Chained (Cage of Lies #1) by Susanne Valenti

I was given a copy of this book by the author in exchange for an honest review.

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Chained by Susanne Valenti tells the story of Maya and her best friend Taylor who live in a post-apocalyptic world cut off from the contaminated world around them. The city is highly organised and built off the efforts of the many in the hopes of improving their standings and being rewarded with luxuries afforded to the rich families and politicians.

During a routine field trip into the outer limits, an accident occurs that irrevocably changes Maya and Taylor’s life. They encounter the brutality of the justice system, the violence without and discover that things may not be as they seem.

I enjoyed this story. For a first novel it is written very well. Valenti has obviously taken great care to ensure that the story flows without interruption or gaping holes. The action is cut and dried and keeps pace to its conclusion.

I really liked Maya. She was strong yet vulnerable, sweet but not naïve. I cared about what happened to her and enjoyed watching her evolve. The supporting cast was strong and I’m not ashamed to admit I fell in love with Kaloo. Read the book and you’ll see for yourself.

This is book one in the Cage of Lies series and it sets the story arc for the next offering. I nope tat the writing continues to gather the momentum it began in book one.

I found this novel reminiscent of Divergent and Maze Runner, with a little Wayward Pines to boot. If you enjoy YA dystopian fiction, check this story out.

3.75/5

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