Gripping and addictiveShepherd 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 StarsThe 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 Madmans Daughter trilogy.When Cora Mason wakes in a desert, she doesnt know where she is or who put her there As she explores, she finds an impossible mix of environmentstundra 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 isnt 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 Coras 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 appearsa handsome young guard called Cassianthey realize that their captivity is terrifying than they could ever imagine their captors arent from Earth And they have taken the five teenagers for an otherworldly zoowhere the exhibits are humans....
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The Cage Reviews
"He had called it an enclosure, a habitat, but she knew better. It was a cage." (S. 65)Gerade saß Cora Mason noch im Auto auf dem Weg zum Skiresort, da erwacht sie plötzlich inmitten einer Wüste; mit fremder Kleidung und einem mysteriösen Tattoo im Nacken. Cora ist ratlos, ebenso wie die anderen Jugendlichen, auf die sie später trifft. Denn die Umgebung ist doch mehr als merkwürdig. Wüste, Sumpf, Wald, Dschungel oder Schneelandschaft - alles existiert hier nebeneinander. Dazu noch eine künstlich wirkende Stadt ohne Autos, Elektrizität oder Menschen, dafür gespickt mit optischen Illusionen, Puzzles und schwarzen Fenstern. Als Cora & Co dann endlich erfahren, wer und was hinter alldem steckt, beginnt ein Wettlauf gegen die Zeit und ein Kampf ums Überleben. Können sie alle dem "Cage" entkommen?"The Cage" ist der spannende Auftakt der Cage-Trilogie von Megan Shepherd. Eigentlich hatte ich hier eine typische Dystopie à la "Maze Runner" erwartet, doch das Ganze entpuppte sich schnell als echte Science-Fiction-Story. Mitreißend, originell, romantisch und mit vielen überraschenden Wendungen - ich war von Anfang bis Ende begeistert."Was there a beating heart beneath all that knotted cerulean blue? A mind capable of error, and emotion, and even mercy?" (S. 109)Im Mittelpunkt des Romans stehen 6 Jugendliche, die sich plötzlich in einer völlig fremden Umgebung wiederfinden, wo alle Wege zum Ausgangspunkt zurückkehren und eine Flucht zunächst unmöglich erscheint. Senatorentochter Cora, Farmersjunge Lucky, Mathe- und Physikgenie Rolf, das Thai-Mädchen und Model Nok, der tätowierte Maori Leon sowie die undurchsichtige Mali - 6 verschiedene Lebensläufe und Charaktere, die aufeinander angewiesen sind und zusammenwachsen müssen. Denn sie haben nur 21 Tage Zeit, um die fast unmöglichen Forderungen ihrer gefühlskalten Aufseher, genannt Kindred, zu erfüllen und dann entscheidet sich ihr aller Schicksal. 21 Tage, in denen sie rund um die Uhr und überall beobachtet werden, wie in einem Zoo. Warum und wieso, das bleibt lange Zeit ein Mysterium. Durch Lügen, Geheimnisse und Ungerechtigkeiten treten zudem immer mehr Spannungen zutage und die Gruppe bricht langsam auseinander. Als dann Cora und einer der Kindred namens Cassian sich auch noch unverhofft anfreunden, sorgt das für zusätzlichen Unmut, rückt aber auch endlich ihre Flucht in greifbare Nähe. Aber kann Cora Cassian wirklich vertrauen? Und was für Ziele verfolgen die Kindred wirklich?"A smile can hide so much. A smile can be a lie." (S.268)Das Ganze ist packend geschrieben und liest sich auch im englischen Original recht leicht. Ein richtiger Pageturner, bei dem man das Buch kaum aus der Hand legen kann, da auch die 6 verschiedenen Perspektiven der Jugendlichen für viel Abwechslung sorgen. Alle Protagonisten sind sehr vielschichtig gezeichnet und nicht nur Schwarz oder Weiß, was mir gut gefallen hat. Jeder hat seine Stärken und Schwächen, seine Fehler oder Vorzüge, die für die Gruppe nützlich sind oder eher hinderlich. Zudem fasziniert die Handlung durch außergewöhnliche Ideen und einen nicht vorhersehbaren Verlauf. Des Weiteren gibt es auch einige erschreckende Momente, denn die Kindred gehen nicht gerade zimperlich mit ihren Gefangenen um. Hier musste ich schon ab und zu mal schlucken."The Kindred could do anything to them, she realized. Kiss them. Kill them. Drug them. Destroy them." (S. 226)Bis zum Schluss bleibt es spannend, denn Verrat liegt irgendwie in der Luft und ob den 6 Jugendlichen die Flucht tatsächlich gelingt, steht noch in den Sternen. Die folgenschwere Enthüllung im Showdown überrascht und bildet zugleich einen kleineren Cliffhanger für die Fortsetzung "The Hunt", auf die ich mich schon sehr freue."She would show the Kindred how powerful humans could be." (S. 385)Insgesamt kann ich daher "The Cage" uneingeschränkt empfehlen, vor allem Science-Fiction-Fans. Ein toller Roman, der mich durchweg überzeugt hat. 5 Sterne von mir.
