Series: The Cage #1
Published by Harper Teen, HarperCollins on May 26th 2015
Genres: new adult, post apocalyptic, romance, romantic suspense, science fiction, young adult
The Maze Runner meets Scott Westerfeld in this gripping new series 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—a handsome young guard called Cassian—appears, 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.As a forbidden attraction develops between Cora and Cassian, she realizes that her best chance of escape might be in the arms of her own jailer—though that would mean leaving the others behind. Can Cora manage to save herself and her companions? And if so . . . what world lies beyond the walls of their cage?
I received this book for free from Publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
I’ve been itching and itching to discuss The Cage only to finally get to this point and be completely blank on what I want to talk about, or where to even begin!
From many of the early reviews on my side of GR, I seem to be in a small list of admirers for this series starter. Which is a shame really, but I adored it. Anything really that can present such a different cast of characters the way Shepherd did, and SHOW me how each individual stands out will win me over pretty quickly and easily. There are characters to hate and characters to love. Obviously you can tell I’m a really character-driven reader.
But this doesn’t mean I ignore the plot or details. No no no… I definitely need those to fall into place as well and for me The Cage presented a very well-rounded story with some amazing detail that provided some pretty fantastic imagery for a reader. But then I started noticing little things that gave me pause. Just little issues.
For one: The synopsis says it’s a human zoo. And while this group of teens are being observed by aliens in an enclosure-like habitat, it’s not what we would think of when we hear the term “zoo.” I think the idea is what really drew me to the book, but I got something else instead. More like an experiment from alien scientists in a lab? That’s the best way I can describe it without giving way to potential spoilers.
I took some small issue with drastic character personality changes that didn’t really seem to fit, but only seemed to be done “to work with the moment” if you know what I mean.
Shepherd also knows how to scare the pants off a reader, whether it’s through another character’s actions or descriptions of an event or place. There were a few moments while reading where I was genuinely chewing on my nails.
I had a constant pull to pick it up and continue reading, to find out what would happen next to everyone. And ever since finishing I’m already anxiously awaiting the next installment so that was definitely a good sign for this read. I mean, who knew aliens could be so awesome?
It’s a must-read this summer!