Broken: Everything you know is a lie (Cage of Lies, #3) by Susanne Valenti


Broken2The author sent me a copy of this book (epub format) in exchange for an honest review.

My rating:  4.2  of  5  stars

(by Goodreads)

Since all of her hopes were dashed, Maya is struggling to adapt to her new life. Where dreams and wishes once kept her going now there is only the burning desire for revenge. She’s changing, hardening into the person she needs to be to hold it together but sometimes the cracks still show. She wants nothing more than to go back and become the person she used to be but sometimes she can’t even remember who that was. Nothing will be right again until she resets the balance. Blood will pay for blood and she won’t give up until the final drop has been spilled. Some say she’s taking it too far, others say it isn’t far enough.


Genre:  Science Fiction, Young Adult, Dystopian

Series:  Cage of Lies, #3

Length:  317 pages

Release Date:  2016-01-31



“Why? I’m broken, there isn’t anything left of the girl you knew. It’s like I died when he died. You shouldn’t have to worry about me.” I wiped my cheeks, my skin stung from so many tears. My eyes felt swollen and my throat was raw.


My Opinion

The book continues Maya’s endeavour to free her parents and – to get revenge for Coal. I will not tell you more about the story than shown in the Goodreads plot description. This would spoil the fun of reading this book yourself.

With Broken, Susanne Valenti has created a compelling and cleverly elaborated third book in the Cage of Lies series. Maya and her friends/allies have to fight against old and new foes. I was drawn into the story right away – as an invisible ally. Susanne Valenti tells the story in a clever way – giving the reader the opportunity to be very close; she expertly elaborates her characters’ personal growth and paints a clear picture of the situations they find themselves in. As the story proceeds you learn more about the old and new protagonists and the world they live in. There are some real surprises, finding their way nicely into your perception of the story. I had a great time reading Broken.

This is a book for you if you appreciate a pretty stubborn protagonist in an interesting combination of the science-fiction, young adult and dystopian genres. It is not hard-core science fiction.

A book and/or series to read again. Recommended!

Writing Great
Plot Full of surprises
Mood Suspenseful
Pace Steady (fast)
Characters Developed
Violence Some violence
Sexual content No sexual content (some more hints)
POV First person


About the author

I’m a dystopian / sci fi author (that’s the dream anyway) but my day job is a little less creative and a has a bit more catitude. That’s right, I made a terrible cat pun 😸. I work with my family running a boarding cattery (that’s a hotel for cats) and we also help some lovely rescue kitties while they look for their new homes.

I have a little sister who is similar to me in pretty much every way; we look alike, talk alike, love the same things, hate the same things with the same insane passion and are even both aspiring authors! 👯

I met my husband when I was seventeen. We have been together for ten years which is long enough for me to find out that he’s the most infuriating man I’ll ever meet and to learn what true love really is. I am insanely lucky to have him next to me in everything I do even if we never look at anything in quite the same way.


Connect with the Author:


Please take a look at my statement on reading in My train of thoughts on …reading.  Now I am asking you.  🙂

My questions for you bibliophiles:
What about you?  What did you think about Broken?  Or – if you did not yet read Broken – are you now interested in reading it yourself?

My question for you cinephiles:
If Broken was filmed – who should direct it, who could you imagine as actors?

I am looking forward to reading your comments.  🙂



One thought on “Broken: Everything you know is a lie (Cage of Lies, #3) by Susanne Valenti

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