Dangerous by Shannon HaleDangerous by Shannon Hale

Dangerous

byShannon Hale

Hardcover | June 30, 2015

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How far would you go to save the world?

When Maisie Danger Brown nabbed a spot at a NASA-like summer boot camp, she never expected to uncover a conspiracy that would change her life forever.

And she definitely didn't plan to fall in love.

But now there's no going back-Maisie's the only thing standing between the Earth and annihilation. She must become the hero the world needs. The only problem is: how does a regular girl from Salt Lake City do that, exactly? It's not as though there's a handbook for this sort of thing. It's up to Maisie to come up with a plan-and find the courage to carry it out-before she loses her heart . . . and her life.

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

Shannon Hale is the Newbery Honor-winning and New York Times bestselling author of Princess Academy and its sequel Princess Academy: Palace of Stone, The Books of Bayern, and the graphic novels Rapunzel's Revenge and Calamity Jack-as well as three novels for adults, including Austenland, now a major motion picture starring Keri Russell...
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Title:DangerousFormat:HardcoverDimensions:400 pages, 8.6 × 6 × 1.3 inPublished:June 30, 2015Publisher:Bloomsbury Press AgencyLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:1599901684

ISBN - 13:9781599901688

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Rated 3 out of 5 by from The weirdest book I've ever read This book was weird. But good. But weird. It's hard to talk about the weirdness without being a bit spoilery, and I really don't want to spoil anything because the thrill ride of weirdness was so fun when I had no idea what was going on. So, general comments first, and then spoiler stuff under the tag. First off, the narrator. I've read enough of Shannon Hale to know that the stilted, odd way the narrator speaks was all Maisie Danger Brown, and so a conscious choice. It worked in the sense that it solidified the strangeness of everything and meant that I could take everything with a grain of salt - if Maisie can be so blithe and strange about all this happening, then so can I. But seriously, though, she's weird. I think she spends a whole paragraph at one point describing her pain in terms of sausages. "...the pain in my body became slick like sausages. Then I was trying to hold a handful of greasy sausages, but the kept squelching out of my hands and falling, and falling and falling into nothing. The sausages part was a dream, I am ninety-nine percent sure." There was a whole lot of sci-fi in this book, and while it could have mired it down with endless explanations, Maisie managed to breeze through it with oftentimes nonsensical metaphors. You were never quite sure how the science was working a lot of the time, but because Maisie shrugged it off after internalizing it in terms of candy, you were okay. That having been said, a lot of the science did make sense...ish. This book is filled with contradictions. One of the biggest ones was the way science and poetry seemed to coexist. One minute you are being bombarded with the science and the physics and logistics of falling from the stratosphere, the next the whole thing - life and mortality and the earth - are being discussed in terms of Robert Frost and Keats. I loved all of the characters, especially at the beginning, when you are introduced to bossy little Mi-sun with her slushy addiction, bleeping Jaques and his ability to play Name that Tune endlessly, and beautiful, Amazonian Ruth. (I don't feel like the next bit is a spoiler, because it says right in the cover description - "kills her friends.") The beginning of the book, with it's happy, ridiculous little cereal story and the funny jokes and the summer-camp whirlwind cheesy romance, is a stark contradiction to what happens in the rest of it. Don't ever get too comfortable - soon enough there are accidental killings and not-so-accidental dismemberments and superheroes and aliens. Everything happens very quickly, and you're left a bit whiplashed. Okay, on to less general comments. ***SPOILER*** So, the aliens. I mean, when my little sister (who read this a few days before me) told me that the bad aliens were little pink ghosts, I was skeptical. (Her actual word was "ghosties," as if they aren't even menacing enough to resist cutie-fying.) Another weird contradiction - there are these ghosts that love eating cake and are pink and fly around in candy-lined space-suits (Maisie refers to it as nougat) and yet they are doing all of this over the mangled, chewed, discarded bodies piled in the streets of the towns they have invaded. Erm, what? C'est très bizarre. Then there was the way that she jumped from superpower to superpower. It made sense in the end, why it was happening and all, but in the beginning it was just befuddling. I feel like it almost could have been a trilogy, just because a very long period of time - almost a year - was crammed into a short story. Things happened so quickly, jumping from development to development, that i was always a little behind in my adjustment. It would have been a weird three books, and all, but the pace was a bit strange. So, there were many things I liked, including the way her disability was handled and even made use of, the good parent interactions (it made me so happy when she brought her parents in on the whole "I've got superpowers" deal, like a normal person would, and they were supportive and helpful. So happy.) I liked the world building, the end, everything. But there is no denying that this is one very strange, unconventional book. Very, very strange.
Date published: 2016-12-21
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Odd Soooo odd, I don't know... Teenage fantastic four, it had some good moments, but there was so much going on it could of been multiple books, however I'm not certain it could have kept my attention for multiple books.
Date published: 2016-12-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great sci-fi! This was a great read--dystopian sci-fi that has lots of twists and turns. You are never entirely sure who the good guys are and who the bad guys are. There is violence in it (you should expect nothing less from dystopian fiction), so maybe not for younger readers. I really enjoyed this, quite a departure from her usual style of writing.
Date published: 2016-11-16
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Review from Esther's Ever After Dangerous is a book with incredible potential, and there were a number of elements I really enjoyed. But this book as a whole ended up being a hard sell for me, and I was left unconvinced by the story and its characters. Reason to Read: 1. Plenty of space, science, and superpowers: As soon as there is a book that has a description which mentions space, I jump all over that - it's almost a guaranteed way to get me to read a book. I loved that Dangerous had a space story heavily influenced by science, because that made Maisie stand out to me as a character I could readily envision as a real person. The fact that Maisie is also missing a hand made her a really great character, too - we don't see this very often in YA, and I think it's so important to read about different characters with their own life hurdles (although I wasn't a fan of how this was shown). The problem is that this sounds like a dream, right? The problem was that the story just didn't deliver for me. I had the absolute hardest time with the romance, and it seemed to completely take over the book. It was present on every page, and it felt too forced me to buy into it and care. But most importantly, the story was far too convoluted. I felt like I had whiplash trying to keep up with the fast pace and how quickly the story would change. It jumps around from one idea to another, and some characters seem to be stuck in the story for no apparent reason. I actually found some of the jokes to be funny (or "punny" hehe) because I sometimes share that cheesy sense of humour. It was quirky, rather than annoying to me, but it wasn't enough to save the book. And I found Maisie's relationship with her parents to be remarkably touching. Overall, Dangerous was a disappointing read for me because it felt like too much story in one little book, and I was completely unable to relate with the book or enjoy some of its most important plot points. ARC received from Penguin Canada for review; no other compensation was received.
Date published: 2014-05-01

