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The Hunt

(The Cage #2)

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They’ve left the cage—but they’re not free yet.

After their failed escape attempt, Cora, Lucky, and Mali have been demoted to the lowest level of human captives and placed in a safari-themed environment called the Hunt, along with wild animals and other human outcasts. They must serve new Kindred masters—Cora as a lounge singer, Lucky as an animal wrangler, and Mali as a
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Hardcover, 368 pages
Published May 24th 2016 by Balzer + Bray
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Penny
Actual rating: 3.5 stars.

I quite liked it.
I enjoyed reading this story, I find the plot very interesting and the characters are well done. I just wish it had more romance. There are some tipbits, but it is just not enough for me. I want more.

I can't wait for the next installment. I am really into this series, for whatever reason, I find the whole idea very enthralling.

I do recommend it.


The Cage (The Cage #1)
Trina (Between Chapters)
You should definitely skip this one if you have a hard time reading about animal cruelty. The setting is safari themed where animals are hunted for sport and constantly injured and then revived to be hunted over and over. Blech. It is painted as distasteful behavior of the alien overlords, but the story would have been better for me without this being a constant theme.
Sarah
(Source: I received a digital copy of this book for free on a read-to-review basis. Thanks to HarperCollins and Edelweiss.)

“Stupid, she thought, to think I could ever escape from them.”


This was a YA sci-fi story, about a bunch of teens held captive by aliens.

Cora wasn’t quite so irritating in this book, and she seemed to actually think things through a bit more too, which was a nice change from the first book.

The storyline in this was about Cora and the gang being held captive still, and
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Giselle
An Electronic Advanced Reader Copy was provided by the publisher via Edelweiss for review.

Oh wow! This was one crazy ride of a book! I really enjoyed this sequel. I was in a major alien mood so I picked this one up even if the pub date was so far off.

The entire time, I actually didn't know who to trust and neither did the characters. So it was quite like I was along for the ride with no idea where it was leading. I didn't trust Cassian for the entire book, because I can't really trust any
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Alyssa
Apr 01, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2016-releases
***Review posted on The Eater of Books! blog***

The Hunt by Megan Shepherd
Book Two of The Cage series
Publisher: Balzer + Bray
Publication Date: May 24, 2016
Rating: 4 stars
Source: eARC from Edelweiss

Summary (from Goodreads):

They’ve left the cage—but they’re not free yet.

After their failed escape attempt, Cora, Lucky, and Mali have been demoted to the lowest level of human captives and placed in a safari-themed environment called the Hunt, along with wild animals and other human outcasts. They must
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Hannah (The Curiouser & Curiouser)
Updated: 6/14/16

Rating: 4.5 Stars

That ending . . . I can't. I just can't even.



I'm super impressed by this series. There are so many ways in which this book could have been horrible.

Instead, I think this may be one of my top favorite alien-esque books I've ever read. Definitely one of the best alien series I've ever read, by far.

My biggest complaint with Shepherd's previous books and series was that there were always parts that lagged, in my opinion. I would grow bored. The love interests would
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Karen
Mar 07, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy, ya, sci-fi
This review was done by KissinBlueKaren

I recently read and reviewed the first book in this series, The Cage . This series has an excellent premise and some really likeable characters. I am excited to tell you about The Hunt, but know there may be spoilers in here for the first book, The Cage.

The Hunt picks right up where The Cage left off. If you have read The Cage, you know that they attempted escape and were caught. Things go from bad to worse when they are separated and most are placed in
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Alice
Oct 25, 2015 rated it really liked it
"Humanity's freedom resting on her shoulders alone.
What if she failed?
And then again, what if she succeeded?"


The Hunt by Megan Shepherd was an absolute whirlwind of emotion! Personally, I've been in a bit of reading slump lately, but I flew through this book in a matter of days.

Cora, Lucky, and Mali have swapped the Cage for a new prison-The Hunt menagerie. I loved to hate this place. Low lights to hide the grime, a horrifying stimulated safari hunt, and of course the creepy backstage area that
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Tracy (Cornerfolds)
Read more of my reviews at Cornerfolds.com!

