The Cage

The Cage

by Megan Shepherd

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The Cage by Megan Shepherd

“Gripping and addictive—Shepherd has delivered again! A captivating mix of intrigue, deft twists, and complex questions, this is a must-read.”—Amie Kaufman and Meagan Spooner, New York Times bestselling authors of These Broken Stars

The Maze Runner meets Scott Westerfeld in this new series Kirkus Reviews calls “swoon-worthy and thrilling” 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 appears—a handsome young guard called Cassian—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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780062243065
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 05/24/2016
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 416
Sales rank: 414,579
Product dimensions: 7.80(w) x 5.30(h) x 0.90(d)
Lexile: HL680L (what's this?)
Age Range: 13 Years

About the Author

Megan Shepherd grew up in her family’s independent bookstore in the Blue Ridge Mountains. The travel bug took her from London to Timbuktu and many places in between, though she ended up back in North Carolina with her husband, two cats, and a scruffy dog, and she wouldn’t want to live anywhere else. She is the author of the Madman’s Daughter and Cage trilogies. Visit her online at www.meganshepherd.com.

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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The Cage came out in May, I had an ARC since, like, January, and I only just read this now. Why, you ask? What's my problem, you ask? Well, what happened was that I kept putting this one off since I saw several not-so-great reviews of the book. Now, if I had looked closely I would have seen that there were a ton of good reviews, but I focused on the ones that claimed this book was a meh read and sometimes even worse, and I'll admit, they affected how I thought of the novel. Finally, a couple of days ago I was in the mood for this and I decided that I'd read it once and for all. Best. Decision. Ever. I finished the book in one sitting, and oh my gosh The Cage is one of the best things to have ever happened to me. After all, as author Lindsay Cummings says, "Megan Shepherd can do no wrong". Based on my brief reading of the synopsis so long ago and the start of the story, I knew that this was a science fiction novel. For some reason, however, it totally escaped my notice that this was a book about aliens. Don't get me wrong, there's nothing wrong with aliens, but you must admit that when someone recommends you a book and they say it's about aliens, it doesn't exactly get you psyched out to read the book (I've tried this before when recommending Obsidian...didn't go so well). After that initial smack in the face though, boy was I happy to see those aliens - especially the one, Cassian. When I first saw him, I hated him. You may think this is normal, but it isn't in the least. Usually it's the main character who hates the guy on sight and I'm the one who loves him; this time it was flipped. I HATED the dude on principle, you know what I mean, and then Cora was all Oh my, what is this attraction I feel? Not cool. I totally got on board that ship a few pages after that - I have my reasons - and everything else that happened after that was amazing. Ridiculously amazing. If you believe you won't be caught up in the alien-human romance and that's why you haven't read this yet, I strongly urge you to think again. Secretive, mysterious, not-supposed-to-be-compassionate-but-is, hot alien dude? You want. Everything in this book is brilliant, and the relationship between Cassian and Cora is no different. What surprised me most about this book is how different I felt about each character at the end of the novel when compared to how I felt in the beginning. Basically what happened is that the people I liked in the beginning, I disliked them by the end, and vice versa. There's definitely some crazy character development going on there. The main character Cora, I liked her from beginning to end, but how I felt about the other people she was trapped in the cage with altered drastically - it was actually a pleasant realization. No one likes predictable characters, and in Shepherd's latest book, they were anything but. Not only did each character have an utterly unique backstory and life back on Earth, but they were each interesting in their own way. At the same time, there was never a moment in the book where I was bored of seeing any of them; they all played an integral part in the story, whether or not they realized it. Pretty much every aspect of The Cage surprised me, but nothing shocked me more than that EPIC plot twist at the end. I never would have suspected anything like it, and the twist rendered me speechless. That was cruel, Shepherd, that was cruel. I mean, as you near the end of the novel you