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Uncaged (The Singular Menace, 1)

by John Sandford, Michele Cook

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John Sandford has followed the recent trend among authors with wide adult appeal and entered the young adult market. He's done so with a smash. From the prologue and the opening pages, readers are taken on one heck of a ride beginning when Odin, one of two foster siblings, helps an animal rights group break into an Oregon research laboratory to free test critters and expose what they believe to be cruel and unethical experiments. They get more than they bargain for and find themselves on the run and in possession of encrypted thumb drives with damning evidence of the true nature of the experiments. Meanwhile, his sister Shea is really worried about him because his social skills are nowhere near his hacking abilities. When Odin vanishes, she heads to L.A. to find and possibly rescue him.
After realizing that the streets are a lot more dangerous than she thought, Shea meets up with an odd artist named Twist. Her climbing skills are exactly what he needs and it isn't long before they're working together to find Odin and expose Singular Corp., the animal research lab, as an utterly evil entity. It's not going to be easy because Singular is ruthless, in cahoots with law enforcement and certain government officials and employs some very dangerous ex-military people to find Odin, Shea and Twist.
The book is one long and wild ride, starting with a post-midnight graffiti exercise on top of a tall building in downtown L.A. to some scary chase scenes, thugs being surprised by the tenacity of street kids when threatened, a bionic dog and another break-in at a research lab that's more like a terrorist torture prison. Shea finds herself with real friends for the first time, but also has to figure out who she can trust among the alleged bad guys if she's going to spring her brother. There's a ton of violence and some profanity, but these shouldn't be deal breakers for libraries considering adding this book. It ends with readers set up for what should be a dandy sequel. The reviews on Amazon are all over the place, but if you read many of the negative ones, I suspect you'll agree with my assessment that they were posted by readers who are unfamiliar with the young adult genre and the trend of duologies and trilogies in that genre. ( )
  sennebec | Sep 25, 2014 |
This is the first book in this young, adult series. This book is a nice start to this series. I would have rated this book better if the plot/storyline had not jumped around as much. It was like the two authors had all these ideas in their head and they could not decide what to edit so they added them all to the story. For example there was the whole animal science experiment that Singular Corp was doing, the teen homelessness (which I did not see where this really had anything to do with the story line, ok so some of the teens who help Shay are homeless not a big deal), immigration activism rights, etc. If there had been just the one topic at hand, then it would have been better. Also, it did read like a first book. It seemed like it needed to be fleshed out a little more. However the book did end on a high note. A nice lead into the next one. Which I will probably check out the next book. ( )
  Cherylk | Aug 17, 2014 |
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0385753063, Hardcover)

#1 New York Times bestselling Prey author John Sandford and Michele Cook debut a high-octane young adult thriller series.
 
Shay Remby arrives in Hollywood with $58 and a handmade knife, searching for her brother, Odin.
 
Odin’s a brilliant hacker but a bit of a loose cannon. He and a group of radical animal-rights activists hit a Singular Corp. research lab in Eugene, Oregon. The raid was a disaster, but Odin escaped with a set of highly encrypted flash drives and a post-surgical dog.
 
When Shay gets a frantic 3 a.m. phone call from Odin—talking about evidence of unspeakable experiments, and a ruthless corporation, and how he must hide—she’s concerned. When she gets a menacing visit from Singular’s security team, she knows: her brother’s a dead man walking.
 
What Singular doesn’t know—yet—is that 16-year-old Shay is every bit as ruthless as their security force, and she will burn Singular to the ground, if that’s what it takes to save her brother.

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"When an animal rights action at a research lab goes wrong, a terrible secret is exposed, and Shay must find her brother Odin before the researchers at Singular Corp can silence both of them"--

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