The Cage

by Megan Shepherd
Release date: May 2015
Type: speculative fiction
Genres: science fiction, young adult

The Maze Runner meets Scott Westerfeld in this thrilling series about five teenagers trapped in a human zoo, from The Madman’s Daughter author Megan Shepherd.

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 and time periods, 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 abductors 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?

The Cage is an epic story about how far one girl will go to stay alive — and find a way home.

updated 2015-11-04

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