The Cage Book 1 Review

“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?”

summary by Goodreads

The Cage is the first book in a trilogy by Megan Shepherd. I started reading it because my friend recommended it, saying it is one of her favorite series. It was interesting and intriguing to say the least. There are a lot of elements to the plot which keeps it interesting. There is a history between two of the main characters Cora and Lucky which drew most of my attention and what I kept thinking about. The main storyline is that this group of teenagers are kidnapped and taken to another world, where there are many different species of aliens. I applaud Shepherd for creating a vast and intricate world different from everything I have seen before. The alien species “in charge” are called the Kindred who are like a superior human species. The plot keeps you hooked and keeps you guessing which keeps you reading.

I give The Cage 4/5 stars and I will continue to read and review the second book (The Hunt) and the third book (The Gauntlet).

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