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Uncaged (The Singular Menace #1)

3.86 of 5 stars 3.86  ·  rating details  ·  1,472 ratings  ·  278 reviews
A New York Times bestseller!

John Sandford (bestelling author of the Lucas Davenport "Prey" novels) and Michele Cook debut a high-octane thriller series about a ruthless corporation, unspeakable experiments, and a fight to expose the truth.

Shay Remby arrives in Hollywood with $58 and a handmade knife, searching for her brother, Odin.

Odin’s a brilliant hacker but a bit of a
Hardcover, 416 pages
Published July 8th 2014 by Knopf Books for Young Readers (first published January 1st 2014)
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You guys, I tried and tried to find a gif that would adequately express my feelings about the ending of this book, but

suggested a level of violence I’m not really comfortable with and

was too testosteroney coming from me and

was adoooooorbs, which is not at all where my feelings were going.

So I want you to just imagine me, shrieking with inarticulate rage and hurling my book against the wall, because that’s what happened when I got to the end of Uncaged.

I made it to page 388 totally on board wit
Uncaged is a real thrill ride of a book. Once you start reading you'll find yourself immediately and completely immersed in the plot and unable to put the book down. It's not a short story, it's more than 400 pages long, but thanks to Sandford and Cook's captivating writing style, you'll be flipping through those 400 pages at a break-neck, finger-blistering pace. It's really a well-written, refreshingly bold, often times deeply disturbing, thought-provoking and intensely gripping novel, and I hi ...more
Gerry Bartlett
I read anything by John Sandford so I was intrigued when I found out he had taken on a co-author and tried his hand at a young adult novel. Of course this stars all new characters, including Shay, a teen who is basically homeless along with her older brother. They fall into a fight against a corporation that not only tests its products on animals but humans as well. While I swear this reminded me of an old Dean Koontz I read decades ago with its race to take down a giant, evil entity with total ...more
Even though this novel is a young adult novel I think many adult readers will enjoy reading this series. I usually don't care too much for novels that get political or preachy about causes, they can alienate some readers including myself. This novel doesn't get too involved with advocating the politics of the rights groups, but allows enough to make a story that keeps you interest in seeing what happens to Shay, Odin, Twist and X.
I do hope to learn more about these characters along with Cruz and
3.5 stars -- While entirely too long, UNCAGED was nonetheless a competent YA thriller.

The story is touched off by a lab break-in conducted by alleged animal rights activists, which is what originally got me interested in this book. While the experiments being done on the animals are gruesome and obviously based upon some real research protocols, the activists don't come off that well in the book. (That said, the research company turns out to be far, far worse, and is the principal villain.) The
Albert Riehle
I always get a little nervous when my favorite authors step outside the series' for which, I already love them. I get it. I mean how many times can you write about the same characters without wanting to try something new, right? Still, when I heard that John Sandford was teaming up with Michelle Cook to write a YA book, I was worried. And frankly, my immediate thoughts were along the lines of: Why doesn't he just write an extra Prey novel or and extra Fucking Flowers novel this year?

Well. I love
This is the first book in this young, adult series. This book is a nice start to this series. I would have rated this book better if the plot/storyline had not jumped around as much. It was like the two authors had all these ideas in their head and they could not decide what to edit so they added them all to the story. For example there was the whole animal science experiment that Singular Corp was doing, the teen homelessness (which I did not see where this really had anything to do with the st ...more
A grabber of a prologue in this series-starter has our heroine, Shay Remby, changing her looks and preparing for danger in a seedy hotel room. Then, we flash back to a raid on an animal laboratory in which her brother, Odin, was involved. The action is non-stop; several characters are intriguing; the eco-activism is (or could be) refreshing. Except for the often-confusing plot, the book is an easy read, written with rapid-fire sentences and ample dialogue. I will probably suggest it to reluctant ...more
My star rating: Probably a 4.75 - but it deserves a round up not a round down =)

Plot: 4.5/5
Pacing: 4.5/5
Characters: 5/5
World: 4/5
Romance: NA

Enjoyment level: 5/5 stars

Once upon a time I read John Sandfords' adult novels and thoroughly enjoyed them. This is his first YA novel and I have to say I think he and Michelle Cook did a fantastic job. It was very difficult to tell this was written by two people. I loved the style of writing - I could tell that this was a more 'adult' writer of the YA gen
This is (mostly) a first YA effort worthy of John Sanford, whose Prey books have been favorite of mine for many years. The characters were engaging and the action was nearly non-stop. The plot could have deteriorated into cliché, but thanks to Sandford's considerable talent, did not. So why only two stars?? THE ENDING STINKS. Don' expect to have anything, even the smallest part of the plot, resolved. It simply stops. Anyone who has read any of my reviews knows that, for me, an ending that is not ...more
Quick, high action read featuring 16 year old Shay and her 17 year old brother Odin. Odin is involved with an eco-terrorism strike at a test facility in Eugene Oregon. His sister wants to save him before the evil corporation can kill him.

