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Reviewed by K.C. Finn for Readers' Favorite
Golden Dreg Boy, Book Two: The Underground is a work of fiction written for young adults by author D.K. Dailey. In this next novel in the Golden Dreg World series, we continue our adventure in a dystopian world with themes of science fiction and adventure. We return to a world divided by rich versus poor, the Golden against the Dreg, and to our protagonist Kade, who had fallen from grace when his Golden parents did not stand up for him against the claims that he was not truly of Golden heritage. As the mystery of Kade's heritage continues to unfold, he works with the rebel dregs and offers to help their cause in return for favors of his own. What results is an action-packed and high concept exploration of class divides and identity mysteries.
It was easy to become involved in the visceral and atmospheric dystopian world created by author D.K. Dailey from the very first pages of this fascinating novel. I liked Kade’s character development considering his enormous fall from grace, and it is refreshing to meet a guarded hero in young adult fiction who is intelligent and wary of those that he meets rather than totally complicit. The dialogue too was impressive and realistically drawn, and it was easy to imagine the attitudes and intentions behind different characters and their motivations without needing to be told explicitly in the prose. The work is conceptually strong, and it's clear that Dailey has put a great amount of developmental thought into the social and economic intricacies of this wealth-based class divide. Overall, I would certainly recommend Golden Dreg Boy, Book Two: The Underground for young adult readers everywhere.