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.

Seventeen-year-old Cassandra Gupta’s entire life has been leading up to this—the opportunity to travel to space. But to secure a spot on this classified mission, she must first compete against the best and brightest people on the planet. People who are as determined as she to win a place on a journey to the farthest reaches of the universe.

Cassie is ready for the toll that the competition will take; the rigorous mental and physical tests designed to push her to the brink of her endurance. But nothing could have prepared her for the bonds she would form with the very people she hopes to beat. Or that with each passing day it would be more and more difficult to ignore the feeling that the true objective of the mission is being kept from her.

As the days until the launch tick down and the stakes rise higher than ever before, only one thing is clear to Cassie: she’ll never back down . . . even if it costs her everything.

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My rating:


Hello again! Another day, another review, and this one is on Dare Mighty Things by Heather Kaczynski! I’ve been trying to read more Sci-Fi and broaden my horizons instead of comfortably reading Contemporary over and over again. So far, it’s been hard to break that habit of returning to Contemporary, but I still try and read something else once in a while. And this book sounded pretty interesting, with the huge competition and everything! Unfortunately, I didn’t enjoy the book as much as I thought I would…

The main reason for this was my initial feelings for the protagonist. I didn’t like Cassie from the beginning, with her thinking she’s better than everyone else. Even after she began to develop as a character, and I started to like Cassie a bit more, there was still that initial impression that followed me until near the very end. If I liked anything, it was probably her development as a character, making friends while in the competition, and realizing mistakes she has made beforehand. I liked some of the secondary characters a lot more though, like her friends Emilio and Mitsuko!

As for the plot, I actually liked the idea behind it all, with the winner of the competition going into space alongside seasoned astronauts. And every step of the way, I was intrigued by the challenges set up to determine the winner as well as the courses used to catch them up. Although all throughout the novel, I did wonder “Why do they need an inexperienced person to come along with them to space?” And how does youth play a role?” And while my questions were answered by the end, those answers just spurred so many more questions! Honestly, the plot was where it was at for me and the only thing I can think of that I didn’t like was sometimes the pacing would be really quick in some places, but really slow in others.

Well, that’s about all I have to say about Dare Mighty Things by Heather Kaczynski. Wasn’t my favourite Sci-Fi read (that honour goes to The Thousandth Floor! 😉 ), but I did find it interesting. Not sure whether I’ll pick up the sequel, though…Has anyone else read Dare Mighty Things? And if so, what were your thoughts on the book? I’d love to hear about it in the Comments Section below!

Take care, everyone, and keep reading!

–  Sumaya

I received this copy from the publisher via Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review.