Maisie Danger Brown just wanted to get away from home for a bit, see something new. She never intended to fall in love. And she never imagined stumbling into a frightening plot that kills her friends and just might kill her, too. A plot that is already changing life on Earth as we know it. There’s no going back. She is the only thing standing between danger and annihilation.
From NY Times bestselling author Shannon Hale comes a novel that asks, How far would you go to save the ones you love? And how far would you go to save everyone else?
Contrary to what I rated Dangerous, with 2 stars, for the right reader I think it would have been a much more enjoyable read.
The points that I believe might have helped find the right readers:
- If the book description for Dangerous were more forthcoming about the content, theme and or plot line of what it actually was about! – Then it would have been better able to appeal to the right readers.
- My opinion on the target audience for this book would be tweens, not teens, because originally I had thought this book was supposed to be young adult and yet it felt more like some of the outrageous adventure plot lines I normally see in middlegrade fiction. In addition to the fact that the kids are actually around 14 or less, go to space camp, then end up with crazy super hero like powers (with a sci-fi twist). Albeit there is more violence and death in Dangerous then I’ve normally seen in other middle grade books, I still think that is where this book belongs and should be targeted.
- Dangerous is a mix of science fiction, comic book style super hero/villain fiction and romance. Now ask yourself folks, did you get that indication from the book description? I sure as heck didn’t.
Things that didn’t work for me:
- The adults. Some of their actions, dialogue and overall behavior was just ridiculous. I can not realistically see some of these things going down. Immediately things like that would pull me out of the story.
- Super smart children I can absolutely believe as there are definite prodigy kids out there. But their personalities coupled with the plot line just didn’t mesh well. It would have been better for me if either one or the other were toned down.
- The bad jokes and puns. They were cute for awhile, but the further I along I read the more tiresome I found them.
Ultimately, I don’t think Dangerous was a bad book I just thing it was the wrong book for me. Almost half of what I read is young adult fiction and the other half is adult, then maybe a very few middle grade books each year. This particular one I likely wouldn’t have picked up if I’d had a more accurate idea of what was in store for me.
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