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Cagebird (Warchild #3)

4.05 of 5 stars 4.05  ·  rating details  ·  436 ratings  ·  27 reviews
Pirate Protege At age four, Yuri Kirov watched his home colony destroyed by the alien enemy. By six, he was a wounded soul, fending for himself in a desolate refugee camp, and still a child when the pirates found him. Now twenty-two, Yuri is a killer, a spy, an arms dealer, and a pirate captain himself-doing life in prison. That is until EarthHub Black Ops agents decide to ...more
Paperback, 448 pages
Published April 1st 2005 by Aspect
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Feb 23, 2010 Andi added it
I really appreciate Karin Lowachee stylistically. Each book builds on themes presented in the previous ones, but takes a unique perspective. Each book can also be considered a character study of how war (and Falcone) directly and indirectly affects different people. Each of the three protagonists has different reactions to what can be considered similar events, based on their personality types and their experiences so far. The author present a wonderful character study in each book. The reason t ...more
Lowachee is not for everyone. Her writing style is unorthodox and she takes great liberty with grammar and invented jargon, yet despite this I found the novel totally engrossing. She has a talent for creating damaged characters who feel real--these aren't the Mary-Sue stereotypes that litter most stories. I definitely, suggest starting this series with Warchild, which is still my favorite book of the series. The plotline will make more sense if you read that one first and then Burndive, however, ...more
Althea Ann
Warchild, Burndive, Cagebird

Interesting series. I got these because I'd seen them highly reviewed somewhere; of course, now I don't remember where.
In many ways, they're basic military SF - I'd recommend them, with some reservations, to fans of Lois McMaster Bujold, maybe CJ Cherryh.
Each one has a different young man as the protagonist, but they follow one timeline, and link to each other, with many shared characters.All of them are very homosensual. All the young men are super-cute, and there is
Oh, wow. Utterly harrowing but ultimately redemptive--I teared up at the end. Trigger warning though, this book is pretty effing graphic about severe childhood abuse of all kinds. I really thought this main character was amazingly done. My one gripe is that the character of Finch seemed underdeveloped. I had no idea exactly why Yuri had fallen in love with him, and since that's the crux of his emotional recovery and kind of the whole book in a way, it was frustrating. Overall, I really liked it, ...more
As expected of one of my favorite authors ever, she simply doesn't disappoint. Even more exciting than the previous two in the series. That's almost unprecedented; I am a huge fan. She only gets better.

October 2009: Read again in preparation for The Gaslight Dogs release sometime early next year. This is my third read of this book, very unprecedented for me. I almost never re-read books, but I've re-read this series regularly since discovering it.
This seemed like tourism to me. Like visiting a very painful place, looking around, taking a few pictures, and leaving. I don't trust Lowachee to write authentically, at this point.
I think this is my second favorite of the three. Warchild is still my fave, and Burndive is very good, and this is in the middle in terms of faves. I do hope we see a fourth book set in this universe one day. What Lowachee will do in it and how is beyond me, and I look forward to seeing how all of this plays out, however it plays out, and whenever I get it. But I do know this: Lowachee is on my LIST of writers I will buy anything and everything from. There is so much about her work that I would ...more
The last, the most intense, and the most interior of this trilogy by Karin Lowachee. It tells the story of the second victim of the pirate Falcone, who kidnaps kids and raises them to be pirates through seduction and power and horrific abuse. At the age of four Yuri Kirov's home is destroyed by an alien attack... or is it a pirate attack? At any rate, Yuri ends up on Falcone's ship at the age of nine. We follow his life, told in first person during the same time period as the stories of Jos and ...more
I loved this. If you've enjoyed the previous two books, then you'll probably enjoy this one. This installment is from the point of view of Yuri, a pirate. Character-wise, Yuri is my least favorite, but that didn't hinder my appreciation of the book as a whole. As emotionally challenging as Warchild is, Cagebird is even more so. It grittier, more graphic, and the harshest of all three. I didn't feel a positive connection to Yuri, but I sure did feel sympathy and pity for him. It was really hard n ...more
I'll review all three books here. The first one Warchild really caught my interest all the way through. It was unique and intriguing and I really enjoyed reading about the main character. The one thing is I was very disconnected from his trauma about his captivity. Since we as readers did not experience it with him and he never ever thought about or allowed himself to feel anything I did not either. So some of his mannerisms and hang-ups really got on my nerves. But the story was very well writt ...more
Wow. Another fantastic instalment in this universe told from yet another perspective. I think I loved this one as much as the first book in the series. The three books together create such a deep and immense story. There is so much here that could be continued. Karin Lowachee has created a wonderfully complex world populated with such rich characters. I'm so sad that this is the last book so far - I'm not ready to leave this universe yet. These three books are definitely keepers for me and I kno ...more
And I'd thought that Warchild was full of angst. Cagebird beats it hands down. Seriously, have something light and fluffy lined up to read straight after this one, you're going to need it.

