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Dare Mighty Things

(Dare Mighty Things #1)

3.85  ·  Rating details ·  1,601 ratings  ·  398 reviews
The Selection meets The 5th Wave in this heart-racing debut duology about a girl competing for a spot on a mysterious mission to the outer reaches of space.

THE RULES ARE SIMPLE: You must be gifted. You must be younger than twenty-five. You must be willing to accept the dangers that you will face if you win.

Eighteen-year-old Cassandra Gupta's entire life has been leading up
Hardcover, 377 pages
Published October 10th 2017 by HarperTeen
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Lala BooksandLala
Jan 12, 2017 rated it really liked it
I have no idea how to go about attempting to explain this book or my thoughts on it. It was...a ride. Rating undecided.
Chelsea (chelseadolling reads)
Dec 27, 2017 rated it really liked it
What........... the fuck

(Also, note: this would have been 5 stars if not for the super unnecessary romance)
Korrina  (OwlCrate)
Feb 13, 2017 rated it really liked it
Very interesting concept and plot. It got a little bit strange for me towards the end, but I won't say anything more than that. One thing I absolutely loved were the characters she befriends throughout the competition. They're all so fleshed out. And so much diversity! Our main character is asexual, and I've never read from the point of view of someone who identifies that way. Even if you don't like sci-fi I think you'll enjoy this story! ...more
Mar 16, 2016 added it  ·  (Review from the author)
This is my book! It was tons of fun to write, and I can't wait for you guys to read it. ...more
Sarah Elizabeth
(I received an advance copy of this book for free. Thanks to HarperCollins and Edelweiss.)

This was a YA sci-fi story about a girl competing for the opportunity to go into space.

Cassie was quite a fierce character who was able to shut off her worries and fears and do what needed to be done. She also wasn’t afraid of a little competition, and kept fighting even when things seemed bleak.

The storyline in this was about Cassie competing to go into space on a special mission which we learned more abo
{you can read this review on my blog as well}
Oh boy. I half liked this, half didn’t care for it.

Look, this is really heavily science based. It literally puts the science in science fiction. I think a lot of STEM readers will enjoy this one because it’s clear—well, it is to me—that the author knew what she was talking about and that research had been done well, and done extremely thoroughly. I didn’t understand any of the little science things they talked about.

There’s a few characters in th
rachel ☾
I put off reading Dare Mighty Things because it was a competition about winning the chance to be the first teen to go to space. And space? It used to be an instant hard pass for me. Something has happened this year though that has me slowly reaching for science fiction more and more. To the point where space cadet stories have become a niche buzzword of mine. There were a lot of things going against my enjoyment of the story but it ended up an instant new favourite.

I could not help but fall in l
Emmy Neal
Mar 16, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Full disclosure, Heather is my critique partner--this review will become less vague when the book goes to print! I've read DARE MIGHTY THINGS through many drafts, and fallen in love with all of these characters. (Even the ones I hate, I love. It's crippling.) She has a great voice, strong character arcs, and awesome suspense--but my favorite part about Cassie's story is how hard she works for what she wants.

Cassie is an Indian-American intern at NASA when her boss recommends her to a classified
h o l l i s
"If we're old enough for space, we should be old enough for a drink."

Wowzer. DARE MIGHTY THINGS was a mighty surprise.

"Ten points to Gryffindor."
"How old are you? My grandma read Harry Potter."

Set in the not-so-distant future, Kaczynski establishes a world not unlike ours.

Genetic engineering used to be a moral gray area, but now that infertility was becoming a worldwide epidemic, and in vitro was performed almost as a matter of course, the laws had gone lax. Geneering was safe and effective, an
Oct 26, 2017 rated it liked it
Can you imagine being given the chance to go on a (secret) mission to space? Cassandra Gupta couldn't believe it when she was chosen to be part of a selected group. She was young, intelligent, fit and with a will strong enough to propel her into space without a spaceship.

This is the way Heather Kaczynski's first novel begins and YA Sci-fi fans will find it thoroughly entertaining . I was unable to put it down , I wanted to know who the selected ones were and I just couldn't wait to find out what
Sep 25, 2017 rated it really liked it
3.5 stars

I requested Dare Mighty Things for a lot of reasons. First of all, I'm a really big fan of space stories, and putting that in a competition setting is bound to get me excited. While it wasn't a perfect story, there were still a lot of things to be enjoyed.

In a world where genetic engineering is a common happenstance, Cassandra Gupta receives an invitation to take part in a top secret competition. The prize? Becoming a pioneer astronaut in an even more top secret NASA space mission. Our
Anna Priemaza
Mar 16, 2016 rated it it was amazing


I have been so desperate to read this book, and it did not disappoint! Astronauts! Space! Brilliant, ambitious teen girls! Competition! Diversity! Top secret missions! Friendship! Sabotage! Space! Astronauts! Space!

It was everything I wanted it to be, and now I'm be
Apr 08, 2019 rated it really liked it
I think this is probably more of a 4.5.

I love the concept. I love the characters. The ending was amazing. Not the most shocking but definitely had some wow factor.

I'm itching to read the sequel asap and have to unfortunately wait for the audiobook from the library. *cries*

Would def recommend if you're into:
- mysterious space expeditions
- near future sci-fi
- a-spec mc
- competitions!!!
Lauren James
Mar 25, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Asexual half-Indian protagonist, training montages fit to bursting and SPACE. What more could you want?
Feb 23, 2017 rated it it was amazing
”I’m so curious about the universe-we know so little and I want to learn it all, see it all-there are so many wonders out there that humans have never dreamed possible. I want to help us get there. I want to discover. I want to know. Don’t you?”

so this book is about a smart asexual desi girl competing with other super intelligent teens to go into space. DID I MENTION THERES SPACE? by the way there’s also SPACE !!! This review is going to be a mess I’m sorry I’m not feeling very organized rn and
Shannon (It Starts At Midnight)
You can find the full review and all the fancy and/or randomness that accompanies it at It Starts at Midnight


This was so close to being a 5-star from me, and frankly, I could have used one. But alas. It was still incredibly strong and I am giddy excited for the sequel, so that's good news.

