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.
Book Review: 3.5 stars
~ I would just like to thank Harlequin Teen for providing me with a copy of Countdown, in exchange for an honest review ~
“He stared across the room at me, his gaze panicked. When it gets to zero, we die. Do you understand? If you don’t throw me that key, in less than fifty seconds we’re both going to die.”
Fast-paced, action packed, fight to the death with a romantic twist. These are the words i’d use to describe Countdown, but even these words don’t give it justice.
This isn’t a series, its a stand alone. And I’m not really one to read many stand alones because I am always left wanting more. And yet this world is rather unique, and those who reviewed before they even finished it don’t know what they are talking about. There is so much more to this game that sadly they’ve missed out on. It did remind me of a cross between 1997s CUBE and the TV show Chosen, but I haven’t ever read anything with such a twist.
You jump right in with Kira and Rogan chained up in this room thats in total darkness. There goal is to complete the 6 levels of countdown, a game of daring and murder, so that they can claim there prize. The one thing they truly want. But there are a few rules. 1. They must work as a team. 2. They can’t be more than 90 feet from each other, otherwise their implants will kill them both; and 3. If they don’t complete the level they’re both exterminated.
I loved Kira from the very beginning. She is everything I admire in a female protagonist, witty and self-suffifiant with a hint of badass. Rogan on the other hand, for a strong good looking male lead I found him to be kind of soft. I felt like Kira carried them both through the game and Rogan was annoyingly really intimate with someone he only knew for two days. He was very open for someone who had lived a hard life. Which is where he contrasted with Kira who had her whole family murdered in the next room but just got on with life trying to survive, instead of reminiscing. Yes they now lived a ‘may die in the next five seconds kind of life’ so it was sort of like revealing all of their sins, but Rogan just felt so guilty about his whole life and whilst this was heartbreaking you just kept on finding out more about his old life and his jadedness made him over emotional. In all honesty though the ‘reminiscing’ does play a prominent role when it comes to the second half of the book, but even so I just didn’t really connect with Rogan.
I do recommend this book its death defying, heart fluttering, edge of your seat please don’t die kind of action with an excellent twist.
If you don’t want to be spoiled, please don’t continue reading.
So there was this plague that wiped out a fair portion of the population and from it came gritty survival necessities and the wholesome fun of living in the Colony. Which just seems uber unfair for the rest of the population who can’t live there because its highly selective. And then there is this mutation that occurred which gave people psychic abilities so that they are able to read minds and emotions. Which Kira has. It was such an odd characteristic to have in such a futuristic world that I thought it was a great plot point, especially how it played into revealing that Rogans dad wasn’t really his dad anymore.
I have read a few books that talk about technological advancements and in the majority of them people tend to get implants that allows the society to monitor their lives. The idea that a simple, well not really simple, computer virus that was meant to destroy Rogans life’s work actually ended up affecting the implants so that Rogans dad became for a better word ‘possessed’ IT WAS EPIC! So imaginative, and I haven’t read anything like it.
Can’t wait to read what Michelle Rowen does next!