Book Review: Countdown by Michelle Rowen


Countdown by Michelle Rowen

Publisher:  Harlequin Teen

Genre: Dystopian and Young Adult

Release Date: October 1, 2013

Pages: 336 (Paperback)

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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.

First of all, I would like to thank the Publisher, Harlequin Teen for giving me an ARC of this book to review. Thank you so much! Really appreciate it! All right, now for my review.


After the whole Night Watchers series, I’ve been skeptical about this novel. I had very little faith that I could enjoy this protagonist as well as the story because the last time I enjoyed a novel by Michelle Rowen was about three years ago. So with that being said, Countdown is everything I thought it would be, it has that annoying main character who is far too naive to even realize it, the love interest who is every type of bad boy, *yawns*, oh and the boring plot. Even at the better parts of this book (there are a few), I couldn’t bring myself to care about them because this novel, as a whole, is just boring and uncreative. And I’m not sure whether or not I should give Rowen any more chances.

Starting with the plot, it’s just so typical and overdone. After reading the first chapter, I knew the end of this novel and who’s behind the whole game. Seriously, it’s so obvious that I can’t even. Kira is not a likeable character because she’s naive, trusting everyone that she comes in contact with. She’s been living on the streets for at least two years so I would have thought that she had gained some street smarts or even common knowledge like “don’t trusts strangers”. But no, from the beginning, she trusts people who she shouldn’t because they look sincere. I can’t stress enough about just how angry she made me with all of her decisions and barely had to pay for them. I also didn’t appreciate the romance, it’s so mainstream and sort of insta-love like after only knowing him for no more than a week. Give me a fucking break, Kira.

The only thing that didn’t annoy me about this novel would have to be Rogan’s sense of humour, especially during the beginning of the story because he just bashed Kira and made me laugh. That’s it. Everything else sucked.

Overall, Countdown is a huge let-down for me and it bothered me that this could have been a fairly mediocre novel if only its execution was done properly. I don’t recommend this novel to anyone because I couldn’t even enjoy more than the sarcastic remarks.

1.5 Odd Clouds
1.5 Odd Clouds

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