Monday, 30 September 2013

Review - Countdown by Michelle Rowen

Publisher: Harlequin TEEN
Release date: 1st October 2013 (UK)

Blurb from Goodreads:

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 received a copy of this book via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. Thanks to Harlequin TEEN and Michelle Rowen*
4/5 stars
Kira Jordan, an orphan, thief and low-level psi, wakes up in a dark room which has one other occupant - murderer Rogan Ellis. They are contestants on a TV show called Countdown where they will have to pass six levels if they want to live while an audience watches. But will Kira and Rogan be able to survive the levels as dark secrets are revealed?

Now I know what you're thinking because I thought it too - The Hunger Games. True in some ways Countdown is similar but in others it is not.

Countdown is a very good read that held my attention well. The levels of the TV show were interesting, though one was maybe slightly too easy. I liked that the romance wasn't too in your face and found Kira and Rogan likeable. There were some good twists but I was surprised that the levels didn't take up more of the book.

Overall this is an enjoyable, fast-paced book that I would definitely recommend.