The Cage by Megan ShepherdThe Cage by Megan Shepherd

The Cage

byMegan Shepherd

Paperback | May 24, 2016

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“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.

Title:The CageFormat:PaperbackDimensions:416 pages, 8 × 5.31 × 0.94 inPublished:May 24, 2016Publisher:HarperCollinsLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0062243063

ISBN - 13:9780062243065

Reviews

Rated 5 out of 5 by from Such an interesting story I got really attached to the characters in this book and couldn't put it down. The whole series is wonderful and I have my friend reading it now!
Date published: 2017-09-06
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Decent Read Enjoyed the book. Characters are interesting and I became invested in their stories. The plotline itself is a little "out there" but it wasn't hard to accept or follow.
Date published: 2017-07-28
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Loved it! As soon as this came in the mail i started reading it and fell in love! If your a fan of the maze runner series, or liked the Hunger Games you'll love this book! Very unique twist on a future world, and not to mention of course the adorable romance:)
Date published: 2017-04-17
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Not bad, but not the best It isn't very bad, but definetly not the most interesting story out there. Took time to get into it.
Date published: 2017-02-09
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Very disturbing This is Megan Shepherd's second series. Her first, the Madman's Daughter was about a crazy guy who surgically mashed up animals and made them into people, and his daughter who just surgically mashed up people. The series pulled heavily from The Island of Dr. Moreau, Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde and Frankenstein. The horror came from gore and stormy nights with monsters prowling and deep issues of morality vs. science and that sort of thing. It was all up front and Gothic, and you knew exactly where the creepy vibes were coming from. With this second series, Shepherd has managed to, somehow, write a book even more creepy and disturbing than one featuring reanimated bodies, and yet all it has are aliens and a big zoo. There are much fewer and much less violated dead bodies, hardly any violence (comparatively) and most of it is set in a happy, sunny, perfect, child-proofed little environment. Yet, despite all this, this book was disturbing to the enth degree. The issues of morality are much less clear-cut or even defined, you never know who's crazy and who isn't, and there isn't a single character that you can safely trust or get attached to. Even our main character is an unreliable narrator. Humans are lesser species and are used the same way humans use our animals - raising (and breeding) them in captivity to combat their endangered status and threat of extinction, keeping them as pets (and all the neglect that often entails), even developing a black market for body parts for trophies and use in medicinal remedies. It is all extremely disturbing, and there is very little offered in the way of humanity or optimism to counter the disturbing elements. One of the tropes that gets under my skin the most is when some force acts on the main character in ways that cause great pain or distress, and insists (and believes)that it is for their own good. The misguided condescension and paternalism drives me absolutely crazy. This book was chock full of this, and it made me want to bash my head against a wall. I almost wanted the characters to go crazier than they did, because a lot of the crazy happened in a la-dee-da-our-pretty-enclosure-is-so-nice direction, and I wanted more rage and head-bashing. Which is disturbing in and of itself. The alien's ability to think that they knew better than our human characters and could make things 'perfectly adequate' for them, despite being able to read their minds and see and disregard their distress, made me physically uncomfortable. There is next to no pride, validation, or respect for our main characters in this book, and it was almost too much for me to take. Also, I should just mention, one of the most disturbing elements of this book was the rules. There are only three, which are to keep themselves healthy, solve the puzzles to keep their brains working, and...to reproduce with their assigned partner, as soon as possible. If this isn't disturbing enough, most of the teenagers are more than happy to comply. Some even go the extra mile and look outside their assigned partner. While sex in and of itself isn't the disturbing thing (personal morals aside, they are capable of making their own decisions) the reproducing factor certainly is. Add to that the fact that by the end of it, you seriously doubt their ability to make healthy decisions (because of the alien's manipulation, I should clarify) and I was seriously disturbed. I can't decide if this book's ability to make me want to tear my hair out was skillful and deliberate or not, but it was certainly potent. I'm going to approach the rest of the books in the series with extreme caution, because there might be some dents in my wall from book-hurling if this series continues in the same vein (which I think it will.) Also, just a mention, I want neither side of the love triangle to win here. I want Cora to go crazy and kick the alien to the curb, tow the human home, and then go off and live her life, because right now I am so mad at both of them, for different, spoilery reasons.
Date published: 2016-12-31

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