by Michelle Rowen
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
Raise your hand if you are a fan of well-written YA dystopian fantasy! I am, and although the basic premise isn’t new, trust me, Countdown by Michelle Rowen is one adventure that will have you hanging from your fingernails as a twisted society pits two teen “throwaways” against the evil machinations of artificial intelligence and a society that craves the thrill of an extreme reality show, from the safety of their viewing implants. Sick? YES Twisted? YES Unimaginable? Sadly, not so much, just take a look at what contemporary TV has to offer today.
A plague has shattered society, life is chaotic and the powers that rise are lax, survivors are often left to fend for themselves, no matter how old they are. Kira was a young teen when her family was brutally murdered before her eyes. Now she runs the streets, alone. Rogan is a street-smart convicted mass murderer with enough hidden baggage to sink the Titanic. Together, they make one strong team, guaranteed to make the sponsors some big money! Will they learn to trust in each other, as well as their own instincts to survive? Will outside forces come between them in a brutal mind game? To what lengths will they go to survive?
Michelle Rowen has created two very likable and strong characters who try to overcome insurmountable odds to survive in a game they didn’t ask to play. Loaded with great dialogue, a deviously twisted plot, and intense friction, action and tension, Countdown and Michelle Rowen prove that a complete escape into another world and reality is just the turn of the page away!
This ARC edition was provided by NetGalley and Harlequin Teen in exchange for my honest review.
Publication Date: September 24, 2013
Publisher: Harlequin Teen
Number of pages: 336
Genre: YA Fantasy
My Rating: 5 Stars
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