Wednesday, May 27, 2015

The Cage by Megan Shepherd [Review]

The Cage (The Cage, #1)3.5 out of 5 Robots!

The Cage by Megan Shepherd
Series: The Cage #1
Genre: YA Sci-Fi
Release: May 26, 2015
Hardcover: 400 Pages
Publisher: Balzer + Bray
My Copy: Publisher
Reviewer: Shannon

Book Summary:
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 Daughtertrilogy.

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?

(Courtesy of the Publisher)

Shannon's Thoughts:
This book was not as like I suspected.  I really should have read the description better because I completely missed the part about aliens.  So I was pretty taken aback.  But overall, I enjoyed this book.  It wasn't perfect, but it was definitely an interesting read.

Here is what I liked:
**The writing.  I really really like Megan Shepherd's writing.  She has a great way with words.

**I like the "Lord of the Flies" breakdown that starts happening between the cage inhabitants.  They are very much manipulated into scenarios that breed mistrust and jealousy.  It is interesting to see how everyone deals with the situation they are given.

**I also liked some of the small touches of the cage.  The captors tried to put in things they thought they would like, but consistently fail at it.  There are toys and bright colors and candy like a child would enjoy.

**As I mentioned, this book is very different than what I was expecting and I appreciated that.  I couldn't really guess what direction things were going (besides the obvious), but I was even surprised by the ending.

Here is what I didn't like:
**Even though I liked the book on the whole, I'm not sure I loved the premise.  I don't know.  There were parts I liked, but in general...I wasn't that taken with the idea of the "aliens running experiments on humans" schtick.

**The love triangle was not my favorite either.  It wasn't that Cora developed feelings for Cassian (although they may definitely bother some people), but that it didn't feel very developed to me.  I didn't exactly understand WHY she was in love with him.


Overall, I thought this book was different and very well written.  It kept my interest the entire way through.  But I'm not sure I loved it.  I disconnected with it at some level.  I think this book will really reasonate with some readers, but leave others cold.  Depends on how much you can tolerate Stockholm Syndrome-type romances.

Disclaimer: I received this book in exchange for an honest review.  All thoughts and opinions are my own.

1 comment :

  1. My sister wanted to read this because she read a similar book called Zoo, or The Zoo (I can't quite remember the title), but I don't think the aliens were running experiments in that story, though. Ha ha, I hate to say this, but my sister will read most anything if there is enough romance in it! Thanks for another great tandem review. :)



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