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Ora's Gold // Dystopian, Coming-of-age by [Young, Charlotte ]
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Length: 290 pages Word Wise: Enabled Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
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If the state had sovereignty over your body, would you fight them for it or would you submit?

18-year-old Ora has always followed the rules unlike her aunt Dione, who is fond of breaking them. When Ora moves in with her, in the middle of nowhere, she discovers the B&B is in fact, a highly illegal birthing centre. Ora doesn't know where to turn; sooner or later someone is going to die and Dione just won't listen.

After an anonymous tip-off, Dione goes missing and Ora narrowly misses being locked up by the Special Investigation Force forever. 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 some fun, everything goes dangerously wrong?

Ora's Gold is a gripping, coming-of-age, dystopia set in Australia. The female characters are a refreshing mix of strength, vulnerability and wisdom. 

Pick up Ora's Gold to discover this exciting new story today!

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1819 KB
  • Print Length: 290 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Pronoun (4 August 2016)
  • Sold by: Amazon Australia Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B01JSNWRP0
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Word Wise: Enabled
  • Screen Reader: Supported
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars 2 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #379,133 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Ora's Gold is a unique dystopian set in Australia with the government's control of women's pregnancies and birth as it's central theme, an interesting and pertinent analogy of our modern ways. It was a great read, I recommend it for teenagers and beyond. I wanted it to continue, and am hoping for a sequel.
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Loved it - must read for teenage girls
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4.0 out of 5 stars This book begins with a pretty standard YA setting 7 September 2016
By Heathery Hebert - Published on Amazon.com
I received a copy of this book in exchange for review.

This book begins with a pretty standard YA setting: a future dystopic society in which the government controls too much of the citizens' lives, passing it off as "protection" or some similar concept.

Around the 40% mark, give or take, the book takes a turn and sets itself on the path which it will have through the end of the book: a teenager who accidentally becomes pregnant and has to hide herself away to prevent the government from putting her in a sort of pregnancy camp.

I have no children nor do I want any, so I honestly lost a bit of interest at this point. I was enjoying the more "what's the government going to do next" sort of vibe before that. That said, my child-free opinion doesn't reflect on the book itself. I'd absolutely recommend this book for any young girl/lady who finds herself accidentally pregnant and is scared, etc. Although this book was set in this future dystopic society, it really touched on several issues of women's rights that we face in the here and now--a woman's right to her body. Also, the book had the most realistic depiction of live birth I've ever read. It grossed me out and made me wince, which is good because real births are full of fluids and gore and just general nastiness. They're not sunshine and butterflies and rainbows. So kudos to the author for realism. It really highlighted the struggles that mothers go through in their pregnancies.

The only problem I had is that the author got off on a rant a few times about natural vs hospital births. Honestly, it sounded preachy and judgmental. Women who feel more comfortable having their children in hospitals with pain-relieving medications (worded in the book as being "drugged up") should never be shamed. This book is about a woman's autonomy with her body, and choosing how to have her child should be included in that, even if it goes against the author's personal beliefs.

Overall, I'd recommend this book for young mothers or any woman/man who supports and wants to read more about women's rights.
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5.0 out of 5 stars I couldn't put Ora's Gold down! 25 August 2016
By Amazon Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition
What a page-turner! I bought Ora's Gold for my 16-year old daughter but, before giving it to her, I read the first few pages and couldn't put the book down. The strong, intelligent female characters are well developed and serve as excellent role models, risking their safety to defend women's rights to bodily autonomy. The dark,dystopian future portrayed in the book is disturbingly real, yet there are themes of love and integrity that allow us to retain hope. As a doula and childbirth educator, I appreciated the raw beauty of the birth scenes and the message, woven throughout the book, that women's bodies are resilient and capable. I will be sharing this book with the YA and not-so-young readers in my life and look forward to reading Charlotte's next work!
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5.0 out of 5 stars This book would be good to give to your teenage daughter or niece 19 August 2016
By Amazon Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition
This book would be good to give to your teenage daughter or niece, or anyone you know who is interested in the story of women's struggle for sovereignty of their bodies. The story covers the big issues; sex, love, death, birth and it does so with sensitivity and an open heart. At the same time, it contains a warning; how much control do we allow in exchange for so-called 'safety'. The heroine is engaging and her coming of age is beautifully delineated against this dystopian background. Bleak it may be, but not desolate, because Ora is a heroine who finds her strength and voice and provides us with hope for the future.
5.0 out of 5 stars A really compelling read - thought provoking and memorable. 3 October 2016
By buzzsmith - Published on Amazon.com
A really compelling read - thought provoking and memorable. For me, a good read needs sympathetic characters, in this case...Ora, Jake and Dione. This was a recommendation by a friend but, as I'm getting on a bit now, I did not expect to be so taken by such a young protagonist or by the potentially sinister futuristic theme. The prose flows really well and, being written in the present tense, has a very immediate and realistic feel throughout the book. Having had three babies of my own, delivered a dozen or so others and witnessed many more births, it was lovely to find the descriptions of pregnancy and childbirth so convincing. The story addresses some serious antiestablishment concerns and there are some intriguing sidelines in imagination bordering on fantasy which add another colourful dimension. The tension builds gratifyingly to a neat and satisfactory ending, as of course it should when childbirth is perhaps the main character.
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautifully Developed 17 October 2016
By Laura Hernandez - Published on Amazon.com
Into the first few chapters I knew that I was certainly enjoying and liking this book and then when I was a few more chapters in a realized that I loved the story. Well written story full of struggles and tribulations with just a right amount of romance. The characters were beautifully developed and I was moved by the story line. This is a book that I will soon be sharing with my teenage daughter.

{I own a paperback copy}

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