Description: 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?
Review: From the start, I loved the idea of this book. It sounded really unique and seemed like the perfect introduction to sci-fi book. I had high expectations from the get-go, which may have influenced how I read this book. The beginning was great, but as the book advanced it seemed really dragged out and like nothing was progressing. However after a couple hundred pages of this, the book finally moved forward and the most epic plot twist came! Usually I can predict plot twists, but for some reason I had no idea this was coming and oh my goodness it seriously messed with me. The ending of this book is epic and although the rest of the books aren't out yet I honestly think the rest of the series will be great! One of the things I loved most about this book was how it made me question humanity and ethics as a whole. Overall this was a great book (even though it seemed pretty dragged out in the middle) and I highly recommend it.