Tuesday, May 20, 2014

Caged Warrior: By Alan Lawrence Sitomer



McCutcheon Daniels' life is full of bone-cracking violence.

As a star fighter in the gritty underground Mixed Martial Arts circuit in the poorest section of Detroit, McCutcheon fights under the tutelage of his volatile and violent father, not so much for himself but to survive as protector of his beloved five-year old sister, Gemma.

But McCutcheon isn't just a fighter he also has potential for something greater. Mr. Freedman, his science teacher, spots this potential, befriending and encouraging him to enter the lottery for a scholarship to an elite charter school so he can obtain a first-class education.

While at first first dead-set against the idea, between the school's headmaster, Kaitlyn, a student assigned to be his guide, and Mr. Freedman McCutcheon's mind is slowly changed as he's shown that he can have more in his life than just endless violence.

But McCutcheon's father doesn't think in terms of what's good for his son, instead he thinks in terms of cash flow. So when he sees his future cash flow begin to run dry, he takes actions that can never be taken back, forcing events to be set in motion that no one, not even McCutcheon can stop.

Having just finished Caged Warrior, I’m sitting here absolutely stunned.

First off, I read Caged Warrior in one sitting, that’s not saying it was unnecessarily short, it was just that captivating. I was hooked from page one and couldn’t stop. Between the constant character development, the adrenaline pumping action in and out of the cage fights, and Sitomer’s quick pacing anyone who picks this book up will have a hard time putting it down.

Second, Sitomer’s protagonist is absolutely amazing. His every word is raw, powerful, and brilliant. Sitomer has done a fantastic job creating a strong yet caring protagonist in M.D. The dichotomy between the caring loving way M.D. takes care of his sister and his cage fighting accentuates every character detail, helping illuminate M.D. in a way that few characters are exposed. This dichotomy is also essential when it comes time for M.D.’s evolution in looking for a better life for him and Gemma.

What has me so stunned though is the ending. Sitomer has done a fantastic job of creating a captivating story, leading the reader through it, giving readers the ending they think is coming, and then yanking the rug out from beneath their feet. I won’t say anything else about the ending except it caught me completely off guard, and took this from a good book to one I would fervently recommend.

All in all Caged Warrior is a fantastic book. It is gruesome and filled with mature content, so it is not for everyone. But those willing to give this book a chance will not be disappointed.


Publisher: Disney Hyperion

Published: May 13, 2014

Price: $16.99

Link to Buy: http://www.amazon.com/Caged-Warrior-Alan-Lawrence-Sitomer/dp/1423171241/ref=tmm_hrd_title_0?ie=UTF8&qid=1400614963&sr=8-1

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