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Thursday, December 29, 2016

Book Review: The Hunt by Megan Shepherd

The Hunt (The Cage #2) by Megan Shepherd
Genre: Young Adult (Science Fiction/Romance)
Date Published: May 24, 2016
Publisher: Balzer+Bray/HarperCollins

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.

The Hunt is the second book in The Cage series by Megan Shepherd. This is a series that must be read in order. You're given multiple point of views through this book, so you know where each character ended up after the failed escape attempt of book one. I feel like the characters are in a stronger form of survival mode now. They're thinking of home, and how to get back, and how to just survive. They're not just going with the flow anymore. There was some action and you get a good look at many things going on within this world(s), but I also found myself drifting at times.

The kindred get more and more interesting. For all the striving at perfection, they sure do seem to be just as flawed as humans. More so in many ways for some.

There is a death that surprised me. I didn't see it coming just yet. I don't think it was a pointless death even though it was definitely sad. I'm a little mad at Cora at the moment, because of her mindset in the end. I feel like she made a decision or two out of selfishness. I thought she'd matured past that at this point. On the other hand, this shows that she's flawed, and I love imperfect characters.

Have you read the first book yet?

Check out my reviews on Megan Shepherd's The Madman's Daughter Series!

Megan Shepherd was "born" into the book world, growing up in her parents' independent bookstore in Western North Carolina. She is the author of THE MADMAN'S DAUGHTER trilogy (Balzer+Bray/2013), and THE CAGE trilogy (Balzer+Bray/2015). When Megan is not writing, she can usually be found horseback riding, day dreaming at coffee shops, or hiking in the beautiful Blue Ridge mountains. She is represented by Josh Adams at Adams Literary.

To learn more about Megan Shepherd and her books, visit her website.You can also find her on GoodreadsFacebook, and Twitter.

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