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Uncaged (The Singular Menace #1)

3.87  ·  Rating Details ·  2,817 Ratings  ·  411 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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Jul 15, 2014 Evie rated it really liked it
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
Mike (the Paladin)
Well this has been laying around on my "reading" shelf for a while as I haven't gotten around 5to reviewing it. That's because I never really interested in it.

Yes we start out with a raid in a lab to raise attention on animal experimentation...that goes very wrong. From there we do get chases, conspiracies and so on but for me it all dragged and left me wondering why i was putting my time into the book. Where the synopsis led me to expect an action adventure what I got (in the end) seemed to be
Albert Riehle
Jul 16, 2014 Albert Riehle rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Sep 14, 2014 Peacegal rated it liked it
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
Gerry Bartlett
Jul 10, 2014 Gerry Bartlett rated it it was amazing
Shelves: young-adult
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
Aug 16, 2014 Cheryl rated it liked it
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
Donna Hatridge
Jun 16, 2014 Donna Hatridge rated it really liked it
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
Review also appeared on my blog: Book Addict 24-7

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
Jun 13, 2014 Vanessa rated it it was ok
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
Aug 26, 2015 Carol rated it it was ok
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't 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 no ...more
Dec 16, 2014 LibraryLass rated it it was amazing
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
Ms. Yingling
May 20, 2014 Ms. Yingling rated it it was ok
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
Rebecca Razo
Jul 07, 2014 Rebecca Razo rated it it was ok
I used to finish every book I started whether I liked it or not... This book changed that for me. I got to about chapter 8 and just couldn't take it anymore. The writing is disjointed and melodramatic, the characters are flat and cliched, the plot (at least as far as I got into it) lacks imagination and originality. The book is billed as a YA thriller, but I feel like the authors underestimate the intelligence of their supposed target audience by writing down to them. I only gave this book two s ...more
May 26, 2014 Mei-Ling rated it liked it
Shelves: netgalley
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
Jun 24, 2014 Terry rated it liked it
Shelves: first-read
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.
Sep 20, 2014 Monica rated it really liked it
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.
Jun 13, 2014 Robert rated it liked it
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
Jul 10, 2014 Stephanie Ward rated it really liked it
'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
Aug 03, 2015 Wendy rated it it was amazing
Shelves: ya, crime-thriller
"UNCAGED" a fast-paced, action-packed crime thriller begins with a break-in at the Singular Corp. research laboratory in Eugene, Oregon. In the ensuing chaos that leaves one of the radical animal-rights activists of "Storm" seriously injured, Odin Remby their brilliant hacker escapes with a set of highly encrypted files and a post-surgical dog.

After sensational headlines hit the air waves about the disastrous raid, sixteen year old Shay Remby finally receives a desperate phone call from her bro
Jun 03, 2014 Tina rated it it was amazing
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
Sep 21, 2016 Lolo rated it it was amazing
This book was a gift, so it's not something I'd normally read, but it turned out to be pretty good! Everyone was well-developed and the storyline was overall really good.
Jul 08, 2014 Marlene rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley-arc
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
Jul 05, 2014 Mary rated it it was amazing
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
Jul 17, 2014 Kim rated it liked it
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
Bayard West
Apr 18, 2015 Bayard West rated it liked it
Shelves: listened-audio
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
Aug 02, 2014 Greg rated it liked it
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
Apr 30, 2014 Lily rated it it was amazing
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
Jul 14, 2014 Lesliebasney rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I have loved all of John Sandford's adult books. Loved them. So I was excited about a YA book...especially since I work for a YA and kids publisher. I hated this book. First of all, it begins with a violent trashing of the animal labs at the University of Oregon, Eugene, exactly where my daughter works. All the nonsense about headless dogs and legless monkeys is bs and it pissed me off. I listened to the audio, apparently knowing how to correctly pronounce Eugene was not required of the reader. ...more
Jul 11, 2014 Strega rated it liked it
NOT FOR THE SQUEAMISH!! This is pretty good, but I'm not sure about the YA label here. Also not sure what Michele Cook contributed except for the original idea, since the story and characters are VERY John Sandford.

Some of the images and descriptions were more disturbing than the last PREY book, and that's saying something.

Possible Spoilers

First chapter has rather vivid descriptions of animal cruelty via experimentation, plus a 16-year-old girl being shot. In addition, there are numerous torture
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
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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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