Book Review: Cage of Eden Volume 13

February 24, 2014


This is kind of surprising. Only a short while after receiving the bulk of my Barnes & Noble order, I received the final title that was part of that order.

Today, I will be reviewing that book, which is called Cage of Eden Volume 13 by Yoshinobu Yamada.

As I have given a series synopsis in an earlier post, I will not go over it again.

After Yarai and his group made it inside the mysterious lighthouse, they decide to check things out, especially since Yarai has his doubts that the structure really is a lighthouse.

Meanwhile, trouble stirs within the site of Akira’s group when two men come and take Miina Isurugi hostage.

I enjoyed this volume. Even though Akira’s group and Yarai’s group is still working separately, I am still amazed that they are coming to the same conclusions, even though they were not looking at the same data. For example, when Yarai and his group found a map in the mysterious lighthouse, they discovered there were many more man-made structures than just the mountain and the lighthouse. Likewise, when the new acquaintances of Akira’s group mention that they know of a different tower, Mariya says that it would be unnatural for there to only be one man-made structure on the island. While that is just a safe and obvious assumption, I am still amazed that they realized it without the data Yarai had seen. I also liked how Akira’s group handled the newcomers. Instead of just welcoming them with open arms, which my church seems to do a lot with people with clean criminal backgrounds and that they consider morally clean, they set up a trap for them to figure out why the strangers came to their territory. This is how I think that people we meet should be treated, instead of blindly give them our trust, like how many people in the world do not bother investigating their political leaders before putting them in power. After all, we would be able to easily determine how our friends and enemies were. I also liked how Mariya was not the only one that was able to connect dots easily. As the one who Akira usually consults, Mariya does tend to notice things quickly, but Seigo, one of the newer members in Akira’s group, was the first to note that the leader of the group that the two new acquaintances came from was most likely the person responsible for the disease that ravaged their group. Now, it is the most obvious conclusion from what was mentioned in the volume, but since overlooking the obvious is something everyone does during their lifetime, so it is nice that somebody in Akira’s group does not overlook the obvious. I also liked how the fake Miina, whose real name has yet to be revealed at this point in the story, threw the words said by one of the men earlier back at them when rescuing the real Miina. Although he is just a child, it really made him look cool. Besides, children would normally run to a parent or elder sibling if there was a problem, not take it upon themselves to get involved. Then again, he did have Rei act as backup, so he was not careless like any ordinary child. There were two things that interested me the most though. First, the real Miina did not seem to flinch when her captors stabbed her neck. If fake Miina’s actions were weird for a child, this seemed much more strange, because I would think that child would start crying in her situation, even more so that she had amnesia. This makes me wonder if she had been in situations like that so many times that it is just natural for her to act like that. The only other possibility that I could think of though is that Miina is just a tough girl. The other thing that interests me is why Yarai took a hard drive from the tower his group visited, or more importantly how they are going to read the data from the drive. Obviously, he said that it might contain some answers to the questions his group brought up, but the place seemed like a mess. I doubt that the hard drive would even work, because a lot of time had past and hard drives do have a limited lifespan, even the newer solid state technology, though it is supposedly more reliable than HDDs, as well as the fact that the environment did not look that great. Not only do I doubt that hard drive would work, but I also doubt that anyone, even Mariya, would have what is needed to connect the drive to his computer, since even today the way secondary storage devices are connected to computers. Hopefully, Yarai’s group can find a way to check its contents, even if Mariya ends up having the right things to connect it to his computer. Outside of that, I cannot really think of anything else that caught my eye in particular, though I am interested in what the new tower may hold. The fact that the two youngest members of Akira’s group were either cool or presented mysteries of their own and the events presented makes me wonder how Yarai will get data from a hard drive recovered from the tower he investigated, as well as the fact that Mariya is not the only reliable consultant for Akira made this a pretty decent book.

Although I did like the book, there are some issues. However, since the only thing that comes to my mind cannot be commented on yet, mainly due to the fact that nothing has happened yet to warrant such mention, I will have to say that there is nothing worth mentioning.

Considering that there are still mysteries that make me want to continue, this was definitely worth reading. I recommend this to fans of survival fiction and mystery, as well as fans of Cage of Eden. As for everyone else, this is worth giving a shot, but it might be confusing if one has not read the earlier volumes.

What are your thoughts on Cage of Eden Volume 13? Did you like it or hate? Do you have anything to add to what I have said? Feel free to comment.

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