Upon finishing the book, I was disappointed to learn it was the first in a series.
Fans of Sandford's writing will enjoy his latest offering, eared for the YA crowd. However, this is probably more like New Adult fiction, as it seems pretty intense and serious in some parts. Still, it is an enjoyable, tightly-paced, and a definite page-turner. Shay is a believable Character, and the enigmatic Twist is intriguing. Odin and his storyline adds to the suspense and urgency of Uncaged's plot. A very fast and furious last 3rd of the book leads to a cliffhanger ending that will leave t ...more
This is about what you'd expect for a thriller - lots of tension, evil people/corporation, good guys with a past. Its well crafted and the characters are interesting. If you like thrillers, you'll probably like this book and you will be glad to know there's more to come. If the subtitle isn't a big enough hint, the ending will cinch it for you.

Thanks to Knopf to sending me an advance copy. I've read very few of Sandford's books and so it was good to expand my author list.
Action-packed from beginning to end, Sandford and Cook have written a thrill-ride that begs to be read cover-to-cover without pausing. Animal rights activists, computer hackers, thugs, and a benevolent but crazy artist pull readers of every type into this lightning fast drama. Odin, an environmental activist, simply takes part in what set out to be a raid to inflict maximum possible damage at a laboratory of unscrupulous reputation. That, culminated with extensive YouTube videos, should provide ...more
This thrilling novel opens with Shay Remby, a young teenage girl on the run, dying her pretty red hair black in a shabby motel. As she recalls everything that's happened to her recently, and to her brother Odin, we learn why she needs to hide. The reader is taken on a fast-paced adventure, from Eugene, Oregon to Malibu, California, to Reno, Nevada, as a group of street kids battle a prominent corporation. Secretly, the big business is experimenting on animals – and humans. When they kidnap Odin ...more
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Okay, so I read Uncaged by John Sandford because I had a copy of the sequel (which I didn't read) and I'm not going to lie, I was excited for this. Why? Because mystery/thrillers/action type books are totally a guilty pleasure for me.

While the beginning of Sandford's novel was interesting and had me admittedly hooked, I slowly started to lose interest. The book was winded and random and kind of boring in parts. I kept waiting for something exciti
John Sandford writes for young adults now, with a little help from Michelle Cook. Enjoyable thriller about animal testing, a PETA like group, public graffiti and corporate greed.
Stephanie Ward
'Uncaged' is the fast-paced and thrilling first book in a new young adult mystery/suspense series. It follows our heroine, Shay Remby, as she searches Los Angeles for her missing brother, Odin. Odin is a bit autistic and a computer genius - but he gets wrapped up in a animal-rights raid that ends terribly. Odin goes on the run - with the most valuable information on the corporation, Singular, and what they're actually doing inside the research lab. Now Singular's on Odin's trail and won't give u ...more
Bayard West
3.5 stars.
Sub-genre: ?
Literary conflict: Man vs. Man
POV: 3rd person omniscient

Solid editing/polish:
Fun characters:
Witty repartee: ?
Great "how-it-works" technology descriptions: no
Thought provoking: ?
Great ending: no

Rapid head-hopping: no
Unbelievable moments: no

I've read a lot of John Sanford's gritty crime dramas. This collaboration with Michele Cook was a little less gritty, but still enjoyable.

The POV was well handled in that it the story was told from the perspectiv
Jul 17, 2014 Kim rated it 3 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Fans of adventure and thrillers
I thought Uncaged was a pretty good beginning to a new YA series. Shay Remby is looking for her missing brother Odin who is a computer genius, but mildly autistic. She tracks him to Hollywood where she discovers that he's joined radical animal rights group Storm, who breaks into research facilities and rescues abused animals. This time however they've taken on the wrong people. The Singular Corporation is doing much more than the benevolent medical research it insists it's doing and they're not ...more
When a group of animal rights activists break into a research lab called Singular Corp. they end up in far more trouble than they bargained for.

