Book Review: Cage of Eden Volume 16

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Things seem to still be going pretty well, huh?

As I have mentioned before, I got quite a few things for Christmas and decided to focus mainly on the books I got in print, before dealing with the other things.

So far, half of the books have been covered and only two remain.

Today, I will be reviewing one of those remaining two, which is called Cage of Eden Volume 16 by Yoshinobu Yamada.

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

After escaping the tyranny of Nishikiori, Akira learns that one member of his party was captured and that an old friend had just arrived at the pyramid.

However, the reunion between old friends might not go so well, when Nishikiori finds out that the new arrival is connected to Akira and decides to have this old friend kill Akira in exchange for treating a sick comrade.

I kind of liked this book.

In the previous volume, I wondering what exactly Akira’s teacher had up his sleeve, and I was somewhat impressed. I would not have thought to use materials found in explosives could be used to put out fires, like he did.

Then again, I am not too sure how long Kokonoe has been with Nishikiori’s group, so I cannot tell if that is Nishikiori’s usual method of execution or not, but since I do remember how much of tyrant the self-proclaimed doctor is, I would not be too surprised if Kokonoe witnessed enough executions to know for certain that would be the way that he and Ohmori would die.

Of course, if he did not know, then I would have been kind of disappointed, because he would then be technically too lucky.

Another thing that I liked is how Yarai helped people that he did not know without evening hesitating.

Compared to being forced to ask the person that tried to kill a friend for help, it may not be so hard, but it certainly is a difficult thing to do. I know that I would probably hesitate a bit, depending on their age and if they truly are in need, the latter of which cannot really be determined a person’s appearance.

I also liked how I got to see what life was like for the kids at Akira’s school before they arrived on the mysterious island.

Some time after returning back to his group’s base, Akira collapses from fatigue, at least according to Ohmori, and then I start seeing flashbacks from Akira’s point-of-view.

When he awakes, he says that he was dreaming of a time when the members of his group were not together, which gets everyone talking about how they would never have imagined getting to know the people that they know now.

Seeing as this story does deal with a plot involving survival, this is bound to happen because the ones that we have to rely on might not be our close friends, family members, or even our trusted leaders. As a result, people we consider to be strangers may find out things that we do not want others to know. After all, even I have ailments that people outside my family do not really know about, though with the efforts to put medical information into widely accessible computers, much like the computers hosting a favorite website, here in my country, that information can be found out.

However, the worst-case scenario does not always happened, even if it should be expected to happen.

In fact, here in this volume, the members of Akira’s group state that they have actually grown closer together because of the hardships experienced.

Naturally, that is how we develop any kind of relationship with other people. We cannot be separated in any way for a large amount of time, with only occasional and monitored contact with each other, and then suddenly be expected to decide who we are going to spend the rest of our lives with, which is how the leaders of my church think things should be. We need to actually be with the other person long enough to know the person and decide from there whether or not we want to spend the rest of our lives with that individual, because that is what really makes us pursue other individuals, not being told repeatedly by our elders that it is our duty to date and find a companion out of a bunch of individuals that we hardly know well enough to consider dating in the first place.

The two things that caught my interest the most though were the information uncovered by the members of Akira’s group who did not go to the pyramid and Mami’s premonition.

First up is the information that Akira’s group found. When Mariya reveals that they found the supposed coordinates of the island, they realize that they may actually be closer to home than they first thought.

While coordinates may not be enough to determine a person’s true location without, since we do not all see the same stars in the sky because people in the northern hemisphere use Polaris and the three major constellations to find it, which are Ursa Major, Ursa Minor, and Cassiopeia, and people in the southern hemisphere use the Southern Cross. This leads me to wonder what the island’s purpose was. After all, it would not exactly be that difficult to have search parties go look for them, if they are already in the northern hemisphere, like I am being made to believe.

Finally, as to Mami’s premonition, even though it may not be accurate, I wonder if Mami already has some kind of idea what is going on.

Seeing as she was part of the party Akira assembled, she has a pretty good idea of what Nishikiori is like, but after meeting Yarai and finding out that he and Akira are friends, she thinks back to her premonition and thinks that the reunion is not going to be normal.

Taking those details into account, it seems like this kind of event has been eluded, but I do not particularly remember enough of what happens once Yarai reunites with Akira, aside from the fact that Akira’s group does eventually find a real doctor on the island, so I am kind of looking forward to seeing if Mami’s vision was indeed a fight to the death.

Outside of the things mentioned already, nothing much else comes to my mind that I particularly liked.

The fact that Akira’s teacher did have something up his sleeve after all and that the flashback to before Akira arrived on the island, as well as remembering what he went through, reminded me of how relationships actually do grow and finally the two biggest mysteries of the island’s location and Mami’s premonition made this book.

Although I did like the book, there were some issues.

However, when glancing back through the book, nothing really major seemed to catch my eyes and there is not a whole lot of information to disprove what is stated in the volume.

As a result, I will have to say that there is nothing worth mentioning.

Considering the fact that I could not really say anything bad about this book, this was definitely worth reading. I recommend to fans of mystery, survival stories and Cage of Eden. As for everyone else, I recommend reading the earlier volumes before reading this.

What are your thoughts on Cage of Eden Volume 16? Did you like it or hate it? Were there things you liked or hated that went unmentioned? Feel free to comment.

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