Uncaged (Singular Menace Series #1)

Uncaged (Singular Menace Series #1)

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by John Sandford, Michele Cook

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A New York Times bestseller!

John Sandford (bestelling author of the Lucas Davenport "Prey" novels) and Michele Cook debut a high-octane thriller series about a ruthless corporation, unspeakable experiments, and a fight to expose the truth.
Shay Remby arrives in Hollywood with $58 and a handmade knife, searching for her brother, Odin


A New York Times bestseller!

John Sandford (bestelling author of the Lucas Davenport "Prey" novels) and Michele Cook debut a high-octane thriller series about a ruthless corporation, unspeakable experiments, and a fight to expose the truth.
Shay Remby arrives in Hollywood with $58 and a handmade knife, searching for her brother, Odin.
Odin’s a brilliant hacker but a bit of a loose cannon. He and a group of radical animal-rights activists hit a Singular Corp. research lab in Eugene, Oregon. The raid was a disaster, but Odin escaped with a set of highly encrypted flash drives and a post-surgical dog.
When Shay gets a frantic 3 a.m. phone call from Odin—talking about evidence of unspeakable experiments, and a ruthless corporation, and how he must hide—she’s concerned. When she gets a menacing visit from Singular’s security team, she knows: her brother’s a dead man walking.
What Singular doesn’t know—yet—is that 16-year-old Shay is every bit as ruthless as their security force, and she will burn Singular to the ground, if that’s what it takes to save her brother.

Editorial Reviews

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Booklist starred review, May 1, 2014
“… a fabulous mix of outlandish hijinks, techno-noir, and teen cheek—L.A. style. Not to be missed.”

Publishers Weekly
Adult thriller writer Sandford (the Prey novels) teams up with his wife, Cook, for a story of teens fighting a corrupt system, first in the Singular Menace series. After Shay Remby’s brother gets involved with radical animal rights activists, she goes looking for him, winding up in Hollywood. There, she falls in with the charismatic artist Twist, who persuades her to use her climbing and survival skills to get involved in artistic protests and other social activism. Soon, Shay reunites with her brother, who brings along the dog he rescued from cruel experiments designed to replace lost limbs through advanced technology, and Shay and her new friends must confront a ruthless secret project that’s willing to kill to keep them quiet. Sandford and Cook keep tension high, packing the narrative full of twists. Shay’s extended detour into social activism doesn’t quite jibe with the technothriller side of the novel, giving it a disjointed feel. Still, it’s a solid story with a strong premise, helped along by intriguing characters, shifting loyalties, and some exciting moments. Ages 12–up. Agent: Esther Newberg, ICM. (July)
Kirkus Reviews
Can a 16-year-old foster kid save her brother from an evil corporation? Can she even find him? When Shay's nearly-18-year-old brother, Odin, goes missing after the animal rights group he belongs to frees animals and steals data from a Singular research facility, Shay leaves her relatively acceptable foster home to find him. In LA, she's saved from attack by a former street kid and now trendy, rich artist named Twist. She agrees to help Twist with one of his politically motivated actions, and he lets her stay in his hotel for street kids. Shay finds Odin—but after giving her a mysterious dog named X, Odin's abducted. Twist and his crew of street kids agree to help Shay find her brother, but Singular's security division won't think twice about lying to authorities and killing to protect their illegal operations. Can Shay and her new friends survive their search for Odin even with help on the inside? Best-selling writer for adults Sandford co-authors this surprisingly languid thriller, which stuffs most of its action into the final 50 pages—presumably saving material for the next book in the series. The interesting-enough story is further hobbled by generic characters and patches of lazy, florid prose.The author's name will gain this book attention, but far better books are available for genre fans. (Thriller. 15-18)

Product Details

Random House Children's Books
Publication date:
Singular Menace Series , #1
Sales rank:
Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 8.20(h) x 1.10(d)
Age Range:
14 - 17 Years

Meet the Author

JOHN SANDFORD is the author of thirty-six published novels, all of which have appeared on the New York Times Bestseller lists. Uncaged is his YA debut.

MICHELE COOK is a journalist and crime reporter making her fiction debut with this series.

Brief Biography

St. Paul, Minnesota
Date of Birth:
February 23, 1944
Place of Birth:
Cedar Rapids, Iowa
State University of Iowa, Iowa City: B.A., American History; M.A., Journalism

