Book Review: Why You Should Pick Up Gilded Cage by Vic James

Could you drop everything – your family, career, goals, your life, for an entire decade? Imagine a world with 10 years already knocked off of your life. 

How does that world look to you? 

If you can’t even fathom a place where you have no choice, but to give up your life, Gilded Cage can help you.

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Gilded Cage by Vic James

Author: Vic James

Genres: Fantasy, Dystopia, YA

Publisher: Del Rey Books

Release Date: February 14, 2017

Rating: Bruh (See Rating System/Scale)

In modern-day Britain, magic users control everything: wealth, politics, power—and you. If you’re not one of the ultimate one-percenters—the magical elite—you owe them ten years of service. Do those years when you’re old, and you’ll never get through them. Do them young, and you’ll never get over them.

This is the darkly decadent world of Gilded Cage. In its glittering milieu move the all-powerful Jardines and the everyday Hadleys. The families have only one thing in common: Each has three children. But their destinies entwine when one family enters the service of the other. They will all discover whether any magic is more powerful than the human spirit.

Have a quick ten years. . . .

– Goodreads Synopsis

Could you drop everything – your family, career, goals, your life, for an entire decade? Imagine a world with 10 years already knocked off of your life. 

How does that world look to you? 

If you can’t even fathom a place where you have no choice, but to give up your life, Gilded Cage can help you.


Review

Honestly, I didn’t find much wrong in this book. The only con, which is a broad con mind you, is that it gets political. 

If you don’t like politics or it just completely makes you want to rip a book to shreds then put it in the incinerator then burn it, then you may want to steer away from this one. And would you kindly stop murdering books, please. K? Thanks.

Now let’s get into why I think you should add this book to your collection!


World Building

With any fantasy or dystopia, the world building has to be on fleek. Did I just say that..or type that? Smh, I never say that. I’m changing, smh x2.

But yeah, the world building has to be on point. Otherwise, we as the readers could lose a lot of focus while trying to read with trying to figure out how everything got where and why things are and who started what and – you see what I mean? 

Vic James = Great world building


Plot

Magic, the oppressors and the oppressed, and slavery. Not indentured servants. No, no, no. Slavery. Let that sink in. 

The plot focuses on the mandatory 10 year slave service citizens of modern Great Britain – or should I say, those who are not elite have to go through. Well, it’s not completely mandatory. You either do it at some point in your life or you stay a half-citizen. Quite the predicament.

We see the life of one family from a bit of time before they have to make that decision to their time with the decision made. What happens after is what’ll reel you in. Should I spoil? Nah. Just think, if you had to work for 10 years straight and there’s a whole nation of others doing the same, what would you make out of it?

That is the question at hand the characters have to deal with. Also a bunch of twists. Something to look forward to there.


Characters

We follow the storyline of multiple characters including two of the family members. Each of their situations are unique and dynamic to each other; yet, conclude well by the end.

At first, I didn’t like how many characters were given their own narrative. Didn’t take me long at all to get used to it and enjoy it, but I still could’ve went without one character and he/she’s insta-love “romance”. Felt completely useless. Maybe that’ll prove to lead onto something else in the next book cause he/she is on a mission.

Vic James didn’t directly tell who was good or bad either; gave us the emotion to figure that out. Pretty cool to me.


I did want to see more of the skills the elites possessed, but I’m excited for what’s next in Tarnished City (Dark Gifts #2).

Let me know how you liked the book if you’ve read it and rant/demand/recommend some dystopia books to read. 

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