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The Gauntlet

(The Cage #3)

3.75  ·  Rating details ·  1,111 ratings  ·  139 reviews
The Maze Runner meets Scott Westerfeld in the final novel in the gripping and romantic Cage series, about teens abducted from Earth by an otherworldly race.

Cora and her friends have escaped the Kindred station and landed at Armstrong—a supposed safe haven on a small moon—where they plan to regroup and figure out how to win the Gauntlet, the challenging competition to prove
Hardcover, 393 pages
Published May 23rd 2017 by HarperCollins
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Trina (Between Chapters)
3.5 stars.

This was my favorite in the series. It had action, puzzles, I liked the characters more, it was pretty brutal/daring. I really disliked book 2 but am glad I finished out the series and liked the ending.

I still don't *love* the series, mainly because I think it juvenilized the characters - like 'I was abducted by aliens and will never go home again but it's fine because OMG CANDY!!!' But there were some good concepts and the audiobook narrator was amazing.
Sarah Elizabeth
(I received an advance copy of this book for free. Thanks to HarperCollins and Edelweiss.)

“The wolves are strong. But the rabbits are clever.”

This was a YA sci-fi story, and the end to the series.

I liked Cora in this story, and I liked how she kept in mind what was best for her species as a whole. It was pretty brave of her to face the gauntlet the way she did, especially knowing that no other human had ever managed to beat it.

The storyline in this was about Cora trying to take on th
A big meh...
A big disappointment....

Wasted potencial.
Wasted opportunities.

So much lameness.
So much mediocrity.

The Cage (The Cage #1)
The Hunt (The Cage #2)
Yusra  ✨
Jan 29, 2018 rated it it was ok
I didn’t really like it, it was boring and annoying. also Cora shldve died. 😬
Leon will forever be my one and only, though. 💗 he was the light in this incredibly horrible book!
Hannah (The Curiouser & Curiouser)
These cliffhanger endings are going to be the death of me, I swear.

I want this so, so badly. It's not even funny the amount of want I have for this.

Because . . . Cassian.

Find me here:
Tracy (Cornerfolds)
The Cage is a series that I have continued reading despite not actually enjoying it at all. Megan Shepherd had such a fantastic idea with this series, one that pulled me in because of its similarity to my favorite episode of The Twilight Zone. I read the first book expecting to completely love it, especially after loving her Madman's Daughter series, but came away extremely disappointed. Book two was just slightly better and here I am having read book three, even though I swore I wouldn't. I'm h ...more
May 07, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2017-releases
WHAT IS WRONG WITH ME. My last two reads? Two three-star reviews of YA science fiction novels? I usually LOVE YA science fiction. :(

***Review posted on The Eater of Books! blog***

The Gauntlet by Megan Shepherd
Book Three of The Cage series
Publisher: Balzer + Bray
Publication Date: May 23, 2017
Rating: 3 stars
Source: eARC from Edelweiss

Summary (from Goodreads):

The Maze Runner meets Scott Westerfeld in the final novel in the gripping and romantic Cage series, about teens abducted from Earth by an oth
Long Live Wonderland
The series started of so strong, but ultimately fizzled out by the end. I'm honestly kinda disappointed with this so I'll just say that this whole book just really felt like one giant cop out. ...more
Apr 30, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: sci-fi
This book was a lot more violent then the previous two. And some serious twists in the story. Although one was somewhat obvious after a while. The ending was a bit bittersweet. I held nicely, and wow there were times I questioned any type of happy ending it was that...concerning. But it added that much more to my enjoyment of the story. Leon ending up being one of my favorites in this book. He really matured out. Nok and Rold continued to be 'meh' characters. Cora I liked and Willa I loved!

Sarah Louise
Dec 27, 2016 rated it really liked it
And it's over! As a whole, I really enjoyed this series. From the beginning of The Cage, we had a group of morally ambiguous characters trapped within a zoo-like compound. Their only mission was to escape and return to Earth. Throughout this series, especially within The Gauntlet, it unfolds as a discovery of what it means to be human.

As for the actual anticipated Gauntlet, the puzzles were clever, but surprisingly not my favourite moments. This is where the multiple point of views were an espe
Aneta Bak
Jun 11, 2018 rated it really liked it
In the final novel of The Cage series, Cora must find her way to the Gauntlet and successfully complete the three levels in order to grant humanity the freedom they deserve. The only problem is that Cora and her friends are trapped on Armstrong, a planet that was supposed to be heaven for humans, but turned out to be worse than hell.

I really enjoyed this whole series, from beginning to end. It was a lot different from Megan's last series, and it gave me the Maze Runner feels but had a better fem
May 15, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: audible
This started weak but got better as it went on.
Sahil Javed
Jun 27, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: science-fiction
The Gauntlet is the third and final book in The Cage series and takes place after Cora and her group have escaped the Kindred station and landed on Armstrong, what is supposed to be a safe haven for humans. But the town is not what it seems, and Cora must also figure out how to win The Gaunlet, and prove humanity’s intelligence in order to set them free.
“Humanity pulsed beneath her skin, making her realize that being human wasn’t just about memories, but about feeling what all people fe
Becky -  Pug and Books
May 14, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: arc-galley
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Just a Girl Fighting Censorship
As much as I loved the series, this final book was a bit of a letdown, especially the last 50 pages.