Inhalt:Was passiert, wenn Du an einem fremden Ort aufwachst, nicht weißt was passiert ist, warum und von wem du entführt wurdest.Die Autorin schafft es, dass man sich in die verschiedenen Personen hineinversetzen kann und mit ihnen fiebert und hofft.Man fragt sich ständig, wie es jetzt weitergeht und welche Folgen, die Handlungen der Teenager haben werden.Ich habe das Buch innerhalb von 2 Tagen gelesen, weil es mich wirklich gefesselt hat.Den zweiten Teil habe ich mir auch schon bestellt, da ich unbedingt wissen will, was weiter mit ihnen geschieht. Ob sie jemals wieder heimkommen, etc...
I’m not entirely sure when I came across this 2015 release, but I know I purchased it—along with two other books—last summer using an Amazon gift card I was given. I read those other two books pretty much right away, but this one sat on my bookcase for over a year. There really wasn’t a particular reason that it took me so long to open it—I bought the book, after all, so I must have been interested in reading it—other than other books struck my fancy between now and then.The premise intrigued me as soon as I read it. A group of teens wake up in a bizarre amalgam of Earth’s habitats after being abducted by aliens. They are now exhibits in this otherworldly zoo. That idea instantly reminded me of an episode of 50s/60s television show The Twilight Zone called “People Are Alike All Over.” In that episode, Roddy McDowall plays an astronaut whose ship crash lands on Mars. The Martians are quite welcoming to him and even provide him with a home made to Earth specifications. He thinks he’s in for an idyllic life among the Martians, including an attractive female Martian, but when he’s locked inside the house—SPOILER ALERT!—one wall reveals cage bars. He’s a zoo exhibit: a human in its natural habitat. Just like these teens.Our primary character is Cora, the daughter of a senator who recently was released from a juvenile detention center on a charge of drunk-driving vehicular manslaughter. Then there’s Lucky, a country boy from Montana whose past is intertwined with Cora’s. Rolf is a bullied genius who enrolled early in college, Nok is an aspiring model with a troubled past, and Leon is a physically imposing criminal. There would have been a sixth teen named Yasmine, but…After initial exploration of the bizarre terrain, they are confronted with their alien captor, identifying himself as The Caretaker. He explains the rules of their new existence: (1) do the puzzles provided for them to test their mental and physical acuity, (2) eat the food and sleep regularly to stay healthy, and (3) take the necessary steps to procreate with their assigned partner within the next twenty-one days.This is an excellent start for YA science fiction story. For readers worrying about the mention of sex, nothing is explicitly described, and because the story is set in a zoo run by aliens that don’t fully understand human nature, it wasn’t a distraction. However, despite the synopsis and acknowledgments that refer to this premise as a human zoo, it didn’t feel like a zoo. These aliens—the Kindred—can watch the teens through dark glass windows all over the place, but the observers all seem to be research scientists and not patrons at a zoo.The environments are described in vivid detail, and the mysterious world of these aliens is rolled out at a steady pace. We learn that there are other alien races who sell and trade humans—or their parts—which makes for a few squeamish moments both in the idea of selling body parts and in the subtext of human trafficking. But the time spent within the titular cage—while the teens solve puzzles and bicker and plot an escape and argue and make out and go all Hunger Games—drags in places.But my biggest issue with the story is the love triangle between Cora, Lucky, and Cassian the alien Caretaker. Lucky and Cora are paired by the alien algorithm, and their relationship develops somewhat realistically for two teens thrust into this bizarre situation and stuck there, but Cora’s attraction to Cassian is a mixture between Stockholm syndrome and something taboo for its sheer difference. And her interest in him seems to be purely physical, and while there’s not anything inherently wrong with that, it feels out of place. Too many YA