Shepherd, Megan The Cage, 385 pgs. Balzer+Bray, 2015. $18. Language: PG-13 (40 swears, 0 “f”); Mature Content: PG-13; Violence: PG.
Cora awakes in an unknown country, surrounded by environments that should not be next to each other. Deserts next to mountainous snow, jungles next to farms--it doesn’t make sense. Cora finds herself migrating towards the village in the middle of the town, where she discovers several other teenagers. They are trapped in a zoo where humans are the exhibit, always being watched by mysterious shadows.
Megan Shepherd developed a continuous plot where each of the characters had a distinct personality. Although the plot was thought out, she was aiming towards a human zoo, and the story had nothing to do with that topic. I enjoyed reading this book because of the plot twists. You expect one thing, but as time goes on in the book your whole perspective changes. The characters are very well developed and you learn to connect with each of them individually. The ending of the book is a cliffhanger, so I am hoping for more. The themes of the book were mature. The third rule of living there was to reproduce, and the language of the book could have been turned down a couple of notches. Because of that I rated the language and the mature content PG-13. It was not especially violent, which explains the PG rating.
MS, HS-ADVISABLE. Student Reviewer: AW, 7th grade