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Countdown (The Skye Van Bloem Trilogy #1)

4.59  ·  Rating details ·  17 ratings  ·  14 reviews
** Named to the 2019 Green Earth Book Award Long List**

Polar ice caps are melting. Whole ecosystems are being destroyed. Wildlife is being carelessly slaughtered.

Eighteen-year-old Skye Van Bloem didn't create the environmental crisis facing our planet, but she’s angry about it. What upsets her the most is that with the exception of her two best friends hardly anyone else o
Paperback, 270 pages
Published May 24th 2018 by Flying Kea Press
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    Countdown (The Skye Van Bloem Trilogy Book 1)
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    Luis Oquendo
    Aug 21, 2018 rated it it was amazing
    Countdown by Carol Fiore is a fun, wide-ranging book aimed at teens and young adults. Filled with environmental themes, it does as many engaging fantasies do: dance from high-stakes but fantastic adventures to very human, painful episodes and back again. Beyond the adventures though, it does prod at deeper questions of how one lives. Laced with environmental themes, the protagonist must rise to the mortal thereat present by the plot while coming to terms the greater, real-world threats presented ...more
    Marjorie Ullman
    I bought this book to give to a friend's teenage child. This book is very well written and has a timely message for both boys and girls. It is a page turner, focusing on our ecology and the interconnection of all living things. It is written as a mystery and even though I am older, always wanted to read what was on the next page. Although it is a fantasy, it is very real. A deadline for the survival of Humanity is involved. The animals are making that decision as we have interfered in their live ...more
    Jun 28, 2018 rated it it was amazing
    Countdown is an excellent combination of science fiction, romance, and environmental activism wrapped in a YA adventure. Skye is a realistically portrayed, passionate heroine, and her friends are quirky, intelligent, and no less heroic. The last half of the novel is particularly good, packed with action, revelations, and uncertain loyalties. Woven throughout the book is a ton of information about the bewildering variety of the animal kingdom--and the destruction and dangers facing earth's varied ...more
    Ryan Kelly
    Nov 24, 2018 rated it it was amazing
    I really enjoyed this read, and I’m looking forward to the next book in the series. I don’t often read young adult literature, but I found Countdown, and its many characters to be thoughtfully written (Starion was my favorite non-human character). I love that this book was made on this topic, in these times, for this audience. Young budding environmentalists (which, I feel is just about every kid) will definitely enjoy this book, but I think it speaks to a broader younger audience as well. I lov ...more
    Jun 25, 2018 rated it really liked it
    Countdown by Carol Fiore is a book in a genre that I am not accustomed to reading, i.e. young adult with some fantasy. I say “some fantasy” as the amount of environmental information in it is valuable enough to nearly be nonfiction, but the story carries the information creatively for anyone to enjoy. I was caught up in the story among moments of looking up more information on New Zealand and its flora and fauna! I recommend it for young adults and for science and geography teachers to use as a ...more
    May 28, 2018 rated it it was amazing
    I can't remember when I last enjoyed a teen fiction book so much. Perhaps because hidden among the adolescent and animal characters are important messages - about the environment, about animals at risk, and about the mess we've made of our Planet. And also about concrete ways we all can improve the world. Plus - who can resist an endangered polar bear named PBJ?! I am already looking forward to the second book in this fun trilogy.
    Yuri Enokida
    Apr 11, 2019 rated it really liked it
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    My friend's mom wrote this book and I'm a sucker for young adult fiction so I gave it a read! Countdown has a really unique premise and an unpredictable plot, which made it a page-turner. There were lots of conservation messages weaved in throughout the book and even a surprise romance! This is the first of a trilogy so I'm interested to see which direction the next book goes in.
    Sep 26, 2018 rated it it was amazing
    I loved this book! The main character, Skye, is someone we would all be lucky to have as a friend. The characters (human and non-human) are relatable and interesting. With a timely message and page turning plot I would recommend this as a fun read for anyone, young or old. I look forward to the next book in the series!
    Jun 30, 2018 rated it it was amazing
    This is book is great for teens and tweens (others). The author teaches about environmental crises without preaching. The characters are intelligent and caring. There is romance, adventure, intrigue, and more. I highly recommend this book, I am waiting for the second.
    Brian Goyette
    Aug 18, 2018 rated it it was amazing
    This book reawakened my commitment to recycling and to be more thoughtful of my purchases. I also found the characters highly appealing and the read was very enjoyable. Will recommend to my friends.
    Susan Kraftschik
    Jul 02, 2018 rated it it was amazing
    Great book! Very enjoyable - well written, wonderful chatacters, and an unique plot make this a fun read. I highly recommend it and can’t wait for the next one!
    Sep 12, 2018 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
    Talking prairie dog? I had hoped for something I could teach regarding climate change.
    John Garland
    Aug 16, 2018 rated it it was amazing
    Great Read! I really enjoyed it.
    Sharon Sheridan
    Good for young adults. It illuminates the negatives of hunting and not begin good neighbors on earth to other species. It also demonstrates the effect of Greenhouse gases on the planet and environment.
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    Carol Fiore holds three university degrees and is a licensed pilot. She donates most of the proceeds from the sale of "Countdown" to environmental charities. She maintains a scholarship which sends kids to Space Camp, in her husband's memory; read about him in "Flight through Fire."

    She loves to hear from readers and is happy to answer your questions. Visit her website at