Friday, July 24, 2015
By: Megan Shepherd
Location: FIC SHE
Genre: Sci Fi Contemporary, Dystopia, Dystoromance, Fantasy,Multiple POV- is this enough genres for you!
The Maze Runner meets Scott Westerfeld in this gripping new series about teens held captive in a human zoo by an otherworldly race.
What would you do if you woke up as an exhibit in a zoo? Well that's pretty much what happens to Cora Mason and 4 other teenagers that inhabit The Cage.
Cora Mason wakes up in a desert not knowing how she got there. She quickly discovers she is not alone. With her are four other teenagers: Lucky, Rolf, Nok and Leon. Together they try to piece together the mystery of what happened to them. To their surprise an alien, called the Caretaker (aka Cassian), appears and explains they have been “rescued” from Earth and placed in an artificial habitat for their safety. They are given 3 rules they must follow in order to survive. The habitat is really a cage and as days go by Cora becomes more desperate to find her way home. As tension and paranoia builds among the group they must decide who is the true enemy: the aliens or themselves.
As Cora Mason 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.
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?
The Cage is well written and it will keep you reading through the night.