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Cages (Book One) [Kindle Edition]

Chris Pasley
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Book Description

"CAGES by Chris Pasley is a revelation -- taut, scary, and literate. Put on a pot of coffee, lock the doors, and keep your axe handy -- this book will get under your skin." - Jay Bonansinga, NYT Bestselling author of THE WALKING DEAD: DESCENT

Fourteen year old Sam Crafty is about to enter Quarantine. Here, he will face danger unlike any he's ever known. He may watch his friends die... or worse. He might die himself... or worse. In that building he will be locked away from his family until he's no longer a threat. Men with machine guns will watch his every move. Every teacher will be armed. He will be well and truly on his own, locked up with horrors the likes of which have terrorized the planet for more than twenty years.

It's the best day of his life.

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About the Author

Chris Pasley is the Georgia-born author of literary horror novel "Cages" and a prolific videogame director, including on "Sci-Fi Heroes," "Zombie Parkour Runner" and "Five Minutes to Kill (Yourself)." He has also contributed material on writing for videogames to textbooks and held talks on videogame production all over the world.

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  • File Size: 3745 KB
  • Print Length: 206 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1481892428
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B009O0C7DU
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #346,585 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Read it! October 20, 2012
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
So like any book there are positives and then there are the negatives. Fret not, however, the negatives do not weigh this down.

I always hate reviews when people describe the story and like to tell you what everything is about, so for the sake of this review, I'm about to hate myself...

This story takes place after a zombie outbreak. Don't roll your eyes, zombies are annoyingly overused these days, yes, but it's not all guts and blood. They actually take the back seat in this one. Really, the outbreak just allows for the setting we have here. So, tangent aside, this takes place in a world after a zombie outbreak. Society is back on it's feet, not to where it was before or anywhere close, but it's functioning. This virus is not like your typical zombie virus where you have an affected and they bite someone and they become infected and so on. It's a virus that lays dormant in the bloodstream of children. Yep, children. Kids don't just go around biting people and that's how it spreads. Instead, once the kids hit puberty and all those fun changes start to happen in their body, 10% of kids will mutate. The virus will take over and completely change the child - into a Beast. These are not the shambling humans with rotting flesh and a hunger for meat. No sir. Those are the Bitten. Those are what are created by Beasts. Beasts are horrific monsters that cannot be described... well, by me. I could describe word for word what the book does, but why spoil it? You read it, and then decide what's scarier - a shambling corpse, or even a quick one, or Beasts. I'll take a slow or fast corpse any day. So, the Beasts spread the active virus around. They create Bitten out of adults and they are the typical zombie you see.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A very well written, exciting read. October 17, 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
Without giving away any of the plot, I want to say this is a well written book that was put together with what was obviously a great deal of thought. The world the author creates is easy to understand and is described with great clarity in simple terms that encourages fast, enjoyable reading.

And while the reading itself is easy, the world the author creates is a hard, cruel place filled with compromise and fear. The world and the events of the story require time to digest. I am sure I will revisit certain scenes again and again - and I am sure I will find new things in each with every re-reading.

I especially enjoyed how flashbacks are woven into the overall story in a way that does not interfere with the current action. The flashbacks themselves are fascinating vignettes into how this world came to be and they could easily overwhelm the story rather than enhance it. Each flashback could be the basis for its own book, the way they are handled is really masterful.

Overall, I really enjoyed this book and plowed through it in a single sitting. Again, I think it is a combination of a compelling story and an easy to read writing style. Kudos to the author for crafting such a great story.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Coming of age in a zombie apocalype March 9, 2013
Bookshelves are flooded with post-apocalyptic-zombie tales these days, so in order for one to stand out it needs a unique take and Cages does it. The story begins years after the chaos of a zombie-like Outbreak as Sam, a son of Outbreak survivors, enters Quarantine as all teenagers in this new America do. Every teenager has in him the possibility of becoming a terrifying Beast whose sole purpose, aside from causing death and destruction, is to spread the deadly parasite. So teenage years are spent locked up in a school filled with armed guards in an effort to prevent another Outbreak.

