ARC Book Review – The Cage

Posted May 28, 2015 by Kathy in 4.5 Stars, Book Review / 2 Comments

ARC Book Review – The CageThe Cage Series: The Cage #1
by Megan Shepherd
Published by Balzer + Bay on May 26, 2015
Genres: Young Adult Science Fiction
Pages: 385
Source: Publisher
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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?

Purple My Review

The Cage saved me from my reading slump! This is an exhilarating ride that drew me in from the beginning to the end. I loved this!

Cora Mason wakes up in a desert not knowing how she got there. She quickly discovers she is not alone. With her are four other teenagers: Lucky, Rolf, Nok and Leon. Together they try to piece together the mystery of what happened to them. To their surprise an alien, called the Caretaker (aka Cassian), appears and explains they have been “rescued” from Earth and placed in an artificial habitat for their safety. They are given 3 rules they must follow in order to survive. The habitat is really a cage and as days go by Cora becomes more desperate to find her way home. As tension and paranoia builds among the group they must decide who is the true enemy: the aliens or themselves.

The Cage reminded me of the Twilight Zone TV show that were tales that had a mix of bizarre, scary and thought-provoking. This is an intense and imaginative story. There were so many twists in the story that kept me paranoid just like Cora. I couldn’t decide who to trust! This is written in multiple point-of-views (6 total) which blended well and gave good insight into the characters. But with multiple POVs it did make parts of the story drag and I was anxious to find out what would happen next. Also I can’t say that I completely loved these characters. In the beginning I really liked Cora, Lucky and Rolf. But as the story progressed I became irritated with their irrational behavior. But it is understandable since they were dealing with the stress of being captives. The love triangle between Cora, Lucky and Cassian had me torn. I equally liked Lucky and Cassian but with the shocking ending I don’t know who would be better for Cora. There are still a lot of secrets to be revealed so I can’t wait to find out what happens next. The Cage is perfect for science fiction fans.

This was the first book I have read from Megan Shepherd and right away I can see how talented a writer she is. Her writing is flawless and smooth. The characters were well developed and the twists in the story kept me immersed in the story. I look forward to reading more from this author.

I received this book as part of the Epic Reads Early Readers Group in exchange for an honest review. Visit to find the hottest teen books, connect with your favorite YA authors and meet new friends who share your interests.

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Rating Report
Overall: four-half-stars

About Megan Shepherd

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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2 responses to “ARC Book Review – The Cage

  1. Maddie

    This sounds really good! I really liked The Madman’s Daughter so I have to check this out. Great review!!