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  • Mass Market Paperback
  • 293 pages
  • Countdown
  • Michelle Maddox
  • English
  • 24 May 2019
  • 9780505527554

10 thoughts on “Countdown

  1. Melanie Melanie says:

    See more reviews at YA Midnight Reads

    Thank you HarlequinTeen for sending me this copy. No compensation was given or taken to alter this review.

    Time's ticking.
    Isn't it always?


    Countdown promised a lot. However it did not deliver as much. I feel like I'm slowly falling into a reviewing slump (therefore sorry for my lame review) so I think this review will be more effective in point form. And here we go...

    1. The world building was narrow. I truly value the amount of world building in dystopian novels; it's probably one of the most important elements in a dystopian novel. Hence immediately, my view on Countdown began to worsen as I found it awfully hard to visualise Michelle Rowen's world. I do believe this is a standalone which just strengthens my point in saying that Countdown needed more of a back story, of how the society grew to what it is. The lack of knowledge of the world I was reading about just made me feel detached from the characters and even agitated. Like what other psi abilities were there? How did they come to exist? Why is there the divide of the rich and the poor? And so on and so forth.

    2. The characters were typical. Kira, the main character was actually a decent one, not whiny and was quite fierce; she soon learns that she has psi abilities. However the main problem was that I could not connect with her at all. I'm not sure if it's just me as I don't seem to be connecting with anything of the late or the actual book. Kira also doesn't have much consistency in her personality. One minute she's all sceptical the next minute she doesn't have a care in the world. Rogan was no better, he was actually worse. Far worse. Rogan: mysterious, humorous, 'good looking', badass, 'romantic. Yeah... no. It's happened multiple of times and I am utterly fed up with character clichés.

    3. The romance was like a switch. On and off. On and off. I believe you, I don't. Make up your mind Kira! I do like the fact that there is the never ending theme of trust and faith in Countdown however taking it to the extremes in romance was a bad idea. The romance wasn't necessarily instant but it was just as cheesy and inconsistent as ever.

    4. As original as paper. I'd be shocked to ever come across someone who has never read The Hunger Games. Countdown felt like a copy of The Hunger Games, just changing the names and setting and adding some psi ability there. I am not a fan of comparing books but the similarities between these two was literally glaring at me.

    All in all, I wouldn't say that I'd recommend this to anyone. While I loved the concept of The Game, the characters, originality, romance (which was a bit dominating) and world building was poorly executed.

  2. Anne Anne says:
  3. ~✡~Dαni(ela) ♥ ♂♂ love & semi-colons~✡~ ~✡~Dαni(ela) ♥ ♂♂ love & semi-colons~✡~ says:

    Low 3 stars, and only because this book was kind of...well, fun. It was completely brainless, eye candy for the mind.

    If the blurb leads you to believe this is the Hunger Games remixed, jut go with it and you won't be disappointed. There's a little bit of everything thrown in here: action, dystopia, romance, the plague, scary technology, and the ruins of civilization.

    Because Rowen tried to do so much, the whole book feels rushed and thrown together, a jumble of ideas piled one on top of another.

    Kira (this name sure has become trendy) and Rogan wake up in a cell, shackled together. The last thing Kira remembers is stealing a new pair of shoes at the mall. And now this? And then things get worse. The Countdown begins:



    Kira and Rogan have to complete a series of challenges in order to advance to the next level of the Countdown. And, as Kira learns, the whole thing is being broadcast on a super secret channel to super rich subscribers who have super cool implants in their brains allowing them to watch the chase and gore in the privacy of their own homes!

    Kira soon finds out that Rogan is a murderer (at least that's what she's told). She doesn't know whom to trust, doesn't know who's good and who's bad; she only knows she's drawn to Rogan and desperate to be done with the Countdown so she can win the ultimate prize: a trip to the Colony (a luxurious bubble city somewhere far, far away).

    If the world building here sounds vague, it's because it is. We find out the world crumbled about 25 years before when the Great Plague hit. What happened exactly, what kind of Plague and why, is never discussed. There doesn't seem to be a government of any kind. Kira mentions a great mall that is now in ruins, but the location of this mall isn't specified, and neither is the location of the Colony. What's happening in the rest of the world is also not mentioned. The Plague seems to have triggered genetic mutations in a select minority, causing these people to have psychic abilities. Kira is one such person; she can feel others' feelings, see into their minds, read their thoughts.

    While civilization is going to hell, technology has become all powerful. There are floating digicams recording the Countdown race; robots who look and act just like humans; brain implants capable of streaming video and audio, etc.

    Neither Kira nor Rogan are well-developed characters. Kira is all hot and bad ass and a little schizophrenic; she jumps from trust to suspicion, from sensitive to bitchy, in a minute flat. Rogan is the typical brooding bad boy hiding a tortured soul. Of course, there's going to be romance between these two.

