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Get ready for Shannon Hale as you've never seen her before in this rip-roaring contemporary superhero adventure

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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
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.)
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.
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.
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)

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