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One Giant Leap

(Dare Mighty Things #2)

3.60  ·  Rating details ·  251 ratings  ·  53 reviews
When Cassandra Gupta was chosen to be the youngest member of a top-secret mission to the far reaches of the universe she knew to expect the unexpected. But nothing could have prepared her for the catastrophic events that would occur once she left Earth.

Cassie and the rest of the crew have found themselves in the middle of a conflict between two alien civilizations
ebook, 384 pages
Published October 23rd 2018 by HarperTeen
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Empress Reece (Hooked on Books)
I didn't enjoy this as much as the first. I was expecting the story to go in a totally different direction then what it did so that kind of threw me off. Plus I didn't care for all of the alien communication crap like Sunny and Pinnacle and the whole Megobarri LiteBrite system they had going on. It was just too much and overshadowed the story.
May 15, 2019 rated it really liked it
I will say this went not at all where I thought it would go.

I really love the science used in this book -- no idea how accurate anything is lol, but the creativity used to create these scenarios was really fun to read. I loved the twists, the aliens, the obstacles the characters need to overcome.

I will say I read the audiobook & I 100% missed out on some things bc I was distracted lol oops. Maybe I'll reread this series again in the future with the physical or ebook

Just fyi this is def
Mar 31, 2019 rated it really liked it
I did not expect to love this duology THIS much! It honestly blew me away. The pacing is slow enough to get fully invested in the characters and the story, but quick enough to stay engaging. And I would die for Cassandra Gupta, I just love her so much! She went through sooo much character development, and I love how it was shown that coming to terms with her asexuality was a journey and she wasn't yet done with that at the end of the book.

Rep: Indian asexual MC, Asian side character, bisexual
Laura (bbliophile)
Dec 22, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2018-releases
This book made me remember why I love sci-fi books
This book was a hot mess. Neither the plot nor the characters received the time or attention that they needed. There were too many parts that would have been cool on their own(view spoiler). I ...more
Karen’s Library
Jan 11, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sci-fi, aliens
Finding this sci-fi duology was a really nice surprise and One Giant Leap was a nice satisfying ending. I received book 1, Dare Mighty Things, as a Xmas gift and loved the storyline of a group of young adults aged 18 to 25 competing for a coveted spot on a space mission along with 4 other experienced astronauts. NASA, astronaut training, space, spaceship!! All the things I love!! I bought book 2 about halfway in just so I could binge read the duology.

Book 2 was a continuation, but now the 5
Actual Rating: 4.5/5 Well, that really took you on a ride to the moon and back. I did not see 99% of what went down coming, and it was a really great sequel. RTC
Dec 26, 2017 marked it as to-read


throughout the last half I couldn’t stop grinning at the book bc I was so excited about space. And this one will probably be centered fully in space so YAY
Feb 07, 2019 rated it really liked it
"When his arms pulled me against him, I felt stronger somehow. Maybe I don't like kissing, but I do like this"
I loved the first book so much . I felt like this was a decent sequel but I was expecting more. I liked how the author didn't immediately force Cassie and Luka in a relationship. They worked together as partners first to save the planet and their lives and there wasn't much drama in between like in most books where they have the main characters in a romance trying to save the world
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Kendra Marie
Oct 31, 2018 rated it liked it
Torn between a 3 or 4 star rating.
Overall this series was such a nice read. I loved the setting of space and the impending doom that the characters attempt to escape.
Forever Young Adult
Graded By: Stephanie
Cover Story: Jump To Hyperspace
BFF Charm: Yay
Swoonworthy Scale: 3
Talky Talk: Overdrive
Bonus Factors: Artifical Intelligence, Aliens
Relationship Status: Let’s Part As Friends

Read the full book report here.
Shannon Dyer
Dec 25, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2018
Round up to 4.5 stars.
Megan Manzano
Oct 31, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I absolutely loved this book and thought it did an incredible job of wrapping up the duology but also giving readers an entirely different atmosphere than the first book. Heather throws us into a whirlwind of a space adventure making the reader question whose side they should be on, what are the limits and faults of humanity, and what to do in the existence of a whole new race. If you want a sci-fi novel that will hook you from start to finish, pick up Dare Mighty Things and then read One Giant ...more
Nov 08, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I want more books like this!

