Tuesday, January 19, 2016

5/24/2016 Review of The Hunt by Megan Shepherd

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.

YEP!!! Pure awesomeness! The second installment of this trilogy kept up with my expectations following the first epic book. 
I'm not usually a fan of multiple point of view books, but this one sucks you in and doesn't stop, leaving you wanting so much more.
The stakes were high, the characters lives are all at stake, and the group must learn to believe that the impossible is possible. 
With betrayal and suspicion at every turn, the only ones you could trust, was those you fight for. 
The events will leave you shocked, the end sets up the final book perfectly, and a huge tragedy tests the resolve of everyone involved.
I absolutely loved this addition to The Cage trilogy and give it five glittery stars! This trilogy is a must read!
Book 1 in the trilogy:
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.

Coming in 2017:
The final book in the trilogy
Other books by Megan Shepherd:
About the Author:
Megan Shepherd was "born" into the book world, growing up in her parents' independent bookstore in Western North Carolina. She is the author of THE MADMAN'S DAUGHTER trilogy (Balzer+Bray/2013), and THE CAGE trilogy (Balzer+Bray/2015). When Megan is not writing, she can usually be found horseback riding, day dreaming at coffee shops, or hiking in the beautiful Blue Ridge mountains. She is represented by Josh Adams at Adams Literary.
Twitter: megan_shepherd

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