The Aquarium

In this fifth installment to The Uncaged Series, Serenity and Sky tackle life together as new parents to their toddler twins. Joined by Blackbird and her daughter, Sky and Serenity feel safe in the Sanctuary. But their peace is shattered when the twins are abducted by a woman named Haven, Director of a new Museum called The Aquarium—a sea-scraper hundreds of miles deep in the ocean.

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In this fifth installment to The Uncaged Series, Serenity and Sky tackle life together as new parents to their toddler twins. Joined by Blackbird and her daughter, Sky and Serenity feel safe in the Sanctuary. But their peace is shattered when the twins are abducted by a woman named Haven, Director of a new Museum called The Aquarium—a sea-scraper hundreds of miles deep in the ocean.

With their children’s fate in the balance, Serenity and Sky agree to a two-year contract as a dual interaction in The Aquarium, re-introducing Serenity to the crowds as the Sea Star. But navigating the perils of this new Museum will be more dangerous than ever. The Director has a reputation as the country’s most notorious assassin, her predatory brother has made Serenity his favorite new target, and the performances demanded of Sky and Serenity are simply unimaginable. When history starts to repeat itself—this time with female bodies showing up strangled—Serenity realizes that there’s no one left to help her. But will saving herself cost her more than she can bear?

Reviewed by Melanie Newton
Violence
5
As with previous books the general underlying culture is all a form of abuse. In this installment there is murder (although not overly graphic) but there are disturbing 'role play' scenarios, incest, and some violence. There are also 2 rape scenes, one of which is described in more detail, and one of a pregnant lady which results in a miscarriage, so may require an extra trigger warning.
Language
5
There are several uses of the word fu** and its variations and also one use of the word bit** and sexual references such as whore. Other swear words used are of the milder variety.
Romance/Sensuality
5
There is sex on more than one occasion in this book and the description is a little more graphic than in previous installments in the series. Some of the involvement is for the purpose of performance and has a definite abusive feel to it. There are a couple of separate rapes that occur--details under violence--as this was already a 5 rating anyway.
Drugs/Alcohol/Smoking
4
Some adults drinking. Use of a drug called Bliss - which does what the name implies. There was a drug pumped into a steam room to help with hypnosis / mind control.
Supernatural Characters: There are no supernatural characters in this book – but this is set in the future and there are futuristic elements such as implants in the brain tracking people – the ability to connect 2 hearts to each other, and “immortality” is available.
Other: This is a YA novel which continues the Uncaged series and deals with some of the darker themes such as sexual trafficking, but in a fictionalized setting. The content is such as to be expected when dealing with themes of this nature and some trigger warnings may be required especially as there is a rape that is described as it happens. In this book the subject of incest arises – which is not included in previous installments.

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Series: The Uncaged Series, Book 5
Genres: Dystopian, Fantasy/Dark Fantasy, Social Themes / Self-Esteem & Self-Reliance, Social Themes / Sexual Abuse
Tags: abuse, coming of age, Dystopian, Fantasy, kidnapped, romance, sex trafficking, Speculative, Survival story, teen, urban, young adult
Publisher: Clean Teen Publishing
Publication Year: 2019
ASIN: B07X7SWCKZ
ISBN: 9781634223850
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About the Author
Emily Shore

Emily Shore is a MN author with a B.A. in Creative Writing from Metro State University and was a grand prize winner of #PitchtoPublication, which led her to working with professionals in the publishing industry. Her anti-trafficking books Ruby in the Rough and Ruby in the Ruins are her first indie-published books with proceeds benefiting trafficking rescue organizations. She is signed with Clean Teen Publishing for her anti-trafficking dystopian The Aviary. For every book sold, a personal donation will return to Women At Risk, International.

Throughout the years, she has connected with rescue organizations and survivors of sex-trafficking and injects the truths she's learned into her books for youth. She loves motivational speaking on the issue of sex-trafficking and always hopes for more speaking events in schools, churches, and libraries. Please contact her on her website if you are interested in hearing her speak. In her spare time, she loves attending any abolition events, baking, acrylic painting, interior decorating, and spending time with all the little girls in her life.

Emily lives in Saint Paul with her husband and two daughters. Their goal is to adopt a little girl from India.

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