Gilded Cage by Vic James (Dark Gifts, #1) 368 pages
"Our world belongs to the Equals — aristocrats with magical gifts — and all commoners must serve them for ten years. But behind the gates of England's grandest estate lies a power that could break the world."
Abi, a servant to England's most powerful family, is able to get almost of her family working on the same estate. It's hard work, but at least they're in a safe place. Right? Her brother, Luke, is enslaved in a brutal factory town, and when he starts to make some friends, discovers that there may be a greater power than magic: revolution.
I just finished this book and honestly, sometimes felt like I was re-reading The Red Queen. The overall theme of a cruel, aristocratic class ruling over the larger, lower class was similar. The fact that the aristocrats have magic (but wait, maybe some of the lower class do, too!) was similar. The writing style was also similar at times. Both books are the first in a trilogy.
Maybe that's why, when I finished, I just wanted to read something completely different. I think it's interesting that this book is for adults, while Red Queen is aimed at young adults; they both read like young adult fiction. I think if I had read each book farther apart in time, I might have enjoyed this one a bit more.