After a failed escape from their enclosure, Cora and her friends fight to find a way out of alien control for good in this sequel to The Cage (2015).
Locked in a cell, Cora yearns to know if her friends are safe. Soon Cassian, the Kindred she once trusted, appears with a plan: he’ll train her to face the Gauntlet, a test separating the intelligent species from the lesser. Not only might she be free—so could the rest of humanity. Armed with increasing telekinetic abilities, Cora agrees, but she doesn’t trust Cassian; she’s determined to trick him and the testers via mind control. But as her plan ramps up, so does the danger her friends face: a Kindred threatens to take away Nok and Rolf’s unborn baby, Leon’s indebted to smuggler Bonebreak, and Lucky only has days before he turns 19 and the Kindred dispose of him. Through it all, Cora can’t help but wonder if she can trust Cassian, who claims he loves her—he may be her only hope. Nonstop action and intrigue follow Cora and her friends, making for a compelling, fast read. However, only Cora and Cassian shine; with so many characters, there’s little room to grow attached to anyone else. The intricate world of the extraterrestrials further unfolds, leaving ample room for exploration in the finale.
A thrill ride in space with new danger and intrigue around every corner. (Science fiction. 13 & up)