Last year I listened to the audiobook of The Cage, the first book in this series, and was disappointed that it didn't live up to my high expectations. I didn't plan to continue this story, but when The Hunt was released, I was in the mood for some dystopian fiction and I went for it. I have come out on the other side believing that one of the reasons I didn't like The Cage was the audio. I think the voice actors irritated me to the point that the book
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Ally
Aug 04, 2015 rated it it was ok
2.5 stars.

Much like the first book in this series, the suspense was there, but the plot and characters were nothing to call home about.

Cora is just as insufferable and boring as she was in the first book. And stupid. She has been moved to a new menagerie called The Hunt, where Kindred go on safari and "kill" animals. But this is just a cover, what she's really supposed to be doing is training for the Gauntlet, a test that if she passes would make humans one of the intelligent species.

Cora
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Nidofito
SPOILERS

I knew I shouldn't have worried.

After reading A Cold Legacy (not the best book), the finale of the The Madman Daughter's Trilogy last year, I thought I'd overestimated Shepard's storytelling skills and maybe perhaps I had overrated The Cage. But nope, reading The Hunt has displaced my fears and reminded me how entertaining this series is.

The pace, as before, is somewhat slow with multiple POVs who are much dearer to me here than previously. I thought their personalities shone more
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Empress Reece (Hooked on Books)
Road to the Gauntlet- 3.5 stars...

The Hunt is the second book in The Cage series by Megan Shepherd. After Cora and her friends failed escape attempt, they have all been placed in new enclosures in the menagerie that are more demeaning and restrictive. They are forced to live, work and sleep in terrible conditions and are treated like the animals living there. According to their old Kindred leader, Cassian, their only chance of getting out of there and ensuring that the human race is treated as
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Shelley
*Source* Publisher
*Genre* Young Adult, Science Fiction
*Rating* 3-3.5

*MY Thoughts*

The Hunt is the second installment in author Megan Shepherd's The Cage Trilogy. The story picks up with Cora Mason in a cage after she and the others failed in their attempt to get off the station. Cora has been learned that humans were taken from Earth for their own good. The Kindred actually believe they are humanities saviors. They've been told that Earth no longer exists, and that humans like Cora are the key to
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Jaime (Two Chicks on Books)
Nov 25, 2013 rated it really liked it
Wow! I didn't think this series could get better but it did! There's no middle book syndrome here this was actually better than book 1 IMO. Also love Cassian even more!!!! Can't wait for book 3!!
Sara (A Gingerly Review)
This was a painful story. Full review can be found here: https://agingerlyreview.wordpress.com...

I recently read and reviewed The Cage, the first book in this series. If you read that review (and I hope you did! ;)) you know that when I read this book or talk about it, all I can think about is this being a YA version of a Twilight Zone eposide. I don’t mean that in a bad way, only that all I can think about are aliens, robots, and cheesy campy stories.

The Hunt picks up right where The Cage left
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Shannon (It Starts At Midnight)
You can find the full review and all the fancy and/or randomness that accompanies it at It Starts at Midnight
Remember that time last year when I lovedThe Cage?Ah, me too. Good times, good times. Anyway, since I was such a fan,The Hunt went onto my Goodreads "Must-Have-Grabby-Hands" list before it even had atitle. Needless to say, I was super excited about it. So did it live up to my exceedingly high expectations? (Well, of course, based on the title of this post, you know it did. But let's
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Lauren - SERIESous Books


This was much, much better than the first book! Lots going on with the plot and not so much idle time with the characters. I'm starting to see the direction this series is going and I'm really excited for the finale!

PS the audio version is fabulous! Almost makes me wish I listened to the first one instead of reading it.

Check out more spoiler-free book and series reviews on my blog SERIESousBookReviews.com as well as read book series recaps!

Full Review: https://wp.me/p7hLUw-2FR
Actual Rating:
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Nicole Hewitt
May 02, 2016 rated it really liked it
This review and many more can be found on my blog: Feed Your Fiction Addiction

This second book in the series picks up right where The Cage left off. Everyone but Leon is placed in a menagerie that depicts some sort of safari, while Leon has escaped and is working for the Mosca. Cassian convinces Cora that the only way for them (and the rest of humanity) to survive, she must learn to control her psychic powers and participate in the Gauntlet, therefore proving that humans truly are an intelligent
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Lindsay
They've left the cage—but they're not free yet. After their failed escape attempt, Cora, Lucky, and Mali have been demoted to the lowest level of human captives and placed in a safari-themed environment called the Hunt, along with wild animals and other human outcasts. They must serve new Kindred masters—Cora as a lounge singer, Lucky as an animal wrangler, and Mali as a safari guide—and follow new rules or face dangerous consequences. Meanwhile, Nok and Rolf have been moved into an enormous ...more
Anna
Oct 07, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: june-2016
URGH I love this series now!!

