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Uncaged Review – Orange City by Lee Matthew Goldberg

Orange City
Lee Matthew Goldberg

Imagine a secret, hidden City that gives a second chance at life for those selected to come: felons, deformed outcasts, those on the fringe of the Outside World. Everyone gets a job, a place to live; but you are bound to the City forever. You can never leave.  

Its citizens are ruled by a monstrous figure called the “Man” who resembles a giant demented spider from the lifelike robotic limbs attached to his body. Everyone follows the Man blindly, working hard to make their Promised Land stronger, too scared to defy him and be discarded to the Empty Zones.   

After ten years as an advertising executive, Graham Weatherend receives an order to test a new client, Pow! Sodas. After one sip of the orange flavor, he becomes addicted, the sodas causing wild mood swings that finally wake him up to the prison he calls reality.

Uncaged Review: This is a decent read, but it starts out pretty slowly for me. One thing that attaches me to a book, is back story. It doesn’t have to elaborate all the time, but I had really no idea how the world became as it is. I think a deeper dive into the back story of this world, and a bit more character development would have knocked this book out of the park. Once I got through the first part of the book, it was a bit hard to put down.

In this book, a hidden city is for those that are considered outcasts. All controlled by a monstrous spider type man who controls everything, so they are not tossed from the city. A couple characters of note are “E” who is recuiting for the City, and Graham, who as an advertising exec, is tasked with testing a new soda called Pow!, a soda that can control emotions depending on its flavor.

This is a very interesting concept, and with a bit more development, I would have rated it higher. Great concept and very original. Reviewed by Cyrene

4 Stars


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