Genre: Young Adult, Dystopian, Romance, Sci-fi, Mystery
Publisher: Harlequin Teen
Publication Date: October 1st 2013
Source: ARC Provided by Publisher via Netgalley
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.
Kira’s family was killed mercilessly by someone who was never found. She lived a few years in the street trying to survive each passing day in a rotten world, the after of what was a horrible disease years back. The little life she still had was taken from her when she wakes up chained to a wall in a game she had never heard of, Countdown. And opposite of her is a boy who is as dangerous as his looks; he’s guilty of being a killer. Both have to depend on each other to survive the levels of Countdown as they race through them as a team. They are met with lies, insecurities, flirtatious moments, and others where your nightmarish past comes stumbling through to take the spot light. Game on.
I’ve read a few dystopian books this year. I’m surprised and amazed by this one that takes the same basic post-apocalyptic world things and uses them in very colorful ways. Even if it is like that, you’d believe it was something you’d see nowadays. The plot was very rich and kept me on edge constantly. I didn’t know what to expect each passing page. And I loved how at times it felt like the story was ending and BAM more plot for the story to go on. Plus, it didn’t became boring at all. I couldn’t get enough of it. As each level of the game came and went more stuff was revealed of the main characters, Kira and Rogan.
I loved the characters. The author in this book had you doubting everyone to be truthful. She told you something of a character, and you would believe it for a certain amount of time until the characters proved you wrong. There was, in my opinion, a lot of character development in the story with the main characters, and also with a few secondary ones. Though some times some of their actions seemed just too perfectly coordinated for the moment, but I’m letting it pass just because I loved to what it lead eventually. But the most impressive of all characters was Kira. Damn. That girl is among the best kick and badass heroines in contemporary books. She’s a real fighter, at times vulnerable, romantic, and a bit whiney, but completely a strong, down-to-earth character that was perfect for the story. And Rogan… *swoons*. I even made a My Perfect Boyfriend post of him! He’s a real mystery I didn’t mind at all to try and decipher…
And that villain! :O I was so not expecting that. Of all the many unexpected things in this book, that was one of the most shocking. I was even scared of him… *shudders*. Truthfully amazing ❤
In general, it was a great read. Other than the plot and huber-awesome characters, I liked the message that the author delivered. Not all you hear is true, and the only way to prove that is by actions. Actions do speak louder than words, with the latter being easy to twist and create into lies. And that girls can be strong-willed characters while having a bit of romance here and there without being extremely annoying. Action-packed and romance that’ll have you pinned and wanting more, this book is perfection among the best dystopian books I’ve read this year. I’m really wanting to buy an actual copy of this to stare at and re-read as often as I can.
Rating: 5 stars