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by Shannon Hale

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How far would you go to save the world?

When Maisie Danger Brown nabbed a spot at a NASA-like summer boot camp, she never expected to uncover a conspiracy that would change her life forever.

And she definitely didn't plan to fall in love.

But now there's no going back-Maisie's the only thing standing between the Earth and annihilation. She must become


How far would you go to save the world?

When Maisie Danger Brown nabbed a spot at a NASA-like summer boot camp, she never expected to uncover a conspiracy that would change her life forever.

And she definitely didn't plan to fall in love.

But now there's no going back-Maisie's the only thing standing between the Earth and annihilation. She must become the hero the world needs. The only problem is: how does a regular girl from Salt Lake City do that, exactly? It's not as though there's a handbook for this sort of thing. It's up to Maisie to come up with a plan-and find the courage to carry it out-before she loses her heart . . . and her life.

Equal parts romance and action-adventure, this explosive story is sure to leave both longtime Shannon Hale fans and avid science fiction readers completely breathless.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
For Maisie Danger Brown, who yearns to become an astronaut despite her missing right hand, winning a contest to attend an astronaut boot camp for teens is the opportunity of a lifetime. Things take an extraterrestrial turn when Maisie and her fellow “fireteam” members are infected by alien technology while visiting the Beanstalk space elevator. Now possessed of amazing powers, they work to master their abilities and uncover the origin and purpose of the “tokens” that granted them. Following a tragedy affecting one of their own, Maisie and her friends go from superheroes to soldiers, their team forever splintered as they race to collect the tokens before they come to further misuse. Hale (Princess Academy) delivers an action-packed SF thriller with plenty of surprises and an intriguing premise. It’s a solid story, though it suffers from erratic pacing and a few elements that don’t quite gel, including a melodramatic love triangle, an overly complicated plot, and quirky details (such as Maisie’s father’s love of puns) that jar with the harrowing events that unfold. Ages 12–up. Agent: Barry Goldblatt, Barry Goldblatt Literary. (Mar.)
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“One of the best books I've ever read. Ever. It's chock full of intrigue, suspense, and clever, authentic, wonderful humor. I'm in love with this book.” —James Dashner, New York Times bestselling author of The Maze Runner

“Master storyteller Hale takes readers to dizzying new heights. Layered with gritty action and heartfelt characters, Dangerous is a can't-miss adventure.” —Kiersten White, New York Times bestselling author of Paranormalcy

“Fast paced and action packed, bubbling over with ideas and full of heart, Dangerous is a dangerously addictive read.” —Scott Westerfeld, New York Times bestselling author of the Leviathan and Uglies series

“Maisie Danger Brown is Danny Dunn and Nelly Bly rolled into one. Hale mashes up her science and her superheroes with aliens and a terrestrial villain or two, then stirs in just the right amount of wonder and delight. I loved this book.” —Megan Whalen Turner, Newbery-Honor winning author of The Thief

Dangerous is exactly that--you will not be able to put this book down, nor will you be able to get its fantastic heroine, Maisie Brown, out of your head.” —Ally Condie, New York Times bestselling author of Matched

“Shannon Hale's books blow me away. when I read them I get lost in the magic--her stories ARE magic.” —Stephenie Meyer, author of Twilight

“Girl power abounds . . . A change of pace that largely succeeds, showing that Hale's range is wider than her readers might have expected.” —Kirkus Reviews

“An action-packed SF thriller with plenty of surprises and an intriguing premise.” —Publishers Weekly

“This adventure, sci-fi, romance novel will keep readers engrossed. Hale's audience will likely extend with this new dimension in her writing.” —Library Media Connection

“This fast-paced science fiction novel with echoes of the "Fantastic Four" comics doesn't let up for a moment . . . A must-read for fans of superhero adventures.” —School Library Journal

“Hale fans will easily find much to appreciate in the well-developed setting and sturdy girl characters in this new genre for the author.” —BCCB

“Maisie is an intelligent, self-aware hero, even when in the throes of romance.” —Booklist

“Hale writes her first suspenseful science fiction novel with great success. Maisie Danger Brown is a strong, smart, unique character. . . . Fans of Hale's previous work, as well as those with no prior knowledge, will enjoy this new addition to the growing young adult science fiction field.” —VOYA