    Again, this is a stew with everything and the kitchen-sinking thrown in for flavor. There are a lot of twist and turns, most of which are resolved too easily. If Rowen doesn't know what to do with a character, she just kills them off - yup, it's that easy!

  4. Stephanie Stephanie says:

    This review and others are posted at Inspiring Insomnia.

    Kira and Rogan are strangers forcibly thrown into a deadly game called Countdown. They must complete a series of tasks, each within a pre-determined time limit. Complete the task and move on, or fail it and be killed. Some of the tasks are puzzle-like, and others are designed to test their morality. It sounds like an interesting premise, but everything fell apart quickly.

    Kira is informed that Rogan murdered and dismembered nine young women. Any reader will know that this can't possibly be true. Why? Because he's good-looking. But Kira believes it, and she's horrified by this supposed mass murderer. However, in a very brief span of time, she's hugging and trying to kiss him and telling him she knows he's a good person. Her abrupt, 180 degree change of heart is completely irrational. I don't understand why Rowen bothered depicting Rogan as an evil murderer who terrified Kira, only to dispense with the whole thing a few pages later.

    Earlier this year, I reviewed the similarly unpleasant Article 5 by Kristen Simmons. (You can see that review here.) One of the things that bothered me about that book is that so many of the male characters were portrayed as wanna-be rapists. I think those characters were somehow transported into Countdown, because many of the men in this book are depicted as leering, slobbering animals who would happily rape Kira if given the chance. Perhaps it's not a coincidence that their covers are nearly identical.

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    We've got similarities to The Hunger Games, too, that are impossible to ignore. From Kira: I just wanted to let you know that every one of you Subscribers disgusts me. Why do you sad, pathetic scumbags keep watching this? They're forcing us to play. We have no choice. You want to see people killed? You're sick! All of you are sick! Does this remind you of anything? Kira and Rogan are paired up as a team initially, but then they are told they must kill each other since there can only be one winner of The Hunger Games. Whoops! I mean, of the Countdown game. If Kira wins the game, she will be given a nice house, sufficient food, and will live out the rest of her life in comfort in District 12. Whoops! I mean, if Kira wins the game, she will relocate to a luxury apartment in the swanky environs of The Colony, and she will live out the rest of her life in comfort. If Kira and Rogan step off their platforms early, they will be blown up. Whoops! I mean, if they separate more than 90 feet from each other, they will be blown up. The game is filmed live for the enjoyment of the Capitol residents. Whoops! I mean, it's being filmed for the enjoyment of the Subscribers. Caesar...whoops - an unknown narrator - gleefully gives the subscribers a live narration.

    Setting aside all of those THG comparisons, I'm still wondering how and why this game is permitted. It's an underground, exclusive club, with only the Subscribers aware of its existence. Kind of like a glorified dog-fighting ring. But these are people being killed, not animals, and somehow this is all being done under the radar? At one point, it's mentioned that prisoners were forced to compete. Did none of these prisoners have families who wondered why they suddenly disappeared?

    And let's not forget Kira's super power. She's supposed to be an empath with the ability to read others' emotions. But somehow, this power only kicks in when it's convenient to the story. At other times, when it's necessary for Kira to be in danger, she is completely unable to read those who would do her harm.

    Kira's not the only one whose behavior makes little sense. One character, for no reason whatsoever, brags about murdering Kira's family while Kira is pointing a gun at him. Not surprisingly, she shoots him, but her aim is off, so he's only wounded. He dies shortly after in a fall from a rooftop after a scuffle with Kira, while trying to kill her. But Kira is not quite sure that the death of this murderer of her family is a good thing, because she says: I'm glad he's dead. Is that wrong? No, Kira, you should mourn the death of the guy who slaughtered your family and tried to kill you.

    At one point, Rogan says, I never said it made sense. None of it does... I couldn't agree more.

    Note - I received an ARC from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

  5. Michelle, the Bookshelf Stalker Queen of the Undead Michelle, the Bookshelf Stalker Queen of the Undead says:

    I could not get into this book. Something about the girl being a Badass one minute and an annoying girly girl the next. Seemed too extreme and thus, too unrealistic. Plus I liked The Running Man too much to have it remade. I'm not rating it since I didn't get far into the book.

  6. ~Tina~ ~Tina~ says:

    Twenty-five years ago, the world was still at it's best. Thriving, successful, peaceful. Then came the Great Plague and in a matter of weeks took almost all of human life. Those who survived carried on, but it was never the same. Illness, starvation and crime inevitably followed. But there was a city that had been built. A Colony paradise filled with opportunity. It was a place of dreams and hope.

