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 and Michele Cook debut a high-octane thriller series about a ruthless corporation, unspeakable experiments, and a fight to expose the truth. Perfect for fans of James Dashner's The Maze Runner.
 
Shay Remby arrives in Hollywood with $58 and a handmade knife, searching for her brother,…  See more details below

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A New York Times bestseller!

John Sandford and Michele Cook debut a high-octane thriller series about a ruthless corporation, unspeakable experiments, and a fight to expose the truth. Perfect for fans of James Dashner's The Maze Runner.
 
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.


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Editorial Reviews

With this action-packed novel, bestselling novelist John Sandford (Field of Prey) makes his teen debut and it won't be easily forgotten. This series launch draws you in with its arresting tale about Odin and Shay Remby, a pair of foster kids who become the prey of a ruthless medical research corporation. With its fast-breaking turns, Uncaged functions well either as a standalone or as the promise of other pulsing things to come.

Publishers Weekly
05/12/2014
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)
From the Publisher
Booklist starred review, May 1, 2014
“… a fabulous mix of outlandish hijinks, techno-noir, and teen cheek—L.A. style. Not to be missed.”

Kirkus Reviews
2014-04-30
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

ISBN-13:
9780385753081
Publisher:
Random House Children's Books
Publication date:
07/08/2014
Series:
Singular Menace Series , #1
Sold by:
Random House
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
384
Sales rank:
4,617
Lexile:
870L (what's this?)
File size:
3 MB
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

Hometown:
St. Paul, Minnesota
Date of Birth:
February 23, 1944
Place of Birth:
Cedar Rapids, Iowa
Education:
State University of Iowa, Iowa City: B.A., American History; M.A., Journalism
Website:
http://www.johnsandford.org

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