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  • Publisher: ‎ Rhapsody Press (April 8, 2023)
  • Language: ‎ English
  • Paperback: ‎ 298 pages
  • ISBN-10: ‎ 1736738739
  • ISBN-13: ‎ 978-1736738733
  • Reading age: ‎ 12 years and up
  • Genre:  Dystopian Fiction

The BookViral Review:

“Ambition plays by its own rules…”

One of those novels that demands thought, compels the attention, and refuses to be dismissed The Cage is the kind of novel that makes Dystopian Fiction so unique with Smith pulling off a relative rarity in the genre by creating a genuinely original read.

Cuttingly intelligent, from its cast of characters down to its immersive plot structure Smith refuses to use emotions conventionally, demanding instead that we keep a constant, intellectual grip on things. Intended to seduce us, mess with our heads and leave a lasting impression The Cage is a fine example of how an author who is passionate about their genre can redeem its mainstream clichés.

Riddled with Orwellian paranoia Smith introduces us to the City and the Corporation which under the leadership of James Dornan has created a new order. Where survivors of Cargo Flu live under rigidly enforced rules and regulations that allow them to maintain some semblance of their pre-pandemic lives. It’s a scant existence that relies on salvage and for those who break the law the punishment is Complete Electrochemical Retrograde Amnesia, but resources are finite.

There is another way to live. A simpler life beyond the City. It’s a threat the City wants to control and it’s in the exploring of these diametrically opposed lives that the mystery surrounding Robert Larsen unfolds. A  man whose memories have been chemically stripped away and in the grappling to recall them he becomes a catalyst for change when he meets The Cage’s young idealistic protagonist Maximillian Wyse.

Profound, sobering and wholly fascinating The Cage shares enough of Orwell’s bleak and angry vision that it’s hard not to draw connections between them. But The Cage is its own thing and Smith’s ideas are wholly original, taking us far beyond the genre’s basic doom-laden parable. He plants thoughts in our heads that disturb us, and, like all the best dystopian fiction, they serve as a magnifying device for an examination of the present as he explores what it really means to be free.

A superb debut from Smith The Cage is an unreservedly recommended five-star read.

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