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Author: Megan Shepherd Narrator: Narrator Info Added Soon Publisher: HarperCollins Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Series: The Cage Series Release Date: May 2015 ISBN: 9780062420947
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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 called Cassian—they realize that their captivity is more terrifying than they could ever imagine: Their abductors aren't from Earth. And they have taken the 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?

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Expect incredible landscapes and an epic, sci-fi, alien kidnapping.”


  • “The originality of the setting and its diverse cast of characters make the story compelling.”

    School Library Journal

  • “Swoon worthy and thrilling.”

    Kirkus Reviews

  • “A blend of Twilight Zone episodes, William Sleator’s best novels, and Lord of the Flies. Exploring a variety of issues in the teens’ lives makes this book a good choice for reluctant readers and even those who are not sf fans. Shepherd has created an eerily unsettling yet believable world. The result, which is the first in a series, will make readers squirm, even as it causes them to reflect on what it means to be human.”


  • “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, author of Wings and Earthbound

  • “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.”

    Beth Revis, author of The Body Electric

  • A Paste Magazine Pick of Best New YA Books for May 2015

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About the Author

Megan Shepherd grew up in her family’s independent bookstore in North Carolina. An avid reader and world traveler who spent several years in the Peace Corps, she now lives with her husband in Asheville, North Carolina. Her novels include The Madman’s Daughter and Her Dark Curiosity.