The Aviary is a stunningly captivating tale of what happens in a world where the sex trade has been completely decriminalized and young girls are now seen as commodities and no longer fully human. The world Shore has created is deep, rich, and all-encompassing and will suck you in from the first page till the last.
The first thing that hooked me with this book is the absolutely GORGEOUS cover. It’s simply stunning and I want to frame it and hang it in my house. But when I looked into the book and actually talked to Emily herself, I found out the amazing story behind this book. The Aviary, and the whole Uncaged Series was written as a glorified Handmaid’s Tale for young adults set in a high tech decadent dystopia. The series aims to raise awareness to trafficking and Shore works with a foundation that is anti trafficking and proceeds from her books go back to rescuing children out of sex trafficking. It is a truly amazing cause and I am so moved by Shore’s commitment to this effort. Because of the heavier tone to the book and the topic in general, the book comes with a discussion and resources page in the back to help further the conversation and understanding of this issue.
While the main message of this book may seem heavy, Shore creates a vibrant world for the fast-paced story to play against. There are so many layers of intrigue, mystery, deception, and an interesting look at romance that this is a story I absolutely could not put down and left me thinking for several days once I finished reading.
The story follows Serenity, a sixteen year old who lives in a society where sex-trafficking is not only legal, but the norm. Up till this point in her life, her parents have been able to keep her safe and hidden away from the darker sides of the world, but one brazen choice sends Serenity right into the hands of the kidnappers she has been avoiding her whole life. Luckily (if you can really call it lucky), she’s purchased by one of the top ‘museums’, the Aviary. Through a series of high-tech adjustments and procedures she is trained and prepared to become the more desired bird in the Aviary – The Swan. The idea of displaying girls in themed museums allowed a type of beauty to mix in with the dark side of this world Shore has built. By doing this, she allows the reader to be drawn into a mesmerizing world which almost has enough glamour to blur the lines of right and wrong. Almost. As you watch everything unfold it becomes easy to see why the girls don’t want to leave, but there is still a part of you that wants to scream at them and save them from the nightmarish realities behind all the glitter.
Novels in The Uncaged Series by Emily Shore:
- The Aviary (Available Now)
- The Garden (April 8, 2019)
- The Temple (April 22, 2019)
- The Temple Twins (May 6, 2019)
- The Aquarium (October 28, 2019)