Children's Literature - Lois Rubin Gross
Shannon Hale’s first excursion into science fiction takes one part Buffy, the Vampire Slayer; one part The Avengers; and adds just a soupcon of Invasion of the Body Snatchers for a teen adventure with a dynamic hero, Maisie Danger Brown. Maisie, a homeschooled science prodigy with a physical disability (she was born without her right hand), enters a contest to go to astronaut camp. She does not know that the sweepstake is rigged in her favor and ends up in a select group of five, including wealthy heartthrob, Jonathan Wilder. Rewarded for an outstanding team exercise with an elevator trip into space to a tethered space station, the five are set up by an ambiguously mad scientist, Bonnie Howell, to take alien “tokens” that confer super powers on each of the teens. Of course, the powers come with a dark side and “fire team” members must struggle with the conflicting gifts of their tokens. For fans of Joss Whedon’s Buffy, the comparisons are unmistakable. The five person team is the Scooby Gang. There is the quick, irreverent humor that marks the Whedonverse of shows. Maisie’s best friend, Luther, is a dead ringer for Xander Harris. Wilder is a marvelously conflicted anti-hero with sex appeal. Even a tribute to Maisie, “1st Place Saving the World,” sounds a lot like the epitaph on Buffy’s tombstone. This, however, is not a bad thing. The book is self-consciously clean and philosophical as well as action-packed and fun. Maisie, infested with the strength of all the tokens, is able to take on all comers, especially the love-to-hate-him Wilder, with power kicks, super-fueled shots, and impenetrable armor. Maisie is a female super hero for the twenty-first century, but boys will get her, too. Reviewer: Lois Rubin Gross; Ages 12 up.
VOYA, June 2014 (Vol. 37, No. 2) - Jessica Miller
Maisie Danger Brown has dreamed of being an astronaut her entire life. When a contest gives her the opportunity to attend the most famous astronaut boot camp in the world, Maisie and her scientist parents cannot pass up the chance. With only one arm, Maisie would probably never be chosen to train otherwise. Once there, her determination and intelligence earn Maisie another great opportunity: the chance to ride the “Beanstalk,” the world’s only elevator into space. Maisie and four other teens are accidentally exposed to alien technology while on the space station, though, leading to some scary consequences. Each gains a unique ability, and they all find themselves tied to one another, unwilling to be apart, sure that they are destined for some greatness as a team. When one member dies, Maisie realizes that she may not be able to trust anyone—the scientists who want to study her, the madman who wants to control her, even the other members of her team. With the entire world on the line, Maisie has to determine if she, alone, can save those she loves, or if risking an alliance could be the answer. Hale writes her first suspenseful science fiction novel with great success. Maisie Danger Brown is a strong, smart, unique character. Her emotional reactions to first love, then betrayal, and suddenly being thrust into an extraordinary and dangerous situation, all ring true. The technologies utilized in Dangerous seem plausible and well researched, lending credence and adding a deeper layer of terror to the possibility of alien invasions. Fans of Hale’s previous work, as well as those with no prior knowledge, will enjoy this new addition to the growing young adult science fiction field. Reviewer: Jessica Miller; Ages 12 to 18.
Kirkus Reviews
Fairy-tale–telling Hale tackles straight-up science fiction in a tale seemingly tailor-made to forestall complaints about lovelorn teen heroines and all-white casts of characters. Maisie Danger Brown (really), smart, home-schooled, one-handed half-Paraguayan daughter of scientists, has always dreamed of being an astronaut. When she sees an ad for a space camp competition from Bonnie Howell, the woman who built the world's first (and only) space elevator, she can't resist. And she wins! Space camp is electrifying, especially charming Wilder—Maisie knows it's just hormones and an immature brain, but it feels good. Then Howell takes the strongest team (Maisie's) plus Wilder on a ride into space, and the five teens end up infected by nanotechnology tokens of extraterrestrial origins. Whew! Cue a dark, superherolike tale: Friends die, adventures are had, kisses are exchanged, the Earth is saved. The tale is choppy at times and weak on worldbuilding, with surprisingly thin characterization—but girl power abounds, and the pages keep turning. The romance that Maisie resists and recognizes as mostly just a hormonal rush is endearing and happily doesn't quite overshadow saving the world or her family, although it sometimes comes close. A change of pace that largely succeeds, showing that Hale's range is wider than her readers might have expected. (Science fiction. 12-16)
School Library Journal
Gr 7 Up—Her middle name may be Danger, but Maisie "Danger" Brown doesn't seem a likely action heroine. She is a homeschooled half-Latina science geek with a special love for physics and astronomy, and she has an artificial arm. When she wins a contest to go to astronaut camp with other teens, her life changes dramatically. Her team gets an opportunity to go up in a space elevator, and she and four others, including Wilder, the boy she's crushing on, are exposed to alien artifacts or "tokens," which enter their bodies and give them superpowers. Maisie becomes a tech whiz, one teen becomes superstrong and beastlike, another is able to shoot objects from her fingers, one teammate gains the ability to grow armor and weaponry from his body, and Wilder becomes the Thinker, a mastermind who can direct them all on a mission envisioned by the aliens who created the tokens. But what is the group's ultimate purpose? Will they survive the alien mission? And will they be able to escape the grasp of the humans competing to exploit them and the alien technology, including Wilder's own unscrupulous father? This fast-paced science fiction novel with echoes of the "Fantastic Four" comics doesn't let up for a moment. Maisie is a strong, smart heroine with a wry sense of humor, and readers will be rooting for her to save the world. A must-read for fans of superhero adventures.—Kathleen E. Gruver, Burlington County Library, Westampton, NJ

