The Cage #2
Author: Megan Shepherd
Release Date: May 24th, 2016
Publisher: Balzer + Bray
Rating: 4.5 Birds
They’ve left the cage—but they’re not free yet.
After their failed escape attempt, Cora, Lucky, and Mali have been demoted to the lowest level of human captives and placed in a safari-themed environment called the Hunt, along with wild animals and other human outcasts. They must serve new Kindred masters—Cora as a lounge singer, Lucky as an animal wrangler, and Mali as a safari guide—and follow new rules or face dangerous consequences. Meanwhile, Nok and Rolf have been moved into an enormous dollhouse, observed around the clock by Kindred scientists interested in Nok’s pregnancy. And Leon, the only one who successfully escaped, has teamed up with villainous Mosca black-market traders.
The former inhabitants of the Cage are threatened on all fronts—and maybe worst of all, one of the Hunt’s Kindred safari guests begins to play a twisted game of cat and mouse with Cora. Separated and constantly under watch, she and the others must struggle to stay alive, never mind find a way back to each other. When Cassian secretly offers to train Cora to develop her psychic abilities—to prove the worthiness of humanity in a series of tests called the Gauntlet—she’ll have to decide fast if she dares to trust the Kindred who betrayed her, or if she can forge her own way to freedom.
I’m am thoroughly amazed by anyone that can create a world like the one in The Cage series. It may not seem like much to you, the reader, but every little detail has to come from somewhere. All the details have to work together or the world falls apart. All the backstory, the characters, the species – it all works together so well to create one out-of-this-world (pardon my pun) sophomore book to The Cage series.
Told in alternating POV, just like the first book, we follow all 5 as they are separated and go through their own individual versions of hell. Cora’s goal is to get everyone back together and get the hell off that space station and back to Earth. If it’s even still there. The trouble is she’s not really sure where everyone is on this planet sized ship, and she knows that the clock is ticking for everyone.
Cassian is every faithful in keeping an eye on Cora, but even with his help she’s still dumped in a terrible menagerie where she’s forced to perform for Kindred and is made to sleep in a cage in the same room as the animals from the safari.
Nok and Rolf are the most heartbreaking of all. Allowed to be together they know their time with their daughter is limited, and she’s not even born yet. Struggling each day to appease the watchful Kindred who view them as some weird reality show, they have until the baby is viable outside the womb to find a way out or risk losing her forever.
Unlike most middle books in the series where the action fades away or drags on, this one races you to the end where you will be left on the edge of your seat needing more. I can not wait to see what the final book brings us – and holy crap we have a whole year to wait!