The Cage

Megan Shepherd. HarperCollins/Balzer + Bray, $17.99 (400p) ISBN 978-0-06-224305-8
Shepherd (The Madman’s Daughter) gives a hoary premise—alien abduction—new life in this twisty tale. Sixteen-year-old Cora Mason, daughter of a powerful Senator, has just gotten out of juvenile detention following a fatal car accident when she is kidnapped by psychic extraterrestrials and dumped in an Earthlike habitat with four other teens. Expected to mate within 21 days to “ensure the continuation of [their] species” or face a dire fate, the captives—including a Norwegian genius, a Thai model, a Maori black marketeer, and a Colombian-American with a mysterious connection to Cora—differ in their responses. Cora is determined to escape, but is going home possible or even desirable? While the characters and their cultural backgrounds remain lightly sketched, their complicated relationships with each other ring true. Multiple points of view provide a complex picture of Cora’s actions and their impact on the people around her. Shepherd is a master of pacing, and each chapter brings new revelations. First in a series, the novel ends with a satisfying conclusion to the central mystery, while maintaining suspense about Cora’s fate. Ages 13–up. Agent: Josh Adams, Adams Literary. (May)
Reviewed on: 06/22/2015
Release date: 05/01/2015
Genre: Children's
Compact Disc - 978-1-5046-2539-5
Ebook - 416 pages - 978-0-06-224307-2
Downloadable Audio - 978-0-06-242094-7
Paperback - 416 pages - 978-0-06-224306-5
Compact Disc - 978-1-5046-2538-8
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