Book Review : Dangerous
By Shannon Hale
Maisie Danger Brown just wanted to get away from home for a bit, see something new. She never intended to fall in love. And she never imagined stumbling into a frightening plot that kills her friends and just might kill her, too. A plot that is already changing life on Earth as we know it. There’s no going back. She is the only thing standing between danger and annihilation.
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Adult Point of View
I was excited to read Shannon Hale’s newest book and was ultimately disappointed.
I liked how the main character, Maisie, was missing an arm, and it wasn’t the primary focus in the novel. I liked that she seemed like a real girl, with strengths and flaws. I thought it was a fun premise that the kids connected into an alien technology.
Once the romance started my interest in Dangerous dwindled. When Maisie’s boyfriend reached for a condom I was appalled. Even though Maisie turned him down, this did not seem appropriate for a Middle School novel. I would have liked to see the romance downplayed and Maisie discovering and trusting her own abilities played up. Once again, the nice guy loses and the jerk is the irresistible “bad boy”. I was hoping for something better than a cliche´romance.
Finally, I wouldn’t recommend this book, though I have certainly read worse.
– the Mother
Teen Point of View
I couldn’t believe the things she put in this book. This is for young teens! Really?
– the Daughter