Tuesday, 8 April 2014

DNF Review: Dangerous


Publication Date: March 4th 2014        
~A  copy was provided by Bloomsbury via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review~


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?


While Dangerous was fun and hilarious in a lot of places, and while I loved that our MC was a one-handed half Latina, and our main cast were mostly multi-cultural, and above all else, Sci-FI, I had to DNF at 45% because I honestly couldn't take much more it. Besides the little Knicks and knacks here and there, the two main reasons I didn't it was the pacing and constant bitchy/sarcastic thoughts.
I thought I was going to love it, I really did. It started off great, and Maisie immediately sucked me in, she was level headed, knew what she wanted and wasn't letting her disability get in her way. She was home-schooled, but she wasn't hidden from the world because of her disability or what people would think. She knew what people would think, and I don't think it bothered her at all, or at least, not that much, she was focused on what she wanted. she was self-sufficient really,  and while she may not have been as confident as she seemed, she was a strong character for her age,  and used her humour to charm people.

The downside?
That humour got pretty damn annoying after 30%, seriously, it really did. Now, I love funny characters, absolutely love them, but in places it can be fun, and certainly adds to her characteristic, but it also gets pretty damn tiring.
She also became that person when the inevitable boy drama comes into it. You know how it goes. The self-sufficient , level headed MC becomes a mess, yay.
The second main reason I mentioned was the pace. Yes, that lovely pace. Now, colour me YA,  we all know some are fast paced, especially when it comes to the romance. And while this wasn't Instalove it was kind of worse because it was Instanothing. No feelings whatsoever.  Maisie and the ever infallible Wilder, meet, swap files, keeps each other's files for no apparent reason, and then are kissing up, up, and away.
Speaking of...
I don't mind a fast paced book, I don't. In fact, I really do sometimes enjoy them a lot more, and especially when it comes to a 200+ but under 300 paged book, like Mind Games by Kiersten White. Since Dangerous is 400 pages in the HB, it had the time to flesh things out, and it didn't.
We're introduced to Maisie, her parents, her best friend, then she's off to space camp, from a competition on the back of cereal box.  Blah, blah, blah, a little boy drama with Wilder and his daddy issues, speed forward, Maisie, Wilder and the other 3 misfits are up in space, get infected by this alien bacteria thing that attacks their system and suddenly were playing on a Fantastic Four Five level.
And then the pace slows...slows...zzzz...oh, run away... drama...run...slows...slows...zzzz...oh, here's Wilder again...slows....slows...zzzz...oh, here's Wilder again, and...oh look, he's all...
      (Okay, not really, but all my loves in one place)
Wilder get's carried away and Maisie say's no, and then he basically begs her. Way to go. :/.
"My brain is infused with billions of clever-making nanites. You'd think I could come up with a strategy to get a pretty girl to sleep with me"
Uh, no. That  shit isn't funny. Goodbye.