book reviews

Ora’s Gold – Charlotte Young


Australia is ruled by the SIF. The Special Investigation Force controls everything. Water, food, fuel . . . women’s bodies. 

18-year-old Ora’s decision to move in with her aunt is a bad one. She’s landed herself in the middle of nowhere with a deluded activist who wants to change the world, one illegal birth at a time. Sooner or later someone is going to die and Ora doesn’t know where to turn.

The beach is her only sanctuary and it’s here that she meets Jake, thoughtful and experienced, who encourages her to live a little. So  why is it that as soon as she starts to have a some fun, everything goes dangerously wrong?

A gripping coming-of-age adventure that will leave you on the edge on the edge of your seat.


*I was kindly sent a copy of ‘Ora’s Gold’ by Charlotte Young in exchange for an honest review*

This debut novel caught my eye the minute another Melbourne book lover mentioned it. Not only is the cover absolutely stunning, Ora’s Gold is also set in a place close to home. Taking place in a gorgeous small town in Adelaide, South Australia, we follow Ora – an eighteen year-old dealing with problems just like you and I.

Ora lives in a world so similar to ours. Set a few generations into the future, her world has limitations on petrol, water, and food. The SIF, who have over time found more and more ways to gain power, control everything, down to the very last drop.

Imagine not being able to have a good 5-minute shower? Or not having enough water to use a dishwasher?

Not only do the SIF control water and food, they control women. Every month women are require to donate their menstrual blood. If they fail to do so, they are questioned.

Birth and pregnancy in a world run by the SIF are out of this world . . . and not in the good sense.

Not only was this book a fast read, it held serious depth. I’ve been one to watch midwifery shows and medical emergencies, and this beautiful novel definitely appealed to that little part of me. This book was so much more than a dystopian novel with no hint of light, Ora’s Gold was/is a story of love and family and forgiveness.

I gave this novel 4.5 stars out of 5


i. Romance
ii. Rural settings
iii. Well thought out plot
iv. Brillant, relatable themes

v. THIS BOOK HAD SEX! REAL SEX. And there wasn’t any ‘everything went so beautiful and their legs intertwined and fireworks burst out of the unicorn in the sunset’

It was REAL sex (not that real sex doesn’t have unicorns) it had nerves and second guesses and small laughs and condoms.




i. The ending felt rushed! I wanted to know what happened after it all (no spoilers) I can definitely see/understand why it ended but


This novel was beautifully written and tackled real-life subjects brilliantly. And I would definitely read it again, maybe so after the 276 pages i can magically find a epilogue or a ‘year later’ chapter.

Thank you for pulling me out of my reading slump ❤

~Find Ora’s Gold here~

~Mark it as ‘to read’ here~


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