Friday, August 16, 2013

ARC Review: Count Down


CountdownTitle: Count Down
Series: Standalone
Published: September 24 2013
Source: Netgalley-eARC Review
Publisher: Harlequin Teen
Genre: YA, Dystopia
Page #: 336

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. 


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ARC Review

Countdown was a sickening, yet fascinating book that had me turning the pages faster then I could read them! It was fast paced that started with a boom and ended with a bang! The whole book was nothing but action and adventure. But most off all a fight to stay alive and make it to the next level.

This book was a bit predictable, but still totally enjoyable! The characters had so much pain and emotion within them, and with every passing level I would see them get stronger and stronger. If the game was intended to break them, it didn't, it did the totally opposite with Kira and Rogan, it only made them stronger and more determined to get through the game and make it out alive! And that's what I loved most about these characters, Their will to stay alive, and their determination to not only make it through the game, but to also find out who is behind it, and how to stop it!

I've never read anything from this author, but I do own a couple of her books, and after reading Countdown and enjoying it as much as I did, I know I will be reading more from this author soon! 



About Twenty-Five years ago a plague swept through a once thriving, successful world and took out most of human-kind, and left only small numbers of humans to pick up the pieces and try to rebuild. Violence, starvation, and crime skyrocketed, and became the way of life for the remaining humans left in the aftermath. But then their was talk of Hope! A place where their is no hunger, no killing, no violence, or no more pain! A place where dreams can come true.

Sometime in the aftermath and chaos of the plague, 
 and City was created, a place where human life could start over and rebuild their lives. This Dream City was called The Colony! But, its not easy to get into this Dream City. To get into The Colony you have to have a ticket. And not many have the means to gain entry. So to many that's all it is, A Dream!


This book starts off after the plague and is in the setting of a game called the Countdown, in which "Contestants" have to go through levels and complete them if the want to make it out of the game alive! This game is Televised and broadcasted in the subscribers mind, through a device that was implanted in the subscribers mind to watch their sickening reality show in private with out getting caught! The game consist of 6 levels, all deadly, and challenging. The contestants are paired with another person to complete the 6 levels of the game. If you complete the game and all the challenges they have set-up for you, then you get a new life. A life that you choose. But, if you fail to complete the game and whatever challenge they have planned for you then you will be eliminated, and the elimination is DEATH...

The Countdown only picks the lowest of the low to participate in the game. Murders, rapist, kidnappers, drug addicts, and thief's. They also make deals with prisons to take prisoners to be contestants in their game. Who's going to miss a low life? Not many people! So that's how the game stays undetected.

Kira Jordan is a thief and a very good one at that! She's sixteen and has lived on her own for the last 2 years after her family's brutal murder when she was only fourteen years old. Ever since then she has been doing whatever necessary to survive. She has nothing or no one, she is alone and has to steal to get her next meal. Kira has pick pocketed one too many people and is kidnapped and forced to participate in The Count Down at a chance at a better life. But she doesn't have a choice, its either play or die, so she plays!

Rogan Ellis is a convicted murder sentenced to life in prison and is given a chance to compete in The Countdown for a "Get Out Of Jail Free Card". So its either go back to prison and stay there until he dies, or a shot at a fresh start by competing in the Count Down's sick game. So he chooses to play the game!  

Each level proves to be even more deadly then the last, and for Kira working with a convicted murder is even more challenging then the game itself! But if she wants to make it out of the game alive, then she has to do just that...Trust a murder! 

Kira is not your normal 16 year old. She's special and can do special things. She as an ability to read people and get a feel on just who they are. And something is not right with who they say Rogan is. She feels theirs more to him then what she's been told, and knows he's not the person they claim he is! But why would they lie to her, why would they pair her with a "So Called Murder," and why does she feel so right when she's with Rogan? She doesn't have those answers, not yet anyway! But one things for certain, if she doesn't fight each level and win, she'll die here in the game, and that is something Kira just can not do! She will not lose, and she is determined to find out who the notorious Rogan Ellis really is!

I heard this was going to be a standalone and I see why. I mean everything was pretty much resolved and all the lose ends were pretty much summed up, but I would love to have another book to continue Kira and Rogan's adventure in the next chapter of their lives. But I can say I am pleased with this book and the way it ended!  

Overall this was a fascinating book, that I really enjoyed. Though it was a little different that what I was expecting, but it still turned out to be something I really loved! If your looking for a quick read, that's about survival, with action and adventure, then this is your book.

An ARC was provided by the publisher in exchange for a review. All opinions are my own and not influenced in any way.
4 Stars

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  1. I haven't read this one, and I honestly wasn't all too sure that I would read it if given the chance. Now I might have to give it a shot, if I can. It sounds like it is full of action, and that isn't a bad thing at all!

  2. Never heard of the book before but I'll definitely check it out. Thanks for the review! :)


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