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Bloomsbury USA
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5.70(w) x 8.30(h) x 1.50(d)
HL680L (what's this?)
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12 - 17 Years

Meet the Author

Shannon Hale is the Newbery Honor-winning and New York Times bestselling author of Princess Academy and its sequel Princess Academy: Palace of Stone, The Books of Bayern, and the graphic novels Rapunzel's Revenge and Calamity Jack-as well as three novels for adults, including Austenland, now a major motion picture starring Keri Russell. She and her husband, the author Dean Hale, have four children and live near Salt Lake City, Utah.


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Dangerous 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 9 reviews.
JulieWallace More than 1 year ago
“Danger is my middle name.”  Maisie Danger Brown can actually say that. Maisie is not a typical teenager. She’s been pretty sheltered.  She lives in Salt Lake City and she’s home schooled. Being raised by two scientists’ parents makes her very book smart. Her only friend is Luther, a boy from her neighborhood. She always dreamed of being an Astronaut. When an opportunity to attend Astronaut summer boot camp in Texas comes along she jumps at the chance.  She wants to get out and see more of the world. Maisie was born with one arm and her prosthetic arm she lovingly calls pincher. When she arrives at boot camp she decides to not wear uncomfortable pincher.  Maisie isn’t use to all the people staring at her. She doesn’t let the mean comments bother her. In fact, she makes a joke when some boys gross out about her missing limb. A very good looking boy named Jonathon Wilder acts like her missing arm is no big deal and he flirts with her. Maisie is hooked.  She experiences her first crush and first kiss. And she can tell you the exact number of kisses it was too. She’s paired off with a group of super geniuses and they are told whoever scores the best will take a ride into space.  Of course Maisie’s diverse group is picked along with Wilder to go into space.  Wilder suddenly dumps Maisie and she’s left sad and dejected.  But she doesn’t let that stop her from enjoying the dream of a lifetime— going into space. This is when Maisie’s world turns upside down.   I’ll try not to give more away about the story because you just need to read it for yourself with no spoilers.  There are many twists and turns you’ll never predict. You won’t know who the bad guys are and who is good. Things seem so bleak and dark at times you can’t imagine how anything good will turn out.  When I first heard about this book I was excited to read about a female superhero. This story wasn’t what I expected. I thought it would be more comic book style. You know a lot of “POW!” “BANG! “ “KA-POW!”  I was pleasantly surprised the story was even better. It has a realistic scientific feel to the process of becoming a superhero.  Maisie is my new favorite main character. She’s a normal teenager with flutters in her stomach when a certain boy is near. But for her age she’s smart and takes the responsibility of the world on her shoulders.  If you read Sci-fi books like “Ender’s Game” or enjoyed the movie you’ll love this book. It sort of reminds me of the 1986 movie “Space Camp.”But only at the beginning of the book, this story takes on a whole new original twist. I loved Luther and his usage of “Frak.” (It made me think of Battlestar Galactica. The old and much better one. My husband doesn’t agree. But turning Starbuck into a girl was detrimental in my eyes.) Dangerous even has a great romance. This is my kind of story— a mix of Superheroes, Sci-fi, Romance, and all wrapped nicely in a YA novel.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is amazing. I loved all the characters, all the twists, and all the adventure. The romance in this book is kinda mature, so I recommend this book for girls ages 14+. I was surprized when I realized that Shannon Hale wrote this book, because she only really writes fairytale-like stuff. However, I give this book 5 out of 5 (10 stars if possible x)) Read this book NOW!!!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I thought it was beautiful and one of the best books shannon hale has ever written . I will read evvery single book that she writes . Her stories are amazing and I'll remember them forever. read dangerous and you'll be more than happy you did
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Loved it
mnxaveria 9 months ago
Dangerous is the Sci-Fi book I’ve been waiting for. I’m not much of a science fiction reader, but I do enjoy it. Sometimes. I don’t enjoy the testosterone-packed, sexistly-laced fluff novels about aliens and fights with giant “No Girls Allowed” banners pasted all over them. Dangerous is the opposite of this. Dangerous features a young, disabled, half-Latina woman who, alongside five other students, attend an astronaut camp, where, ultimately, their lives are changed forever. It has aliens. It has spaceships. It has super powers. What more do you want? Did I mention it has beautiful POC representation as well as characters with disabilities? And they kick butt.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love this book. All the twists and turns just keep you guessing. I recomend this book to ALL! Even if you dont like superpowers or stuff like that, you still need to read this book. I personaly belive Jaques sounds cuter than Wilder. Definitly a different story than I thought it would ever be. Ithink the whole, one arm shabang was a bit unneccesary. Uncalled for at that. Definitly recomend to EVERYONE though!!!!!! Happy reading!
