By Vic James
- Release Date: 2017-02-14
- Genre: Contemporary
Gilded Cage Vic James Book Review Score: ★★★★★ 5/5 stars
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I've been looking for something different to read...I read a lot so different is hard to find. The premise of this novel is what caught my attention and the well-written charters and the twisty mystery of who's up to what kept me reading. Next read...the sequel.
The Start of a Great Fantasy Series!
Gilded Cage is one heck of a debut novel for Vic James. The world of Equals and Commoners engulfed me from the beginning. I loved following all of the twists and turns of the different families. Having the chapters rotate points of view really added to the story and help me connect with all of the characters involved and either love them or extremely dislike them even more. I already have book 2 added to my wishlist because I NEED to know what happens next!
Incredibly imaginative & engrossing start to the series!
Wow. Just WOW. This book completely blew me away. I was not expecting this amazingly and thoughtfully crafted dystopian world filled with such a fantastic cast of characters. I was hooked from the very start and could not put this book down.
Gilded Cage has a whole slew of characters and connections to keep track of, but I swear it is all worth it. The story focuses mainly on the Hadley and Jardine families, specifically Abigail (Abi) and Luke Hadley and Silyen Jardine. The story is told from multiple points of view and each chapter was like peeling back the layer on an onion. Each voice was distinct and you get to go deeper into the inner workings of the character's mind and see just what makes them tick. I especially loved the contrast between how a character is viewed by others/presents themselves versus who they truly are. Not everyone is as they seem. The characters were wonderfully complex and there were lots of shades of grey between who was truly good and evil and what is right and wrong. Can something be truly good if it's done for the wrong reasons? What about something bad being done for the greater good?
The pacing of the story was perfect and the conflicts encountered by our characters were at times intense. I don't think you could write a book about slavery and human decency (or lack there of) without eliciting these powerful emotions. The author gets you invested in these characters and you root for them to persevere and hurt with them when they struggle. The highs are incredibly high, filling your spirit with hope, but goodness, the lows are heartbreakingly low, tearing your heart right out of your chest. This is truly a testament to the superb writing and storytelling of Vic James. Gilded Cage really had it all and I cannot wait to continue on with this series!
*I voluntarily read an advance reader copy of this book. Many thanks to NetGalley and the publisher*