Iron Cage - discussion
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I got as far as the preface, and some of the first chapter. This has not been a favorite book. I remember it as being "preachy".
Irene
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IRON CAGE by Andre Norton

I seldom reread this book. I always though it was because of the preachy premise of "What makes an animal?" and "Why we should treat animals with care and consideration?"

There is a preface of a family moving, and sending their at to the animal shelter, but relying on a feckless teen to make the delivery.
Then it bounces to Jony and his mother Ruttie, who are experimental animals on a space ship run by a super race of telepaths. But they are captives, and Rutee is pregnant from a rape by a mind controlled human. Several humans have died during the experiments including Bram, Jony's father. Somehow we know that the space ship is about to take off, and the pregnant Rutee would not survive, and is about to be dumped in a site that will be incinerated during take off. Jony uses his mind to change the dump site to farther off, and escaping the lock on his cage, leaves with his mother.

What ensues is a fairly "Norton" story, where an orphan boy (age 14) with annoying twin siblings (Norton has a problem with twins being especially bratty), must rescue the bear like "People" who took them in as children, from being treated as experimental animals by a ship full of humans.
Irene
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