The majority of Shannon Hale’s books are more on the feminine side but in Dangerous she jumps from princesses to superheroes and it’s a fantastic transition. From a very young age, Maisie’s dreamed of becoming an astronaut and now as a teenager, the dream is still strong. When she notices a contest to go to space camp on the back of a cereal box, she enters–not expecting to win. After much anticipation, she gets in but space camp ends up being very different than anything she could have ever imagined.
Throughout the story, you keep waiting for the happy ending, thinking it’s just right on the next page, then another hurdle gets in the way. The characters are witty, funny and a few have ever-changing personalities making it difficult to discern who is and is not trustworthy. As usual, Hale’s poetic writing is beautiful and engaging but she will certainly get the guys’ attention with the action, adventure, and space theme. That’s not to say it will only appeal to male readers; she throws in plenty that both male and female audiences will enjoy. I’ve yet to read a Shannon Hale book that I don’t love and Dangerous is no exception.
This book was sent to Compass Book Ratings for review by Bloomsbury Children’s Books
Profanity/Language: 1 mild obscenity; 1 offensive hand gesture.
Violence/Gore: Many (43) brief incidents including character giving verbal threat jokingly; mock accident caused for training purposes; verbal threats; car accident & explosion with no fatalities; character tells another to kill someone; character offers to kill someone; character wants to punch someone; reference to having killed; reference to ground-up insects; second hand report that characters died; second hand report of murder and attempted murder; news report of rioting and a town disappearing; reference to four assassinations; second hand report that character’s mother is killed; video of shooting; second hand report of fighting; story of people getting killed; second hand report of torture and getting shot; story of planet getting destroyed; second hand report that building exploded and many died; character’s prosthetic arm cut off; third degree burns; dead bodies found as a result of alien involvement; bodies possessed by aliens; characters attacked by aliens; character shot at; murder and attempted murder; a few attacks (unsure of fatalities); characters fighting; character takes medicine to stop heart; character falls to ground and breaks many bones; vandalism.
Few (3) extended incidents including aliens attacking and characters fighting.
Sex/Nudity: Several (19) brief incidents including kissing; holding hands; touching lips; touching neck; sleeping next to each other; biting neck; hug; cuddling; joking about nudity (non-sexual); characters want to have sex but abstain.
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Alcohol / Drug Use:
Second hand report that teenage character used to deal prescription drugs; second hand report of teenager’s alcohol abuse; character takes medicine to stop heart.