Rebel Rising | Review

Title: Rebel Rising
Series: Cage of Lies #1
Author: Caroline Peckham & Susanne Valenti
Version: Ebook (ARC)
Release date: 10 April 2020
Rating: ★★★★★


I live in a cage.
This city is a lie.
And I’m done following the rules.

No one knows what lurks beyond The Wall.

Only criminals are sent into the wastelands to face the Lawless Trials and I never thought I’d find myself fighting amongst the ruthless convicts who live in the shadows of society.

But the more rules I break, the more secrets I unveil.

Like the fact that not everyone beyond The Wall was killed by the contamination a hundred years ago.

Some of them became something...else.

I got too close to the truth and now I have no choice but to play their twisted games or else risk the contamination beyond the borders of the arena.

So when a wild man offers me the possibility of a new life in the ravished world, I have to take it.

Coal Carson is like no man I’ve ever met. He’s strong, savage, fierce and the freedom that shines in his dark eyes calls to me like nothing I’ve ever known.

A life with him is wrought with danger, but also hope...and maybe even love.

But the Guardians won’t let me run for long. They’re coming to destroy me before I uncover the truth they’ve spent so long disguising. And I’ll do whatever it takes to stay ahead of them.

But with the full force of the city coming for me, I might just have to find a way to fight back.


This book was provided by the authors in exchange for an honest review. Thank you Caroline Peckham & Susanne Valenti!

Rebel Rising is the first book in the Cage of Lies series and tells the story of Maya, Coal and their friends.

When I started reading Rebel Rising, I immediately had some Divergent and The Hunger Games vibes and I loved it! Divergent and THG are two of my favourite Dystopian series and Rebel Rising is definitely one of my favourite Dystopian books! The story is just so interesting and it’s also different from what I’m used to from Caroline Peckham and Susanne Valenti!

We mainly read in Maya’s perspective, and I loved it! She’s such a badass character, and she has to deal with a lot of things since going to the Lawless Trials. We also got one chapter in Coal’s, Hunter’s, Alicia’s and Laurie’s perspective. I really liked getting to know the characters and their thoughts. Maya is definitely my favourite character and I cannot wait to get to know Coal better! I also have a feeling that I’m going to love Hunter in the other books.

It’s been a while since I read some Dystopian books and that’s mainly because Paranormal Romance and Fantasy are getting a lot of attention at the moment, but I do enjoy reading Dystopian books. It was so fun reading a Dystopian book again, and Rebel Rising was such an amazing and addictive read. I cannot wait for the next book in the Cage of Lies series!