guess at every single possible ending, and finally, the author does something you never even would have, could have considered possible. It's crazy, and yet it makes me love this novel even more. Thanks to that unexpected surprise I've been going mental wishing that book two would just fall into my hands right at this very moment. Sadly, it hasn't happened yet. My favorite part of this book was probably that it made me question humanity while at the same time made me proud to be a part of it. There's a comment in the book that says that humans aren't meant to be behind bars - that we aren't animals. That got me thinking: what makes it okay for animals to be locked in cages? We say it's for their protection, and to keep them reproducing/save their species, but The Cage makes it abundantly clear that we humans as individuals wouldn't under any circumstances be okay with giving away our freedom and being forced to reproduce with others not of our choice simply to save humanity as a whole. So why should animals? Food for thought (because is there really a right answer to that?). Never in a million years would I have expected to love this book as much as I did. Clearly I didn't put enough faith in Megan Shepherd. She is an amazing author with a resplendent mind, and I can't wait to read more of her works. Shepherd has quickly become one of my favorite Young Adult authors, and I hope that every one of you tries out or already has tried out a book of hers. There's just nothing else like them.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
First ignore any negative comments. This book is amazing! I couldn't put it down. I loved it from page 1. I just preordered the second book and I can't wait to read it!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great unique urban fantasy/Sci fi read. Thank you Megan Shepard .
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This was cheesy and not very good. I could not even finish it. The Madman's Daughter series by this author was great so I was really disappointed in this one.
Rebecca Petruck More than 1 year ago
No one wants to be in a cage, of course, but I would totally go to this one! THE CAGE is creepy cool with lots of action and a blush of romance. One of the elements I found most intriguing at the beginning was how aliens interpreted our world and the mistakes they made in recreating it. Shepherd made me think about our own history (personal and general) and how often we try hard but still fail to get it right. Interpretation is as much a part of memory as research and relics. I also love how uncomfortable Shepherd made me feel about the attraction between the main character and her alien captor. Of course she can't fall for her jailer! But he was so compelling that I *almost* wanted her to. It's delicious tension that resonated so well with the other elements of the book. I stayed up half the night reading then ignored most everything the next morning to finish it. Ie, READ THIS BOOK. I bet you'll volunteer to go into the cage, too. :)
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This was one of those books that you get so into that you wonder during the day when you're at work or driving in the car or doing whatever you do when you're not reading, what the characters are 'up to' ... only to then shake your head and chuckle remembering they aren't real .. it's a story. I found myself being pulled in two directions each time I picked it up. I want them to stay, I want them to go. I want Lucky to get the girl, I want Cassian to get the girl. No way could I have ever even slightly, remotely imagined the plot twist at the end. Wowzers! And to do that to us without book two already available to give us answers! Cruel Meghan, just cruel ... you reeled me in; hook line and sinker.
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So, so cool!
WhatsBeyondForks More than 1 year ago
The Cage by Megan Shepherd is the first book in The Cage series. After reading The Madman's Daughter Trilogy by this author, I HAD to read The Cage once I saw that she wrote it too. This wasn't your usual alien story. Once these people get put in their "habitat", life almost becomes like some sort of competition, and you see their true natures come out. For some, it may not be their true nature, but they change anyway. You get perspectives from many of the characters so you can see first hand how they progressively adapt to captivity without really even knowing it. It made it more believable. Adapting was the easier way of surviving this situation. Of course, I loved Cora for not settling for easy. Her character had some strength to her. I thought this might be a love triangle, but now that I know a little more about how Cora feels, I'm not sure that it will be, and while I like Lucky, I'm very intrigued by Cassian. I'd love to see things from his perspective at some point.
