Series Report: The Cage by Megan Shepherd

Posted November 14, 2020 by Angie in Book Reviews / 0 Comments

I’m not saying it was aliens but…

This trilogy is totally about aliens! A group of teens wake up in a strange location, where the terrain shifts from desert, to jungle, to city, to ocean, and they have no idea who their companions or captors are. Soon enough it becomes clear that they’re being tested for something, but they don’t know what. All they know is that a group of aliens, called the Kindred, are studying them.

Obviously, they all want to escape and that’s the overarching plot of the first two books, The Cage and The Hunt. The aliens’ plans for their human experiments are pretty twisted, although they don’t see it that way. They don’t think like the humans do. But maybe they can learn, as one of the aliens seems to have feelings for Cora, one of the human girls.

I must admit that I was intrigued and disturbed by the possibility of a romance between Cassian and Cora. Not only are they not even the same species (close, but not really) but he’s in charge of her kidnapping! Well, neither of these points actually bother me. I’m a huge fan of kidnapping in Romance for some strange reason. So why not being taken from Earth and put into a human zoo?

Basically, this series was super weird and exciting! The romance wasn’t front-and-center, it’s more of a side plot. So if that’s not your thing, don’t let that deter you. If you like aliens and space travel and mind games, check out these books.

About Each Book

Series Report: The Cage by Megan ShepherdThe Cage (The Cage, ) by Megan Shepherd
Published by Balzer + Bray on May 26, 2015
Genres: Young Adult Fiction, Science Fiction
Format: eBook (405 pages)
Source: Kindle Unlimited
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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 appears—a handsome young guard called Cassian—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.

four-stars

Series Report: The Cage by Megan ShepherdThe Hunt (The Cage, ) by Megan Shepherd
Published by Balzer + Bray on May 24, 2016
Genres: Young Adult Fiction, Science Fiction
Format: Hardcover (368 pages)
Source: Library
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They’ve left the cage—but they’re not free yet.

After their failed escape attempt, Cora, Lucky, and Mali have been demoted to the lowest level of human captives and placed in a safari-themed environment called the Hunt, along with wild animals and other human outcasts. They must serve new Kindred masters—Cora as a lounge singer, Lucky as an animal wrangler, and Mali as a safari guide—and follow new rules or face dangerous consequences. Meanwhile, Nok and Rolf have been moved into an enormous dollhouse, observed around the clock by Kindred scientists interested in Nok’s pregnancy. And Leon, the only one who successfully escaped, has teamed up with villainous Mosca black-market traders.

The former inhabitants of the Cage are threatened on all fronts—and maybe worst of all, one of the Hunt’s Kindred safari guests begins to play a twisted game of cat and mouse with Cora. Separated and constantly under watch, she and the others must struggle to stay alive, never mind find a way back to each other. When Cassian secretly offers to train Cora to develop her psychic abilities—to prove the worthiness of humanity in a series of tests called the Gauntlet—she’ll have to decide fast if she dares to trust the Kindred who betrayed her, or if she can forge her own way to freedom.

four-stars

Series Report: The Cage by Megan ShepherdThe Gauntlet (The Cage, ) by Megan Shepherd
Published by Balzer + Bray on May 23, 2017
Genres: Young Adult Fiction, Science Fiction
Format: Hardcover (393 pages)
Source: Library
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Cora and her friends have escaped the Kindred station and landed at Armstrong—a supposed safe haven on a small moon—where they plan to regroup and figure out how to win the Gauntlet, the challenging competition to prove humanity’s intelligence and set them free. But Armstrong is no paradise; ruled by a power-hungry sheriff, it’s a violent world where the teens are enslaved and put to work in mines. As Nok’s due date grows closer, and Mali and Leon journey across space to rescue Cassian, the former inhabitants of the cage are up against impossible odds.

With the whole universe at stake, Cora will do whatever it takes, including pushing her body and mind to the breaking point, to escape Armstrong and run the Gauntlet. But it isn’t just a deranged sheriff she has to overcome: the other intelligent species—the Axion, Kindred, Gatherers, and Mosca—all have their own reasons to stop her. Not knowing who to trust, Cora must rely on her own instincts to win the competition, which could change the world—though it might destroy her in the process.

three-stars

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