Review: Free by Susanne Valenti || Where everything comes down to the final fight

Title: Free
Author: Susanne Valenti
Series: Cage of Lies, book 5
Genre: Dystopia, Sci-fi, Romance, [Young-Adult]
Heat Rating: Cool
Page Count and Format: 516 pages, Ebook
Published: July 16th, 2017 by Susanne Valenti
Source: I received an eARC of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review.
My Rating: 

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Blurb (from Goodreads):

Alone and surrounded by the enemy, Maya doesn’t know which way to turn. In a prison built of corruption and blind faith, does the truth even stand a chance? All paths lead to this and finding a way through will be the toughest test yet. The might of the city stands against her and she must remain defiant in the face of it. Presented with challenges she never thought possible and changes she couldn’t have imagined, she will need to be stronger than ever before. The fight of her life is coming to an end but will she survive to see her dreams become reality?


This book was such an intense read. I have been pretty invested in this series from the beginning and I eagerly wanted to know how everything finally boiled down in the end with the stake so huge. Although there were ups and downs, this book definitely lived up to my expectations.

*Possible spoilers from previous books in this series.*

Maya and her friends have finally breached the city but only she manages to escape whereas all the others are captured. With only a little help, she now has to take the next step in order to save the people she came to rescue in the first place along with her friends. But when things become more and more complicated with each step, what will Maya finally do?

The plot of this book was filled with action and one or the other thing kept happening which kept my interest throughout the book. After so many plans, Maya and the others finally decide to execute the rescue mission and tell the city about the world beyond the wall and to eradicate the lies that their leaders have spread through years. From the very first page, I was on the edge, the suspense was well maintained. Though with the help of Livi, her task was made pretty easy which seemed a little unrealistic since the City had such a tight security but she still manages to carry on her plan for most of the part without any significant hurdle along the way. 

I loved the variety of characters. The gang was back to execute their mission and although the characters had their flaws but they were layered. We also got to see another side of Crystal which I liked. I seriously wanted a bit more of friendship between Taylor and Coal, I mean it’s been so long, they should have come to a truce since the feelings began to change (in a good way). Coal and Maya were awesome together, as usual, they made a hell of a team. Maya’s unexpected news was a big surprise but a part of it felt unrealistic too because before she realised the truth, she hadn’t felt any difference but after learning the truth things got different, it was a bit weird but I didn’t mind it that much. I also wanted mooore of Blane and Luca!! Only one chapter wasn’t enough.

Overall, Free was an interesting read. The plot was executed neatly and the characters kept the journey interesting. I enjoyed the romance between Coal and Maya and I loved how Coal didn’t back away when he learnt Maya’s truth. The ending felt a little rushed, after such a big build up, I wanted to know a bit more about how things were being handled. Anyway, the writing was smooth and easy to read and it was fast paced throughout the book.

Recommend it?

Yes.


So guys what do you think about this book? Have you started the Cage of Lies series yet? How has your experience been so far? Share your thoughts with me!