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baxtersmom2 More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed this book more than any I've read in a long time!!! It had twists and turns and kept surprising me until the end (especially in the end!) It's the first in a series (I think I read trilogy somewhere) and the second one won't be released until May 2016, but enough questions were answered that I feel I satisfied. Well, kind of... I'm REALLY looking forward to the next book!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Interesting plot and characters that evolve -- would love to see this as an ongoing series
Sandy5 More than 1 year ago
3.5 stars As I began reading, this reminded me of my favorite Twilight Zone episode. I am transfixed by the episode of the two human adults who are trapped inside a small town and suddenly they hear laughing. Later, they discover everything inside their small world is stationary and fake. As the final scene pans out, they realize that they themselves have been a child’s entertainment, acting as the toy figures inside the child’s miniature toy house. This episode is truly a classic and one that came to mind as I read the opening chapters of this novel. It’s Cora who’s high on top of a mound of desert sand who’s confused now. With no body guards or her famous father to direct her path, Cora must try to figure out exactly how she came to be dressed in someone else’s clothing. The landscape below her is startling and bizarre for it‘s impossible for such a variety of complex systems to exist all in one area. Different landscapes ranging from an ocean, to a small town, to the desert that she is standing in (just to name a few) are within inches from one another. Cora feels she is dreaming but as she walks away from the desert, she realizes that she is not, for there are other teens with her. All of these teens are in the same state as Cora. It gets really strange in the book as a caretaker arrives, his towering mass of metallic skin explains to the teens how they are endangered species, how earthlings are the unintelligent race, and that these teens had valuable attributes which is why they were chosen to be on their space station. The Kindred hoped to replicate life on Earth to make it more comfortable for these teens and that they needed to obey their rules. Their rules, you had to love them. Rule one: solve the puzzles that they created in the biomes to gain strength (mental and physical). Hence, they would receive token to buy items for themselves (they were treating them like children). Rule two: Be healthy: eat, sleep and cooperate in their health assessments. Eat the food they give you, get enough sleep and say yes, to their tests that they provide. Rule three: have sex. Of these six teens, they will tell you which teen is suitable for you and that is the teen they want you to engage in procreative activities with, to ensure that the earthling race will continue. Oh yeah, there are black windows. The teens believe that the Kindred watch you throughout the 21-day stay to make sure you follow their rules; otherwise…..your stay is over. It’s all about games; games with the Kindred, games among the teens and games within themselves. But the games were not deep enough for me and the drama was not dashing enough for me. I was hoping for more depth and more action, it just skimmed across the top and left me waiting for more at the end of each chapter. I wanted more with this storyline, it was there and the players had the persona for it but the lines didn’t take them there. I really loved The Madman’s Daughter, it was such a tremendous trilogy that I just had to read this new novel by Megan Shepherd. She’s still one of my favorites and I will continue to read her novels.
MyShelfAndI More than 1 year ago
I've said this to you all before, so it should come as no surprise – I don't read the synopsis a lot of the time when I choose a book. I instead judge it by it's cover *gasp* yes I admitted that out loud. I also judge it based off it's author, because there are some authors I will read anything by, no matter what it is. This is one of those authors. And THE CAGE is one of the those books. I'm glad I didn't look at it before hand. If I had read even the first line, I would have been deterred and I would have missed out on this awesome book! I can't even tell you why I would have been deterred, because when I look back I have always enjoyed the books about aliens that I have read. So yes, this book is about, or rather involves aliens. They are not E.T.'s or "little green men" or any of that X-Files cliché stuff – they are in fact a lot like us, which is both a bit scary and causes some rather unexpected twists and turns to our story line. One of the best parts about THE CAGE is that we get to see it through multiple POVs. Alternating between all 6 captives, with a heavy emphasis on Cora – this interesting and crazy little recreation of our world gets different spins on it depending on who we are viewing it through. Engaging and just crazy enough to be believable, THE CAGE was a blast to read! It's heart-pounding, action packed ending will leave you breathless and demanding more! Go into it open minded, if you don't particularly like books that have to do with aliens, I highly suggest this one. It's a perfect toe dip back into the genre and you won't be disappointed!