books have a love triangle in them—usually one girl caught between two boys—that it becomes cliché when not handled well. Here, it was a distraction from the deeper questions I had and the themes I had hoped to be explored.However, there were some really inspired developments near the end of the book. I really liked how the characters had changed—almost inverted themselves—over the course of the twenty-one days in the cage. Also, there’s a twist near the end that I didn’t see coming, and it made me see many events in a different light. I don’t think that’s enough for me to immediately hunt down The Hunt, the next book in this series, but the springboard into it is interesting.This book has some great science fiction ideas and some interesting world building and character development, but its slow pace in places and somewhat contrived love triangle cage it at a respectable THREE AND A HALF STARS.
I had a bit of a love/hate relationship with this book. With that being said, if you're on the fence, pick it up. I liked it, I didn't love it, but I'm glad I read it.The premise is amazing, and ultimately what made me want to read it. Shepherd's imagination, obvious research, etc is what kept me turning the pages. That aspect of the book was brilliant to me.The aspects of the book that had me only reading a chapter at a time were the characters and some of the plot points. The characters, to me, were fickle, childish, and at times throughly annoying. Maybe because their actions weren't believable. The mindsets of the characters often switched at the drop of a dime. So, I couldn't always grasp their rationale for their decisions/actions. I think this flip flop in decisions/mindsets is what made some of the plot points seem iffy to me.Another aspect of the book that I'm iffy about is all the POVs (each chapter varies by character). At times, I liked having glimpses into the secondary characters heads/backgrounds, and at other times, I felt like there were too many POVs and having those POVs was an easier way to build those characters. In the end, I'd rather have only seen everything through Cora's eyes.I enjoyed the twist at the end, so that definitely made it worth reading the whole thing.This book is obviously part of a series, but I'm not totally sure if I'll pick up the next one or not. I'll probably wait to see the reviews first.
I'm no expert and there are probably a couple of things that were missing but if I sum up my reading hours I literally read this book in one day!!! That should mean something. I couldn't put it down. I gave up whatever activities I had planned for my afternoon lol in order to keep reading. I was so captured since the beginning with the synopsis that I immediately put in on my wish list. I read book after book and it's been a while since I got this excited and couldn't wait for it to be available.Regarding the story... I kind of thought things would be different but I didn't mind at all how the story turned out to be. You have a variety of characters and I identified with them since we all have no clue what's going on, where they are, what their purpose is blah blah blah. That's what keeps you glued because you want to know more and what's going on. The story is told from different points of view so when you finish one chapter told from Cora, the main character, and switch to another character you just keep reading to finally get to were she left of (and that's why I finished it in one day). It's a great read! I hope the second book comes out soon!!!!
It reads like a YA version of Westworld. Really interesting, but the Corsian (corra and cassian) was lame. Cassian: i spoke to you 1x for 2 seconds now I think im in love with you... trash. Also saw that end coming. I may finish this trilogy but idk yet. I got a lot else on my TBR.
This book brings Sci-fi to a different place. One where aliens are more human like. It gives the phrase alien abduction a new meaning in what might actually happen when your taken. It is also a testament to what can happen to a human in captivity. The story is inventive and colorful. The characters are varied and the story it's given from multiple points of view. It is intriguing and entertaining. The editing is also well done, with minimal errors throughout the book.