The Cage (Hardcover)
Balzer + Bray, 9780062243058, 400pp.
Publication Date: May 26, 2015
“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.
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.
Praise For The Cage…
— Amie Kaufman and Meagan Spooner, authos of These Broken Stars
“A brilliant, exciting tale of what it’s like to be human, even when all hope is lost. Shepherd perfectly contrasts freedom and entrapment, humanity and alien nature, loss and love.”
— Beth Revis, author of the New York Times Bestselling Across the Universe series.
“Megan Shepherd’s The Cage is a thrilling sci-fi/thriller mix with a healthy helping of Lord of the Flies. This fast-paced speculative tale will keep you thinking long after you turn th elast page.”
— Aprilynne Pike, #1 New York Times bestselling author of Wings and Earthbound
“Riveting and haunting, The Cage is both a suspenseful page-turner and a thought-provoking look at humanity. With its terrifying premise and captivating plot, this is a story that truly lingers. I can’t wait for the next book!”
— Megan Miranda, author of Fracture, Hysteria, Vengeance, and Soulprint
“Compelling contemporary science fiction with a classic Star Trek flair.”
— Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books
“Shepherd is a master of pacing, and each chapter brings new revelations…Satisfying.”
— Publishers Weekly
“Swoon-worthy and thrilling”
— Kirkus Reviews
“Will make readers squirm, even as it causes them to reflect on what it means to be human.”
Praise for HER DARK CURIOSITY: “Secrets and mad scientists offer a gory gothic adventure.”
— Kirkus Reviews
Praise for HER DARK CURIOSITY: “Shepherd’s integration of romance into her nods to Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, Dracula, Frankenstein, and Jack the Ripper is masterful, and she does not back down from a hugely dark cliff-hanger ending. Bosoms, prepare to heave—and throats, prepare to scream.”
Praise for HER DARK CURIOSITY: “The mash-up of classic literature with modern paranormal fiction is refreshing and appealing.”
— Voice of Youth Advocates (VOYA)
Praise for HER DARK CURIOSITY: “Deliciously dark and exciting”
— School Library Journal
Praise for THE MADMAN’S DAUGHTER: “The fast-paced book is rife with excitement, romance, and intrigue.”\
— School Library Journal (starred review)
Praise for THE MADMAN’S DAUGHTER: “A deft twist on a familiar classic, THE MADMAN’S DAUGHTER has the best of everything: beautiful writing, breakneck pacing, a pulse-pounding mystery, and an irresistible romance.
— Carrie Ryan, New York Times bestselling author of The Forest of Hands and Teeth series
Praise for THE MADMAN’S DAUGHTER: “Unexpected twists and a cliffhanger ending that should leave [readers] craving more.”
— Publishers Weekly
Praise for THE MADMAN’S DAUGHTER: “Romantic, haunting, and full of spine-tingling thrills, THE MADMAN’S DAUGHTER kept me reading late into the night.”
— Veronica Rossi, New York Times bestselling author of UNDER THE NEVER SKY
Praise for THE MADMAN’S DAUGHTER: “Anyone who doesn’t pick up the next volume is mad!”
— ALA Booklist