Andrea17 More than 1 year ago
There's an old Twilight Zone episode that I love ("People Are Alike All Over") that deals with this topic - people zoo! - and after I read the synopsis for The Cage I knew I had to read Megan Shepherd's take on this. The story is told mostly through Cora's perspective, but we do get a few chapters from the five other captives (Lucky, Rolf, Nok, Lean, and Mali). Cassian soon introduces himself as a member of the Kindred, "the most advanced among the intelligent species and as such, take responsibility for overseeing lesser races," like humans, and have taken these individuals as they posses qualities the Kindred find desirable. After learning that they have indeed been abducted, and only have about 21 days to bang it out or be "relocated," Cora decides she is going to escape. Which is where I have my biggest issue with The Cage, along with my love/hate toward Cora herself. Cora, having just been released from juvenile detention, has had enough of being held prisoner. She attempts to enlist that help of the others, with only Lucky being her supporter. I completely understand not wanting to live in an alien zoo and having the desire to go home, but where are you going to go? How are you going to get home? You're not in the depths of a jungle in Africa, you're on an alien planet. However, her determination to go home and refusal to procreate because the Kindred said so makes her more admirable than the other characters who just accept their fate. There are moments where I wanted Cora to just stop and accept her fate and other times where I am rooting for her. She is a strong and determined character whose refusal to accept her new life might just be what saves them all. Maybe, there are still two books to go  :) There is a bit of downtime throughout the plot. Things aren't really happening but the reader, along with our characters, are getting used to the world and their new existence. The Cage definitely reads like first novel in a series, but while there is a lot of "wandering around," the plot doesn't feel long and drawn out. I wish I could go more into detail about this but I don't want to spoil things for you and, despite lack of action, there are a few rather interesting aspects that I loved being surprised by. In all honestly, I was nervous throughout reading this book because it's a trilogy and I didn't want to read three books of these people being stuck in their cage, Cora trying to escape, and everyone else telling her to just deal with it. But oh buddy, that ending! The ending blew me away - it was amazing! So while The Cage does have it's moments where the plot seems drawn out and you're just waiting for something to happen, it's all worth it once you get passed that halfway mark and you're itching to get your hands on book two!
BlkosinerBookBlog More than 1 year ago
    I wanted to read The Cage because it sounded like a new take on the fantasy/dystopia genre, with the teens being captive by another species. I liked the sound of the forbidden romance aspect, that is always something that gets my attention. And plus the cover is stunning and as shallow as I know that sounds, that is always a big plus.      I liked Cora, one of the main characters right away. Even though we find out that she has been in a detention center, accused of manslaughter, she just seemed like a normal person. I wanted to find out what was going on, and in the next chapter we meet Lucky, who obviously knows pieces to that past. But they are together, with killer headaches, in a strange terrain where its snowy, desert, and ocean all in walking distance of one another. They are in strange clothes and have no idea how they ended up there. And to top it off, they are faced with a dead body that neither knows anything about.      With the taste of who the characters are, the strange place they've shown up, the hints of the mystery in their past, the first few chapters were certainly enough to have me hooked. Cora was on her way to the mountains with her parents and brother, both of which she seems to cherish, but Lucky thinks of them differently.  All I know is that his mom is dead and Lucky is angry with her dad, and he feels a lot of guilt for something. But that can't even be their first priority. Its the dead girl, shelter, and figuring out their new reality.    It was interesting to get to know the secondary characters, the Caretaker aka Cassian with whom we see the forbidden budding romance with Cora, seeing his soft spot for her, and trying to figure out his motivations, as well as the numerous agendas and other humans they have set up. Nok, the other living girl and Rolf and Leon all have different pasts, strengths and weaknesses, and its neat when they are working together. But they can't help but doubt one another and wonder if the others are somehow a plant or working against them.     The love triangle was kinda weird, with the forbidden romance and then the connection and somewhat chemistry with her and Lucky. I hope that it goes one way or the other sooner rather than later though.      Cora was very strong and determined. She was also always thinking of others even after they'd hurt her, or even if she made sacrifices for them. She wouldn't accept the cage, and didn't want to accept that earth could be gone for good. She wanted to escape and she fought the whole time for that.       There were a lot of twists and surprises at the end, and I almost predicted a few things, but most blind sided me. I will be continuing the series, and can't wait to find out what happens next.  Bottom Line: Fast paced with a unique premise. 
