The Cage by Megan Shepherd

Posted May 21, 2015 by Sara | Novel Novice 0 Comments

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A science fiction thriller, The Cage by Megan Shepherd will keep readers guessing with its twists and turns, and unexpected romance.

cage, theThe 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?

Forbidden romance gets a whole new spin, as Shepherd crafts a story of an unlikely love between a teen girl and the alien who has imprisoned her (along with four others) in a bizarre human zoo. Mysteries abound within the pages of The Cage: who imprisoned the teens, why were they taken, what lies beyond their prison walls, and what do their captors really want with the teens. These are just a few of the questions that pop up as Shepherd’s story unfolds.

And while we find some of the (supposed) answers by the end of The Cage, a whole host of new mysteries unfold — which will leave readers wanting more. (The Cage is the first in a new series — so more is certainly coming.)

The Cage is a thrilling new entry in teen science fiction, with a fresh new twist on the classic genre. It perhaps leaves a few too many unanswered questions by the book’s end, but there is certainly plenty of room for more to be resolved as the series progresses.

The Cage is in stores May 26th.

Sara | Novel Novice
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