Series: The Cage #2
Genre: Science Fiction, Young Adult
Published by Balzer + Bray (5.24.2016)
ARC, 368 pages
Source: For Tour
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.
I love this world because it’s so unique. Megan Shepherd has created a story unlike any I’ve ever read before!
Cora and her friends might have escaped the Cage, but all they did was trade it for another cage. This one was just as creepy as the last! Despite the fact that the Kindred claimed to not kill humans, they were still terrifying. They’re still captors! They controlled everything the humans did. The humans were no better than slaves to the Kindred. The menageries were creepy, too! The Hunt, especially.
I found the Hunt to be quite awful, despite the Kindred’s insistence that it was harmless. The animals may be healed of physical pain, but they’re still going to have emotional abuse! It made me so sad when the animals were hurt. View Spoiler »Especially when Roshian killed Scavenger, the hyena, and cut off his foot! « Hide Spoiler
Roshian was really disturbing!! He freaked me out from the beginning, and it was obvious he was someone to watch out for. View Spoiler »I’m not sure which is worse, the idea of a Kindred doing the things he did, or the fact that in the end he was actually human. I think it’s even worse that he was human, because how could you do that to your own species, with all that’s happening?? I was so glad when he got what was coming to him! « Hide Spoiler
“We can change the world, you and I.”
I loved seeing all the old characters come together again. It was nice to see them all work together as a team! I especially loved seeing Cassian again. As I mentioned in my review of The Cage, I found him incredibly intriguing. He was my favorite character! I would have loved to see a lot more of him, though. View Spoiler »And I’m also kind of heartbroken that Cora left him as a prisoner, getting tortured for helping her. *sobs* « Hide Spoiler
THAT ENDING THOUGH. Holy cliffhanger! I’m dying to know what happens in the next book, I hate that I have to wait so long!
Writing style: 4/5
Overall rating: 4/5
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.
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