Goodreads Monday is a weekly meme that was started by @Lauren’s Page Turners. The meme is pretty easy to follow, to participate simply choose a random book from your TBR and explain why you want to read it!
The Gilded Ones (Deathless #1) by Namina Forna
Sixteen-year-old Deka lives in fear and anticipation of the blood ceremony that will determine whether she will become a member of her village. Already different from everyone else because of her unnatural intuition, Deka prays for red blood so she can finally feel like she belongs.
But on the day of the ceremony, her blood runs gold, the color of impurity–and Deka knows she will face a consequence worse than death.
Then a mysterious woman comes to her with a choice: stay in the village and submit to her fate, or leave to fight for the emperor in an army of girls just like her. They are called alaki–near-immortals with rare gifts. And they are the only ones who can stop the empire’s greatest threat.
Knowing the dangers that lie ahead yet yearning for acceptance, Deka decides to leave the only life she’s ever known. But as she journeys to the capital to train for the biggest battle of her life, she will discover that the great walled city holds many surprises. Nothing and no one are quite what they seem to be–not even Deka herself.
Why I Want To Read This
So, this book initially caught my eye because it sounded so similar to Hunger Games, Grace Year, Maze Runner type stories. I really looove a good female lead and really never get tired of a well put together YA book 🤷🏻♀️
I don’t really have much of an explanation other than it sounds like a really fun, action packed book. I enjoy stories that focus more on fantasy aspects such as armies and emperors – this is exactly about that! Something about “older times” is more interesting to me than the usual corrupt government, scientific testing facilities, apocalyptic cities (don’t get me wrong, I like those too but its nice to have something a little different!)
Also, the cover is beautiful which definitely helps!!
Has anyone read this or have it on their TBR? Let me know in the comments!