Sponsored post: I received a digital copy of this book for free on a read-to-review basis. Thanks to HarperCollins and Edelweiss.
Blurb (from Goodreads):
The Maze Runner meets Scott Westerfeld in this gripping new series about teens held captive in a human zoo by an otherworldly race. From Megan Shepherd, the acclaimed author of The Madman's Daughter trilogy.
When Cora Mason wakes in a desert, she doesn't know where she is or who put her there. As she explores, she finds an impossible mix of environments—tundra next to desert, farm next to jungle, and a strangely empty town cobbled together from different cultures—all watched over by eerie black windows. And she isn't alone.
Four other teenagers have also been taken: a beautiful model, a tattooed smuggler, a secretive genius, and an army brat who seems to know too much about Cora's past. None of them have a clue as to what happened, and all of them have secrets. As the unlikely group struggles for leadership, they slowly start to trust each other. But when their mysterious jailer—a handsome young guard called Cassian—appears, they realize that their captivity is more terrifying than they could ever imagine: Their captors aren't from Earth. And they have taken the five teenagers for an otherworldly zoo—where the exhibits are humans.
As a forbidden attraction develops between Cora and Cassian, she realizes that her best chance of escape might be in the arms of her own jailer—though that would mean leaving the others behind. Can Cora manage to save herself and her companions? And if so . . . what world lies beyond the walls of their cage?
My rating: 2 of 5 stars
(Source: I received a digital copy of this book for free on a read-to-review basis. Thanks to HarperCollins and Edelweiss.)
“I also believe the infinity paradox is responsible for the headaches we’ve all been complaining about. Our minds can’t handle this much predictability.”
In short - Ugh. Just ugh.
This review will contain spoilers from here on… and it won't be pretty.
I didn’t like any of the characters in this book. Cora was irritating. She’s on an alien planet, in a ‘cage’ as she calls it, and she wants to escape. Well great! But where the heck do you think you’re going to go? Do you have a spaceship hidden in your knickers that we don’t know about? Know how to travel across space without one? Think the aliens might just leave you a map and some keys laying around or something? Come off it!
“Tomorrow,” Lucky said. “We’ll divide into teams, and start our escape.”
Then we had Nok, who took rule 3 – about procreating – very much to heart, and decided that she’d sleep with all three of the boys in her enclosure. Did she really not think they would find out? Did she not care which one ended up as the father of her baby? Obviously not. And then she claimed to love one of the boys! Really? Then why are you shagging his friend behind his back?
“You said you loved me too.” He didn’t recognise the hard edge in his voice. “You lied.”
Then we had the third girl, who was dead before the end of chapter 3. Lucky her, she obviously knew this book was going to be bad. Wish she’d warned me.
“You ever done this before?” Cora asked.
“Pulled a dead body out of the ocean? Can’t say I have.”
Then there were the boys, and I can’t say I liked any of them either. Lucky though was possibly the worst. Not only had he previously let Cora got to a juvenile detention centre for a crime she didn’t commit, he accepted payment to do it, let his mother’s killer walk free, and was then surprised that Cora was shocked by this news! I mean I’m sorry, but when you tell a girl that you’re the reason she went to Juvie, she’s not going to want to sleep with you anymore. Oh, and not believing a word she ways won’t get you far either.
“So I not only have to sleep with a guy I barely know, but he also happens to be the one who sent me to juvenile detention.”
So, the storyline. The bore-me-to-death storyline. Where to start?
• Cora sees a comic with a date which is two years in the future from when she was last on Earth. Oh no! 2 years have passed! Er, did you consider that maybe the aliens think the date is slightly different to what is accepted on Earth? Just a thought!
“Had they been gone from Earth for 2 years?”
• These aliens want them to complete puzzles and they are given tokens for it. What was the point of this? I think they used the tokens to buy stuff, but even so, I didn’t really see the point.
“Ten tokens?” He blinked too fast. “That doesn’t make sense. If anything, the game I solved was harder, but I only got one.”
• These kids are told that Earth is gone, and I can understand them wanting to see it with their own eyes, but even so, they’re going nowhere!
“Earth is gone.”
• There was a maze. Not kidding. Darn Mazerunner all over again.
“I think it’s a maze,” Lucky said.
“It can’t be a maze.”
• They cured her asthma. Ugh. Really? Because it’s that simple? I don’t believe it.
“I think whoever put us here cured my asthma.”
• We get talk of ghosts. We get some human remains. I am still bored.
“Yasmine’s ghost was here. He could feel her eyes.”
Anyway, I’m sick of thinking about this book, and I don’t care that it ended on a freaking cliff-hanger. I have so had enough of this dross.
4 out of 10