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3.73  ·  Rating Details  ·  1,407 Ratings  ·  319 Reviews
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
Paperback, 327 pages
Published October 1st 2013 by Harlequin Teen (first published July 29th 2008)
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Thank you HarlequinTeen for sending me this copy. No compensation was given or taken to alter this review.

"Time's ticking."
"Isn't it always?"

Countdown promised a lot. However it did not deliver as much. I feel like I'm slowly falling into a reviewing slump (therefore sorry for my lame review) so I think this review will be more effective in point form. And here we go...

1. The world building was narrow. I truly value the amount of world building in dystopian

Fun fact:
This book was originally published in 2008 as an adult novel, under the author's pseudonym Michelle Maddox. When she got the rights back, she turned it into a young adult novel.
I'm not sure what the original was like, but this version was a fast-paced thrill ride!
It mixed up quite a few cool ideas, and ended up being totally entertaining to read.

First up is the whole idea that these two kids are trapped in a game of survival, which is being televised for the entertainment of a secr
~✡~Dαni(ela) ♥ ♂♂ love & semi-colons~✡~
Low 3 stars, and only because this book was kind of...well, fun. It was completely brainless, eye candy for the mind.

If the blurb leads you to believe this is the Hunger Games remixed, jut go with it and you won't be disappointed. There's a little bit of everything thrown in here: action, dystopia, romance, the plague, scary technology, and the ruins of civilization.

Because Rowen tried to do so much, the whole book feels rushed and thrown together, a jumble of ideas piled one on top of another
This review and others are posted at Inspiring Insomnia.

Kira and Rogan are strangers forcibly thrown into a deadly "game" called Countdown. They must complete a series of tasks, each within a pre-determined time limit. Complete the task and move on, or fail it and be killed. Some of the tasks are puzzle-like, and others are designed to test their morality. It sounds like an interesting premise, but everything fell apart quickly.

Kira is informed that Rogan murdered and dismembered nine young wo
Michelle, the Bookshelf Stalker  Queen of the Undead
I could not get into this book. Something about the girl being a Badass one minute and an annoying girly girl the next. Seemed too extreme and thus, too unrealistic. Plus I liked The Running Man too much to have it remade. I'm not rating it since I didn't get far into the book.
Aug 12, 2013 ~Tina~ rated it really liked it
Twenty-five years ago, the world was still at it's best. Thriving, successful, peaceful. Then came the Great Plague and in a matter of weeks took almost all of human life. Those who survived carried on, but it was never the same. Illness, starvation and crime inevitably followed. But there was a city that had been built. A Colony paradise filled with opportunity. It was a place of dreams and hope.

Countdown is an underground reality-televised game that is designed as a series of six challenges wi
Ruth Silver
Aug 06, 2013 Ruth Silver rated it it was amazing
I received an e-ARC from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

Countdown is a YA Dystopian novel. Its description reminds me a bit of The Hunger Games. Why? A televised battle to the death. The winner will be bathed in luxury and has no choice but to compete. I don't mind the similarities because let's face it: The Hunger Games is VERY similar to Battle Royale. A lot of books borrow ideas. I'm not even sure the author did borrow the idea from The Hunger Games because this is a new version o
Selly - Leggere Romanticamente
3 stelline e mezzo per questo romanzo distopico autoconclusivo.
Lettura scorrevole, consigliato se vi piace il genere.
Sei prove da superare, un pizzico di romance tra i due protagonisti principali, qualche colpo di scena.

Jan 14, 2015 Alex rated it really liked it
4.5 stelline ^.^
Avete presente quando si inizia un libro con 0 aspettative?
Quando cerchiamo di intuire, paragrafo dopo paragrafo, se quello che stiamo leggendo sia interessante o meno?!
Ecco. Io non ho dovuto impegnarmi troppo per capirlo.
Countdown è una bomba, mi correggo: una bomba ad orologeria!
Una lettura che sin dai primi paragrafi ti catapulta in questo mondo così strano: microchip,tecnologia all'avanguardia, IA infettate dalla malvagità più oscura... tutto questo scandito da un continuo co
Michelle Arrow
"We'd been thrust together, neither of us had any choice in the matter, and we'd dealt with it the best we could. Now it was over, and the moment we reached our destination I might never see him again. This was the way it was supposed to be. Even though I knew that, it still hurt like hell."

When reading the summary for this novel, I had high expectations. From the moment I did, I knew that this book was going to be something that has never been written before, or even hinted at. There have b
Jeann (Happy Indulgence)
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Countdown immediately caught my attention due to it’s similarities to Hunger Games, where subscribers tune in to watch a cruel reality TV show involving deaths on screen. However, it wasn’t just a direct copy – it took the main idea and changed it into something new and exciting.

Instead of being forced to kill each other in an arena, Countdown is a show where two criminals must compete in a series of trials in order to
I love a story that you read quickly because the plot is so good but at the same time you are sad to see it end. COUNTDOWN is like this.

