by Shannon Hale


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ISBN-13: 9781599901688
Publisher: Bloomsbury USA
Publication date: 03/04/2014
Pages: 416
Product dimensions: 5.70(w) x 8.30(h) x 1.50(d)
Lexile: HL680L (what's this?)
Age Range: 12 - 17 Years

About the Author

Shannon's mother says she was a storyteller from birth, jabbering endlessly in her carriage as the two strolled through the neighborhood; once she could form complete sentences, she made up stories, bribing her younger siblings to perform them in mini plays. When she was ten, she began writing books, mostly fantasy stories where she was the heroine, and she continued writing secretly for years while pursuing acting in stage and improv comedy. After detours studying in Mexico, the U. K., and Paraguay, Shannon earned a bachelor's degree in English from the University of Utah and a Masters in Creative Writing from the University of Montana. In the interim, she submitted short stories and novels to magazines and publishers, saving all her rejection letters which she has since laminated into one continuous 60-foot roll which she proudly unfurls to audiences as a testament to her dedication and determination.

Since the publication of her first book, The Goose Girl, in 2003, Shannon has become a beloved author to young readers as well as booksellers and educators. Her third novel, Princess Academy, earned her a Newbery Honor and is a The New York Times, Book Sense, and Publishers Weekly bestseller. Shannon has also written two books for adults, Austenland and The Actor and the Housewife. Shannon lives in Salt Lake City, Utah, with her husband, Dean, their children, and their pet, a small plastic pig.


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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 More than 1 year 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.