Gilded Cage by Vic James
Publisher: Del Rey Books
Published: February 14th, 2017
Summary: 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. . . .
So this book was really interesting. I didn’t really know what to make of it when I first started reading it. But it was really interesting the way this book went about with everything. It was filled with so much conflict and twists and turns I loved it! It kept me on my toes and I couldn’t tell what was happening next and everything was all over the place.
I don’t know if that makes sense.
But basically I would read the book and think that it would go one way and it wouldn’t, it would go a completely different way.
It was like you couldn’t really predict everything because there was always something underneath everything and it would either be revealed or something would happen to turn things a different direction.
I liked that, I like being surprised.
The characters were interesting too. I did have an issue with the slavery parts of the novel. The characters that were the “masters” were really cruel and horrible. I expected it in a way because of the way things were in this story, but I didn’t expect the things they did. It was a bit sad and uncomfortable and such.
There was a lot going on with this society, because like there were two different classes of people that were relevant. The Equals, and the commoners. The Equals have skills and are high class society, while the skill-less people are lower class commoners. And the commoners have to do 10 years of slave-days. And that is actually where the story begins. Luke’s family the Hadley’s are taking their slave days together as a family and the older sister finds that the family The Jardines are looking for hired help in their household and she volunteered her family for that but sadly Luke ends up being taken away to a work camp.
It was kind of obvious that Abi was going to fall for Jenner. I saw it right away and I was kind of like ehhh. It was kind of predictable. And Jenner was the guy who was like “No you can’t fall for me I’m not right for you”. Not sure overall how I feel about this romance. It just didnt feel genuine mainly because Abi was employed by Jenner and also a servant of his family and I’m like are you really in love with him or what? Especially since she was some pretty horrible things at that house.
I thought that it was interesting how Daisy, at 10 years old, was able to bring herself into a position of some influence in the family. She is charged with taking care of Gaver’s illegitimate child, and finds herself really starting to care for Gaver and the baby. I do like that in a way Gaver protected Daisy and listened to her. And seeing as how Gaver was such a hothead and a really mean person, I liked the little insights we got when he would spend time with his daughter. He really did care about his daughter in his own way.
The brother that creeped me out was Silyen. Mainly because he seemed to always be playing some sort of game, and was super sneaky and mysterious. He was just creepy and had a lot going on in this story. I just wasn’t sure about anything with him. He kept me on my toes and had me guessing a lot. I think that while he was a bit creepy and such, he was also the most interesting character to me.
I did enjoy Luke’s part in this story. I wasn’t sure where the direction of his story would go but it was actually really interesting and engaging and I liked reading about it and seeing the world from his eyes. He starts a freaking Rebellion! It was intense! I liked who he came in contact with and what he was able to do with his friends at the camp he went to.
Overall this book this book was really interesting and I will be continuing with the series and cannot wait to see where this goes!
Have you read this book? What did you think if you have? If you haven’t, does this seem like something you would enjoy??