I highly recommend this fast-paced and exciting sequel to Dare Mighty Things. This book concludes Cassie’s journey to the stars and beyond. Our favorite characters from DMT are joined by some new characters and new places to bring the story to an exciting conclusion.
Oct 29, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Such a great book, I really enjoyed the shift in genre, a little bit, because the first one was a competition to go to space, and this book is actually in space and aliens and such! Such a great read, and I loved how things came together!
Anna Priemaza
Sep 18, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I got to read an early version of ONE GIANT LEAP, and it's an exciting, riveting, and sometimes mesmerizing follow-up to DARE MIGHTY THINGS! Loved it!
Jan 08, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: young-adult
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Jan 08, 2019 rated it it was ok
Kaczynski, Heather. One Giant Leap. Dare Mighty Things No. 2. Harper Teen, 2018.
I missed the first number of this series, but one does not need it to read One Giant Leap. Cassandra Gupta, a high school senior, lands a spot on an interstellar probe based on alien technology because she has a brain that is compatible with an AI implant. There is a mysterious romantic alien. There are scary planet-destroying aliens. There is a secret planet destroying weapon. There is a smart group of culturally
Dec 09, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
When Cassandra Gupta and the rest of the crew of Odysseus, NASA’s first starship, come out of cryogenic hibernation five hundred light-years from Earth, after a journey of less than six months, they discover that they’ve arrived in a war zone. Two alien races have already destroyed each other’s home worlds, and Earth may be next. After a disastrous fire fight, Cassie and one other member of her mission team flee back to Earth with a secret weapon they hope will save the planet and the rest of ...more
Dec 14, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: chicago
I liked it but not as much as the first one.
I'm not sure why, maybe because it felt like a completely different story.
Book 1 was a contest to win the chance to man a mission to space.
Book 2 was the mission and all of its wonder as well as the trials and tribulations. So the vibe was very different.
Regardless, the characters are still present and still likable.
Lots of far-fetchedness going on here but I liked it and was glad to be along for the ride.

One thing that stuck out to me was how the
Feb 27, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: l
Cassie has achieved what few others ever will: making first contact with aliens in a ship made by humans but via instructions sent by aliens across space. Unfortunately, Cassie learns a fellow competitor is one of those aliens, sent to monitor the progress of the competition, and now she struggles who to trust as she explores with the crew of the Odyssey. The distrust continues as she learns Earth will become the new center of the conflict between two alien races, who previously destroyed at ...more
Dec 14, 2018 rated it really liked it
I thought this would be a bridge book, but it was so much better! Thanks for delivering a satisfying conclusion, Ms. Kaczynski.

I love that this vision of the near future is close enough to our own that it's plausible. Things got a little weird on Odysseus, but it was satisfying in a very non deus-ex machina way. I give kudos to Heather Kaczynski for providing solid social commentary (as all sci-fi does, to be honest), but in a creative and refreshing way (no revolution, no epic wars spanning
Sep 01, 2019 rated it liked it
The scientific aspects were terrific, and Kaczynski did such a great job creating new life forms that were unique and complex in their own ways. I also loved the whole friendship arc! It was nice seeing Cassie find her own family. I feel like the Cassie’s asexuality should’ve been explored more, since it was mentioned in book 1...and then mentioned in passing a couple of times. There’s not that much asexual rep in literature so it just would’ve been nice to see it be a part of Cassie instead of ...more
Oct 29, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2018, audiobooks
3.5 Stars - After the first book was a total success with me, I already knew it was gonna be hard for the sequel to live up to that. Sadly, it didn’t work out completely. There were parts I really enjoyed, but overall the plot was a bit too much all over the place for me and the really awesome things that I liked about the first in this series (the characters, the tension, the plot twist) fell a little short here.
It was a solid continuation of the story, it just didn’t excite me as much as the
Mar 11, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I loved reading this book! Heather Kaczynski takes readers on an adventure through space with Cassie, Luka, and the rest of the gang. A mix of adventure, thriller, and science fiction, One Giant Leap explores making impossible choices in impossible situations. While the first book, Dare Mighty Things, left readers with a cliffhanger, this second book has a solid conclusion to help wrap up Cassie's story. I would read anything else from this author!
Jamie Coudeville
I'm not sure how I feel about this book. I loved the first one, but this one didn't turn out at all how I thought it would. I didn't hate it, but I also didn't love it. (view spoiler)

I will however, be keeping an eye on this author. Wouldn't mind reading more of her books
Dec 30, 2018 rated it did not like it
Not nearly as much fun as the second book. I truly struggled. The first book was so much fun, moment to moment always going. I felt like this one just had too much set up, but not enough actually happening, and the twist, while I didn't see it, persay, wasn't really that much of a twist. Overall, not terrible, but not great.
Nicole Dykeman
Nov 17, 2018 rated it really liked it
This wasn’t quite what I thought it would be, but I still enjoyed reading it, so 4 stars. The story was all over the place, which isn’t necessarily a bad thing. My favorite thing about this was the descriptions of the alien planets and life forms that Cassie comes across. Other than that, I don’t really know how to describe how I feel without being too spoiler-y.
John Clark
Nov 03, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Nice sequel to Dare Mighty Things. The action and plot twists make for a fast and engrossing read. By the end, readers will be shaking their heads over which race was the villain and which was the victim. My only comment of a critical nature is that the ending was a bit too long, but that's a very minor point.
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