The Countdown Conspiracy

The Countdown Conspiracy Ambassador you are go for launch in T minus Get ready to blast off with this high action high stakes middle grade adventure that s perfect for fans of Chris Grabenstein and Peter Lerangis Mi

  • Title: The Countdown Conspiracy
  • Author: Katie Slivensky
  • ISBN: null
  • Page: 448
  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • Ambassador, you are go for launch in T minus 5 4 3 2 Get ready to blast off with this high action, high stakes middle grade adventure that s perfect for fans of Chris Grabenstein and Peter Lerangis Miranda Regent can t believe she was just chosen as one of six kids from around the world to train for the first ever mission to Mars But as soon as the official announcemenAmbassador, you are go for launch in T minus 5 4 3 2 Get ready to blast off with this high action, high stakes middle grade adventure that s perfect for fans of Chris Grabenstein and Peter Lerangis Miranda Regent can t believe she was just chosen as one of six kids from around the world to train for the first ever mission to Mars But as soon as the official announcement is made, she begins receiving anonymous threatening messages and when the training base is attacked, it looks like Miranda is the intended target Now the entire mission and everyone s lives are at risk And Miranda may be the only one who can save them.The Martian meets The Goonies in this out of this world middle grade debut where the stakes couldn t be higher.

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    1. In this near future science fiction story, six kids from around the world are chosen to train for an up-coming mission to Mars. The kids and the space program to get them to Mars is an effect of a fragile peace that exists. Not everyone is happy with the peace or happy that Miranda has been chosen from the United States. Many people feel that she was chosen as a political gesture rather than for her talents. When Miranda learns this, it causes her to doubt herself and he constant low ranking amo [...]

    2. I received a copy via Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review.The Countdown Conspiracy by Katie Slivensky was a middle grade book that completely took me off guard. Most of the middle grade books I've read have had some kind of moral for the reader, but this one had a stronger effect on me because of how well it was written. This author played my emotions like an experienced musician. Through character development, twist and turns, sometimes tear-inducing storytelling, and intelligent and wel [...]

    3. Welp, I started this last night at 8:00 and when I got to chapter three, I was all like, "Oh, I really like this. I'll be into this for awhile." And then I finished it after midnight. I didn't WANT to read it all in one go, but then I did and OH MY GOD it is so good.Being chosen from all over the world, seven kids start years-long training for a mission that will make them the first to go to Mars. During their training, they will be attacked and uncover evidence of a despicable conspiracy that w [...]

    4. Incredibly written. Perfect for the space enthusiast. Easy, enjoyable read. Definitely stayed up late a few nights reading because I couldn’t put it down!

    5. Miranda, age 13 and a high school graduate, is chosen as one of six kids for a mission to Mars. She is sent off to a base in Antarctica for intensive training where she meets her team, the brightest and best kids from around the world. But things don’t go as smoothly as she’d hoped – she and another girl don’t quite get along and Miranda struggles to keep up with the others in classes. After a series of attacks, Miranda must figure out what’s going on. She’s rebuilds her bot, an ador [...]

    6. Good scifi - decent characters, interesting plot, close enough to the near future that the world building and tech doesn't have to take up the whole book but cool enough tech to make it fun. Plenty of action, good pacing.

    7. So I'm not entirely unbiased in this review - I obviously love space and science (as I wrote a book about the same kinds of things) but this exceeded my hopes. Not only an amazingly-researched novel about ambitious, smart kids who are into robotics, engineering, and coding, but who want to do amazing things and push the boundaries of human ability. And it has so much heart. It was a non-stop ride from start to finish; kids who might get bored easily will have a hard time putting this one down. E [...]

    8. I had so much fun reading this book! It's fast-paced and thrilling, with such a great cast of characters. The twists and turns kept me guessing until the end. Highly recommend for anyone who loves science, space missions, robots, and fun adventures!

    9. E ARC from Edelweiss Above the TreelineMiranda has been chosen as one of six tweens to be trained for a world wide Mars mission. She deserves it-- she's super smart, has made her own robot, and has always wanted to participate in the space program-- but feels that perhaps she shouldn't have been chosen over her friend Sasha, who is Russian. Because there has been a global conflict, Miranda's position on the team comes under scrutiny, and before long she suffers through several attacks that imper [...]

    10. THIS. BOOK. IS. AMAZING!!! Miranda is one of six cadets chosen to go to Mars as part of an international peace-keeping initiative, and she joins her charming, intriguing cast of fellow cadets at the training center to start the six-year training to prepare for their journey. On their way to the training site, robotics expert Miranda--and her fellow cadets--suffer a series of attacks that escalate through the novel, and the cadets have to figure out who is behind them and how to protect not only [...]

    11. A very engaging character-driven sci-fi book. Miranda is a great main character and I loved the supporting cast. There were SO many times I FELT for Miranda and her friends as they worked towards their goal to become Mars astronauts. I loved Weir's The Martian and this felt to be in a very similar vein - not only because of the similar missions but because of the range of characters. Disclaimer: I did go to high school with the author but have not spoken to her since graduation and was psyched t [...]

    12. Out of all the middle grade books I've read in the last year, this was by far my favorite. From the contemporary setting to the geeky science references to the crazy unexpected adventure, I think this book reaches a wide audience (boys and girls) and would be very enjoyable as a read aloud in a classroom setting or parents reading to kids. I have to admit that all the cool stuff I learned about being an astronaut made me want to become one!

    13. You. Yes. YOU RIGHT THERE READING THIS. Stop reading this and GO READ The Countdown Conspiracy instead. You will LOVE the action, the characters, the plot twists, and the HEART. I have never typed so much of a review in all-caps IN MY LIFE. Trust me. Buy it. Read it. Love it. Share it.I'd give it all the stars in all the constellations if I could.

