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Early Review: Dangerous by Shannon Hale

Dangerous Shannon HaleTitle: Dangerous

Author: Shannon Hale

Genre: YA Science Fiction

Series: N/A

Publication Date: March 4, 2014

Format: Hardcover, 416 Pages

ISBN-10: 1599901684 (Bloomsbury)

ISBN-13: 978-1599901688 (Bloomsbury)

Reviewed by: Kaitlin

Synopsis:

How far would you go to save the world?

When Maisie Danger Brown nabbed a spot at a NASA-like summer boot camp, she never expected to uncover a conspiracy that would change her life forever.

And she definitely didn’t plan to fall in love.

But now there’s no going back—Maisie’s the only thing standing between the Earth and annihilation. She must become the hero the world needs. The only problem is: how does a regular girl from Salt Lake City do that, exactly? It’s not as though there’s a handbook for this sort of thing. It’s up to Maisie to come up with a plan—and find the courage to carry it out—before she loses her heart . . . and her life.

Equal parts romance and action-adventure, this explosive story is sure to leave both longtime Shannon Hale fans and avid science fiction readers completely breathless.

Quick & Dirty: This novel was enjoyable and fun, but nothing I would reread.

Opening Sentence: The warehouse was coffin dark.

Excerpt: Yes

The Review:

Dangerous by Shannon Hale is the story of Maisie, a girl born without her arm, who is homeschooled and dreams of being an astronaut. Maisie knows the odds of getting her dream job are not in her favor, but something compels her to fill out a form on a website that advertises the chance to win a scholarship to Astronaut Boot Camp. It has the professional technology, and the billionaire who owns it also owns the world-famous space elevator, that goes directly from Earth onto a comet that revolves around the planet in space. But soon Maisie realizes that not all is right in the camp, and with her new (boyfriend?) Wilder, she must set out on an adventure with aliens, a plague, love, adventure, and Maisie Danger Brown is the only chance of saving the world.

Before starting this book, I was pretty psyched. After all, I’ve read Princess Academy and that book was my childhood. I didn’t feel the same sparkle from Dangerous. There were certainly some positive things about it, but honestly, there was a lack of the same feeling that compelled me to love Princess Academy. Maisie was a good character, and her emotions were described with an eloquent rawness. Wilder confused me, quite bluntly. His feelings seemed to turn off and on at the push of a button, and I look for a consistency in the love interests that Wilder didn’t have. A minor character, Dragon, was actually my favorite.

The whole plotline was set out well, but the pacing just irritated me. For the most part it was okay, but sometimes when you were reading something important to the story for the first time, it went too fast. Often it would be clarified in the next chapter, but not all of the time. And the description of physical surroundings — very, very brief. I really like to get a feel for where the character is and form a picture in my head, but Hale’s description is so lacking it was hard to do that sometimes. Especially when they were in space, you’d think you’d hear more about it. Yes, what it looked like was written down for you, but it didn’t connect with the characters emotions as it should of (considering it’s been her dream all along) making the setting seem kind of flat.

But not everything was disappointing. The ending was very strong and exceeded my expectations, and the main character had a unique personality. Hale’s style of writing was very to the point, but sometimes it worked with the novel very well. And the book as a whole was enjoyable, only getting boring in a few instances.

Dangerous by Shannon Hale is bursting with mystery, betrayal, love, and tragedy. It’s a great novel for science fiction lovers and fans of other space themed novels. Check it out when you can, you will enjoy it even if you don’t love it!

Notable Scene:

We could see lights down the highway.

“The good guys will take over from here,” said Wilder.

“Wait…” the woman propped herself up on her elbows. “Who are you kids?”

Wilder turned back, his helmet under his arm, his figure dark and dramaticd against the piercing headlight.

“We’re the Fireteam.”

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FTC Advisory: Bloomsbury USA Children’s provided me with a copy of Dangerous. No goody bags, sponsorships, “material connections,” or bribes were exchanged for my review.

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