Review by Sweksha
October 30, 2020
“The Cage,” written by Ruth Minsky Sender, is a nonfiction novel based on events surrounding the Holocaust. Riva Minska (a thirteen-year-old girl) narrates the horrors her Jewish family faced during these difficult times.
In my opinion, “The Cage” is a fantastic book that incorporates all the elements necessary for an interesting story. The events were well-developed and unpredictable, which encouraged the reader to continue reading. The characters that Ruth Minsky Sender incorporated were also easy to understand and visualize. In the beginning of the story, Sender developed each person thoroughly and gave the readers a chance to bond with them. Throughout the novel, as the victims suffered traumatic events, the reader could imagine what exactly they were feeling.
Additionally, Sender incorporated a lot of emotion through her writing. At some points, I had to put the book down altogether to wrap my head around what had happened. The author’s writing incorporated a great deal of eloquence that helped the book flow better, and also helped the reader understand the situation better. In my experience, other novels surrounding the events of the Holocaust usually censor some of the information to make it so that readers are not exposed to all the horrors. However, it was eye-opening to witness this young girl facing challenges that one cannot even begin to imagine.
Overall, this book was a great story and I would recommend it to everyone because reading this book was truly an eye-opening and inspiring journey.