Summary:When Cora Mason wakes in a desert, she doesn't know where she is or who put her there. 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.
The Cage is a good read. But it had the potential to have been a great one – if only it wasn’t struck by a severe case of ridiculous instalove.
People fall into the same routines of thinking day after day: toss an apple and it falls to the ground. Pick a flower and it withers. Fall asleep and wake the next morning.
But this? This was like dropping an apple and having it fall toward the sun.
16-year-old Cora and four other teenagers wake up with no idea where they are or how they got there. As they slowly begin to trust each other, they realize that their situation is more desperate than it first appeared: not only are they not on Earth anymore, but they’re the main exhibit of a twisted alien zoo. A zoo full of humans.
The five teenagers that are brought to this alien planet are all stereotypes to the extreme. There’s the flawless model, the generic nerd, the tattooed rebel, and the “nice guy” who knows more than he seems. And, unfortunately, there is really not much more development to the character’s than that. They’re simply stereotypes – nothing more, nothing less; and that made it so hard to connect to them because they felt so contrived and fake.
The story’s main flaw is the instalove that occurs between Cora, the beautiful, special protagonist, and Cassian, the “gorgeous” alien kidnapper. Without even truly getting to know her, Cassian starts obviously favoring Cora: he gives her more food and more rewards than any of the other four teens. And Cora, even though he kidnapped her and despite the fact that she barely knows him, supposedly loves him for that.
If you can get past the instalove, however, the story truly is very atmospheric. The world Shepard sets up – even though the history and world-building behind it might not be the strongest – is seriously atmospheric and just downright creepy at times.
A decent novel that I’d definitely recommend – especially to The Fifth Wave fans, but, unfortunately, not anything completely mindblowing.