Cage of Dreams (City of Nightmares 2)

Cage of Dreams (City of Nightmares 2)
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September 26, 2023
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In this thrilling sequel and conclusion to the City of Nightmares duology, which has been praised as "so much fun readers will stay up all night to finish it" (Kirkus, starred review), Ness is forced to make a twisted deal with the Nightmare Phantom—only to find herself embroiled in the explosive fallout of the agreement when a botched assassination attempt unleashes chaos into the City of Newham.
Nineteen-year-old Ness used to have a vehement terror of Nightmares—people who’d been turned into their worst fears while they slept. Through two assassination attempts, an explosion, and a faustian bargain with a dream demon, she’s finally working through those fears.

Unfortunately, Nightmares aren’t the only dangerous thing in Newham. Working at a speakeasy where gunfights are common and death is a regular occurrence, Ness is forced to reckon with all her other fears—including her fear of mortality. It’s easy to die in Newham, but it’s hard to live.

So when the Nightmare Phantom—the monster that turns people into Nightmares—shows up, asking her another favor, she agrees, but only if he turns her into a Nightmare. One of her own choosing, something bullet proof and strong and able to live without fear.

But when Ness’s attempt to fulfill the bargain goes wrong, things start to spiral out of control. Now, Ness is in the crosshairs of enemies old and new, and this time, she can’t run from her problems. If she wants to survive, she’s going to have to conquer the most difficult enemy of all: herself

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What I liked:
Cage of Dreams is the final book in a two-book series about the City of Nightmares and Tess, our main character, taking down the evils that plague her home. We have the Nightmare Phantom, the evil mayor, Cy's corrupt dad, and the Friends of The Restful Souls. This two-book series is all tied up in the last few pages of this book, and we see a lot of growth with Tess and her struggles with fear and guilt over events from book one. Tess must learn to trust those and herself to complete her journey through the City of Nightmares.
Final Verdict:
Fear is a powerful motivator that can make you look at all your decisions with much doubt. The key is to own your fear and know that it doesn't have to define you and that you are so much more than your fear. Ness struggles with her fear and constantly questions where to find her security to the point that she wishes. Sometimes, she could become a nightmare that would eliminate your fear. I don't think anyone is genuinely fearless. Some of us have just learned to channel that fear into overcoming obstacles that life throws at us.
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