Unique, Scary and Awesome! The Cage by Megan Shepherd

Posted 4 May, 2015 by Danny in Blog, Book Review, Danny, Danny's Book Review / 4 Comments

Unique, Scary and Awesome! The Cage by Megan ShepherdThe Cage by Megan Shepherd
Published by HarperCollins on 2015-05-26
Genres: Death & Dying, Science Fiction, Social Issues, Young Adult
Pages: 400
Source: Publisher
5 Stars

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 haven’t read Megan Shepherds precious series even though so many people have loved it so much. But, when I saw The Cage I knew I needed to read this one and .. damn this book did so not disappoint!

Eerie and Creepy Setting that is quite terrifying….

Go into a zoo and then imagine the roles being switched and it’s YOU behind those walls, confined in a cage and observed at any moment. Imagine, they would test you see how intelligent and smart you are (you, member of the mightiest of all races, a human sapiens no less) and then tell me that this is not incredible upsetting and terrifying! And this is exactly the scenario Cora finds herself in. One moment all is fine and she’s home, next moments she finds herself in a strange land with some more strangers, only to find out it’s a big elaborate and sophisticated cage they are all in..

Some intriguing, interesting characters that will completely surprise you!

Apart from Cora that are some other kids stuck with her and it’s absolutely amazing to see these kids develop and change. We have typical stereotypes like the bad boy, the super smart nerd, the girly girl, and some more  and they all have been selected for different reasons. While the kids are being tested, they change and it’s also a little scary to see how these circumstances can change people. Seemingly nice kids turn awful, and these developments are eerily fascinating to see! Promise, these kids will surprise you so much, you won’t even see it coming!

A wonderful, slow burning romance (that still needs some more fire..) that also will completely surprise you!

Talking about surprises – the romance was another well placed plot that (while not completely surprising) still managed to take an astonishing turn. And oh well, I just realized I can’t talk much more about this now if I don’t want to spoil this part for you…

An eerie (yes, eerie again) Alien race that needs to show a little more emotion!

Meghan Sheperd created a bizarre race that is behind kidnapping the kids and putting them into a cage. They are supposedly much more evolved than our race and lost all kinds of emotions along the way, or … so they would like to be seen. Inside of them, they do have emotions and feelings but would never let anyone see it. But of course, it would be boring if there wouldn’t be THE one alien that does not want to hide his emotions and sees the misgivings of his race more clearly.

Bewitched Rating


Bottom Line

The Cage by Megan Shepherd introduces a erie and creepy Setting that is quite terrifying. It comes with some intriguing, interesting characters that together with a sweet wonderful, slow burning romance made up for some great twists and turns!



Additional Info

I will have Meghan Sheperd here on the Blog later this month with a fantastical guest post that you shouldn’t miss!

About Megan Shepherd

Megan Shepherd grew up in the mountains of Western North Carolina, where her family has owned and operated an independent bookstore for over 35 years. Shepherd attended the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where she majored in international studies and went on to live and work in Costa Rica, Senegal, Scotland, Spain, and many other countries. Now, Shepherd has returned to Western North Carolina and is a full-time writer of young adult novels.
She is represented by Josh Adams of Adams Literary.
Author Photo by Kristi Hedberg Photography

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4 Responses to “Unique, Scary and Awesome! The Cage by Megan Shepherd”

  1. This has been one that the moment it’s cover popped up I was dying to get my hands on it. Never got approved though. 🙁 Wah waaaah. I’ve read so many mixed reviews on it that I was starting to worry it wasn’t as good as I had imagined. Glad to see you loved it so much. It gives me hope that when I do finally get my hands on it, I may actually enjoy it.
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