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
Format Type:Hardcover
Number of Pages:393 pages

The Gauntlet Reviews

  • Hannah (The Curiouser & Curiouser)
    Mar 16, 2015

    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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  • Bookish♥Sarah
    Jan 16, 2016

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    is the final book in

    series, and I have to say I was pretty satisfied with the end of the trilogy!

    The book picks up pretty much immediately after the events of

    . Cora has escaped and Cassian is captured. A ton of revelations took place near the end of

    , so I was pretty anxious to get my hands on this book!

    **POSSIBLE SPOILERS AHEAD!**

    • Cora really grew as a character in this book. She went from a follow

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    is the final book in

    series, and I have to say I was pretty satisfied with the end of the trilogy!

    The book picks up pretty much immediately after the events of

    . Cora has escaped and Cassian is captured. A ton of revelations took place near the end of

    , so I was pretty anxious to get my hands on this book!

    **POSSIBLE SPOILERS AHEAD!**

    • Cora really grew as a character in this book. She went from a follower to a leader and was strong enough to participate in the Gauntlet and

    . Cassian sort of took a backseat in this book as the “hero,” giving Cora the spotlight.

    • The supporting characters were essential to the story overall. Supporting characters, both new and old, played key roles in the book and the overall end of the story. I was especially impressed with how much I fell in love with Bonebreak. That little bastard surprised the crap out of me.

    • The actual Gauntlet Cora participated in was SO interesting. I actually wasn't expecting Cora to have to run the Gauntlet. I expected something to happen to thwart her plans or something, but nope, she had to do it and she did it well. The puzzles and mindfuckery of the Gauntlet really added a freaky element to the story. I also like how the Gauntlet itself is intelligent and thinks for itself.

    • I have a love/hate relationship with the end of the book. Let me tell you what I loved first. I loved that Megan Shepherd isn't afraid to kill characters off. This always impresses me if done at the right time in

    in the right way. Not only did she kill Lucky in the previous book, but she killed off a main character in this one as well. I also liked that Earth still existed and that although this was the case, some of Cora's friends chose to stay behind and make a home where they were.

    This brings me to my ...

    • Unlike her friends, Cora decides to go home to Earth. :( Yeah, this ending could be considered a road-less-traveled, but I hated it. I am a romantic and I wanted her to stay behind with Cassian. I get that she has family and yadda yadda yadda, but but... IT IS LOVE! I'm a baby. Wah. *pouts*

    That is really the only thing I wasn't a fan of. Aside from this tiny detail in the end, everything was amazing.

    Overall, I loved it. There were a ton of plot twists and even

    revelations in this book than the last! It was definitely a jaw-dropper. Cora and her friends grew and morphed into awesome people who essentially saved the universe and stopped interstellar war. Pretty badass, if you ask me. It was a satisfying ending to a trilogy I have adored keeping up with. :) Definitely recommend the series as a whole!

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  • Krutula
    May 27, 2017

    The conclusion to the Cage series has Cora as the savior of the human race throughout the galaxy in the form of being their champion in the Gauntlet. However, interstellar politics means she has to first fight her way across to even reach the planet where the gauntlet will be held. The squad has to face many challenges, including separation from one another, betrayal and mistrust, and what they learnt through the Cage, the Menageries, the Dollhouse and the Hunt comes to save them now in this tes

    The conclusion to the Cage series has Cora as the savior of the human race throughout the galaxy in the form of being their champion in the Gauntlet. However, interstellar politics means she has to first fight her way across to even reach the planet where the gauntlet will be held. The squad has to face many challenges, including separation from one another, betrayal and mistrust, and what they learnt through the Cage, the Menageries, the Dollhouse and the Hunt comes to save them now in this test. As the plot evolves, we learn that running the Gauntlet is not just about elevating humans to a superior race, but also about protecting the existing ones.

    As a conclusion to the series, The Gauntlet works but I was not overly impressed with it. I remember (even though it has been almost a year) that The Cage and the Hunt were involved books - you could connect to the characters. Here, we get fewer perspectives (Lucky died *sob*) and even with more pages devoted to Cora, I felt essentially out of touch with her. Moreover, once the secret of the Gauntlet was revealed, the plot kinda lost the individual meaning to the characters. It became a Plot Ex Machina at the same time - tying up the threads raised by the new threat in this book too soon. There is much more unbelievable science (or is it spirituality?) involved in this book, and that kind of renders the threats impotent. A series of conveniences and boom, the book ends on a hopeful note. Overall, if you had loved the series, chances are you might still like this book and the ending, but you might not be awed by it.

  • Callie Rose Tyler
    Jun 10, 2017

    As much as I loved the series, this final book was a bit of a letdown, especially the last 50 pages.

    First the good, these characters are fantastic. Bonebreak and the rest of the Mosca are delightful, interesting, complex, and endearing, I wanted more time with them! The rest of the usual gang is great but Leon in particular won me over. He started out as a very unlikable character but has steadily grown into my favorite human.

    Overall the book starts off strong as it picks up right where the seco

    As much as I loved the series, this final book was a bit of a letdown, especially the last 50 pages.

    First the good, these characters are fantastic. Bonebreak and the rest of the Mosca are delightful, interesting, complex, and endearing, I wanted more time with them! The rest of the usual gang is great but Leon in particular won me over. He started out as a very unlikable character but has steadily grown into my favorite human.

    Overall the book starts off strong as it picks up right where the second book left us hanging. However, as the book goes on some of the revelations and discoveries were a little hard for me to get behind, I'm no scientist but Shepherd's use of DNA was ridiculous even after taking alien technologies into account I was finding it hard to suspend disbelief which distracted from the story.

    Also, there's the Gauntlet that we've heard so much about...well it doesn't really live up to the hype. Most, if not all, of the challenges faced are absurdly convenient and not at all challenging enough.

    Overall, this book was good but not as great as the two that came before it, bummer.

  • Sarah
    Apr 27, 2017

    (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

  • Saruuh Kelsey
    Apr 04, 2017

    That ending was SAD!!!! :(

    One of the best damn YA sci-fi series I've ever read - strong from the first page of The Cage to the last of The Gauntlet. I don't know what I can say about this book other than it surpassed my every hope and expectation, and the shocks never let up from the beginning. It's hopeful and miserable and full of guts and determination. I love Cora, I love Cassian, I love the world, the story, the cleverness of the Gauntlet. We even got a sneaky A.I. which I adored. Thank you

    That ending was SAD!!!! :(

    One of the best damn YA sci-fi series I've ever read - strong from the first page of The Cage to the last of The Gauntlet. I don't know what I can say about this book other than it surpassed my every hope and expectation, and the shocks never let up from the beginning. It's hopeful and miserable and full of guts and determination. I love Cora, I love Cassian, I love the world, the story, the cleverness of the Gauntlet. We even got a sneaky A.I. which I adored. Thank you for this gift of a series. I'm really sad to see it go.

  • Alyssa
    May 07, 2017

    ***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
    Jun 15, 2017

    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


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