Gilded Cage by Vic James

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Holy plot twists batman! This book was anything but predictable. I have never encountered a book I wanted to hate but loved so much.

The world of Gilded Cage is divided into two parts: the happy normal British life and the ten years of slavery for every citizen who doesn’t have special (aka magic) blood. That in itself deserves a serious amount of suspending disbelief. Ten years is a long time. It’s the time that many people use to hone their craft and learn. Imagine if every doctor had to take ten years off? Every nurse, every mechanic, every scientist? It’s kind of insane, really, because it goes against technological and economic growth. And then the aftermath is people never getting over their slave days, which means half the population should be off their rocker. I honestly had to stop thinking about it because it’s just too crazy to me, and let it go as is.

Anyway, to continue on, most people do their slave days as manual labor in horrible conditions, while a select few work as servants in the magic people’s houses. We are given insight into both and that’s where things get a little messy – or not.

The thing is there is no main character, but more of a cast of characters. Each one has their own point of view and first person chapters. When I got to POVs 4, 5, 6 I went oh man, how is this author going to keep up with all these characters? How can we possibly keep engaged? It’s going to be bad, isn’t it?

But it wasn’t! Somehow, each POV was both relevant and smoothly incorporated. We are given insight into the characters’ intentions that we never could have otherwise. And the characters themselves were so well developed, so flawed and alive, I am still in awe.

Overall, this book was a great read that went by too quick even though it wasn’t short. Many questions were raised and not many were answered, so book 2 will be a must read.

Thanks to NetGalley for providing me with a copy for review!

Cross-posted to My Trending Stories.

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