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CAGES

Editor’s First Impression

By Fiona Gregory, editor

Jul 3, 2014: The short, general blurb for Cages doesn’t do this fascinating story justice. In the 25th century, humanity is divided into two groups, the genetically enhanced A-subgroup, and the B’s, who live on some sort of reserves on the interior plains and do the industrial work. We follow the plight of a little B-group boy violently kidnapped from his home, an action which it seems most A’s would find morally reprehensible but are oblivious to its prevalence. Meanwhile, we the readers learn more about what is going on by peeking at the research notes of a scholar studying the issue of B-human enslavement, although she doesn’t quite know it as such.

It’s very well done. The boy’s perspective is poignant and believable, while the pseudo textbook pages, annotated documents and interviews are amazingly realistic and will seem familiar to anyone working on a thesis. These threads are creatively presented, the overall narrative is easy to follow, yet contains considerable depth. The author’s blog states he was inspired to write this story by the movie Blackfish, the story of a captive killer whale, and he takes inspiration directly from the captive cetacean controversy. Personally, this reminded me of a child’s experiences in Canada’s notorious Indian residential schools.

I’ll be following this one with interest. It’s off to a strong start.

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