First the good, these characters are fantastic. Bonebreak and the rest of the Mosca are delightful, interesting, complex, and endearing, I wanted more time with them! The rest of the usual gang is great but Leon in particular won me over. He started out as a very unlikable character but has steadily grown into my favorite human.

Overall the book starts off strong as it picks up right where the seco
Saruuh Kelsey
That ending was SAD!!!! :(

One of the best damn YA sci-fi series I've ever read - strong from the first page of The Cage to the last of The Gauntlet. I don't know what I can say about this book other than it surpassed my every hope and expectation, and the shocks never let up from the beginning. It's hopeful and miserable and full of guts and determination. I love Cora, I love Cassian, I love the world, the story, the cleverness of the Gauntlet. We even got a sneaky A.I. which I adored. Thank you
The conclusion to the Cage series has Cora as the savior of the human race throughout the galaxy in the form of being their champion in the Gauntlet. However, interstellar politics means she has to first fight her way across to even reach the planet where the gauntlet will be held. The squad has to face many challenges, including separation from one another, betrayal and mistrust, and what they learnt through the Cage, the Menageries, the Dollhouse and the Hunt comes to save them now in this tes ...more
Nov 16, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: audiobook, 2018
Final book in The Cage trilogy.
There was a lot of talk in book 2, The Hunt, about the gauntlet and how hard the challenges are and so I was excited to see Cora try to beat it in this book. The wait for her to begin the gauntlet took a while, like 2/3 of the book, so I felt like it dragged a bit. Then of course, all this crazy action happens at the end and it flies by. The ending of the book wasn't what I hoped for, so I was a little disappointed. The narrator for the audiobook was great again a
Lauren - SERIESous Books

I had some problems with the plot direction at times but it was an enjoyable and fulfilling finale.

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Actual Rating: 3.5/5
*Source* Publisher
*Genre* Young Adult / SyFy
*Rating* 4.0


The wolves are strong. But the rabbits are clever.”

The Gauntlet is the third and final installment in author Megan Shepherd's The Cage trilogy. In this final book in the Cage series, Cora must do whatever she can to run the Gauntlet, and prove humanity’s intelligence. Otherwise, it is likely that Cora will never see Earth again. The Gauntlet is full of dramatic twists and turns sure to shock readers and keep them on the edges of t
Apr 06, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-in-2017
A fantastic ending to a thrilling Science Fiction trilogy! So much action and so much on the line for all the characters in this last installment. Shepherd's world building is impressive, and we see more of the universe she's created than ever before as our main characters find themselves working feverishly to get Cora to The Gauntlet, and the stakes are higher than ever before as the fates of several species rest on her shoulders. If you haven't started this series yet, now is the time to pick ...more
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The Gauntlet is the final book in The Cage series, and I have to say I was pretty satisfied with the end of the trilogy!

The book picks up pretty much immediately after the events of The Hunt. Cora has escaped and Cassian is captured. A ton of revelations took place near the end of The Hunt, so I was pretty anxious to get my hands on this book!



• Cora really grew as a character in this book. She went from a foll
Nov 22, 2017 rated it did not like it
Oh my goodness was this not enjoyable.
Just too many issues for me I'm sorry.
For example:

When burying Lucky-how on earth did Cora dig a pit big enough for his body with her bare hands? I understand she has a chimp helping her (seriously, a chimp), and that it's not very hard packed soil, but still. Have you ever scooped sand with your bare hands? Gets old fast. Would certainly stop before had enough of a hole to bury someone and even if I did somehow have the will to go'd take forever.
Kassandra Patti
Jun 05, 2017 rated it it was amazing
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Feb 03, 2020 rated it it was ok
When The Cage and The Hunt first came out and I read them, I loved them. If I had read The Gaunlet in 2017, when it came out, I probably would have loved it, too. Instead, I let it sit on my shelves from then until now, and I didn't enjoy it. I was bored, I didn't care about any of the characters, and I didn't feel invested in any of them or their stories. So much time had passed since I had read The Hunt that by the time I got to The Guantlet, I had lost interest in the series entirely, and if ...more
Jun 16, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Very heart-wrenching. I wish there was another book, like a romantic epilogue. One thing that crossed my mind reading this is that Bonebreak is basically Yondu from GOTG in this book. And Willa, a chimpanzee who ran the Gauntlet, is their Rocket Racoon kind of. This series has been awesome and it seem Megan Shepherd can make anything awesome because I never liked historical fiction and then I read the Madman's Daughter series, which was the first Hist Fic I like and it was a retelling. I can't w ...more
Jul 05, 2017 rated it really liked it
The Gauntlet is the final book in The Cage series, and while I found it thrilling and interesting, it was my least favorite book in the series because of the ending. 

In The Gauntlet, Cora and her friends escaped from the Kindred and are on a ship with Bonebreak, a mosca. They left behind Cassian who was being tortured because Cora needs to run the Gauntlet so humans can be considered intelligent like the other species. 

There was a lot of drama, death, surprises, and twists (and a little romance)
Jul 22, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: for-sale
So sad to see this series ended :(
Oct 24, 2017 rated it really liked it
That was better than I thought it would be.
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New York Times bestselling author Megan Shepherd grew up in her family’s independent bookstore in the Blue Ridge Mountains. She is the author of several young adult and middle grade novels. She now lives and writes on a 125-year-old farm outside Asheville, North Carolina, with her husband, two cats, and an especially scruffy dog.

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