2 Stars · 2017 · Book Reviews · Dystopia · Fantasy · Young Adult

Gilded Cage │ Vic James


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 the 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?


If I had to sum this book into one word it would be boring. There isn’t a whole lot going on. The characters don’t have a lot of depth to them, and the story was boring…

I am going to have to start looking up books before I read them (I try not to because of spoilers) but I didn’t know this was going to be a series. And that seems to be a problem I have had a lot recently. I am getting a little tired of nothing happening in a book until about 3/4 of the way through and once you are about 20 pages from the end you know that there is just no way that the author is going to be able to wrap up the story in time. I hate that feeling.

And that is what happened with this book for me. I was waiting for something to catch my attention, to pull me into the story. Honestly it never really happened. I mainly finished this book because by the time I wanted to put it down I was already so far into it, I figured I might as well finish it.

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