Monday, 23 September 2013

Countdown by Michelle Rowen

Sponsored post: I received a digital copy of this book for free on a read-to-review basis. Thanks to Harlequin Teen and Netgalley.
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.


Countdown by Michelle Rowen

My rating: 3.5 of 5 stars

Countdown(Source: I received a digital copy of this book for free on a read-to-review basis. Thanks to Harlequin Teen and Netgalley.)
16-year-old Kira lives on the streets following her family’s murder two years ago. When she wakes in a dark room, shackled, and having no idea how she got there, she panics – firstly because she’s afraid of the dark, and secondly because she can hear someone else in the room with her.

17-year-old Rogan has been in prison on several counts of murder, but now also finds himself in the room with Kira. Things are about to get much worse when the lights come on, a countdown starts, and they have 1 minute to get out of the room before they die.

Even after escaping the room, they are not safe though, as they learn that they have 5 more levels to complete to be declared winners.
Can Kira and Rogan win ‘The Countdown’? Who is behind this awful game and why? And will they make it out alive?

This was an interesting sci-fi/dystopian, with plenty of action.

Kira and Rogan were both okay characters, and although I didn’t like how Rogan tried to live up to his image at the beginning of the book.

The storyline was pretty good, and I liked the action and pace, especially in the first half. I did think that one of the levels was a bit poo, but never mind. The tasks did escalate, but I think they could have been worse. It sort of reminded me of the film ‘The Cube’, crossed with ‘Big Brother’! I did think that if it hadn’t been life or death, people would have played the game for fun, so you can see what I mean about it not being that bad!

There was some romance with was nice, but it wasn’t the main focus of the story. It did seem fairly likely that this would happen though being as they were paired up for the game.

There were some plotlines that I didn’t see coming, but there were others that were really obvious, that I could see coming right from the start.
The ending was okay, bar a few deaths, and I was glad that we got a ‘happily ever after’.
Overall; a sci-fi /dystopian with plenty of action.
7 out of 10.


  1. I am curious about this one. I love a good action book and it sounds like you get plenty of that. I am happy to hear that you enjoyed it for the most part!

  2. Wow, this plot sounds intense. I want to read this one so bad now.