Title: Dare Mighty Things
Author: Heather Kaczynski
Series Status: 1st book in Dare Mighty Things Duology
# of pages: 371
My rating: 3.5/5 stars
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.
Seventeen-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 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.
This book was something I picked up after watching Booksandlala’s video about “overly specific book recommendations” where she recommended Sci-Fi books about space that don’t take place in space (p.s. video link is HERE). Anyways, I cannot even figure out what made me need to read this book as immediately as I did but I’m glad for it because I really enjoyed it.
Starting off is the main character Cassie, who is a high school senior that gets recruited for a NASA space mission while at work. I really enjoyed the relationships between Cassie and the other characters since she starts off with a very single-minded mentality on how she is planning to survive this competition for space. Also without giving much detail I will say I was really excited with the relationship (or should I say lack of relationship) in Dare Mighty Things. Towards the middle, it begins to blossom at the change of a relationship with someone specific but it is never anything that actively takes up too much space in the story.
The main reason this book has a lower rating for me was that the pacing is a little off for me. Instead of the steady pacing, we had in the first half of the book, the second half started off really slow and then suddenly everything happened in the last forty or so pages. This made it kind of off-putting but it still has me wanting to read the second book.
The plot itself was something that I was also obsessed with. It gave me similar vibes to Nyxia by Scott Reintgen, so if you loved either of these but haven’t read the other I would definitely recommend. Since the plot mainly focuses on the competition, I thought it would be full of young adults trying to get ahead and constantly focus on different challenges but instead found that while those things do happen the relationships stay at the forefront of the story.
Overall I really enjoyed Dare Mighty Things and I need to finish this duology really soon.