Disclaimer: I received a copy through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
Rivers of Gold is a near-future novel, which does a good job of portraying some of the dystopian elements which exist in our current society, but appear to go unnoticed by most regular people. Oh sure, I don’t think there are sexy shenanigans going on in the back of every taxi, or military personnel roaming the streets looking to start a fight, but it pushes one to imagine just how far off that we might be.
I’ll be honest, I am not sure what I was expecting when I picked this book to review, but it’s a very engaging, if slow burning novel, with characters who are intriguing, even if you don’t get to learn a lot about them straight away.
I took note of when I felt the plot and the action began to pick up in the novel, and it was almost 3/4s of the way through it. There were intermittent spurts (pun intended) of action here and there, but I did feel that the author had spent an inordinate amount of time setting up the story. It is clear that this is intended to be the beginning of a series, but I really would have liked a bit more meat on this bone.
A decent beginning with some interesting concepts.