    14. Totally engaging, high-octane, non stop action and fun from this middle grade sci-fi debut. If you like page turners with high stakes and/or seeing girls in STEM then read this!

    15. My name is Miranda, and I’m the American cadet training for an international mission to Mars. However, Esteban and I were attacked on our way to the Antarctic training site; why would anyone want to kill us? As time has gone on, it seems apparent that we were not the targets; I am the one the assassins want dead. I'm trying to immerse myself in training, but the classes are really hard. I've never struggled with anything before. We've started practical exams in the spaceplane, and I'm feeling [...]

    16. I've been waiting over two years for this book. The wait was worth it.This was tons of fun. I loved Miranda's geeky inner monologue, especially her habit of doing mental math whenever she's nervous. It's a really unique way of conveying her emotions and it stuck with me throughout the whole book. Miranda felt like a real kid. A child prodigy, for sure, but not in the way that kid geniuses are usually portrayed. She was intelligent, one of the most intelligent people in the world, but she still f [...]

    17. What a unique book! Great diversity, wonderful STEM details and tons of action! Miranda was a believable character who worked through some incredibly difficult situations and emotions. I loved that Katie Slivensky wrote at length about the research she did for this book! How wonderful for young readers to see how much work she put in to making this fictional story as accurate as possible. The concept of 6 teens being selected to train for 9 years, then be sent to Mars, was an exciting one. It wa [...]

    18. This book is definitely going to be my go-to middle grade recommendation from now on. You should probably pick up a copy even if you don't have a middle grade reader in your life - because who doesn't want to read a heartfelt sci-fi adventure story? I particularly enjoyed Slivenksy's near-future world-building and well-handled ensemble cast. She hits some complex emotional and interpersonal beats in what is primarily a plot-driven story. The book is exciting and well-paced, while still taking it [...]

    19. The AEM War has ended, and with the peace comes a worldwide effort to send astronauts to Mars. As such, six twelve to fourteen year olds are chosen from around the world to train as the first team of astronauts who will be going. Miranda, representing the United States, is beyond thrilled to be a part of the team. It soon becomes abundantly clear, however, that someone doesn't want her there. At their training base in Antarctica, the six must not only deal with the strenuous astronaut training a [...]

    20. I loved THE MARTIAN. I mourned that book, that it was over, it was read, it was finished, it was time to move on, to let it go (or alternatively-read it again!). And then I pried open THE COUNTDOWN CONSPIRACY . . . and I totally LOVED IT. Steeped in math and science that reads as naturally as the characters pop off the page, this book is unputdownable. The sheer intellectual innovation and futurism that Slivensky infuses into this book is so very amusing and fun. And under deftly applied layers [...]

    21. I could not stop reading this book! The writing is clean and inviting, the plot pulled me in, and I was hooked! Loved the characters, mystery and intrigue, technology, space theme, science, engineering, and relationships. I loved this story! I won an ARC copy from Katie Slivensky and Literary Rambles, but this does not change my review. I love stories where 'kids' can work together and overcome great odds, all to solve seemingly insurmountable challenges. Six kids, one mission to Mars. Great rea [...]

    22. Thrilling, funny, and fast-paced, THE COUNTDOWN CONSPIRACY is a very appealing middle grade read. The main cast of characters, while all geniuses, ring true to early teens, especially when dealing with self-doubt, friendship issues, insecurities, crushes, and playful senses of humor. I don't want to spoil the plot, but the twists and turns kept me turning the pages. I really enjoyed the way science, math, and engineering are weaved into the plot so well. High recommended.

    23. Out of all the middle grade books I've read in the last year, this was by far my favorite. From the contemporary setting to the geeky science references to the crazy unexpected adventure, I think this book reaches a wide audience (boys and girls) and would be very enjoyable as a read aloud in a classroom setting or parents reading to kids. I have to admit that all the cool stuff I learned about being an astronaut made me want to become one!

    24. I loved every page of this book! My only complaint is it kept me up too late at night because I COULDN'T STOP READING!!!! The science in this novel seems well-researched and accurate with adds greatly to the appeal of the story. Miranda, Anna, Esteban and the other characters feel fleshed-out and likeable, interacting together in a way that forces them to reconcile their unique (and sometimes conflicting) personality traits in order to achieve a common goal. The stakes are high and the mysteries [...]

    25. My school is planning to have this author come visit and speak with our students. I read this book to talk up the book with my 6th graders. I truly enjoyed this Adventurous story! There are 6 pre-teens chosen to train for a Mission to Mars- they are chosen from around the world. The book follows Miranda- one of the Cadets. I loved it and can't wait to hear the author speak- and encourage my students to read this book! Great for boys and girls!

    26. What a perfect book for science and engineering loving middle-graders! Slivensky seamlessly weaves in science, engineering and technology terms in this space adventure. With a cast of six kids, the countdown to a mission to Mars begins (8 years away). But something is amiss and tings suddenly do NOT go as planned! The second half of the story is a page-turner that can't be put down. Great writing, plot, characterization and adventure!

    27. This very exciting science fiction mystery is about 6 super smart kids who enter a space program for a trip to Mars. The main character, Miranda, has built a robot that she can program. But it turns out that things are not all that they seem, and suddenly the whole team is in danger. I thought this one was terrific.

    28. I did not know anything about this story before I read it, but now that I have, I want to tell everyone I know to read this book. Incredible action, hold your breath suspense, fantastic science fiction. Make sure this book is on your shelf!

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