So, Uncaged is about a group of rebellious teenagers named Storm, who invade a laboratory owned by the billion-dollar company Singular. Then Odin, an autistic teenager who's almost seventeen, spots a dog on the way out; a very big and abnormal one, so he takes him with him as well as some hard drives that hold information of the utmost importance. Meanwhile, Odin's brother Shay, who have both lived in foster care, decides to head out to Los Angeles with only fifty-eight dollars in her pocket to try to find her brother and avoid trouble. She then meets Twist, a man who runs a hotel full of smart teenagers that probably don't like the cops any more than the average bank robber.
Now, the decision the authors made for the title is an interesting one. Uncaged may refer to all the people who are living in Twist's hotel, or it refers to the dog X that Odin happens to rescue. And the series is called The Singular Menace: Can't wait to figure out what that means. This book may not have the most memorable characters; there are two characters Cade and Cruz that I couldn't tell apart, and two players that Twist works for named Dum and Dee, and I remember a description of them but it's never really important and dropped. But what made this book work for me is the eccentricity of its story. It may be all over the place, but at least it doesn't stick to one main goal and instead juggles all these different missions and motivations while essentially sticking to taking down Singular. Not to mention the end climax is irreverently entertaining and doesn't go perfectly. For the characters, I mean. The missions here have an edge to them that makes this book mildly stand out from most YA novels. The book it reminded me the most of was Steelheart, which was, ironically, published by the same company. The next novel is called Outrage. Am I going to go and read it? Probably, the same way I'd probably check out the website that Shay and Twist are able to expose by vandalizing one of the biggest signs in the entire U.S. state. It's a long story, but that sequence left me turning the pages, grinning, excited, and feeling like it was a logical action sequence all the same.