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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.
Oh wow! This was one crazy ride of a book! I really enjoyed this sequel. I was in a major alien mood so I picked this one up even if the pub date was so far off.
The entire time, I actually didn’t know who to trust and neither did the characters. So it was quite like I was along for the ride with no idea where it was leading. I didn’t trust Cassian for the entire book, because I can’t really trust any character until they’re proven worthy and to me, he hasn’t fulfilled it yet. I still enjoyed reading from all the characters’ point of views because you get to see how each of them are handling being part of this new world they’re in. And their end goal is the same. To escape and go home back to Earth. I kind of wished more of the characters felt a longing for the people they miss back home. There was very little of that, but maybe it’s because they were all just trying to stay alive.
Then there’s that crazy ending, yikes! Megan Shepherd sure knows how to write cliff-hangers and this series of hers is no exception. I am so up for the last book! I was hoping for a duo-logy but I guess not! I’m sure all of them will get into plenty of trouble and more drama than before.
If you’re looking for a fast read, pick this one up! I guarantee you’ll be entertained.