Countdown by Michelle Rowen – Review

October 2, 2013 Review 0 ★★★★

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If you’re a fan of Doctor Who, you’ll definitely like this one. If you’re not – you’ll still like it and you’ll be blissfully unaware of the reference from the show that I picked up on (heck, it might be an unintentional reference, I’m just so obsessed I see them everywhere)!

Countdown by Michelle Rowen – ReviewRelease Date: September 24, 2013
Title: Countdown
Author: Michelle Rowen
Pages: 336
Publisher: Harlequin Teen
Source: NetGalley
Available: Barnes and Noble | Kobo
From the Publisher: 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.

GAME OVER
4 Stars

I had never read a book of this nature before. I had seen a movie with a similar premise (Gamer starring one of my Hollywood husbands – Gerard Butler), but frankly this book blew that movie out of the water.

Countdown was one of those rare books where the character development, world-building, and plot all came together in a mystical convergence to create a universe that was absolutely spectacular.

Kira was one of those female MC’s who was realistic. She wasn’t extraordinary out of the gate. She was a normal girl who was living the life handed to her the best she could. She was, of course, independent (having to live on her own), but she grew over the course of the book to become someone who was strong enough to care for others and to also rely on others when necessary.

Rogan was a mixed bag. You never really knew what to believe when it came to him. We had as much information as Kira, and like Kira, we had to choose what to believe or not. I liked that. I liked that we had to base our beliefs on his actions that we could see, just like she did.

And Gareth? Well… I’ll just let you find out all about him on your own. Trust me, it’s better that way.

Just make sure you figure it out before the countdown reaches zero.

What Others Are Saying:

  • Blood, Sweat, and BooksOverall, I liked Countdown but I didn’t really think it brought anything new to the genre. While the book was predictable it still kept me dialed in and curious how it all would wrap up.
  • Downright Dystopian:  I was never bored in this novel because I always wanted to know what the next level entailed. I was on the edge of my seat for the entire ride. I just found this novel in general so fascinating.
  • This Girl Reads A LotI adored this story. Everything about it was perfect, the writing, the character build up, the plot and the characters themselves. I loved every aspect of it.

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