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,566,402 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Heart of Gold Mass Market Paperback – April 1, 2001
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Science fiction fans, don't be fooled by the cover suggesting a regency romance. Readers of Sharon Shinn's Archangel series will recall how she can craft an interesting, well-paced story that blends romance and science fiction.
In the world of Heart of Gold, two major races vie for dominance: the matriarchal indigo and the patriarchal gulden. For centuries they have lived separate lives, but times are changing. More young indigo men attend college before marrying, more young people are moving to the city and meeting others of different races, and strict Apartheid-type laws have been lifted. Kit is a high caste indigo woman who was raised in the gulden society by her eccentric, anthropologist father. Nolan is an indigo man who's been allowed to pursue advanced science studies and work at the esteemed Biolab for a few years. He's developed two drugs that have saved gulden lives from fatal diseases, although his accomplishments aren't appreciated by his family. Nolan, Kit, and their companions are dragged into a flash point political situation, complicated by Kit's love for a young gulden leader who may or may not be responsible for recent terrorist acts.
For romance readers, Heart of Gold may provide an introduction to science fiction elements such as social speculation, gender, and technological innovation. For science fiction readers, it provides a fast-moving tale that addresses topics relevant to our time: race, ethnicity, gender, discrimination, family ties, and that ubiquitous truth: "The heart has its reasons which reason knows nothing of." --Bonnie Bouman --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Though Shinn's earlier Archangel received considerable praise, this flimsy attempt at crossing romance with SF in an imaginary society that reverses customary gender roles results in a hybrid as sterile and ungainly as a mule. Downright mulish (when not irritatingly mawkish) is Shinn's heroine, Kitrini Candachi, of the blue-skinned indigo matriarchal aristocracy that dominates part of Shinn's ill-defined alien planet. Kit stubbornly loves Jex, the imprisoned terrorist son of king Chay Zanlan, ruler of the planet's lordly male chauvinist "gulden" (or golden-hued) race. Shinn's third race, the albinos, silently do most of the menial labor, conveniently freeing Kit and Nolan Adelpho, a sensitive blueskin scientist, to trade angsty episodes of self-doubt and recrimination. Jex's love-'em-and-leave-'em attitude hurls Kit into interminable fits of weeping that seriously impede Shinn's attempt to draw her as a feminist reformer able to cure both major races of the errors of their traditional ways. Unceremoniously dumped by Jex, Kit falls into Nolan's arms while he foils ludicrously villainous attempts by blue and gold leaders to kill off each other's population with race-specific, bioengineered plagues. Blobs of fuzzy sociopolitical preaching clot what little narrative nudges Shinn's two story lines along, while her characters, indigo and gulden alike, seem equally cardboardy--and downright colorless despite their hues. (Apr.)
Copyright 2000 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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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.
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.
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.