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(Cages #1)

3.49  ·  Rating details ·  100 ratings  ·  17 reviews
As long as Sam Crafty can remember, adults have feared their children. Since the Outbreak ten percent of all teenagers transform spontaneously and without warning into horrible, parasite-spreading Beasts. This monstrous tide threatened to destroy the world, but the survivors persevered and kept the parasite at bay by creating Quarantines, rigid prisons to hold their childr ...more
Kindle Edition, 187 pages
Published October 8th 2012
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Feb 25, 2013 rated it it was ok
Shelves: kindle
When the zombie apocalypse hits, it isn't in a way anybody expected. The world is infected by a parasite (though there is no mention in the book where it came from) which turns teenagers into Beasts: giant monsters of incredible strength and savagery with deadly spines growing on them. Their one goal is to bite adults, creating Bitten who then go on to spread the virus by infecting more teenagers.

25 years later or so, we join Sam Crafty as he starts at his new school. Quarantine Dekalb #4. They
Claire Riley
This was a really cool, and totally new approach to zombies and beasts, and something that I give the author huge props for. He combined them into one fluid storyline, which worked really well, once I got my head around it.

The main problem for me came with a couple of things. For one there was a confusing timeline of events...there was no gap between reading segments. So one moment it was the present and in the next line it had jumped forwards a couple of weeks, and at one point months! There we
Feb 22, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Bookshelves are flooded with post-apocalyptic-zombie tales these days, so in order for one to stand out it needs a unique take and Cages does it. The story begins years after the chaos of a zombie-like Outbreak as Sam, a son of Outbreak survivors, enters Quarantine as all teenagers in this new America do. Every teenager has in him the possibility of becoming a terrifying Beast whose sole purpose, aside from causing death and destruction, is to spread the deadly parasite. So teenage years are spe ...more
Cheryl Casey
Feb 05, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

When I got into the meat of this book, I had this impression of the horrors of reading Lord of the Flies when I was younger. Like in a normal situation they would have been mostly OK kids, maybe a few jerks, but their environment and emotional stress had them turning to extremes in dealing with each other. We're given a good hard look at the characters and what has driven them to their places in this book. The ending wrapped up that particular situation pretty well but I do want to know what
Tammy K.
This story is one that grows on you and gets better as you read.
Through most of this story I struggled to adjust to the authors writing style.
There were times I almost put this book down because the constant references to old books, political events, and even songs kept pulling me out of "the moment" of the story.
Another flaw in this story was that there were times during the middle of an action scene the main character would reflect back upon things that his father, brother and mother said. T
Chrystal Roe
Mar 20, 2017 rated it it was amazing

This is a scary book. In this society the scariest thing out there is a teenager. Not a particular one but teenagers in general. Because you never know which one will get you.
Oct 17, 2012 rated it liked it
So like any book there are positives and then there are the negatives. Fret not, however, the negatives do not weigh this down.

I always hate reviews when people describe the story and like to tell you what everything is about, so for the sake of this review, I'm about to hate myself...

This story takes place after a zombie outbreak. Don't roll your eyes, zombies are annoyingly overused these days, yes, but it's not all guts and blood. They actually take the back seat in this one. Really, the out
Feb 16, 2013 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book wasn't bad. It wasn't great. Overall it struck me as mediocre. The premise was an interesting one. Set in a post-zombie-apocalypse world, the parasites that cause the infection live in children and each child has approximately a 10% chance to become a monster called a Beast during puberty. Beasts create bitten, otherwise known as traditional zombies. Not to mention slaughtering pretty much everything in sight.

So, the solution? Lock kids in a mix between a high security prison and midd
Jul 25, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ebooks
"Same as it ever was. Except this time we get to shoot them."

Now that is quite a different take on a zombie story! One I haven't seen before in that way.

Over twenty years ago, there was the Outbreak. People turned into Beasts – real "beasts", and we're talking claws and wings here – and spread the disease. After they got it under control, they found out what triggered it – puperty. So, after middle school, kids don't go to High School anymore, but into Quarantine where they stay until they're ei
Aug 01, 2013 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Honestly I hardly ever rate a book like this, this book just had too many issues for me. First, there were way too many grammar mistakes in the book. The fact that I had to read quite a few sentences twice to try and figure out what was trying to be said was rather annoying. Second, I didnt feel like the book flowed at all, way too much going on. Jumping from the main character, to his past, to supporting characters pasts, and then back to the present had my head spinning. Third, I am used to un ...more
Dec 08, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I really enjoyed this book. It's set in the post-zombie apocalypse and has a lot of twists. The zombies are different than other books I've read and I honestly liked that a lot. The main character is a feisty teenager who likes pranks and being the center of attention. He's very smart and that gets him in trouble at times. If you enjoy zombie books, I highly recommend this one. Just don't go into it expecting other books you've read.
Jul 10, 2013 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was an interesting book. It was yet another post zombie-apocalypse YA book, but had some original elements in it. The focus wasn't so much on the zombie's per-se, but more on the environment the characters found them in, and the effects of control on a population. It was interesting, like I said. Not spectacular, and I'm not sure if the world is interesting enough for me to continue with the series, but I'm not horrified I read it.
May 10, 2013 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
ehhhh - best word for this book is ehhhh.

I did finish it. it was a an alright read till about 80% of the way threw - then it just all went to hell. Every thing got weird, nothing had an explanation or had too much explanation. After Sam got let out of the bell, the book turned to pure crap.

Not worth the time and energy. Don't bother.
Feb 19, 2013 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Yep good all round read liked the characters more than the actual story, liked the backgrounds to them, feel he could develop this more and maybe move away from the Zombie scene and have a more apocalyptic theme too many Zombies out their now, this stands out
Michelle Bacon
May 03, 2014 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: horror
this book started out having promise for being original and a good plot. too many characters with little known background and a lack of story flow had me bored
pretty quick. the flip-flopping of the story from past to present made it hard to get into. probably won't read the rest of this series.
Mar 24, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Cages drew me in and is holding me on pins and needles waiting for the next installment.
I can't wait! Definitely more than I expected here.
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Chris Pasley is the Georgia-born author of literary horror novel "Cages" and a prolific videogame director, including on "Sci-Fi Heroes," "Zombie Parkour Runner" and "Five Minutes to Kill (Yourself)." He has also contributed material on writing for videogames to textbooks and held talks on videogame production all over the world.

Chris currently lives in Boston with his wife and daughter, where it