LovinLosLibros More than 1 year ago
3.5/5 stars I am still reeling over that ending! I honestly didn't see that twist coming and I feel like my heart has been gutted because I didn't want it to be true. I was intrigued by the idea of a human zoo and alien captors, so I thought this would be a pretty neat read to pick up. While I ended up enjoying The Cage, I had some trouble really getting into this one. I'm glad I muddled on through though, because things definitely picked up and I was interested in this world Shepherd had created. This book is told from multiple point of views, which can tend to be overwhelming, but I didn't feel that way here. It is mainly told from Cora's, so that helped from feeling too disjointed. These teens are thrown together in an unknown world and have three rules to live by: solve the puzzles their captors have designed, take care of themselves in terms of getting proper rest and nourishment, and procreating with their 'match' to ensure the continuation of the human race. Yes. You heard that last one right. Whew. Talk about a doozy. Obviously, this doesn't sit well at first for these kids and they are determined to fight back and find a way out of this prison. However, some of these teens did not have the best lives back on Earth and find themselves resisting less and less. There are only a few characters I actually liked in this book. I liked Cora and her will to survive and flee, as well as Lucky, a boy she unknowingly shares some history with- but the others- Leon, Nok, and Rolf were not in my fan favorite category. I also wasn't crazy at the love triangle prospect. It's clear Lucky has feelings for Cora, and she returns them for a time, before she finds out about her and Lucky's connection back on Earth. However, in order to survive they still must follow the rules... even #3. Then comes Cassian, who is their Caretaker. It is his job to ensure they are obeying the rules and making sure they are not harmed in any way. He takes a liking to Cora and I ended up really liking him. He is not this heartless being who doesn't care, but instead he is more expressive than the others of his kind. He is torn between his affection for Cora and his duty as Caretaker, so I liked seeing that push and pull dynamic. There are some pretty big developments on his part though, so I'm not sure how this 'triangle' will be affected in future books. There are obviously a lot of unanswered questions at the end of this one, so I am definitely curious enough to pick up the second book to see where Shepherd will take these characters (and what they have discovered) next. While I had a few issues with this one, I did end up enjoying it as a whole and thought the idea behind their imprisonment was quite intriguing.
Alyssa75 More than 1 year ago
***Review posted on The Eater of Books! blog*** The Cage by Megan Shepherd Book One of The Cage series Publisher: Balzer + Bray Publication Date: May 26, 2015 Rating: 3 stars Source: ARC sent by the publisher Summary (from Goodreads): 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? What I Liked: As I'm writing this review, I'm struggling to decide if I liked this book or not. It should be easy, right? To figure out if you (overall) felt positively towards a book, or negatively. I have no idea. I feel like I liked the science fiction, but could not connect with some of the characters, so I'm stuck. I have no idea how this review is going to go, so bear with me! Cora and five other humans have been taken from their homes and plopped in a mysterious and unknown place. All of them wake up separately and have no idea how they got here or where they are. As they slowly find each other, they realize that they are in some sort of artificial environment - a cage. And one of the six of them is dead, though the five don't know how. They find out that they are being held by an advanced species that is not human. The Caretaker, Cassian, tells them the rules - live happily in this establishment, cooperate, and... procreate, by the end of twenty-one days. Cora refuses to believe that this is their new home - can she find a way out, without the help of the others? We get to read from the perspectives of all five of the teenagers - Rolf, Nok, Cora, Lucky, and Leon. The sixth person (and third girl) is dead, from the beginning of the story. Each perspective is told in third person, which I actually really like. Too much first person in YA these days. I didn't like any of the teens' perspectives, to be honest (which is the biggest problem I had), but I kept reading. I was intrigued from the start. To be honest, I didn't realize that this book is science fiction! I thought it was a medical thriller or something. But the cage is run by aliens, an advanced species that