    Countdown is an underground reality-televised game that is designed as a series of six challenges within a set time frame for the sole purpose of sadistic entertainment for the very rich. If you succeed you get to choose a new life, a better life. If you fail, you die.
    Sixteen year old, Kira Jordan was orphaned after her parents were murdered two years ago and is a known thief. She woke-up in the dark, chained and found herself as a participate in the game, one she never signed up for.
    Seventeen year old, Rogan Ellis is a known murderer. He woke-up the same way, but the only difference is he was on his way to Saradone, a maximum prison before he decided to be a willing participate.
    The only connection between Kira and Rogan is simply. They both want to live, even if it means they have no choice but to be partnered up in this twisted game. They have to trust each other long enough to face six challenges together, beat the clock and come out of this alive or die trying. The Countdown has begun...

    Okay, yes, The Hunger Games. That's exactly what I thought too once I figured out the gist of what Countdown was all about and while some may not like books that strongly resemble an already popular series, I for one still enjoyed what this book had to offer. A steady pace of action, intrigue and entertainment with characters that have depth, complexity and are heartfelt, that have been thrown against vicious and deadly odds.
    Despite the similarities between this book and HG, Rowen manages to still deliver a very interesting concept. The challenges were cruel and inhuman tasks that were deranged and morally wrong. It makes you question your very soul. I loved how Rowen threw in some really good spins to play with our minds throughout the story. I was constantly on my toes. I wasn't sure who I could trust, who was lying and who was telling the truth, and remarkably that goes for our main characters as well. Rowen makes the reader want to believe in them, but we're not certain of anything till it's all said and done. That cloud of doubt lingers throughout the entire reading experience which made this even more fun to read. It was calculating, unpredictable and very well written.

    There aren't very many characters in this one, but the ones we do meet all played their parts well.
    Kira is a strong minded with real horrors in her past. I liked that she's a fighter and that even though what she's been through would normally make anyone hard and mean, she still has hope for herself and is willing to believe and fight for others. I liked that she has a rare hidden talent that she was aware of, but wasn't actually sure what it was. It put a new edge to the story-line and gave it that extra something to make her character already standout more then it does.
    Rogan isn't like your typical badass. He may have a reputation but there is so much more to his character then what it seems. He may seem like he plays calm and collected but inside he's given up and really who could blame him. But he finally has something and someone to fight for. Someone, by all rights should hate him dares to believe in him instead.
    Kira and Rogan are obviously the main focus of this book, but they really do own every page. They have a wonderful sassy sarcastic banter-humor that felt perfect for their predicament. Comical enough to bring some relief but not taking away from the dire situation constantly at hand. They're not exactly a perfect fit but at the same time they compliment each other. They may have been paired in extreme circumstances, fighting for their lives, but you can genuinely feel their connection and that they care what happens to other.

    All in all, I really enjoyed Countdown. The concept may not be new, but it still pounds with excitement and thrills. Kira and Rogan are characters that you want to be invested in from the moment you meet them and the writing is strong and intense. A solid read!

  7. Ruth Silver Ruth Silver says:

    I received an e-ARC from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

    Countdown is a YA Dystopian novel. Its description reminds me a bit of The Hunger Games. Why? A televised battle to the death. The winner will be bathed in luxury and has no choice but to compete. I don't mind the similarities because let's face it: The Hunger Games is VERY similar to Battle Royale. A lot of books borrow ideas. I'm not even sure the author did borrow the idea from The Hunger Games because this is a new version of a book that had been published in 2008. Guess what, The Hunger Games was originally published in Sept 2008. It takes time to write a book, edit it, create a cover and get it released. So I think the similarities are just that - similarities. It happens.

    On to my review!

    I absolutely loved the characters of Kira and Rogan. I felt they were both fleshed out really well, provided with the perfect amount of backstory as the novel developed. Often you were questioning Rogan's loyalities and no wonder, with his history how could you know what was true and what wasn't?

    Countdown kept me on the edge of my seat the entire time. It was easy to read, brutal and fascinating. A constant page turner that kept me up late at night needing the next chapter. There were tons of twists and turns that were impossible to see coming. They weren't thrown in but delicately placed so that looking back you can see it but not have known that were the case! It's brilliant writing.

    If you love reading YA dystopian novels, I highly recommend Countdown. Perfect for ages fourteen and up.

  8. Jacqueline J Jacqueline J says:

    Okay I was a little confused when I read this because it was clearly not the book others had reviewed. Turns out as the author explains at the end, she had rewritten an adult book as a YA book. It worked just fine as a YA. I understand that the adult book had a bunch of sex scenes which were not included in this version.

