Let me start off with a caveat. I generally don’t do reviews. I love books, read them all the time, even write them. But the problem is that I don’t write about others books with the right sort of targeted acumen. So bear with me because I love this book and I yet I struggle to say why and how.
Let’s start with some of the reviews:
★★★★★ “This is an absolutely superb book! Very well written, the choice of language is well executed and the plot just flows effortlessly.”
★★★★★ “If you’re a fan of Divergent or The Hunger Games this book is easily on the same level. Caged is brilliantly crafted and won’t let you put it down.”
★★★★★ “This book is all that the blurb promises and beyond.”
Yep, yep and yep. Ditto. The thing about Caged is that it exists in a unique world, a sort of post-apocalypse that is honestly not like any I’ve seen on the big screen nor read before. We are treated to an incredibly visual style that practically throw 3D image out of the page and into your face. I can remember a feeling of awe, and a bit of jealousy, as I stepped into the shoes of Eden Cavalleri and scanned the streets of the nearest city. It is a vibrant place filled with fashion, ads, traffic and colors. It is not the bleakness you would have expected from an unfeeling robot apocalypse. It is, strangely, a world much like the one we know.
The problem is, we are the mice and they are the scientists.
Things get squeamish the farther you get into it. And I mean goosebumps on the skin squeamish, because Amy’s very powerful visual techniques do not falter as the story progresses. You are in the zoo. You see the experiments and testing. You hear the cries of the unwilling participants.
But if you can survive your ordeal, it is an important aspect to the book, because it feeds your desire for retribution. A desire that certainly is later sated.
Perhaps the best thing in the read is its Game of Thrones level twist in the latter half. I won’t say more on that, just prepare to be shocked.
All-in-all this was a real 5 star read and I would love to see this Indy author take off in her career. Go check out her series and maybe leave a comment or two on the page. I’d love to hear what you thought of it!
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