The distant future.....Kira Jordan wakes up in a pitch-black room and is hand-cuffed to a metal wall. She is partnered with a man, Rogan, who may be a mass murderer. And the race is on!

The game: they have to beat the clock and physically complete tasks in a certain amount of time or die. They can't be separated beyond so many feet or they die. They have to lea
Oct 16, 2014 Suzanne rated it really liked it
Countdown was just action and excitement all the way through and I loved every minute of it.

Kira awakens in a dark room to find herself chained to a wall, in a room made completely of metal. And she's not alone. There's a boy chained to the wall across the room, Rogan. How did she get here? The last thing she remembers is being at the mall, after stealing herself a new pair of shoes. Now she discovers she's in a deadly game and Rogan is her partner. And the odds of them surviving to the end is
Alexandria Mayfield
Aug 15, 2015 Alexandria Mayfield rated it liked it
Nel recensire questo libro non dirò semplicisticamente che assomiglia a Hunger Games o a Maze Runner.
Countdown è un distopico e la mia esperienza di letteratura distopica mi dice che ci sono libri basilari da cui volenti o nolenti tutti i distopici dipendono: 1984 di Orwell, Battle Royale di Koushun Takami e The Giver di Lois Lowry.
Anche Countdown non fa eccezione a questa regola.
Quello che dirò, invece, è che sarebbe potuto essere un bel libro se non ci fossero state così tante cose che mi hann
Initial Thoughts: Kind of reminded me a little of The Hunger Games with a few twists. This book should appeal to the young adult reader looking for an action packed thrilling read. 3.5 stars. Full review to come...
Il Cibo della Mente - Pamela
Countdown è uno di quei libri che ti fa dimenticare di avere un letto. Ma non nel senso che pensate voi... cioè "wow! un libro fantastico che ti tiene sveglia fino a tarda notte!"

No no... io mi sono dimenticata del mio letto perché sono tre sere che mi addormento sul divano mentre leggo sta schifezza di libro.

Si ok, non ho mezze misure lo so, ma se una cosa mi fa pena lo dico chiaro e tondo. Volevo dargli tre stelline ma poi mi sono resa conto che le ho date a libri che, rispetto a questo, sono
Dark Faerie Tales
Nov 18, 2013 Dark Faerie Tales rated it it was amazing
Review courtesy of Dark Faerie Tales

Quick & Dirty: Filled with suspense, mystery, killer robots and just a hint of romance. YA Dystopian and gamer fans will really enjoy this action packed adventure book.


The Review:

Twenty-five years ago a virus hit the earth and it took out 60% of the world’s population. Those that survived moved on because they had no other choice but nothing was quite the same afterwards. People started to abandon cities in hopes
Aug 09, 2013 Mara rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: futuristic
I admit I had quite a few expectation going into this book. It might have been my downfall.

Some of my friends loved it, the reviews from bloggers I follow were stellar. I guess I expected to be wowed.

Unfortunately this book fell completely flat for me. The plot is so predictable that I was able to say what was going to happen precisely. All of the game was so clearly clued, but even the second part wasn't any better. There wasn't a hint of novelty or surprise.

The "romance" was a joke. They fell
I haven't read the sci-fi/post-apocalytic genre very often in adult romances. In fact, I think I've only come across one other book that is comparable to this one, Game Over. Though, stylistically simple, the story-telling was First Class.

We a dropped into story as Kira Jordan, a homeless thief wakes up chained up in a cell with a convicted rapist murderer, Rogan Ellis. This part vaguely reminded me of the Saw films franchise. They have to work together to have any chance of survival. Then it b
Stuti (Turmeric isn't your friend. It will fly your ship
Hey GUYS, hey HERE! this IS The WritTEn EQUivalenT Of ME juMPING UP anD down TO geT YouR ATtentiON! tHE rEaL ReVIEw Can be fOUNd On mY bloG AND bOOkLikES. Well, I say it's a review but more like, my ramblings on the intake preparation of tea and coffee; very little reviewing here.

Okay- I was gonna review this book on account of my reviewlessness these past weeks but OHMIGOD-NEW SCOOBYDOO MOVIE- AT LEAST NEW TO ME! ON THE NEW TV- AT LEAST NEW TO ME! REVIEW LATER!

What a truly lame-tastic book, gu
Raise your hand if you are a fan of well-written YA dystopian fantasy! I am, and although the basic premise isn’t new, trust me, Countdown by Michelle Rowen is one adventure that will have you hanging from your fingernails as a twisted society pits two teen “throwaways” against the evil machinations of artificial intelligence and a society that craves the thrill of an extreme reality show, from the safety of their viewing implants. Sick? YES Twisted? YES Unimaginable? Sadly, not so much, just ta ...more
Jazmen This Girl Reads A lot
Aug 31, 2013 Jazmen This Girl Reads A lot rated it it was amazing
"He stared across the room at me, his gaze panicked. When it gets to zero, we die. Do you understand? If you don't throw me that key, in less than fifty seconds we're both going to die."

