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The Maze Runner meets Scott Westerfeld in the second novel in this gripping and romantic YA series about teens abducted from Earth by an otherworldly race—from Megan Shepherd, the acclaimed author of the Madman’s Daughter series.
They’ve left the cage—but they’re not free yet.
After their failed escape attempt, Cora, Lucky, and Mali have been demoted to the lowest level of human captives and placed in a safari-themed environment called the Hunt, along with wild animals and other human outcasts. They must serve new Kindred masters—Cora as a lounge singer, Lucky as an animal wrangler, and Mali as a safari guide—and follow new rules or face dangerous consequences. Meanwhile, Nok and Rolf have been moved into an enormous dollhouse, observed around the clock by Kindred scientists interested in Nok’s pregnancy. And Leon, the only one who successfully escaped, has teamed up with villainous Mosca black-market traders.
The former inhabitants of the Cage are threatened on all fronts—and maybe worst of all, one of the Hunt’s Kindred safari guests begins to play a twisted game of cat and mouse with Cora. Separated and constantly under watch, she and the others must struggle to stay alive, never mind find a way back to each other. When Cassian secretly offers to train Cora to develop her psychic abilities—to prove the worthiness of humanity in a series of tests called the Gauntlet—she’ll have to decide fast if she dares to trust the Kindred who betrayed her, or if she can forge her own way to freedom.
About the Author
Megan Shepherd grew up in her family’s independent bookstore in the Blue Ridge Mountains. The travel bug took her from London to Timbuktu and many places in between, though she ended up back in North Carolina with her husband, two cats, and a scruffy dog, and she wouldn’t want to live anywhere else. She is the author of the Madman’s Daughter and Cage trilogies. Visit her online at www.meganshepherd.com.
“A thrill ride in space with new danger and intrigue around every corner.” — Kirkus Reviews
“Leaves readers thirsting for the final installment.” — Voice of Youth Advocates (VOYA)
“[An] intellectually and emotionally engrossing plot, with whole new trials to survive and villains to overcome.” — Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books
Praise for THE CAGE: “Gripping and addictive-Shepherd has delivered again! A captivating mix of intrigue, deft twists, and complex questions, this is a must-read.” — Amie Kaufman and Meagan Spooner, authos of These Broken Stars
Praise for THE CAGE: “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 New York Times Bestselling Across the Universe series.
Praise for THE CAGE: “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 th elast page.” — Aprilynne Pike, #1 New York Times bestselling author of Wings and Earthbound
Praise for THE CAGE: “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
Praise for THE CAGE: “Compelling contemporary science fiction with a classic Star Trek flair.” — Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books
Praise for THE CAGE: “Shepherd is a master of pacing, and each chapter brings new revelations...Satisfying.” — Publishers Weekly
Praise for THE CAGE: “Swoon-worthy and thrilling” — Kirkus Reviews
Praise for THE CAGE: “Will make readers squirm, even as it causes them to reflect on what it means to be human.” — Booklist
Praise for A COLD LEGACY: “Fast-paced and romantic, this page-turning volume [is] . . . a satisfactory ending to the trilogy.” — School Library Journal (starred review)
Praise for A COLD LEGACY: “Riveting...A creepy and compelling tale.” — Kirkus Reviews
Praise for HER DARK CURIOSITY: “Secrets and mad scientists offer a gory gothic adventure.” — Kirkus Reviews
Praise for HER DARK CURIOSITY: “Shepherd’s integration of romance into her nods to Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, Dracula, Frankenstein, and Jack the Ripper is masterful, and she does not back down from a hugely dark cliff-hanger ending. Bosoms, prepare to heave-and throats, prepare to scream.” — Booklist
Praise for HER DARK CURIOSITY: “The mash-up of classic literature with modern paranormal fiction is refreshing and appealing.” — Voice of Youth Advocates (VOYA)
Praise for HER DARK CURIOSITY: “Deliciously dark and exciting” — School Library Journal
Praise for THE MADMAN’S DAUGHTER: “The fast-paced book is rife with excitement, romance, and intrigue.” — School Library Journal (starred review)
Praise for THE MADMAN’S DAUGHTER: “A deft twist on a familiar classic, THE MADMAN’S DAUGHTER has the best of everything: beautiful writing, breakneck pacing, a pulse-pounding mystery, and an irresistible romance. — Carrie Ryan, New York Times bestselling author of The Forest of Hands and Teeth series
Praise for THE MADMAN’S DAUGHTER: “Unexpected twists and a cliffhanger ending that should leave [readers] craving more.” — Publishers Weekly
Praise for THE MADMAN’S DAUGHTER: “Anyone who doesn’t pick up the next volume is mad!” — ALA Booklist