Book Review: Countdown by Michelle Rowen


Young Adult > Dystopia

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.


So even if there are several holes in the plot, Countdown was enjoyable nonetheless. I especially liked chapter 1 — reminded me of the opening scene of The Saw movie. 😀

This is a quick read.

Yes, the challenges are not that hard to accomplish, and yes, the romance seemed too quick to develop, but the fast pace drove me into sticking with the characters. Rooting for them to win (and maybe hope that Kira and Rogan ended up together). As hurried as the relationship was between them, I admit that those little hot scenes are definite swoon material. *ahem*

The best parts are last few chapters. Made me think that Michelle Rowen will disappoint me, considering all I had going through the book is the romance. But she pulled through. Good twist and good outcome, I say.

If you are looking for a quick dystopian fix, try Countdown. I don’t think you’ll mind the loose ends, and thank goodness this is a standalone.

Thank you Netgalley and Harlequin Teen for granting my galley request.


COUNTDOWN by Michelle Rowen

Published September 24th 2013 by Harlequin Teen

3.5/5 stars


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