Gilded Cage by Vic James steps in to the realm of modern day England, a modern day England populated by gifted and ungifted, slave and free, skilled or unskilled. Similar to Red Rising, Hunger Games, and many other dystopian series, we are featured with a realm where the have and have-nots finally come to their boiling point. In Gilded Cage, an insurrection is rising, manipulated into being by a wealthy son of a powerful dynasty. The only thing to expect is the unexpected.
Gilded Part is a brilliant dystopian novel whose author weaves such a vivid narrative that it made the book hard to put down. In fact, I read it all in one day. The story of Luke and his family was gut wrenching, because they live in a society where EVERY non-skilled citizen must do 10 years of ‘slavedays’ for the betterment of England. In fact, our story starts out with Luke and his entire family beginning their 10 years, unfortunately their plan to serve together goes awry right at the beginning with Luke being placed in a cruel factory town, a factory town that just may become the center of the rebellion. Will Luke and his family get in over their heads? Will things change for the better? Will the slave days end?
If you enjoyed other dystopian novels, you will enjoy The Gilded Cage, where Victoria James has built such a massive world for us to read and explore. I felt at times appalled at the cruelty in the book and still have more questions than answers about several characters. For these reasons I would suggest this book be read by individuals above 18 as some of the material is more adult in nature. I am giving this 5/5 stars for a good book whose storyline I look forward to seeing more of as the series continues in books 2 and 3.
I received this book for free from the publisher through NetGalley in exchange for my honest review.