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The Maze Runner meets Scott Westerfeld in this gripping new series about teens held captive in a human zoo by an otherworldly race. From Megan Shepherd, the acclaimed author of The Madman's Daughter trilogy.

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—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—a handsome young guard called Cassian—appears, they realize that their captivity is more terrifying than they could ever imagine: Their captors aren't from Earth. And they have taken the five teenagers for an otherworldly zoo—where the exhibits are humans.

As 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?


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What People Are Saying

“Compelling contemporary science fiction with a classic Star Trek flair.”
--Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books

“Shepherd is a master of pacing, and each chapter brings new revelations…Satisfying.”
--Publishers Weekly

“Swoon-worthy and thrilling”
--Kirkus Reviews

“Will make readers squirm, even as it causes them to reflect on what it means to be human.”
--Booklist

“Gripping and addictive—Shepherd has delivered again! A captivating mix of intrigue, deft twists, and complex questions, this is a must-read.”
--New York Times bestselling authors Amie Kaufman and Meagan Spooner of THESE BROKEN STARS

“A brilliant, exciting tale of what it’s like to be human, even when all hope is lost. Shepherd perfectly contrasts freedom and entrapment, humanity and alien nature, loss and love.”
--New York Times bestselling author Beth Revis of the Across the Universe series

“Megan Shepherd’s The Cage is a thrilling sci-fi/thriller mix with a healthy helping of Lord of the Flies. This fast-paced speculative tale will keep you thinking long after you turn the last page.”
--Aprilynne Pike, #1 New York Times bestselling author of Wings and Earthbound

“Riveting and haunting, The Cage is both a suspenseful page-turner and a thought-provoking look at humanity. With its terrifying premise and captivating plot, this is a story that truly lingers. I can’t wait for the next book!”
--Megan Miranda, author of Fracture, Hysteria, Vengeance, and Soulprint

 

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