September 24, 2018

REVIEW| Gilded Cage

Gilded Cage (Dark Gifts #1)
Vic James

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UK Publisher: Pan Macmillan
UK Release Date: January 26th, 2017


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. . . .


Why are there not enough people picking this book up? 

This book is the reason why I think Dystopian and SFF books are so crucial to freedom of speech and presenting a way to look at the world through a lens. You read the word "magic", I read the word "money". Strip away and replace, "Equals" become the Thatchers and Blairs and "Skilless" become the backbone of Britain. Vic James explores the exploits of the past and present economic structure of Great Britain - and it's terrifying. 

I was intrigued by the dynamic between the three Hadleys and Jardines, and how their lives get webbed together in this politically charged story. I feel like I'm the anomaly in this case, but I really enjoyed the chapters that were in Abi's point-of-view and set in the house. I liked seeing the power dynamic in that household (and Abi and Jenner?!!)

The history that James built was just as fascinating and rich. It felt like a genuine piece of British history woven into the fiber of the pages. 

The pacing overall was gripping.  Vic James is the Queen of the plot twist. She knows how to throw you off a scent and swerve you, heart pumping, fear induced adrenaline into a wall. I feel like I don't know where the Jardine brothers truly stand, and look forward to entering into Tarnished City and working out where loyalties lie, my heart - betrayed - my nails filed from gripping that pillow and I'm loving it.


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