Expected Publication: February 14, 2017
NOT ALL ARE FREE.
NOT ALL ARE EQUAL.
NOT ALL WILL BE SAVED.
Our world belongs to the Equals—aristocrats with magical gifts—and all commoners must serve them for ten years.
But behind the gates of England’s grandest estate lies a power that could break the world.
A girl thirsts for love and knowledge.
Abi is a servant to England’s most powerful family, but her spirit is free. So when she falls for one of their noble-born sons, Abi faces a terrible choice. Uncovering the family’s secrets might win her liberty—but will her heart pay the price?
A boy dreams of revolution.
Abi’s brother, Luke, is enslaved in a brutal factory town. Far from his family and cruelly oppressed, he makes friends whose ideals could cost him everything. Now Luke has discovered there may be a power even greater than magic: revolution.
And an aristocrat will remake the world with his dark gifts.
He is a shadow in the glittering world of the Equals, with mysterious powers no one else understands. But will he liberate—or destroy?
Note: We received an ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review.
I struggled a little bit with the concept of the book: slavery in a modern world. I had a little bit of a hard time reconciling a place with such advancement in technology with that of such a retrograde concept of slavery. Somehow, for me, these two different things just don’t go that well together which somehow made me work harder reading it than other books. Or I just lack a little imagination. Okay, fine. I might probably just maybe have a certain resistance to change or when status quo gets challenge. So, what I am trying to say is I actually applaud Ms. James’ ingenuity with coming up this.
Okay. I’m back. Next! I really like that there are numerous POVs! I love that I got to be inside the heads of several characters. Ms. James did it in such manner that I was able to get a little bit of everyone while still maintaining the flow of the story. But I would probably love it more if the story would concentrate on only a few main characters because the danger was the story could have the tendency to be “scattered.” Now, now. I am in no way an expert. This is just a personal preference. More Silyen though, please! 😉
Argh! This book will be released in a two mere days but I am already waiting with a bated breath and counting the days until I can get my hands on the next book!
Gilded Cage is an awesome first book in a series that will definitely make us captives in its imaginative world!
Fans of Victoria Aveyard’s Red Queen.