As I have said before, I received three books recently as birthday presents. All three are part of series that I have been following for a while. I already reviewed one, so now today's review will mean that only one remains. The review for today is on Cage of Eden volume 2.
I have been meaning to review the first volume, but I never really got around to it. So, I guess a synopsis is necessary.
Cage of Eden is about some students who are making a return flight to Japan from a school trip to Guam. However, during the trip, an accident occurs and Akira Sengoku, series protagonist, find himself and his classmate on an island that supposedly does not exist with creatures that should already be dead. Now, the survivors of the accident must continue surviving, as well as search for a way to return home.
People say that this is similar to Lord of the Flies, but since I have not read it, I cannot compare it to such. However, it does seem to be a bit different from what I have come across. Most of the time, survival series have adult protagonists, at least in US media, such as what I have supposedly heard about Lost, but the main characters here are adolescents. So, in a way, it is interesting to see them struggle. Also, one thing that seems to catch my interest is the true identity of Hades, which most other fans of the series are wondering as well. Like Bloody Monday, I am much further ahead than the official translation, but I am not up to the latest chapter. I will say though that Hades' identity has yet to be revealed, even after 120+ chapters. It was also cool that it reveals the obvious in that we do not know what extinct races or species was really like, such as when an animal that was similar to a hippo came out of the water but did not attack them, like they expected. Because the group has a majority of adolescents, it makes things a bit more interesting as we would expect adults to at least know how to survive in the wilderness.
As this is an ongoing series and I do not want to spoil it too much, I cannot say there is much that I do not like. It is definitely difficult to read some parts of the book, as it is cover by the spine. However, that seems to be expected of the type of book this is. Still it is really annoying having to push the spine pretty far, just to read things. If this were the case with the books, like those I reviewed previously this month, such as Steve Jobs' biography, it would be unforgivable. The other thing that seems a bit annoying is that the adults rely too much on the adolescents. The flight attendant introduced in volume one does know first aid and sea rescue procedures, but otherwise, she seems really useless. None of these seem to take down the series too much, as this is still just the beginning portion though.
Nothing much is bad about this book, as it is still just the beginning of a series, but it certainly does show some flaws. I would recommend this to people interested in survival stories. For everyone else, especially those who underestimate the observation skills of adolescents or children, I would suggest you skip this series.
What do you think of Cage of Eden? Did I get anything wrong? Feel free to comment.