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Reviewed by Kim Anisi for Readers' Favorite
Kade, the protagonist of Golden Dreg Boy by D.K. Dailey, is a Golden, which means that he is part of the rich society. Everyone who isn't a Golden is called a Dreg. Those are the poor, who often do not have a fixed home, and are not allowed to move around in Golden territory. There are many rules that forbid interaction between Dregs and Goldens under everyday circumstances. So Kade is upset when he notices a Dreg girl hanging around the secret skate park he and his friend had created. There was something special about the girl though, and he would soon meet her again. Unfortunately, not under the best circumstances. Something seems to go terribly wrong and Kade is arrested and taken from his family's home. He is accused of being a Dreg who only pretended to be a Golden. He is accused of infiltrating a Golden family and taking advantage of them. Kade is sentenced to death, and his father does nothing to save him. This is when the Dreg girl turns up again. Kade enters a world he never wanted to enter, but now he has no choice if he wants to find out the truth.
Right from page one, I found that Golden Dreg Boy by D.K. Dailey was a fun read. The author found the perfect balance between using either too little or too many detailed descriptions (e.g. of surroundings, characters, etc.). Too little means you wouldn't be able to imagine anything well, and too much would mean you wouldn't have the freedom to give the characters and places your own spin. It was just perfect for the reader's imagination. I felt drawn into the story and was able to focus on the plot and the characters' actions. It was interesting to see how Kade had to adjust his attitude and beliefs after finding out the truth about his heritage. He went from being someone who felt like he was above everybody to someone who ended up right at the bottom, but who then discovered that a human being's worth has little to do with material riches. How he gets to that realization is part of the exciting plot, and I enjoyed this first book in the series a lot. I hope the sequels will maintain the quality of book 1!