YA Review: Dangerous by Shannon Hale


Dangerous by Shannon Hale

Age Range: 12 – 17 years
Grade Level: 7 and up
Hardcover: 416 pages
Publisher: Bloomsbury USA Childrens (March 4, 2014)

Series: None (I think)

Genre: Science Fiction

Source: Publisher via NetGalley

My Rating: 2 of 5 stars

About the Book:

Award-winning, bestselling author Shannon Hale’s new teen science fiction novel, which New York Times bestselling author of The Maze Runner James Dashner calls, “One of the best books I’ve ever read. Ever.”

How far would you go to save the ones you love? And how far would you go to save everyone else?

Danger Brown just wanted to get away from home for a bit and see
something new. She never intended to fall in love with a boy at space
camp. And she certainly never intended to stumble into a frightening
plot that just might destroy everything and everyone she cares about.
But now there’s no going back—Maisie’s the only thing standing between
danger and annihilation. She must become the hero the world needs,
before she loses her heart . . . and her life.

Equal parts
romance and action-adventure, this explosive story is sure to leave both
longtime Shannon fans and avid sci-fi readers completely breathless.

About the Shannon Hale:

Since the publication of her first book, The Goose Girl, in 2003, Shannon Hale has become a beloved author to young readers as well as booksellers and educators. Her third novel, Princess Academy, earned her a Newbery Honor and was a New York Times, Book Sense, and Publishers Weekly bestseller. The sequel, Palace of Stone, was also a New York Times
bestseller. Her books have been translated into more than a dozen
languages. Shannon lives near Salt Lake City, Utah, with her husband,
Dean, and their four children. 

My Thoughts on Dangerous:

I didn’t know it was possible to not enjoy a Shannon Hale novel.  I LOVE Shannon Hale passionately. Unfortunately, I didn’t connect with this book at all.  It was too long, yet not long enough.  Some things weren’t developed well while too much attention was given to other things.  I think this book would have been better if it had been broken into two or three books, (or one gigantic book) the stage could be set better.  The first 15% is rushed, like an entire novel was smushed into a few pages.
It was like I was wearing seven league boots and only touched down on one point
before bouncing ahead to the next one. I nearly gave up on the book at the halfway mark, but I finally finished it.

Some parts were cheesy, which I
wouldn’t have minded if I had been expecting it, but much of the humor
disappointed me. The whole story was a weird mash of middle grade jokes and young adult issues (like where to draw the line with your boyfriend in terms of intimacy).  

I did like the premise and general idea of the book.  I liked Mrs. Pincer, Fido, Lady, and Gidget (Maisie’s different prosthetic/mechanical arms). I liked her parents and her dad’s corny puns, but I didn’t really like any of the other characters.  Even Maisie felt two dimensional until the very end.  I didn’t like Wilder at any point during the book.

I’m giving this book two stars because I read it all the way to the end and there were some parts that I liked. The second half was better than the first half.  It’s also mostly clean, which is a plus. There was one point where Wilder tried to get Maisie to sleep with him, but there was no language, no sex, and the violence wasn’t graphic.  The right person will like this book.  If you love Shannon Hale or science fiction, I would suggest finding this book at the library.  If you’ve never read any of her books before, I would start with one of her other works like The Goose Girl, Book of a Thousand Days, or The Princess Academy.  If you are an adult, try her Austenland books. 

Source: I received a digital galley of this book in exchange for an honest review.

Cover: Don’t you love the cover?  It’s stunning.  I love the colors and the design.  I think it captures the idea of the book really well. 

Content: Non-graphic violence, kissing.


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