Series: The Cage #2
Also in this series: The Cage
Published by HarperCollins on May 24th 2016
Genres: Young Adult, Science Fiction, Social Themes, Death & Dying, Science & Technology
Also by this author: The Cage
eARC provided by HarperCollins
The Maze Runner meets Scott Westerfeld in the second novel in this gripping and romantic YA series about teens abducted from Earth by an otherworldly race—from Megan Shepherd, the acclaimed author of the Madman’s Daughter series.
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 recently read and reviewed the first book in this series, The Cage. This series has an excellent premise and some really likeable characters. I am excited to tell you about The Hunt, but know there may be spoilers in here for the first book, The Cage.
The Hunt picks right up where The Cage left off. If you have read The Cage, you know that they attempted escape and were caught. Things go from bad to worse when they are separated and most are placed in a different environment called The Hunt. The Hunt is a safari type place where animals are hunted daily and then healed so they can be hunted another day. The humans in this scenario tend to the animals and help out with the hunt. It was heartbreaking to see what these animals went through on a daily basis, but what the humans endure to entertain the kindred is almost as bad. Rolf and Nik are in a completely different place trying to stay pregnant and make a safe place for their baby. They are being monitored and studied. Their situation is terrifying. Meanwhile, Leon is working for another group of aliens and this puts him in a really good, albeit scary, place.
All of these scenarios are going on and all these kids want is to go home. I will say they get a little closer to actually accomplishing that, like millimeters closer. Leon is a big help for them, but, you know, Leon has issues. His issues are pretty much resolved but with his new job he has a lot more to worry about now.
I loved to see how Rolf and Nix are working things out, together, They were sort of an item in book one, but this book we see them solidify their union. Nix is really making a choice to make things work with Rolf. Rolf is instrumental in every plan they make as his brain is just brilliant. Rolf and Cora have this interaction towards the end of this book and I loved seeing how genius Rolf is. Cora gets even more confused with what to do about her feeling for Cassius. I kinda wanted them together, but man nothing is easy for her. Cora and Lucky have chemistry too so there is a love triangle brewing.
Mali is like a glorified extra in this book. I think she has a lot more to offer the group but her awkwardness keeps her from speaking out. She was really important for Cora because of a certain someone, but there isn’t really much I can say without spoilers. Mali does respond a bit to Leon in this story. That was cute to see.
I did have some issues with the believably of this story. Mostly I didn’t understand how the animals and humans interacted. Like, I have questions about sleeping arrangements. Also, Cora does some things in this story that gave me so much angst. Why couldn’t thing just happen faster? Gah!
In case you didn’t guess, I really did enjoy this follow up. I am so excited to see where the author takes these characters in the next book.