After a failed escape attempt, Cora and company are scattered around the region. She, Lucky, and Mali are sent to a Safari like environment. Lucky reluctantly joins a black market dealer. Nok and Rolf are trapped in a house-like environment where their unborn child is constantly monitored by Kindred. So pretty much everything is shit. Until Cassian offers Cora the opportunity to test Humanity's intelligence through a series of challenges in the Gauntlet.

It was such
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Aly
Nov 15, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2018
This was a pretty good sequel. It wasn't as exciting as the first one for me, because in The Cage, we don't really know what's happening or why these people were kidnapped and we're finding things out as we go. I did like seeing the different menageries in this book, especially the Hunt. It was so sad seeing those animals harmed again and again for the Kindred's entertainment. I liked seeing more of Cassian and how much he actually cares for Cora. The story moved at an okay pace, there were some ...more
Jamie
Apr 18, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: kindle-read, sci-fi
SO this one seemed to have less twists than the last one. But a lot more world-building and information was given. So I did like that more. So a bit of give and take in trying to make it a better story. I liked seeing Mali grow up and mature more. It was nice to see Rolf start to get his head screwed on straight but he and especially Nok are still so self-centered! I enjoyed seeing Lucky come into his own in the new menagerie although the synopsis makes it sound more exciting than it was. One ...more
Rebecca (Unbound Pages)
So... I definitely thought this was a duology so I'm a little annoyed that everything wasn't wrapped up and there's a third damn book. I also didn't really enjoy this so I won't be finishing the series. Too much instalove and things were way too easy for Cora. There was a certain character death that seemed like it was just thrown in for the sake of having a character death and the plot didn't move along enough for me.
Ameliapoop
Jan 26, 2018 rated it it was amazing
It was great manly man man man man eat that
Ruthsic
After their failed escape attempt, Cora, Lucky, and Mali have been demoted to the lowest level of human captives and placed in a safari-themed environment called the Hunt, along with wild animals and other human outcasts. They must serve new Kindred masters—Cora as a lounge singer, Lucky as an animal wrangler, and Mali as a safari guide—and follow new rules or face dangerous consequences. Meanwhile, Nok and Rolf have been moved into an enormous dollhouse, observed around the clock by Kindred ...more
Thistle
Jan 06, 2017 rated it it was ok
This book had potential. After my surprising enjoyment of the first book, the summary of the second prompted me to pick it up. It didn't take long before I started wishing I hadn't.

It's really the main character who ruined most of the book, the unbelievable events killed off the rest of my enjoyment.

The first book opened with a teenage girl, Cora, riding in a car driven by her brother. Snowy road, mountain pass... Chapter two started with her waking up somewhere else. A grasslands. Walk an hour
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Syleena
Oct 03, 2016 rated it it was amazing
This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here.
Angelina
Aug 17, 2015 rated it really liked it
Originally on Fable's Library

This is the second book to the Cage :D you can read my review for that one here!

I, for some reason, thought this book came out in SEPTEMBER, I didn't know it came out in MAY. When I saw it at my library, I got super excited. I couldn't remember much of what happened in the Cage but I sure did remember that ending! Anyways, I guess I was just super stoked to start reading it :)

Please not that I barely remember anything that happened in The Cage, but as I read things
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Shannon
Jan 11, 2017 rated it really liked it
Ooh, this book was actually pretty good. Plotwise, ‘The Cage’ is better, but I wasn’t disappointed by this. All the characters seemed to be much more likeable than they were in the first book. While Cora and Mali were perfectly ok, I just loved Leon and his personality. He made for some good comic relief and his comments in the face of danger were hilarious. Lucky’s sympathy towards the animals at the Hunt helped me forget and move on from how much of a creeper he’d been to Cora in the ...more
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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.

Other books in the series

The Cage (3 books)
  • The Cage (The Cage, #1)
  • The Gauntlet (The Cage, #3)