Publisher: Balzer & Bray
Page Count: 400 pages
Series: The Cage #1
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?
I really wanted to like this book but I just can't. I usually never hate all the main characters in a book but nope, this book proved me wrong. There were so many annoying characters and it's not a one time thing. They were annoying throughout the book. I liked the story behind it and the plot, but those damn characters ruined it for me. Like if I was there with them, I would just slap everyone and save only myself because they cannot open their eyes and realize that weird things are happening.
It starts out with Cora waking up in a desert with a mix of different environments. She doesn't know who out her there or how she got there. Cora then realizes she's not the only one there and there are four other teens. It wasn't until this solider who has no irises, no pupils, and eyes entirely black comes into the story. He is called a "Caretaker" whose name is Cassian.
The group of teens realizes they are not on earth. Instead, they are on a space station far away from earth and the solar system.
Cassian is obviously not human from the way he looks but his kind are called the Kindred. They are advance species that take responsibility for overseeing lesser races and endangered species, like in this case, humans. The Kindred can also read people's minds.
Now here's the rant about the characters, so warning.
So the main characters/group of teens are Cora, Leon, Lucky, Rolf, and Nok. Two girls, Cora and Nok, and three guys, Leon, Lucky, and Rolf. It's told in third person so you get to see every character. Also, in my opinion, the main character really in this book is Cora. There's also Cassian and Mali.
I'm just gonna start off and say, these characters were annoying as heck and irrational. Like if I was to rank these characters from most annoying to least, it would be: Nok, Rolf, Lucky, Mali, Leon, Cassian, and Cora. Cora in my opinion was the most logical one out of all of them and it says a lot because Rolf is basically a genius. Then my least favorite, Nok. Nok was so damn irritating like she is such a bitch. Lucky, I was alright with. Mali was just weird and creepy but it didn't bother me. Leon was good and Cassian wasn't annoying.
I think that this book will have mixed feelings, like I HATED the characters but I liked the concept of it. Maybe others will tolerate the characters more than I did, but really, who knows? If the characters wasn't so annoying, this could've been a much higher rating for me.
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