ARC Review: Chained by Susanne Valenti

26731477Author: Susanne Valenti

Tittle: Chained

Series: Cage of Lies, book 1

Genre: Dystopia, Sci-fi, [Young-Adult]

Page count and format: 208 pages, Ebook

Expected publication: October 1st, 2015 by Amazon Digital Services, Inc.

Source: I received an eARC of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review.

My rating: PicsArt_1431077933984

Blurb (from Goodreads):

Terrified of the contamination and the creatures it has created, humanity hides behind The Wall. No one knows what lies beyond the wasteland. Maya has never thought much about what might still be out there, lurking in the forgotten places. But when she’s thrust into the unknown, she is forced to question everything she has ever been told. Not everyone outside died, some of them became something… else. As her heart is torn in two, every choice she makes is harder than the last. What she discovers will change her forever. She knows she will probably die, but Maya has seen enough of death and she won’t let it have her without a fight.


I really liked this book. It was exiting and a thrilling adventure. I loved the plot, the characters and all the other elements that this book offered. When I read the blurb, I really wanted to read it and when the opportunity to read an ARC was given, I snatched the opportunity. I’m really glad I did so because this book was really enjoyable.


Maya is a resident of the new world, i.e. the world inside the wall. She has never known anything about the outside world nor she has questioned anything about of it. After an incident in a test mission, she and her best friend, Taylor are sentenced to serve in the SubWar for a time being. It is the city’s prison in a protected barrier outside the wall where people usually fight and kill each other until their time is up there. They are sent as messengers but the task is as dangerous as fighting. After a near to death experience where Taylor becomes unconscious because a bullet grazed his skin, they are saved by a guy named Coal who came from outside the wall. Forced by the situation, they flee from the SubWar guided by Coal. What Maya discovers outside the wall stuns her and she knows nothing is going to be the same ever again.


The plot was really good. It was thrilling and exiting and I loved the world building. In this world, all the people live inside the wall after an epidemic took place. The outside world was not fit for living anymore, so the wall was built. Every action of the people were monitered and judged every second. It was intersting to learn about the condition of the people inside the wall, according to the work they did, the people were given different levels to live in a building. The concept of the SubWar was most intriguing. All the dwellers or the people who committed any kind of crime were put there where they had to fight one another for survival. I definitely enjoyed the action throughout the book and the plot twist was surprising as well.

The concept of the world outside the wall was intriguing as well. There were still people living there. There was a big reason why all of it happened and it’s not hard to guess, it was because of the people who wanted power and control. Though it’s only one of the reason and there’s another major reason behind it as well. I’m not going to tell that, you have to read it to find out. Due to the epidemic, the world changed. Plants grew bigger, the animals grew intelligent and the people who were affected turned savage and inhuman. Those people were known as creepers, they were vile and deadly. Honestly, I imagined them to be sort of zombies, they were pretty gross and dangerous.


I liked all the characters in this book, they were pretty nice and relatable. Maya is a nice character, she is strong, smart and caring. It was hard for her to cope up after her parents’ death but she had Taylor with her. He was a character I liked as well. He was there for her every single time. Maya handled everything maturely after stepping outside the wall, she was ready to do anything to save Taylor’s life. Though I have to agree, she loved falling down multiple times! 😛 I definitely loved Coal. He was a bit mysterious and mostly kept to himelf. The attraction between him and Maya was instant though I’m glad nothing more serious happened between them because I don’t like insta-love. I definitely look forward to their romance and I hope it’s build up nicely. Though I did enjoy their kiss, it was pretty steamy and niceee.

I enjoyed Alicia’s sisterly relationship with Coal, she was pretty badass and a strong character. She knew how to fend for herself. Laurie was another character I liked. She was a warden and Maya and Taylor’s trainer at the SubWar. She also escaped with the group with Coal. She was a strong character as well, at first she was reluctant about trusting Coal and the others but eventually she gave into when she saw the truth.

Writing style-

The writing was simple and beautiful. This book was pretty great considering this is the author’s debut novel. The writing was pretty smooth and I fell into the flow easily. I loved how the dialogues and everything else was executed. My only complain is that sometimes it felt there were more descriptions than necessary so it felt a bit slow at times. But mostly the pace was even throughout the book and I didn’t feel bored for even a second.


Chained is a book that I definitely enjoyed. The plot was great, it was thrilling and exiting. I loved the world building, the concept of the wall and the outside world was definitely intriguing. The characters were nice and relatable. The writing style was smooth and gorgeous and the pace was even throughout the book. I only had a few minor complaints about this book but other than that it was pretty exiting and an entertaining read. I definitely want to continue with this series and I really, really want to read the next book.

Recommend it?

Definitely yes if you enjoy this genre and a little slow storyline.

So guys, what you think about this book? Sounds intersting? Are you going to give it a try when this book is out? Share your thoughts with me!


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