I love cover reveals. They tell you such much about a book, and something about seeing an eye-catching image makes it so real. I'm thrilled to share the cover for THE CAGE, my new young adult series with Balzer+Bray/HarperCollins, that comes out this summer. This book has been in the works for a while. It all started at a writing retreat where a fellow author told us stories about bear research she and her husband and done in zoos. I've always been fascinated by zoos; it's amazing to have such a huge variety of wildlife in one place, with creatures from different continents right next to each other. It all leaded me to wonder, what if PEOPLE were the ones behind the bars?
I love movies like PLANET OF THE APES that turn the tables and make humans into the less-dominant species. I had so much fun creating a frightening and dark world where human teenagers were the caged wards of a more powerful species. For fans of THE MADMAN’S DAUGHTER series, THE CAGE isn’t quite as dark, but there is plenty of madness, monsters, and ill-fated love. I hope you love this cover as much as I do!
Here we go….
The full description of THE CAGE:
When Cora Mason wakes in a desert, she doesn't know where she is or who put her there. As she explores, she finds an impossible mix of environments--tundra next to desert, farm next to jungle--and a strangely empty town cobbled together from different cultures and time periods, all watched over by eerie black windows. 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 appears--a handsome young guard named Cassian--they realize that their captivity is more terrifying than they could ever imagine: their captors aren't from Earth. And they have taken they five teenagers to an otherworldly zoo--where the exhibits are humans.
When a forbidden attraction develops between Cora and Cassian, she realizes that her best chance of escape might be in the arms of her own jailer--though that would mean leaving the others behind. Can Cora manage to save herself and her companions? And if so…what world lies beyond the walls of their cage?
THE CAGE releases May 26, 2015.
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