Gilded Cage by Vic James
Narrator: Avita Jay
Date Read: March 2017
Genre: Dystopian, YA
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?
Publisher: Del Rey Books
Series: Dark Gifts #1
Read for Fun/Listened for Review (Library/PRH Audio)
Overall Rating: 3.50
Story Rating: 3.50
Character Rating: 3.50
Audio Rating: 3.50 (not part of the overall rating)
Quick Thoughts: I really wanted to like Gilded Cage more than I did. The last half of the book was really good but the first half took me forever to get through. I have high hopes for the rest of the series. I think if it keeps the same pace that the character will start to grow on me and I will be fully invested!
Narrated By Avita Jay / Length: 11 hrs and 32 mins
Avita did a pretty good job with the narration though her adult/teenage voices had very little difference. I would have liked to hear a difference between the two. Otherwise, her emotions were on point and she really brought to life the main characters. I will continue this series in Audio.
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