EverAfterEsther More than 1 year ago
Dangerous is a book with incredible potential, and there were a number of elements I really enjoyed. But this book as a whole ended up being a hard sell for me, and I was left unconvinced by the story and its characters. Reason to Read: 1. Plenty of space, science, and superpowers: As soon as there is a book that has a description which mentions space, I jump all over that - it's almost a guaranteed way to get me to read a book. I loved that Dangerous had a space story heavily influenced by science, because that made Maisie stand out to me as a character I could readily envision as a real person. The fact that Maisie is also missing a hand made her a really great character, too - we don't see this very often in YA, and I think it's so important to read about different characters with their own life hurdles (although I wasn't a fan of how this was shown). The problem is that this sounds like a dream, right? The problem was that the story just didn't deliver for me. I had the absolute hardest time with the romance, and it seemed to completely take over the book. It was present on every page, and it felt too forced me to buy into it and care.  But most importantly, the story was far too convoluted. I felt like I had whiplash trying to keep up with the fast pace and how quickly the story would change. It jumps around from one idea to another, and some characters seem to be stuck in the story for no apparent reason.  I actually found some of the jokes to be funny (or "punny" hehe) because I sometimes share that cheesy sense of humour. It was quirky, rather than annoying to me, but it wasn't enough to save the book. And I found Maisie's relationship with her parents to be remarkably touching.  Overall, Dangerous was a disappointing read for me because it felt like too much story in one little book, and I was completely unable to relate with the book or enjoy some of its most important plot points.  ARC received from Penguin Canada for review; no other compensation was received. 
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I have a better review on my ipad!!!!!! Good book thought!
chapterxchapter More than 1 year ago
I didn’t know what to expect from Dangerous by author Shannon Hale. I haven’t read any of the author’s previous works and the description that I read for the book was pretty vague. Still, I was curious and I was interested in seeing what the novel would be about. What I anticipated from the novel was nothing like what I got (pretty shocking in my opinion). There’s action, sci-fi and alien technology among other things. Pretty intense, guys. Dangerous tells the story of main character Maisie Danger Brown, the daughter of two scientists who can only dream about going into space. So when the opportunity arises in the form of a contest Maisie eagerly enters and gains acceptance into a special program for a group of teens to experience a space camp. It’s there that Maisie meets kids just like her and gets sent into space where the scientists in charge of her and her group introduce them to alien materials that will change their lives forever. After coming into contact with the alien tech Maisie and her friends are suddenly capable of amazing, superhuman feats and become a part of a task force to use their powers seemingly for good. However it doesn’t take long for one member of the team to succumb to her abilities and become a threat. Suddenly the powers that the teens have are dangerous and each of them face coming to terms with it and not letting it control them. As Maisie delves deeper into the mystery behind the technology and people who gave her her abilities it becomes devastatingly clear that the fate of not just everybody she loves but the very world might all be resting in her hands. Dangerous has a somewhat slow start. After reading the first chapter I was a bit hesitant to get reading because it seemed like the novel would have a slow pace and be pretty dull. At a first glance I wasn’t very interested in Maisie’s character. She’s a braniac teenage girl who has one arm and half of the other but I felt like her character was going to be a total Mary Sue from how she’s portrayed in those first few chapters. But once Maisie goes to ‘space camp’ everything about her changes and she (in a fashion similar to what happened to The Fantastic Four) gains superhuman abilities. The plot for Dangerous does jump around a lot. At the start there’s a clear consistency that does give the novel a bit of a thrilling atmosphere but after a member of Maisie’s team dies the novel begins to get random. There are certain scenes that felt realistic considering the situation that Maisie finds herself in and then there were some others that just had me furrowing my brow and going huh? I had high hopes for the story after what happened in the beginning but my interest began to wane halfway through. Apart from that, the romance in the novel really wasn’t working for me. It was very forced and made no sense. The love interest (who I won’t name because spoilers) comes off as sweet in the beginning but turns out to be a scheming jerk. That alone should have made Maisie kick him to the curb however later on in the novel she excuses all of the insane, unforgivable things that he does all for a romance that was more lust than love. While Dangerous didn’t work out very well for me any readers who are looking for a Fantastic Four-esque sci-fi read should give Dangerous a shot. Any readers who are interested in novels with a superhero theme to it or just want a very unique story should look at getting their hands on Dangerous.