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 dollhouse, observed around the clock by Kindred scientists interested in Nok’s pregnancy. And Leon, the only one who successfully escaped, has teamed up with villainous Mosca black-market traders.
The former inhabitants of the Cage are threatened on all fronts—and maybe worst of all, one of the Hunt’s Kindred safari guests begins to play a twisted game of cat and mouse with Cora. Separated and constantly under watch, she and the others must struggle to stay alive, never mind find a way back to each other. When Cassian secretly offers to train Cora to develop her psychic abilities—to prove the worthiness of humanity in a series of tests called the Gauntlet—she’ll have to decide fast if she dares to trust the Kindred who betrayed her, or if she can forge her own way to freedom.
The first book The cage was a disappointment to me but I still want to give its sequel a chance mostly because the first book ended with a huge cliffhanger and I really want to know what’s gonna happen next. This book was better than the first book but still not great. It was an intriguing read but it was too slow for my taste and the last ten percent of the book is the only part that I enjoyed the most. And also there’s not much romance in this book which is a bit disappointing. Cassian is my favorite character and only because of him I’m still continuing this series.
In the last book, Cora and her friends Lucky and Mali has nearly escaped from their cages but they are caught due to a betrayal from someone she didn’t expected. Now all of them are facing the consequences by working at a menagerie called hunt, a place of entertainment for the kindreds. They are to serve the kindred masters and the hunt has it’s own new rules and consequences. Cora is assigned as a lounge singer and she still doesn’t have control over her telekinetic powers. When Cassian mentions about Gauntlet, an event that tests the intelligence of a species, she thinks it might be her last hope for freedom. Meanwhile, Leon the only one who escaped the cage has found sanctuary under a villainous black market trader named Mosca and teams up with him. Cora secretly trains with Cassian and tries really hard to control her powers to participate into Gauntlet but it seems someone doesn’t want the humans to enter the test. After the betrayal, Cora can’t trust Cassian anymore and she’s going to win the game in her own way even if it means betraying him.
I didn’t liked Cora and I still don’t either. She is brave and tough but she’s still annoying, whiny and irritating. I love Cassian, he is always mature and gentle towards Cora. It’s so sweet how much he cares for Cora and she definitely doesn’t deserve him. I knew he was wrong to keep his real identity a secret but he did begged for a chance to redeem himself. There’s also this part where Cora kisses Lucky, I just don’t understand it at all. I absolutely hate characters who are indecisive and annoying. The chemistry between Cassian and Cora is so hot and I wish there was more romance in this book. The other characters are also okay. This trilogy isn’t only about Cora and Cassian but also about the other human captives like Lucky, Mali, Nok, Rolf and Leon and the story was told in all of their perspectives by switiching pov’s.
The plot is good but it could’ve been much better. Most of the story was slow paced and boring and the only action we’re going to get is at the end of the book. However, there are few twists in the plot that managed to grab my attention. The writing was great and I already mentioned that the book was told in multiple POV. The world building is very creative and intriguing. It is the only aspect that I love the most about this series. When it comes to sci-fi and fantasy books, I always look forward to the world building. And this book definitely didn’t disappoint me in that aspect.
Overall, I liked it! The ending was quite tragic and the story was concluded with a minor cliffhanger. Despite the issues, I’ll look forward to the sequel cause I really want to know what happened with Cassian.
Do I Recommend it?
I’m not sure but if you’re interested then give it a try.
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