I am thrilled to be today’s stop on THE CAGE Blog Tour with an awesome guest post from Author Megan Shepherd about which character’s POV was her favorite to write from and why they were a favorite. I loved the character she chose – and she is such a fascinating character – but of course my favorite character’s POV to read was Cora. And I think my favorite character is Cassian.
THE CAGE, which releases tomorrow and is a total must read, is the very first book I’ve read by this author but it won’t be the last. This book is amazing. It is different and strange and wonderful and chilling and creepy and riveting. There are all sorts of surprises. And with what happens right there at the end, you will definitely be anxious to continue the story.
This is not just a survival in a hostile environment story. This is not just a story about mind games. This is not just a sci-fi story about aliens with questionable motives. It’s all that and so much more. It’s a little bit twisted and a little bit twisty and it’s a whole lot wicked awesome.
If you’d like to know more about THE CAGE, check out the book’s description below. Though it does reveal quite A LOT about it, so if you want to be more in the dark when you go in, just read the second paragraph.
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There are a few guest posts, interviews and reviews on this tour so if you’d like to know what the author had to say in answer to a few questions, see what topics she tackled, and read what a few bloggers had to say about THE CAGE, check out the tour schedule at the bottom of this post. And if you’d like to know what I thought about THE CAGE, stop back tomorrow on its release date for my review.
About THE CAGE
Title & Series: THE CAGE (The Cage #1)
Author: Megan Shepherd
Release date: May 26, 2015
Publisher: Balzer + Bray
Formats: Hardcover, audio, eBook
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?
The Guest Post
Favorite Character POV to Write from (and Why)
by Megan Shepherd
There are six point of view characters in THE CAGE, which was quite a challenge! Cora Mason is the main one, a senator’s daughter with a secretive past who is determined to break out of the Cage and go home. But I wanted to give voice to the other characters too, since they all come from such different backgrounds. There is Leon, the Maori smuggler; Nok, the Thai model; Rolf, the Norwegian genius; and Lucky, the half-Colombian army brat. They were all abducted from their homes on Earth for the unique traits they each exhibited, and because of their very different personalities, lots of conflicts arise.
But my very favorite POV character wasn’t one of the initial captives. It was Mali, a seventeen-year-old captive who is introduced later. I loved writing Mali’s POV because unlike the other captives, she wasn’t abducted as an older teenager. She was taken from Earth at age four, and has grown up in the Kindred’s world, passed from cage to cage, owner to owner. It has been so long since she was taken that she doesn’t even remember her real name, just the country she is from, which is why she calls herself Mali.
Mali might be my favorite character because she’s caught between the human world and the Kindred one. Though she’s technically human, she’s spent so little time around other humans that she doesn’t quite understand humanity. She has strange speech patterns and odd mannerisms that make the other humans wary to trust her. But this also gives her unique insight into the Kindred’s world, which makes her incredibly valuable. As the series goes on, Mali starts to understand what makes humanity so special, and why she might want to fight for the chance to go home.
She’s a strong character because she isn’t even sure herself where she fits in and where her allegiances lie. But as she learns about humanity, I hope that readers get a unique glimpse of themselves, too.
About Megan Shepherd
Photo credit: Kristi Hedberg Photography
Megan Shepherd grew up in the mountains of Western North Carolina, where her family has owned and operated an independent bookstore for over 35 years. Shepherd attended the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where she majored in international studies and went on to live and work in Costa Rica, Senegal, Scotland, Spain, and many other countries. Now, Shepherd has returned to Western North Carolina and is a full-time writer of young adult novels.
She is represented by Josh Adams of Adams Literary.
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The Tour Schedule
May 18th – No BS Book Reviews – Interview
May 19th – Me, My Shelf and I – Review
May 20th – Bewitched Bookworms – Guest Post
May 21st – Seeing Double in Neverland – Review
May 22nd – Novel Novice – Interview
May 25th – Fiktshun – Guest Post
May 26th – Bookish – Review
May 27th – The Eater of Books! – Interview
May 28th – Such a Novel Idea – Review
May 29th – Two Chicks on Books – Guest Post