Most of the book is about the competition that Cassie must compete in in order to go to space. Yes, I suppose this had the potential to be... not exciting? But no no, it was exciting! So much so! The autho
Daniela (Only If For A Page)
A little bit like Divergent, but it's a space training.

This was awesome. Dare Mighty Things takes place in a relatively near future and we follow Cassandra Gupta, aged 18, who is the youngest person participating in a space training competition and who is determined to win the only spot in a new secret mission.

The cast of characters is very diverse: Cassandra herself is half-Indian and asexual and there are other POC and queer characters. I also really appreciated that Cass was vegetarian a
Danielle (Life of a Literary Nerd)
“The universe seemed open and waiting for me, and I was ready to meet it."

I’ve really gotten more into sci-fi this year, and I was very excited to read Dare Mighty Things! And while it didn’t blow me away like some other reads have, it did not disappoint me either. We follow Cassie Gupta as she competes for a chance to fulfill her life’s dream and go on what may be her only chance at an actual space mission. But as Cassie and the competitors vie for the single spot on the mission, th
Scott Reintgen
Jun 06, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Where to begin?! I think I have to start with the SCIENCE. That aspect of the world building in this book really stood out to me as a writer and reader of science fiction. First, there's the solid, believable, and thorough foundation that Kaczynski creates... but it's also to her credit that she invites us into the beyond. There are mysteries, at the edges of what we know as humans, that Dare Mighty Things welcomes us to explore.

The characters, too, are worth hanging a hat on. This book shows of
Katelyn Larson
Oct 19, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Do you like space? Do you like brilliant, driven teens? Do you like twists and complex choices and hard-won friendships?

Because if you do, you need to read DARE MIGHTY THINGS the moment you can get your hands on it. This book had me up late into the night, hastily flipping pages, wondering where the twists would take me, guessing at the decisions Cassie had to make. I loved every moment of it.

And this cast of teens, my goodness, they are wonderful. Every single one is multi-faceted and intelli
Karen’s Library
Jan 05, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sci-fi, favorites
When I read the synopsis of this book, I knew this was the type of book I'd love. And I was right! Dare Mighty Things had all the things I love in my favorite genre, sci-fi. NASA, astronauts, astronaut training, space, spaceships, a competition, science!!

About halfway through, I knew I'd need the next book as soon as I finished so jumped online and ordered One Giant Leap so I'd have it within 2 days.

The main character was extremely likeable, along with the friends she makes during the competit
Jul 13, 2017 rated it really liked it
From the very beginning this book was completely exciting. I had a huge grin of anticipation that I couldn't wipe off my face - but maybe that was more to do with Cassandra's smarts and humour. It's so much fun hanging with someone who is clever, knows she is clever, and isn't afraid to correct her internship boss's math in front all his coworkers - go girl.

Cassandra knows she was born for something great - it's expected of a child who was one of the first genetically engineered babies. When sh
Laura (bbliophile)
Oct 12, 2017 rated it really liked it
I definitely flew through this audiobook, and I really liked it! RTC.
Laura (thebookcorps)
Thank you very much to HarperCollins for providing a copy of the novel in exchange for an honest review.

Dare Mighty Things is an extraordinary debut that features an Indian-American asexual protagonist in the fight of her life for the slim opportunity to go to space. Heather Kaczynski’s novel is a thrilling tale of ambition, power and deadly secrets that will change the course of human history.

Dare Mighty Things was chock full of suspense and my eyes were glued to the page, frantically reading,
Zemira Warner
I'm here for asexual heroines!

Sadly, I wasn't wowed with the book for several reasons. This book was written to appeal the younger audience, so if you're 13, I think you might enjoy this very much. Heroine's voice was too childish for me, despite her being very mature for her age. The other reason was simple. A lot of time was spent on planning for space travelling and there was so little actual space.
Jun 07, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: ya-scifi, asexual-rep
➸ 4 stars

Space . Friendship . Diversity . Competition .

♡ Cassie (half Indian-American), the main protagonist is very competitive, smart and doesn't give a shit about making friends but yet we see her grow as a character throughout the book.
♡ Characters are very well written especially Cassie's friends (Emilio and Mitsuko are my favourite) and there's a lot of diversity since competitors are from all around the world LOVE IT!
♡ The competition involves about space travel is very interestin
BriaKnits & Reads
I picked this book up because it was highly recommended from a fellow bookworm and I am super happy that I did.

Awesome plot. Amazing characters, especially the main character, Cassandra Gupta. She became one of my favorite fictional heroines..EVER!

Fans of stories similar to the Hunger Games and Divergent will love this read. Competing individuals; everyone man/woman for themselves. This is such an adventurous read that will keep you on your toes and wanting more.
I highly recommend this book.
Jan 17, 2022 rated it really liked it
Still doubting between 4 or 5 stars.. but most important: I really enjoyed this one! Absolutely loved the friendship between the characters and I didn't see the twist at the end coming at all!

Not sure tho if I will read the sequel since I haven't heard a lot of good things about it :(
May 03, 2020 rated it liked it
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3.5 stars
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Heather grew up in the shadow of the Saturn V rocket in Huntsville, Alabama. After spending four years buried in lab reports and memorizing all 206 bones in the human body, she gratefully returned to her first love of books and now works in a library near Marshall Space Flight Center - where she quietly fangirls anytime an astronaut walks in to read the newspaper. She lives with her amateur astron ...more

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