That said, I really enjoyed this book. Lowachee is a compelling writer. The world is rich and real and she really gets into the heads of her characters.

Like a previous reviewer, the parts I enjoyed the most were when the protagonists from her previous books showed up, I just wish they'd been in more of it, par
It's actually fine to read only the first one of the trilogy. I thought books 2 and 3 would bring much more development in the general political and war plot - #2 did a little, #3 did not much. #1 is a lot richer and I think that's what readers enjoyed. #2&3 are definitely enjoyable to read but they're not as memorable.
Sunnie (HfC)
As far as I'm concerned, this is the best book of the series, and one of my all time favorite books ever. My full review is here, on Hot Stuff for Cool People.
Rebecca C
Beautifully written but strongly meandering, especially towards the end. A lot of the flashback scenes felt like book-filler that would have much better served by development from the present day.
Kaje Harper
This is the third book in the series. All the books deal with a futuristic far-flung interstellar society where the best and worst of humanity have room to expand. In all three books there is kidnapping, murder, indifference to suffering and childhood sexual abuse so be warned. This book is the best of the three, with the main character I felt most connected to and cared the most about. Yuri's struggles to become someone worthwhile, his love for another man in spite of all attempts to prevent be ...more
Holly Geely
Yuri as a character really struck a nerve for me. I'd been looking for this style of Sci-Fi/Fantasy for a long time. Unique, and touching.
This is harder to review than the first two books in the series Warchild and Burndive. It is much darker in tone (though the former also had some very dark content).

I still really loved this book though and Yuri was a very interesting main character. Really loved him (though not as much as Jos who remains my favourite character in this universe).

I highly recommend this series. I would rate them all higher than five stars if I could!!

Originally read 10/04/11

Re-read 12/02/12
Bill Hayes
Amazing 3rd book in the trilogy. I found the lead character interesting but distinctly unlikable at the beginning, but as the story evolved I began to understand and empathize and in many ways like the character by the end of the story. The books in this trilogy are at the top of my 'best' list along with Iain M. Banks and William Gibson. The book stays with you long after you turn the final page.
Not as good as the previous two, I thought. Though the beginning of this new protagonist's story did catch me, by the end it got too dark for me. But it was well-written, so that I felt disturbed for and about him instead of just grossed out, and I recognize through the realism that character developments like this do happen in the real world (just without spaceships).
Nikki Dyer
awesome third novel in a great series! i loved seeing the world from different angels.
Didn't enjoy this one very much. I feel like the author said everything she had to say about this universe in the first book, and the next two are rehashes.
Mar 01, 2010 Mnemosyne marked it as to-read
Shelves: own
Because I own it, I keep putting it aside to read later. I know it's going to be heart-breakingly good so I just want to save it.
Feb 10, 2012 Jessica marked it as to-read
Shelves: scifi
I loved the first one, liked the second one . . . haven't got past the first few chapters of this one. Working on it
Was really hard to get into..but once i did..omg
the most brutal one of the series
Owes a lot to Orson Scott Card's Songbird, if more deftly done.
X-rated, don't go there.
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Karin was born in South America, grew up in Canada, and worked in the Arctic. Her first novel WARCHILD won the 2001 Warner Aspect First Novel Contest. Both WARCHILD (2002) and her third novel CAGEBIRD (2005) were finalists for the Philip K. Dick Award. CAGEBIRD won the Prix Aurora Award in 2006 for Best Long-Form Work in English and the Spectrum Award also in 2006. Her second novel BURNDIVE debute ...more
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Warchild (3 books)
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