As a reader being introduced to this new world, what struck me was how teens treated Quarantine - not with fear (they are, afterall being locked up with fellow kids, any of whom have the potential of becoming flesh-ripping, bone crunching Beasts) but more as a right of passage. This is Sam's time to discover whether he is man or Beast, good or bad, reliable solider or student rebel. The setting - basically a child-prison - is perfect in creating a tension-filled no-hope-for-escape feeling, and the gory descriptions of Beasts and the Bitten are fantastic, but the real story is Sam's and the choices he makes. And Sam's final choice, revealed on the last page, left me screaming at the author: WHAT HAPPENS NEXT?! Luckily, Book 2 is in progress...
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Teen Angst Meets the Apocalypse March 13, 2013
Format:Kindle Edition
So first off, it's not exactly a Zombie story, which is what everyone compares it too, but it's about teenagers, who at any moment might turn into monsters. So they are kept in a prison / boarding school with armed guards on them all the time. I actually felt it's more like reading a combo of enders game and shawshank redemption, then a zombie outbreak novel. The premise is unique and the story kept me interested the whole time, wondering what would happen next. Sometimes the teens felt a little too smart or worldly for their age, but overall I really enjoyed the book.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Horror Novel Reviews: Honesty in the Terror August 1, 2013
Format:Kindle Edition
Videogame director, Chris Pasley delivers a new brand of terror with Cages, a tale of monstrous outbreaks and imprisoned teenagers. It's an interesting concept that sports a wealth of promise, but sadly comes apart at the seams due to a completely botched editing job and a few significant story (perhaps I should say execution) hiccups.

Pasley's tale essentially pits adults versus children, as the world's teen populace is forced to enter quarantined facilities until they've reached manhood. The reason being is that teenagers seem to carry - exclusively - a certain parasite that can lead to sudden, unexpected physical transformations. One moment a defiant youth, engaged in a game of basketball, the next a deformed creature, wings sprouting, sharp, bone-like fragments protruding from their flesh, bodies stretching and elongating to sinister proportions. These things not only grow in size, but lose all sense of humanity, and attack anyone in their path. Those unfortunate enough to survive a bite, or attack, soon morph into zombies of a sort, labelled The Bitten, imminent death invading their immediate future.

Sounds like a cool concept right? Well, it is a cool concept. It's Lord of the Flies meets The Shawshank Redemption with the added threat of hideous creatures, intent to do one thing: slaughter. There's an enthralling story within these pages. However, there are some technical blunders that nearly negate every quality element the novel has to offer. The greatest, and most glaring issue with the story is the editing. If someone was actually paid to proof this and prep it for publication, they should take deep shame in their overt negligence, and return every penny paid out for their "services".
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome!
the book was great! the story was very unique and it was told flawlessly can't wait to read the next one!
Published 7 months ago by jesse
3.0 out of 5 stars Quick to bore
this book started out having promise for being original and a good plot. too many characters with little known background and a lack of story flow had me bored
pretty quick. Read more
Published 11 months ago by mICHELLE bACON
5.0 out of 5 stars Love, Love, Love!
Fabulous book the only regret I have is that at the time I post this article the author has not written book 2. If he has, it isn't for sale yet. Read more
Published 15 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Great read
Love this quite a bit. It definitely has kept both myself and a few of my nieces entertained for at least an hour or so until we finished it.
Published 15 months ago by Amazon Customer
4.0 out of 5 stars Hormonal Delinquents and Zombies? Yes, please!
I definitely enjoyed this book! The premise is interesting and while teenagers surviving in a zombie-ridden post-apocalyptic universe is not a new premise, this is certainly a... Read more
Published 16 months ago by Katey
4.0 out of 5 stars Awesome idea!
This was a really cool, and totally new approach to zombies and beasts, and something that I give the author huge props for. Read more
Published 17 months ago by LITTLE RED
3.0 out of 5 stars fairly good
Numerous misspellings, and what feels like forced dialog keeps this book from five stars. BUT!! It's a pretty awesome book nonetheless!! Can't wait for the second one!!
Published 17 months ago by Allie Bellanger
4.0 out of 5 stars A good novel, a little slow starting, but a real page turner at the...
Recently I haven't had much luck with Young Adult novels. I've stopped reading several of them because they just didn't hold my interest. Read more
Published 17 months ago by Jeffrey Harvey
3.0 out of 5 stars All right
It was a good book with a good story and plot, the characters where pretty good, but I kinda though at sometimes the plot moved just a little bit to slow the ending was pretty... Read more
Published 17 months ago by K.E.S.M
4.0 out of 5 stars worth reading
Better than the average zombie read. A little more detail in the for-shadowing dept needed but not bad at all
Published 18 months ago by mtguillory
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More About the Author

Chris Pasley is the Georgia-born author of literary horror novel "Cages" and a prolific videogame director, including on "Sci-Fi Heroes," "Zombie Parkour Runner" and "Five Minutes to Kill (Yourself)." He has also contributed material on writing for videogames to textbooks and held talks on videogame production all over the world.

Chris currently lives in Boston with his wife and daughter, where it is just too damn cold.

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