    This is dystopian. The plot and action were interesting. The writing was workmanlike. I enjoyed the hero and heroine but I didn't love them. The bad guy's motive was different and the game aspect was pretty well done.

  9. J.D. J.D. says:


    Summary

    Kira, a homeless street teen, wakes up chained to a wall in a dark room. She soon finds out she has been kidnapped and is being forced to be one of the newest contestants in a game called countdown. As if it isn't bad enough that her very life depends on beating the timed challenges with heartless subscribers watching, but she is also paired up with a convicted murderer as her partner.
    With the odds against them, Kira must do things she never would have considered before to survive in hopes of winning the game.

    Personal opinion

    This was an older book that I'd originally gotten and read back in 2013 and thought it was time for a reread.
    I really liked Kira as an MC. Her strong and sarcastic attitude was very entertaining. It also gave her an edge without making her into the damsel in distress type of character.
    It's a dystopia styled novel that is similar to The Hunger Games.
    Unfortunately, the world building could have been a bit more detailed. There wasn't much descriptions with the surroundings, making it hard to picture as I read.
    Overall, it was an interesting read with action, drama and some twists along the way.

  10. Michelle Wrona Michelle Wrona says:

    We'd been thrust together, neither of us had any choice in the matter, and we'd dealt with it the best we could. Now it was over, and the moment we reached our destination I might never see him again. This was the way it was supposed to be. Even though I knew that, it still hurt like hell.

    When reading the summary for this novel, I had high expectations. From the moment I did, I knew that this book was going to be something that has never been written before, or even hinted at. There have been many reviews noting that this is very similar to The Hunger Games. Yes, they do have their similarities, but they both have their differences as well. What's not to like about this racing beautiful book? A secret game where rich fat-sacks (Gareth and Jonathan, haha) put two criminals together in a game of six levels? Yeah, that's just my type of book, and it will be yours, too.

    So that's the basic plot of this book. Kira and Rogan wake up in a cell, both attached to the wall. They have no idea why they're there (except Rogan, who has a small hint) and they see two keys on the floor. They decide to switch keys in front of them, and that's where the Countdown began. They are in a game of survival, where there are six levels, and if they pass those six levels, then their criminal record is swept clean and they get to go to the Colony. The Colony is a paradise-like city where everything is better. After the Great Plague that killed sixty percent of the population, people went on with their lives and went on to rebuild their lives. Then the Colony was formed and your only ticket in is if you're smart, having the right kind of money, or know the right kind of people. And winning the Countdown can give Rogan and Kira this kind of paradise that the rest of the world dreams of. They begin risking their lives and getting hurt throughout, but the main question is: Can they trust the people around them, including themselves?

    I'm lost for words. From the first page in, I was addicted. Michelle Rowen is such a brilliant author. This is my first time reading one of her books and I know that I will read more of them. She creates such a beautiful world and the concept flows perfectly with everything else. Everything about this book was just brilliant. (Except the harsh things that Rogan and Kira went through, haha.)

    At first, I didn't know how to classify this book. I had a strong feeling that it would become a full-crazed thriller, and I'm glad it did. I personally adore thrillers. The feeling of my heart clenching when I'm afraid for the characters and afraid of what's going to happen is probably one of the best feelings in the world. The adrenaline that Michelle Rowen created for me was just powerful. But yes, this was a dystopia sci-fi thriller romance, with some fantasy introduced in between.

    I absolutely adored this book. I know I have come to love many books, but my love for this one is something different than most. After reading, I got this feeling that made me want to re-read it over and over again. The action and whole story is so unforgettable, and I'm still in a book-hangover after it. I feel like I'm caught in the world of Kira and Rogan, two amazing characters who weren't perfect. They had their flaws, and that makes them even better in comparison.

    Kira was the most sarcastic character I've ever read about. I love sarcasm, and she was a character who totally had it from head to toe. Although she was struggling with a little of depression and fear, she was a witty and hilarious character who knew how to act. She wasn't afraid to be rude to the bad guys. She wasn't afraid to love Rogan when the time came. She was just calm and outstanding. I loved reading from her POV. Her voice is one to remember.

    I had an insta-love moment with Rogan. I just loved him too much. There was no insta-love between him and Kira, which was absolutely perfect. They took their time to make their relationship go to the next level (even if it was in a matter of days) and he was one of the cutest men I've read about in a while. He's badass and sympathetic at the same time.



    The plot was spectacular the whole time through. It kept me going the whole time through and not once (NOT ONCE, WHOA) was I bored. I just want to squeal every second when I think about this book. My love for it is unreal. *laughs*

    I was very pleased with the ending. Although I was sad that this was completely over (it's a standalone!) it was beautiful. Ahh! READ THIS BOOK. You will end up: fangirling, squealing, and crying and yelling. :)

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