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Review: The Cage (The Cage #1) by Megan Shepherd

16071187 Genre: YA Sci-Fi
Published: May 26, 2015 by Balzer + Bray
Series: #1 (The Cage)
Length: 400 pages
Source: Balzer + Bray (ARC)

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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Dang this book blew my mind! I’ve never read anything like The Cage. I loved everything about this book; the characters, the world building, the mystery were all written and executed well. Right from the first chapter, I was hooked on because there is already suspense and mystery going on. Although this book is told in 5 different perspectives and 3rd person point of view, I promise you it is not confusing because each character is unique and easily distinguishable from each other. I actually like that it is told in 3rd person because it adds more mysterious vibe. The world building was really cool too. The characters were put in an enclosed cage that is like a replica of what can be found on earth (a jungle, desert, ocean, forest, mountains, towns, etc.). I could easily picture what the author was describing which for me made it feel like watching a movie instead of reading a book.

What I loved most about the characters is that they were all flawed. They reminded me of some of the characters from Golding’s Lord of the Flies except the characters in The Cage are a bit older. Like I said, there are 5 characters in this book who are trapped in a “cage”; there are 3 boys and 2 girls and I love how they are diverse. They are from different countries, and they were chosen by their captors for a reason.

The mystery was really good! It kept me reading because I wanted to know why the characters were taken and what happened to Earth. Besides that, the characters also had to solve puzzles and in return, they would get tokens so they can purchase things they like from the town. I wish the author gave more focus on those puzzles to add more mystery though. I also wish that the author was clearer in her descriptions of the aliens because I kind of found it difficult to picture their appearance. Other than that, this book was an awesome sci-fi read. I think this is my first book where there are aliens involved (I tend to avoid sci-fi books w/ aliens because I find them corny) but this one fits the story. Overall I highly recommend you The Cage. Pre-order it if you can! I can’t wait to read the next book because that cliffhanger was just mean!

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Review: Scarlet (The Lunar Chronicles #2) by Marissa Meyer

13206760 Genre: YA Sci-Fi
Published: February 5, 2013 by Feiwel and Friends
Series: #2 (Lunar Chronicles)
Length: 452 Pages
Source: bought (at Barnes & Noble)

“Cinder, the cyborg mechanic, returns in the second thrilling installment of the bestselling Lunar Chronicles. She’s trying to break out of prison–even though if she succeeds, she’ll be the Commonwealth’s most wanted fugitive.

Halfway around the world, Scarlet Benoit’s grandmother is missing. It turns out there are many things Scarlet doesn’t know about her grandmother or the grave danger she has lived in her whole life. When Scarlet encounters Wolf, a street fighter who may have information as to her grandmother’s whereabouts, she is loath to trust this stranger, but is inexplicably drawn to him, and he to her. As Scarlet and Wolf unravel one mystery, they encounter another when they meet Cinder. Now, all of them must stay one step ahead of the vicious Lunar Queen Levana, who will do anything for the handsome Prince Kai to become her husband, her king, her prisoner.”

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Scarlet was such a fantastic read! If you didn’t know, this is a re-telling of the Little Red Riding Hood and is a continuation of the first book, Cinder. What made me kept my nose glued to this book is that I wanted to know what Scarlet’s relation is to Cinder. I kept wondering “what is the connection between Scarlet and Cinder? How and when are they going to meet?”. I also liked how the story takes place in two different countries: France (where Scarlet is) and China (where Cinder is). I thought Marissa Meyer pulled it off.

I really liked how Scarlet and Cinder were such badasses. Scarlet is determined to protect her grandmother and is willing to sacrifice herself in order for her grandmother to live. I also like how she broke the archetype of females being the damsel in distress. Cinder didn’t appear in the story as frequently as Scarlet (which makes sense since the title is Scarlet lol) but I thought that was okay! I think Cinder really matured in this book. She’s such an admirable character because even though I know she’s hurt in the inside from all the horrible situations she’s been in, she is still as tough as nails.

The romance was great too! Since the summary doesn’t introduce the two new guy characters in this book, I won’t be telling you about them. Just know that they’re hilarious! Overall if you enjoyed the first book, I think you should definitely read Scarlet because the story just keeps getting better and better. I don’t see myself rereading Scarlet or say it’s my favorite book (since I am a sci-fi fan) but I thought it was an awesome read nonetheless.

4 of 5

Review: 172 Hours On the Moon by Johan Harstad

15790843 Genre: YA Sci-Fi
Published: May 21, 2013 by Little Brown Books for Young Readers
Length: 351 pages
Source: bought

It’s been decades since anyone set foot on the moon. Now three ordinary teenagers, the winners of NASA’s unprecedented, worldwide lottery, are about to become the first young people in space–and change their lives forever. Mia, from Norway, hopes this will be her punk band’s ticket to fame and fortune. Midori believes it’s her way out of her restrained life in Japan. Antoine, from France, just wants to get as far away from his ex-girlfriend as possible.
It’s the opportunity of a lifetime, but little do the teenagers know that something sinister is waiting for them on the desolate surface of the moon. And in the black vacuum of space… no one is coming to save them.
In this chilling adventure set in the most brutal landscape known to man, highly acclaimed Norwegian novelist Johan Harstad creates a vivid and frightening world of possibilities we can only hope never come true.”

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If you are a huge fan of sci-fi books with mystery and suspense, you’ve got to read 172 Hours on the Moon! It is written in 3rd person point of view which enhances the already existing mysterious vibe. It has 3 different point of views: Mia’s, Midori’s, and Antoine’s. I know that it is hard for some readers to follow 3 different perspectives, but it is very easy to differentiate the three protagonists. What I like about this book is that we’re given a background of the three main characters before they win the trip to the moon.

This book was really hard to put down since I was eager to know why they shouldn’t go to the moon. What was sinister about it? Will they ever survive? I just had to keep on reading even though it was late at night and I was super scared lol. I love the twist and turns that happened in the book especially the ending. One thing I did not enjoy though was the romance. It was so unrealistic and unbelievable. Good thing it was a minor part of the story! Overall I recommend this book to anyone who’d love a good scare! It’s hard to put down and is one of those books that will get you out of a reading slump.

4 of 5


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