Review: Countdown

2 December, 2013 / 1 Comment

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Countdown by Michelle Rowen

My Copy: PDF eBook
Publication Date: October 1, 2013
Publisher: Harlequin Teen
Source: Publisher via NetGalley
Genre: Dystopian | Young Adult

3 seconds left to live. Once the countdown starts, it cannot be stopped.

2 pawns thrown into a brutal underground reality game.

Kira Jordan survived her family’s murder and months on plague-devastated city streets with hard-won savvy and a low-level psi ability. She figures she can handle anything. Until she wakes up in a barren room, chained next to the notorious Rogan Ellis.

1 reason Kira will never, ever trust Rogan. Even though both their lives depend on it.

Their every move is controlled and televised for a vicious exclusive audience. And as Kira’s psi skill unexpectedly grows and Rogan’s secrets prove evermore deadly, Kira’s only chance of survival is to risk trusting him as much as her instincts. Even if that means running head-on into the one trap she can’t escape.


My Review

I really enjoyed Countdown (the book, not the network television in the book).  I thought the story was good and well-done.  It captivated me with its non-stop action.  Seriously, this book just did not stop.  No letting up on action and things happening to poor Kira and Rogan.  They definitely went through a lot in this book.

At first, the story reminded me of the Saw movies.  They started out in a room, handcuffed and had to find a way out.  They had to save themselves from all these different circumstances before the time ran out, or they would die, much like Saw.  It also has similarities to The Hunger Games — the whole reality TV aspect taken to a whole new level thing.

I thought the characters were good as well.  I liked Kira.  Thought her character was good and well-developed with a back story and everything.  She was easy to connect with for sure.  She was a classic Dystopic heroin — brave badassness mixed with emotions and insecurities.  And I fell in love with Rogan right alongside Kira.

I did have some minor issues with some of the Sci-Fi aspects of the story, but that’s fiction — how do I know those things couldn’t actually happen or couldn’t actually be the way they were portrayed in this book.  But, I did question some things.

(View Spoiler)(I found it a bit hard to believe that previous contestants didn’t think to do what Kira and Rogan did to escape the last level — shooting the cameras instead of each other.  I also had a hard time believing that the people in charge of this game didn’t think that someone might do what they did and that they had no other way of tracking them.  It just seemed too easy for them to escape initially.  I mean, they were each provided with a gun full of bullets and were told to shoot the other.  Of course they are going to try something else!)

SIK’s Short ‘n’ Sweet Version (Point-form Style)

I Liked:
– The non-stop action-packed story.
– The characters were well-developed and relateable.
– The unexpected twists and turns.

I Didn’t Care For:
– A couple aspects didn’t seem believable to me.

4 stars blue

A Peek Inside

“There is very little chance of you surviving Countdown. In three years we have had more than eighty pairs compete. Only one of those pairs made it to the very end to receive their ultimate reward. You will die, Kira. And I promise you, it won’t be pleasant.”

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