The Selection meets The 5th Wave in this heart-racing debut duology about a girl competing for a spot on a mysterious mission to the outer reaches of space.
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.
Eighteen-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 is 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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About the Author
Heather Kaczynski writes books for teenagers and other people who like books about teenagers. They’re usually about teenagers saving the world, because she really believes they can. Heather never got to go to space camp, so she had to settle for writing about it. After graduating cum laude with a degree in biology, she returned to her first love of books, and she now works in a library near NASA. She lives with her husband, their daughter, and way too many books. She’s not nearly brave enough to go into space, but she did twirl a fire baton in high school. Visit her online at www.heatherkaczynski.com.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
I really enjoyed this book! It has strong, diverse cast. I cannot wait for the next book!
“The universe seemed open and waiting for me, and I was ready to meet it.” I’ve really gotten more into sci-fi this year, and I was very excited to read Dare Mighty Things! And while it didn’t blow me away like some other reads have, it did not disappoint me either. We follow Cassie Gupta as she competes for a chance to fulfill her life’s dream and go on what may be her only chance at an actual space mission. But as Cassie and the competitors vye for the single spot on the mission, they face physical and mental challenges that will push them to the edge. Things I Liked: The competition was great! We get really purposeful challenges and tests that help set up what to expect in the future and show the character’s skills. I really loved the banter and camaraderie that we see develop between some of the competitors. I liked Cassie as a MC. She was so smart, driven, and brave. She really loves space and we see her dedication, to not only the program and her studies, but her dedication to her dreams. It was really admirable! Cassie also identifies as asexual, and explicitly says so in the text. It was great to see such a severely underrepresented sexuality in the story! (Mitsuko, Cassie’s roommate and friend identifies as bi!) Things I Didn’t Like: Pacing was a little too fast, and created a lack of tension in who would win the competition. Because we only really knew a few of the characters, it was obvious who would be selected for the mission. There was some clunky and awkward scenes. They felt a little rushed and the dialogue was stilted, specifically in the scene where Cassia and Mitsuko talk about their respective sexual identities. The conversation felt forced and removed from the overall story. Hanna wasn’t a bad character by any means, but I just didn’t connect with her and it seemed that she got more slack than the other competitors and that kinda bugged me. Overall, Dare Mighty Things is a fun sci-fi story, that sets up the sequel to have more space elements (always a win) and higher stakes! I’m excited to see the relationships develop further, and I know will get some awesome worldbuilding! I think I’m most excited about what Dare Mighty Things promises for the future, and a book leaving me wanting more is always a win. I received a copy of the book from HarperTeen in exchange for an honest review.