June 02, 2015


The Cage (The Cage #1)
by Megan Sheperd
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 am going to try and do my review in a different format this time. Might be a little easier for me. 

So I picked this book up a couple days before the release, I do believe my local bookstore was getting sick of me. I was honestly stocking the store for when they got their deliveries and asking if they had it in yet. The Cage was one of my highly anticipated books of 2015. 

The Good
- Cassian or "The Caretaker" I loved him throughout this whole book. His character was awesome.
- The setting/cage was so interesting, how all those different areas all mixed in together and how they melded and bent to cause everyone to always end up where they started.
- the idea of the book was unique and interesting
- the writing was beautiful, I flew through this book.
- ah the romance that built between Cora and Cassian. So much swooning.

Now the dreaded bad parts
- Everyone who had a POV in the book. Seriously, what the crap was Megan thinking with these characters. We have one very jealous, abusive type, one who sleeps with everyone and CORA OMG COULD YOU EVER LET CASSIAN SAY ANYTHING. I was so sick of the way that Cora would just CUT Cassian off every time he wanted to tell her the truth or anything. I wanted to slap her and be like CORA STFU AND LET THE MAN/ALIEN SPEAK DAMNIT!!!
- The escape plan or lack thereof. What was she going to do when she found the fail safe, really stupid Cora.
- Rolf and Nok, ridiculous. that is all
- REPRODUCE, if you have read this you know the ending WTF DID REPRODUCING HAVE TO DO WITH IT?!
- the puzzles and tokens, again what was the point?
- was the tundra not cold? A tiny summer dress and bare feet and not dying of hypothermia?
- WHY DID IT TAKE SO LONG TO KISS?! Ok that is just something that made me upset haha

Overall I enjoyed the book, I did. I will be continuing on and I will probably be counting down the days too. I devoured this book and even with some tiny hiccups I couldn't stop reading it to figure out what was happening. I love Cassian.. need more Cassian. Can we have a book with Raffe from Angel Fall and Cassian.. Omg can I be in this book. *swoon*

Megan Shepherd was "born" into the book world, growing up in her parents' independent bookstore in Western North Carolina. She is the author of THE MADMAN'S DAUGHTER trilogy (Balzer+Bray/2013), and THE CAGE trilogy (Balzer+Bray/2015). When Megan is not writing, she can usually be found horseback riding, day dreaming at coffee shops, or hiking in the beautiful Blue Ridge mountains. She is represented by Josh Adams at Adams Literary.

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1 comment

  1. Sounds good and way different than what I normally read. Thanks for sharing !!