Editorial Reviews

"One of the best books I've ever read. Ever. It's chock full of intrigue, suspense, and clever, authentic, wonderful humor. I'm in love with this book." -James Dashner, New York Times bestselling author of The Maze Runner"Master storyteller Hale takes readers to dizzying new heights. Layered with gritty action and heartfelt characters, Dangerous is a can't-miss adventure." -Kiersten White, New York Times bestselling author of Paranormalcy"Fast paced and action packed, bubbling over with ideas and full of heart, Dangerous is a dangerously addictive read." -Scott Westerfeld, New York Times bestselling author of the Leviathan and Uglies series"Maisie Danger Brown is Danny Dunn and Nelly Bly rolled into one. Hale mashes up her science and her superheroes with aliens and a terrestrial villain or two, then stirs in just the right amount of wonder and delight. I loved this book." -Megan Whalen Turner, Newbery-Honor winning author of The Thief"Dangerous is exactly that--you will not be able to put this book down, nor will you be able to get its fantastic heroine, Maisie Brown, out of your head." -Ally Condie, New York Times bestselling author of Matched"Shannon Hale's books blow me away. when I read them I get lost in the magic--her stories ARE magic." -Stephenie Meyer, author of Twilight"Girl power abounds . . . A change of pace that largely succeeds, showing that Hale's range is wider than her readers might have expected." -Kirkus Reviews"An action-packed SF thriller with plenty of surprises and an intriguing premise." -Publishers Weekly"This adventure, sci-fi, romance novel will keep readers engrossed. Hale's audience will likely extend with this new dimension in her writing." -Library Media Connection"This fast-paced science fiction novel with echoes of the "Fantastic Four" comics doesn't let up for a moment . . . A must-read for fans of superhero adventures." -School Library Journal"Hale fans will easily find much to appreciate in the well-developed setting and sturdy girl characters in this new genre for the author." -BCCB"Maisie is an intelligent, self-aware hero, even when in the throes of romance." -Booklist"Hale writes her first suspenseful science fiction novel with great success. Maisie Danger Brown is a strong, smart, unique character. . . . Fans of Hale's previous work, as well as those with no prior knowledge, will enjoy this new addition to the growing young adult science fiction field." -VOYA