Written by: Megan Shepherd
Series: The Cage
Sequence in Series: 1
Hardcover: 400 pages
Publisher: Balzer + Bray (May 26, 2015)
Genre: Young Adult | Dystopian | Scifi
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?
The Cage by Megan Shepherd
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. This book is set for publication May 26, 2015.