Sixteen year old Shay Remby and her older brother Odin are foster kids living in Eugene, Oregon. Odin is part of the group who broke into the lab and stole flash drives and an abused dog. He tells Shay what happened then disappears although he continues to keep in touch with her through Facebook. After some Singular employees come and question her about
John Standford's first young adult novel is a winner..A group trying to disrupt a large company responsible for research on animals,Breaks in to faculty and let's loose all the animals to try to bring attention to there cause does not know that animals is not the only thing they are doing research on and Uncaged begins.This novel can be read by all ages not just young adults and is a really good read.
Ms. Yingling
This one wasn't as bad; decent mystery/action novel about animals abused in medical experimentation, but there was something about the style in which this was written, or the details, that just made this seem too... skeezy for middle school. It read more like an adult mystery. I felt like I needed to take a shower after reading it. (And yep, Sandford writes rather disturbing adult novels. He should converse with Harlan Coben and get some teen feedback, perhaps.)

Or it could just be me. For exampl
Uncaged follows the brother and sister duo of Shay and Odin Remby on the run from the police and, possibly more disconcerting, the cooperate company Singular. When Odin, along with other animal rights activists, breaks into a Singular headquarters, he discovers one of the company's biggest secrets: Singular isn't just using animals for test subjects. The company is now after Odin, so he must flee to Los Angeles. Shay subsequently also finds herself there, searching for her brother. As Odin finds ...more
For a first try at a YA novel, this isn't bad, but it isn't great either. I may or may not read the second in the series. While it is occasionally action-oriented, it loses steam in significant portions of the book that seemed unnecessarily long. It could have been tightened up some, making for a shorter, but tauter and more absorbing story.

I also think the advance "blurbs" were quite hyperbolic, and not fulfilled by the story's characters or plot. Of course, that is somewhat to be expected, si
Bill Klanderman
I might have given this book 5 stars. Good writing, good suspense. However, when I got to the end I discovered there was no ending. It is continued!! Tune in in 2015 for the next exciting chapter of....... OMG. Sanford you have really gone commercial. Or maybe you could to figure jot an ending so postponed it for a year or two. Very disappointing way to prolong (for profit?) what could have been a very good book.
Virgil would not have liked this.
Listed as a young adult book and very clearly the first in a series -- second book due out in the fall of 2015. Authors listed as John Sandford and Michele Cook. I enjoyed this one and will likely read the sequel when it comes out. I suspect this is mainly Michele Cook's story. The only thing that I felt made this a young adult book was the lack of foul language, it was well written and a well-developed plot. Some very interesting characters that I hope will be included in the sequel. Perhaps no ...more
True rating 4.5

Ahhhh so incredibly good! Fast paced, engaging and wholly entertaining, "Uncaged" is perfect for fans of "Don't Turn Around" and "Blackout."

Thank you to Knopf Books for Young Readers & NetGalley for an e-galley to be used for honest bookseller/ review purposes.
Fr. Ryan Humphries
A quick, easy read for clearing the mind. Not much to commend or detract. Uncaged is formulaic but entertaining. It's the first of a series, so there are plenty of loose strings at the end. The characters are one-dimensional. Their motivations are fairly shallow. Still, for an action-thriller, it fits the bill and does so without any sleazy detractions or gratuitous gore. There are - thankfully - no detailed descriptions of heaving or chiseled chests and no indulgent scenes of oozing, bloody vio ...more
I'm a Sandford/Davenport fan and this looked interesting. It took me some to get into it, but it wasn't for lack of action. Enjoyed the Shay character.
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John Sandford was born John Camp on February 23, 1944, in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. He attended the public schools in Cedar Rapids, graduating from Washington High School in 1962. He then spent four years at the University of Iowa, graduating with a bachelor's degree in American Studies in 1966. In 1966, he married Susan Lee Jones of Cedar Rapids, a fellow student at the University of Iowa. He was in th ...more
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“The supermarket was a twenty-minute walk. Shay used the time to work on the thumb drive’s password. Supposedly, the files on the drive were filled with horrible and inhumane things being done to animals, but Shay’s only interest in discovering the password was to learn who” 0 likes
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