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Uncaged Review: Ward by Kyle Waller

Kyle Waller

Up The River? Or Down In The Dirt? 

Summary Execution has become the preferred fate in a place where even angels fear to tread. Those unwise who elected for prison or are deemed unworthy of a quick death are condemned to The Ward, the former capital-city-converted-city-prison of Sacramento, California.

Among the Grim Reapers coming in the forms of smiling rib cages and riding out the eleventh-hour, cannibal-afflicted Vikings, a Roman-inspired death cult, and a paranoid Mafia Syndicate, wage an ever cascading campaign of annihilation against one another. 

It is in this war-ravaged tomb, where the Angel of Death and Tango Primary Five are destined to meet. 

With darker forces at play seeking to destroy any last hope of salvation, Tango Primary Five and the Angel of Death are left with no alternative: 

Unite The Ward…  or choose a side.

Prepare to enter a dystopian world where mental illness waits in the darkness to have a real conversation with you.

Uncaged Review: If you are a dystopian genre fan, you may like this one. What it’s not: a zombie book, or a book like Divergent or Hunger Games. Supernatural monsters like vampires and werewolves aren’t going to rise out of the destruction of the earth and it’s not an “easy” read. This is a hard-hitting, semi-realistic book that is more Escape from New York than it is The Walking Dead. San Francisco has been turned into a full city prison, and it’s here where they have to survive. And it’s definitely not a romance in any shape or form.

If you like a book that makes you think, makes you search for clues and watch for the subtlety of mental illness that is woven into the book, this book would be right up your alley. Since it’s a bit of a rougher read, it does seem to slow the book down a bit. I haven’t heard of a sequel happening for the book, but it left off where it could easily go in either direction.
Reviewed by Cyrene

4 Stars


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