Review of “Gilded Cage” (Dark Gifts #1) by Vic James

James, Vic. Gilded Cage. New York: Del Rey, 2017.

Hardcover | $20.00 USD | ISBN-13: 978-0425284155 | 358 pages | Science Fantasy/Dystopian

4 stars

I picked up Gilded Cage on a whim purely based on the promise of the blurb. Having flirted with the YA dystopian genre when it was at its peak, and become recently reinvigorated with fantasy, I was intrigued at the possibility of a book that perhaps offered a new take, given it seemed to be mixing the two for a slightly darker feel.

And it more or less did that. While I did find that, as is often the case with multi-POV books, that I liked more than others, being massively interested in Luke’s chapters as he goes through brutal enslavement and all the trouble he gets into, but I did like that within the POV characters provided a nice well-rounded look at the contrasting lives of the aristocratic Equals and the commoners, helping to establishing the world building through these characters living out their lives.

The plot is complex and multi-layered, and while there were some bits where I felt a little less personally invested, I am overall impressed with how it turned out, especially in terms of how it sets up a great conflict for a series going forward.

I would recommend this to fans of dystopian fiction who are looking for a slightly different take on it.

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