Author: Michelle Rowen
Series: Stand Alone
Published By: Harlequin Teen (September 24, 2013)
Source: ARC Copy Provided by the Publisher (in exchange for an honest review)
Genre: YA Dystopian
My Rating: 3.5 Stars!
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.
My Thoughts and Review:
I have seen a lot of mixed reviews on this and it simply comes down to this for me, this was a fun read. Plain and simple. No, it isn't mind blowing or deep or even thought provoking but it was action packed, fun and a super fast engaging read and sometimes, that is all that matters.
Kira was brave and kick butt and willing to look past the roughness that was Rogan and see something better in him. Everything that I like in a heroine.
Rogan was dark, mysterious and even with the cruddy past and messed up childhood, you could tell that he was a good guy. Not really a bad boy but a bad boy of sorts.
I liked that the idea of this was original even if some of the concepts behind it weren't. Sometimes it is nice to have something down right fun in the dystopian genre instead of something dark and heavy (and sometimes depressing) that is so common in this genre.
Overall if you are looking for something with great characters, lots of action, has a dystopian feel to it as well as a slight paranormal edge that is well written and plotted out then this really is something you should check out.
*All thoughts and opinions are my own and were not influenced by the author or publisher. I was not compensated for this review.*