Book Review: The Cage by Megan Shepherd

June 8, 2015 Young Adult Book Reviews 2 ★★★★★

Book Review: The Cage by Megan ShepherdTitle: The Cage by Megan Shepherd
Series: The Cage #1
Published by: Balzer & Bray on May 26, 2015
Genres: Science Fiction, Young Adult
Source: Edelweiss
Format: eARC
Pages: 400
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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 received this book for free from Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Also by this author: Her Dark Curiosity, A Cold Legacy

One Line: So compellingly good, I couldn’t stop reading!

In My Opinion: Must. Read. NOW!

What an amazing book! I was a fan of Megan’s already, so I knew I was going to enjoy this book, but I had no idea how compelling and addicted I would become. I honestly couldn’t stop reading and when I absolutely had to put it down, I kept thinking about it, eagerly waiting until I could start reading again. And when it was over? I kept tapping my kindle, hoping in vain that there was more. There’s just something about Megan’s writing that captures my attention. Couple that with the very intriguing premise, it’s not hard to see why I loved this book. Megan had me fully invested in this story and these characters, even the ones I hated, because at their core, they were just humans, struggling to make sense of their situation and handling it in their own way.

I do kind of wish this was told in first person as opposed to third person, because I wanted to be in the minds of the characters more. Their minds and psyche are really tested while in this cage and it makes you think what you’d do in this situation, alien world or not. How would you handle being in a cage for days on end? That aspect that appealed to me the most. I wanted to see when and how these characters would break and what they would do to survive. There was a good mix of emotions and reactions from each character. Each of them went a little mad in their own way and it was riveting seeing it all play out.

Cora was a bit rash and fool-hardy at times, but she was strong and determined. I admired how unwavering she was in trying to escape, especially when EVERYTHING was against her. I really liked Lucky at first and his connection to Cora had me rooting for him, but there was one point where she asked him an important question and he answered wrong that totally changed my view of him. After that, I disconnected from him. Rolf and Nox really got on my nerves. Leon and Mali weren’t too bad though. As for Cassian, ah, Cassian. I went through a rainbow of emotions and thoughts about him and I’m still unsure how I feel about his relationship with Cora.

And that twist?! I knew something was up, but I did not expect things to do down like that. Well done, Megan, well done!

I am definitely looking forward to seeing where Megan is going with this series and I hope she keeps up the momentum that I felt with this book. Most of The Cage revolves around the actual cage the characters are in, obviously, so we barely touched the surface of this alien world, which means I expect other-worldly things in the next installment. Knowing Megan, she won’t disappoint. If you’re a science fiction fan or like psychological themes such as this, you won’t want to miss this book.

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 “Book Review: The Cage by Megan Shepherd”

  1. Rabiah

    Thank goodness you like this one! I’m a fan of Megan’s MADMAN’S DAUGHTER trilogy and was super sad when so many people have mixed feelings about this one. But yay! You’ve completely turned this around for me, so thank you for that! Great review 😀
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