A thief, and a murderer, an unlikely combination, one an orphan the other abandoned. Thrust into a game that is more than a battle of wits, Kira and Rogan are forced to to fight for their lives.

Reminiscent of "The Hunger Games,"(Please do not misunderstand this is reminiscent of The Hunger Games, it is NOT The H
Elvina Barclay
Jul 31, 2013 Elvina Barclay rated it it was ok
Kira Jordan is the only survivor after her family is murdered and one of the few people who survive a plague that has devastated the human race. Left at 14 to live on the streets she is forced to survive on her street smarts and her wits.
Suddenly she is taken from the empty city streets and wakes up locked and handcuffed in an empty cell with a handsome stranger. Only this stranger while incredibly handsome is also a mass murderer. They are forced to join together to beat a survivor type game wh
Shannon (Giraffe Days)
Sep 03, 2013 Shannon (Giraffe Days) rated it really liked it
Sixteen-year-old Kira Jordan has been living on the desolate streets for two years after her family is brutally murdered one night and she rejected the foster care system. She's become an adept shop-lifter and pick-pocket, a petty thief who survives by her wits and has, like almost everyone else, the unlikely dream of one day making it to the Colony, a domed city where people are safe and comfortable and she could go to school again. Those fanciful dreams are even more unlikely when she wakes up ...more
Mar 19, 2015 Tash rated it liked it
Shelves: harlequin-aus, sci-fi
Reviewed for Confessions From Romaholics
Countdown has an interesting premise and that what had originally caught my attention when I first read it a couple of years ago . It tells the story of two teenagers that gets thrown into a game of the same name as the first teenager combatants in the game history. They have been forced to participate in this reality TV show that thrives on death and its subscribers as they got no other choice. Set in a former city of the USA, the show takes two criminals
Paranormal Romance
Kidnapped and forced into a life or death game with the hero-a convicted rapist and murderer, the heroine fights for her life via 6 challenges as well as dealing with the lies and truths of her mysterious partner. The hero, who invented the game to be a fun challenge was betrayed by his brother when the game began to take on a more sinister and evil nature. He was framed for murder and locked away in prison for the past 4 years. The heroine has spent her life on the streets after the murder of h ...more
Franci Karou Cat
Jan 09, 2015 Franci Karou Cat rated it really liked it
Recensione completa qui:

Non volevo crederci ma... aveva senso. Aveva terribilmente senso. Nulla era lasciato al caso in Countdown. Ecco perché ci avevano messi in squadra assieme. Certo. Avevano sempre saputo chi ero. Chi era lui.

Countdown è un romanzo che riserva più di una sorpresa. Sicuramente la trama richiama il distopico Hunger Games che tutti conosciamo, con le sue sfide in una grande arena, alle quali i concorrenti devono cercare di sopravvivere,
Teresa Sporrer
Sep 22, 2014 Teresa Sporrer rated it it was amazing
Kira hat kein leichtes Leben: Als Waisin lebt sie auf der Straße und schlägt sich deshalb als Strassendiebin durch.

Eines Tages erwacht die 16-jährige mit Handschellen gefesselt in einem dunklen Raum. Ihr "Zimmergenosse", der attraktive Rogan, entpuppt sich zudem noch als verurteilter Mörder.

Schon bald muss das unfreiwillige Paar erfahren, dass sie für das Spiel "Countdown" ausgewählt wurden. Entweder sie schaffen die 6 Level oder sie werden sterben ...

Was war das?!

Das war mein erster Gedanke, na
♥Laddie♥ (Lee Lee)
Two people wake up and become unwilling participants in a deadly, underground reality show. One of those people is Kira, a woman who's alone in the world and pretty much homeless. The other person is Rogan, a man who's a mass murderer. At least, that's what the people who put him in prison say.

Rogan and Kira are forced to be a team. The choices were to team up or to die. They're told the rules of the six level game that will have them running all over the city. If they lose then they die. Oh, t
This deadly game is a great mix of futuristic romance with a touch of paranormal. ,

I loved the hook to Countdown. Two strangers are dropped into the middle of a deadly game - they must work as partners in order to make it to the next level, each level is timed, the Countdown begins now, and only the winners survive. Kira, a thief, has used her latent psychic talent to survive on the streets after her family was brutally murdered and she'll need the edge that talent gives her to survive the game
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National bestselling author MICHELLE ROWEN writes paranormal romance, urban fantasy, and young adult fantasy, both light and dark, sexy and sweet, long and short -- it all depends on the story! She's won a Holt Medallion for Best First Book and a Romantic Times Reviewers Choice award for Vampire Romance. For more information, please visit Michelle at her website at
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He shrugged and then grimaced as if the wound on his shoulder caused him massive pain. “We can do that, too, if you like, but I’ll need to be unchained first. Then again, we can bring the chains with us if you’re into that sort of thing.”
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