“Gripping and addictive—Shepherd has delivered again! A captivating mix of intrigue, deft twists, and complex questions, this is a must-read.”—Amie Kaufman and Meagan Spooner, New York Times bestselling authors of These Broken Stars
The Maze Runner meets Scott Westerfeld in this new series Kirkus Reviews calls “swoon-worthy and thrilling” about teens held captive in a human zoo by an otherworldly race. From Megan Shepherd, the acclaimed author of the Madman’s Daughter trilogy.
When Cora Mason wakes in a desert, she doesn’t know where she is or who put her there. As she explores, she finds an impossible mix of environments—tundra next to desert, farm next to jungle, and a strangely empty town cobbled together from different cultures, all watched over by eerie black windows. And she isn’t alone.
Four other teenagers have also been taken: a beautiful model, a tattooed smuggler, a secretive genius, and an army brat who seems to know too much about Cora’s past. None of them have a clue as to what happened, and all of them have secrets. As the unlikely group struggles for leadership, they slowly start to trust each other. But when their mysterious jailer appears—a handsome young guard called Cassian—they realize that their captivity is more terrifying than they could ever imagine: their captors aren’t from Earth. And they have taken the five teenagers for an otherworldly zoo—where the exhibits are humans.
Shepherd (The Madman s Daughter) gives a hoary premise alien abduction new life in this twisty tale. Sixteen-year-old Cora Mason, daughter of a powerful Senator, has just gotten out of juvenile detention following a fatal car accident when she is kidnapped by psychic extraterrestrials and dumped in an Earthlike habitat with four other teens. Expected to mate within 21 days to ensure the continuation of species or face a dire fate, the captives including a Norwegian genius, a Thai model, a Maori black marketeer, and a Colombian-American with a mysterious connection to Cora differ in their responses. Cora is determined to escape, but is going home possible or even desirable? While the characters and their cultural backgrounds remain lightly sketched, their complicated relationships with each other ring true. Multiple points of view provide a complex picture of Cora s actions and their impact on the people around her. Shepherd is a master of pacing, and each chapter brings new revelations. First in a series, the novel ends with a satisfying conclusion to the central mystery, while maintaining suspense about Cora s fate. Ages 13 up.
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Praise to The Cage!!!!!!
I was so very captivated by all the elements in this book. Once I began reading, I refused put it down until necessary... I read it in one day!! Im still upset with the huge cliffhanger we were left with. Oddly, I am still in love with Cassian and Cora's "forbidden love" relationship. I have hope he actually was "Fond" (in love) with her, when he said "It wasn't all a lie". This book was exiting, creepy, and all things amazing. I will recommend it to every one of my friends! I can't wait to read the next one! A huge plot twist AND a cliffhanger left me on edge! I definitely recommend this read!
It was weird at first but it gets a lot better it is a very bad cliff hanger I hope there is more books!!!!
New Scifi Dystopian
What would you do if you woke up as an exhibit in a zoo? Well that's pretty much what happens to Cora Mason and 4 other teenagers that inhabit The Cage.
Taken by an alien race, they must discover the motives behind their captivity to survive the challenges that are put before them. Some want to escape, some are happy with the status quo and some will do anything to create change...but will they all survive?
Cora finds herself attracted to the strange and mysterious ”caretaker”, Cassian. Can her relationship with Cassian lead to their freedom?
I found The Cage to be a unique and entertaining young adult read. The theory behind this world is alluring with lots of twists and turns that keep you guessing. I loved how they introduced a character that has been captive since young into the dynamic and that persons take on their captivity. I did feel the story's tempo was slowed by the amount of time the The Cage's occupants spent constantly bickering and vacillating about escape. Ultimately, this was a great start to a new series.
I look forward to seeing where Shepherd will go next with this storyline...but I have heard vengeance is a dish best served cold.
I received this ARC copy of The Cage from Balzer + Bray in exchange for a honest review.