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?
This is the first book I've read by author Megan Shepherd and all I can say is WOW! This book grabs a hold of you and doesn't let go even at the last page. The story was intense and imaginative.
The characters were so different, yet connected in a way that you least expect. The whole concept was nothing like anything else I've read before and I'm already dying for more Cora! The heroine is strong and never lets go of who she truly is.
The trials these individuals go through really show what happens when put under the microscope and pressured into different sets of manipulation. Who will cave and who will conquer?
If you are a fan of the paranormal with just the right blend of science fiction and a touch of romance, then this is a must read. I can't sing my praises enough about how much this book surprised me. I will definitely be diving into more books by Megan Shepherd.
This first installment of the Cage series deserves a million five glittery stars for being one of the best reads so far of 2015. I hope everyone else has the chance to read it when it releases.