somewhat looks like humans - though not really. They're huge, with no irises or pupils, and mind powers. Like a sort of mind reading, for one. More like emotional reading, but you get what I'm saying. Cassian - the Caretaker - can feel exactly what the humans are feeling at all times, as can the other Mosca (I think that's what they're called? If I remember correctly). The aliens want the humans to live in this establishment, peacefully and cooperatively, and procreate. Each one of them has been paired off - Cora and Lucky, Nok and Rolf, Leon and the dead girl (she wasn't supposed to die). Nok and Rolf hit it off pretty quickly. Leon is aggressive and doesn't get along with the group. Lucky actually knew Cora from before... there is a really dark past between them, though Cora has no idea. Lucky falls for Cora quickly, but Cora refuses to believe that that is what they are expected to do. She likes Lucky, but she doesn't want to love him or have sex with him (me either, no matter how cute he is. The situation is WEIRD). I don't think I liked Cora, or any of the humans, to be honest. Maybe Mali, the replacement for Girl 3. I don't know if I liked Cassian, though he was interesting. He was very static, not a developing character, and he seemed flat to me. But I see why Shepherd has him as a leader type AND a love interest. Meh. The romance - there's a love triangle brewing. Lucky is in love with Cora, though Cora does not seem to really have feelings for him. She DOES have feelings for Cassian (and vice versa, but he's their Caretaker... she wants to be as far from this place as possible. So I'm not sure how the romance will go.  Overall, I think the science fiction and the STORY were good... ish. The characters and I didn't really agree. But I'm interested in seeing where this series is going. It's a trilogy, which I find strange - how in the world is Shepherd going to stretch out this one? What I Did Not Like: Like I've been saying, I didn't really connect with any of the characters. I didn't like Cora. I get it, you don't want to stay in this freakish establishment. But I feel like she wasn't always rational. But then, I also understand that, because I don't know how rational I would be under the circumstances. Still, there was something that I really didn't like about Cora. I definitely didn't like Nok or Rolf from the beginning. Both of them are odd characters from the start, and they evolve into sleazy people. Jeez, I wanted to punch both of them. Leon, not so much. I felt bad for him, more than anything else. I wish Cassian were more of a three-dimensional person to me. He seemed one-dimensional and flat, and I feel like he had the potential to be a quietly villainous hero. I love forbidden romance between the villain and the female protagonist - but I feel like Cassian was too flat of a "villain", and a character in general.  The story progression is weird. We get a lot of information dumping about Cora's past and Lucky's past throughout the book, and to be honest, I skipped most of that. It didn't feel necessary, and it probably wasn't. I'm not sure what it was doing for the story or for the character development, but it wasn't doing anything for me. The fighting and bickering REALLY detracted from the story. There is a point, not even halfway through the book, when everyone starts getting mad at Cora for no reason, and the fighting and verbal fighting gets ridiculous. I'm sure it's authentic (or maybe not, who knows) but I didn't like it. It REALLY made me mad, and I felt a lot of resentment towards certain characters and irritation towards the story. This goes on for most of the book. Ugh! The ending is strange. It's predictable, down to the last page, for me. I'm curious as to how Shepherd is going to make this series a trilogy - I feel like it would be a good duology. Also I have a tooooon of questions, so I hope those will be answered in the next book(s). Would I Recommend It: Eh. No. It's not the most impressive science fiction novel. You all saw how meh I was about Shepherd's debut trilogy, right? Three stars all around? I feel like this series might end up along the same vein. At least the love triangle doesn't seem as idiotic as the love triangle in The Madman's Daughter trilogy. That needed to be cut out from page one. This POTENTIAL love triangle at least makes more sense (though I still don't like the idea of it). Rating: 2.5 stars -> I guess I'm rounding up to 3 stars? 2.5 stars is a perfect rating for this book, but Goodreads, Amazon, and Barnes and Noble don't do half-star ratings. Ugh! 3 stars it is. What a struggle.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Youth book. For the sci fi fantasy comic book crowd or as they say now grafic novel (captions instead of text)