By Michelle Rowan
Expected Publication: October 2013
Length: 336 pages
Publisher: Harlequin Australia
Source: Supplied by publisher for Honest Review
Synopsis 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.
I really enjoyed this novel, I thought that it was a fun take on a reality show, which could possibly happen in the future. Street kid Kira is dragged into a Reality show for Rich and privileged people which pits Kira and Rogan against obstacles that are life threatening for entertainment.
When I read I like to find a break in the action or a new chapter to put my book down, with Countdown this was nearly impossible, every-time I would decided to give reading a break something else would happen and I just couldn’t put it down. Full of Action, unique characters and situations, Countdown shows the depravity of humans where people find amusement from people fighting for their lives against their will.
Kira and Rogan are completely different, Kira being on her own and living on the streets after her family is murdered and Rogan, a former rich privileged boy on his way to a maximum security prison for Murder, Kira has to learn to trust Rogan if she wants to get out of Countdown alive.
I loved the interaction between Rogan and Kira, it made for interesting sexual tension considering Rogan is everything she hates, a murder. With The people behind countdown trying to get them to turn against each other to win the game.
Kira must survive through six levels of hell to escape to the Colony a mythical place where rich people can go to live out their lives in luxury, it is all Kira has ever wanted, but she still can’t betray Rogan even though he represents everything she hates.
The only reason I am not giving this story five stars is that I found some points in the story to be too coincidental, everything just seemed to fall into place too well. I know it is not a huge deal but It still bugged me.
Overall I would recommend this story to anyone who likes The hunger Games, or enjoys a heart stopping adventure dystopian.