The Cage is a science fiction book where teenagers are kidnapped by aliens and put in an enclosure and their attempts to escape. I liked the idea of this book and the author does give some interesting ideas about what aliens might be like and how different people would react to this situation. The alien technology was also interesting. I personally am a huge sucker for world building so I enjoy books that engage in this.
However, the book is hampered by the fact that the characters, and the main character especially, are incredibly stupid. They start out okay but soon devolve into people whose logic doesn’t make any sense. The main character is desperate to get back home, which is understandable, however she never thinks about what they are going to do when they get out of the cage (because of the tiny problem that they are several thousand miles away from Earth). A prime (non plot related) example of this, is when an alien is trying to get her to not escape, he shows her a girl who has tried to escape three times and has been drugged and sold into a fate worse than death. Her only thought is “she escaped so I can too.” Also, the book has this weird backstory for the main character which tries to make her seem tougher, caring and “not a victim” when it just makes her seem stupid, callous and self-righteous. Also coming along with this there seems to be an implication that the penalties for drunk driving are too harsh, even when a person dies because of it. Also, there is a love triangle and it is just as annoying as always.
I recommend with reservations. This book will probably only work for someone who is willing to put up with the stupidity of the characters to enjoy the world building.
Review Submitted by: Madeline Rivard
Rating: Recommended with reservations