The Cage (Paperback)

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“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.

Praise For…


“Gripping and addictive—Shepherd has delivered again! A captivating mix of intrigue, deft twists, and complex questions, this is a must-read.”

“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.”

“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.”

“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!”

“Compelling contemporary science fiction with a classic Star Trek flair.”

“Shepherd is a master of pacing, and each chapter brings new revelations…Satisfying.”

“Swoon-worthy and thrilling”

“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.”

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.”

Praise for HER DARK CURIOSITY: “Deliciously dark and exciting”

Praise for THE MADMAN’S DAUGHTER: “The fast-paced book is rife with excitement, romance, and intrigue.”\

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.

Praise for THE MADMAN’S DAUGHTER: “Unexpected twists and a cliffhanger ending that should leave [readers] craving more.”

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.”

Praise for THE MADMAN’S DAUGHTER: “Anyone who doesn’t pick up the next volume is mad!”
Product Details
ISBN: 9780062243065
ISBN-10: 0062243063
Publisher: Balzer + Bray
Publication Date: May 24th, 2016
Pages: 416
Language: English
Series: Cage