The Gauntlet by Megan Shepherd

The Gauntlet

The Maze Runner meets Scott Westerfeld in the final novel in the gripping and romantic Cage series, about teens abducted from Earth by an otherworldly race.Cora and her friends have escaped the Kindred station and landed at Armstrong—a supposed safe haven on a small moon—where they plan to regroup and figure out how to win the Gauntlet, the challenging competition to prove...

Title:The Gauntlet
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ISBN:0062243128
Edition Language:English
Number of Pages:393 pages

The Gauntlet Reviews

  • Hannah (The Curiouser & Curiouser)

    These cliffhanger endings are going to be the death of me, I swear.

    I want this so, so badly. It's not even funny the amount of want I have for this.

    Because . . .

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  • Sarah Louise

    And it's over! As a whole, I really enjoyed this series. From the beginning of

    , we had a group of morally ambiguous characters trapped within a zoo-like compound. Their only mission was to escape and return to Earth. Throughout this series, especially within

    , it unfolds as a discovery of what it means to be human.

    As for the actual anticipated Gauntlet, the puzzles were clever, but surprisingly not my favourite moments. This is where the multiple point of views were an espe

    And it's over! As a whole, I really enjoyed this series. From the beginning of

    , we had a group of morally ambiguous characters trapped within a zoo-like compound. Their only mission was to escape and return to Earth. Throughout this series, especially within

    , it unfolds as a discovery of what it means to be human.

    As for the actual anticipated Gauntlet, the puzzles were clever, but surprisingly not my favourite moments. This is where the multiple point of views were an especially great asset. The perspectives outside the Gauntlet, Leon's being my personal favourite, were a nice break from the more intense, Cora focused chapters.

    With Cassian still held captive, his presence isn't really seen until further in. And that means less Cora and Cassian interaction, which is a shame. I lost slight interest in him during

    , but having him missing this time made me realize how much of an importance he had.

    There's one major instance where a conveniently placed scientific discovery saves the day, which I can't help but be bothered by. Overall, I'm undecided towards the conclusion. This one was appropriate, and made sense for the characters, but not exactly what I hoped for.

  • Sarah

    (I received an advance copy of this book for free. Thanks to HarperCollins and Edelweiss.)

    This was a YA sci-fi story, and the end to the series.

    I liked Cora in this story, and I liked how she kept in mind what was best for her species as a whole. It was pretty brave of her to face the gauntlet the way she did, especially knowing that no other human had ever managed to beat it.

    The storyline in this was about Cora trying to take on the gauntl

    (I received an advance copy of this book for free. Thanks to HarperCollins and Edelweiss.)

    This was a YA sci-fi story, and the end to the series.

    I liked Cora in this story, and I liked how she kept in mind what was best for her species as a whole. It was pretty brave of her to face the gauntlet the way she did, especially knowing that no other human had ever managed to beat it.

    The storyline in this was about Cora trying to take on the gauntlet in order to prove humanity’s intelligence. We also got quite a lot of fighting going on between species, a couple of heroic deaths, and some sneaky twists thrown in, and I thought the pacing was better than the previous books too. The trials in the gauntlet were done well, and I liked that they weren’t too obvious either.

    The ending to this was pretty good.

    7 out of 10

  • Alyssa

    ***Review to come***

    WHAT IS WRONG WITH ME. My last two reads? Two three-star reviews of YA science fiction novels? I usually LOVE YA science fiction. :(

  • Monica MPBL

    I loooove deze serie! Alleen kwam t laatste boek wel langzamer op gang en werd de vuurproef echt POEF POEF POEF gespeeld. Maar toch. <3

  • Tracy (Cornerfolds)

    The Cage is a series that I have continued reading despite not actually enjoying it at all. Megan Shepherd had such a fantastic idea with this series, one that pulled me in because of its similarity to my favorite episode of The Twilight Zone. I read the first book expecting to completely love it, especially after loving her Madman's Daughter series, but came away extremely disappointed. Book two was just slightly better and here I am having read book three, even though I swore I wouldn't. I'm h

    The Cage is a series that I have continued reading despite not actually enjoying it at all. Megan Shepherd had such a fantastic idea with this series, one that pulled me in because of its similarity to my favorite episode of The Twilight Zone. I read the first book expecting to completely love it, especially after loving her Madman's Daughter series, but came away extremely disappointed. Book two was just slightly better and here I am having read book three, even though I swore I wouldn't. I'm happy to report I didn't hate it, but I didn't love it either.

    The Gauntlet picks up just after the end of The Hunt, with Cora and Co. on Armstrong, a planet they've been led to believe will be their safe haven. They quickly learn all is not as they've been promised, however, and the action begins again almost immediately. The original crew finds itself split into three different groups all working towards a common goal - save the humans and win their spot among intelligent species.

    Cora remains a character that I'm not sure whether I love or hate. On the one hand, she's incredibly dense to the point of being annoying to read about. On the other hand, her story is the best one out of all of them. I was totally fascinated by her fight to get to the Gauntlet and run it! I still don't really care at all about her love interest, Cassian, and luckily he wasn't in this book until over halfway through. I could really do without Nok and Rolf (whose name I just had to think for a full minute to remember) and their annoying storyline. I didn't totally hate Leon and Molly, but that's about all I can say for them. As you may have guessed, the characters are far from the highlight of this story.

    Once again, this book had a lot of good ideas but there were also a lot of really dumb ones. Shepherd's use of evolution and DNA (see spoilers at the end) was so embarrassingly bad I truly can't believe they made it to the final draft of this book. Then there was the awful dues ex machina at the end. I was at least somewhat impressed that one main character died. The Gauntlet itself was pretty cool, although it was WAY too easily beat based on all we've been told for the entire series.

    Like in the other two books, the world is really the saving grace of this series. I loved reading about all the different worlds Cora visited and I wish I could find fan art that shows the fake towns and buildings used as fronts from all of these books.

    While this book was tolerable, it could have been a whole lot better. I had so many problems with this series that I was never able to enjoy it, which is a real shame considering all the incredible ideas Megan Shepherd has cooked up. I'll probably read whatever she writes next because I think she has great ideas! I just hope it's better executed than The Cage series.

    HERE THERE BE SPOILERS


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