ARC Review: The Cage by Megan Shepherd

The Cage by Megan Shepherdthe cage

Published by Balzer & Bray on May 26, 2015

400 Pages

Review copy provided by publisher in exchange of an honest review.


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?

My Thoughts:

I really enjoyed Ms. Shepherd’s The Madman’s Daughter series and I really looked forward to reading this book, BUT, I did not enjoy this one as much as I would have liked:(

I was intrigued by the premise of this one and when I had read the blurb, I was immediately interested to see where this story would go. I was kind of expecting a little more gore since this author has done so well with it in the past. I had gotten something that I did not expect and although, I did not enjoy it as much as I had wanted to, I was still interested enough to finish the book until the end. This is huge for me because since I have so many books on my TBR, if my interest isn’t held, then I will just toss the book to the side and move onto the next one.

I really had a hard time identifying with the characters and getting into the world of the story. I was more interested in the story itself and where it was going to lead to but I kind of didn’t have any feeling while reading it. I found myself not really having a favorite character or even rooting for the underdog. I just had to know what the ending was!

The ending had left the reader on one doozy of a cliffhanger! This one will definitely leave you hanging and wishing for the next book! I will say that I am interested enough to keep going with the series since sometimes I find myself hating the first book but loving the second OR loving the first book but hating the second.

So, I cannot really give this one a bad rating nor a superior one. It was just meh for me. I didn’t love it nor hate it! I would love to hear what all of you thought! Please let me know if you have read this one.

“A smile can hide so much. A smile can be a lie.”
Megan Shepherd, The Cage


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