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Uncaged (The Singular Menace, 1) 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 29 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I listened to this as an audiobook and it was terrific. Very fast-paced with riveting characters. I listened over four hours straight at one time and am definitely looking forward to other books in the series.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is one of my absolute favorites! It was fast paced, intriguing, and worth the time! [PS If you want to read a similar book, read Illusive by Emily Llyod-Jones]
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Too bad it leaves you hanging so you are forced to buy the next book. That was the only thing I did not like about it.
windergalJB More than 1 year ago
This book does not read like the usual John Sandford novel, but that's ok, 2 books a year from my favorite author leaves me hungry for more so I'll take it. Actually this book reminds be of my favorite early  Dean Koontz books, a loyal, heroic dog and a thrilling on-going chase, what more could you want?
Miss_Meck More than 1 year ago
Action-packed from beginning to end, Sandford and Cook have written a thrill-ride that begs to be read cover-to-cover without pausing. Animal rights activists, computer hackers, thugs, and a benevolent but crazy artist pull readers of every type into this lightning fast drama. Odin, an environmental activist, simply takes part in what set out to be a raid to inflict maximum possible damage at a laboratory of unscrupulous reputation. That, culminated with extensive YouTube videos, should provide some eye-opening footage as to the evils that can be brought upon animals, all in the name of science, or at least improved cosmetics. But the extent of the experimentation, mutilation, and torture implies a greater malicious intent far beyond imagination. Twelve thumb drives and living proof, a dog, quickly raise the stakes of the escapade as the corporate thugs determine to recover all incriminating evidence. No retaliatory act, regardless of how violent or inhumane, is out of the realm of consideration. When Odin disappears, Shay, his 17 year old sister and only living relative, takes on the rescue mission, not knowing the scope of Odin’s discovery and the heinous nature of his pursuers. When she falls in with Twist, her needed anonymity is sacrificed to instantaneous fame when she is caught by news helicopters propelling off the side of a building that they hijacked for a political cartoon. Uncaged was a riveting first in the series, with a cliff hanger ending. Booklovers will no doubt be clamoring for more. Marketed at ages 12 and up, this book will entice upper YA readers and adults as well. Of the many series novels today, this is a must-have that addresses ethical issues of our times. I received this ARC from Random House Books Children’s Books, via Net Galley, in exchange for my honest review.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Different and pretty good
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Better than great. Could not put it down. Suspense, drama and action. Starting the next bpok.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Enjoyed this book...do not care for series books, so I won't buy the next book
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Fast paced and exciting. Loved it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Didn't realize this was a teen book when I bought, expected normal fine work by Sandford. Instead, I got self-indulgent half-baked work. Both of these authors can do a lot better. Why they serve up this dreck to kids, when they could give them something better (and why the publishers probably asked them to do it) is junk and serves the cause of literacy poorly. Stay away.
StephWard More than 1 year ago
'Uncaged' is the fast-paced and thrilling first book in a new young adult mystery/suspense series. It follows our heroine, Shay Remby, as she searches Los Angeles for her missing brother, Odin. Odin is a bit autistic and a computer genius - but he gets wrapped up in a animal-rights raid that ends terribly. Odin goes on the run - with the most valuable information on the corporation, Singular, and what they're actually doing inside the research lab. Now Singular's on Odin's trail and won't give up until they've caught all the people involved in the raid and gotten their valued flash drives back. Shay knows that Odin's in deep trouble when she gets a cryptic call from him in the middle of the night. Without thinking twice, Shay picks up and goes to Hollywood to search for her brother and help him out of whatever situation he got himself into. When Shay finds out just how big this information is - and what Singular will do to keep it quiet - she readies herself for a fight. And she'll do anything in her power to keep her brother safe. This was a really high energy book that jump-started right at the beginning and didn't let down until the final words. The narrative jumps around quite a bit - from Shay to Odin and the other animal rights people and then to the people involved on Singular's side of the incident. It was a bit confusing at first - the book would just hop from one person's part of the story to another, but after awhile I was accustomed to the writing style and it didn't bother me. Shay was a fantastic female lead for the novel. She's had a hard life - being in foster care, looking after her brother, and living on the streets - but she's strong and determined. She loves her brother and will do anything for him - which is obvious throughout the book. I liked her attitude - sometimes soft and caring (with Odin) and other times caustic and sarcastic. I liked seeing both sides of her character - most stories only allow the reader to see a partial glimpse of the entire person. The plot itself was intriguing and had me wondering what was going to happen next for the majority of the book. The writing is incredibly well done, which showcases the huge amount of talent the authors posses. I slipped easily into the story alongside Shay - and sometimes other characters - and I didn't come back to reality until I finished the book. The descriptions and imagery were so vivid that I could practically see myself in the setting. The characters were all well written and realistic - especially Shay and Odin - and I almost instantly connected with them. The story was full of unexpected twists and turns that you didn't see coming, which kept the momentum strong and the narrative flowing at a fast pace. Overall, this is one of the best YA crime thrillers that I've read in a long time. I'm very happy that it's a series and I can't wait to see what will happen in the next book. Very highly recommended! Disclosure: I received a copy of the book in exchange for an honest opinion.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Well done John and Michele. This is a refreshing mystery that keeps moving. Can't wait fit the third book of the series.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Preliminaries to Engaged, the next in a page-turning series. Looking forward the the sequels of this author.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is the best book of all time. The plot is so intresting and i love all the characters (Especially Shay, and X). You should definatly read it if you like these things in your books: Action, fiction, and adventure. As stated ealier if you like those things Read it you'll love it. Im serious, I don't know how but the author of this book made the best series of all time (the singular menace series 'Uncaged' and 'Outraged'). Read it cause you'll love it, trust me i am a book critic and to give a book 5 stars means it is REALLY good.
mermao More than 1 year ago
This is a great book. The 16-year old heroine, street kid Shay Remby, is a cross between Lisbeth Salander of the Millenium series and Katniss Everdeen of the Hunger Games. She has the virtues of each of them with the bad sides turned down or not there at all. Her anti-establishment crew, which includes her brother Odin, a geeky animal rights activist, becomes almost by accident locked in a war to the death with the sinister Singular corporation, about the nastiest group of villains I've run across in literature since the NICE of C.S. Lewis's That Hideous Strength. Singular has a team of brutal spec ops types at its disposal, the sort of murder and torture experts who are the heroes of the novels of Vince Flynn, Tom Clancy, and Brad Thor, not to mention the endless sniper novels and bios. Good to see these baddies on the receiving end for a change, at least fictionally.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I'm a John Sandford fan. This book should not have his name attached to it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Can't put it down
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Didn't expect this type book from this author. Not sure if gonna buy the sequel.
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I finished this book in two days! Kept me up all night! Im addicted, hands down my favorite book thus far. I can't wait for the next book in this series to come out. I wish I could give it more stars, its very fast paced and addicting , you won't be able to put this book down!  Definetely worth buying you will not be disappointed 
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