By: Megan Shepherd
Published By: Balzer & Bray
Publication Date: May 26, 2015
Page Count: 400
Source: ARC Kindly Provided by Publisher via Edelweiss
Audience: Young Adult - Science Fiction
Megan Shepherd's Madman's Daughter series is one of my favorites. I was excited to see her venturing away from the gothic classic inspired path to do something completely different. I'm not always attracted to science fiction novels, but I decided if anyone could lure me in, it would be Megan Shepherd. The Cage is an inventive and chilling read. This is one of those beauties that is so engrossing I read the bulk of it in one sitting. The Cage has a Lord of the Flies vibe mixed with a hint of The Stepford Wives and a dash of The Hunger Games.
Cora, the daughter of a powerful politician, wakes up to find herself in the middle of a desert. She has no recollection of how she came to be lost in the sand - especially because her last coherent memory is of being in a Jeep with her older brother. Cora's exploration of her surroundings reveals that the desert is bordered by forest, ocean, and snow covered mountains. These terrains shouldn't be possible in such close proximity. Her anxiety reaches off the chart levels as she tries to find a rational explanation for what she is seeing. Things get even odder when she realizes that she is not alone in this strange place. Four others will inhabit her new home as well - Lucky, Leon, Nok, and Rolf. The characters in this one are diverse in both ethnicity and culture.