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Book Blurb Breakdown: Dangerous by Shannon Hale

book blurb breakdown

Book Blurb Breakdown is a Sarcasm & Lemons feature where your anal English degree-holding author rips apart (gently) jacket blurbs to pin down what makes her want to pick up the book instantly--and what makes her want to throw it at the wall.  See the original post for more detail.  




today's blurb
Status:  Unread


the blurb: as is 
from Goodreads

Maisie Danger Brown just wanted to get away from home for a bit, see something new. She never intended to fall in love. And she never imagined stumbling into a frightening plot that kills her friends and just might kill her, too. A plot that is already changing life on Earth as we know it. There's no going back. She is the only thing standing between danger and annihilation.

From NY Times bestselling author Shannon Hale comes a novel that asks, How far would you go to save the ones you love? And how far would you go to save everyone else?


the blurb:  shredded 

Maisie Danger Brown just wanted to get away from home for a bit, see something new. She never intended to fall in love.  (Okay, you're already kind of losing me.  I've read this line 50 times in other blurbs.  And no one ever intends to fall in love, anyway.)  And she never imagined stumbling into a frightening plot that kills her friends and just might kill her, too. (Well this sounds cool.  What friends, though?  Are these new friends?  Old friends?  She's away from home, right?) A plot that is already changing life on Earth as we know it.  (Compelling.  I like this bit.) There's no going back. She is the only thing standing between danger and annihilation.  (Wait, really?  That's all I get?  I don't know anything about the book yet!  Is this history?  Fantasy?  Science-fiction?  Where is this plot even taking place?  Who are these people she's befriending and falling in love with?  This might be the most generic description I've ever read.)  

From NY Times bestselling author Shannon Hale comes a novel that asks, How far would you go to save the ones you love? And how far would you go to save everyone else? (I've heard these questions before.  This is not unique.)



the blurb: as is 
from Amazon

How far would you go to save the world?

When Maisie Danger Brown nabbed a spot at a NASA-like summer boot camp, she never expected to uncover a conspiracy that would change her life forever.

And she definitely didn't plan to fall in love.

But now there's no going back—Maisie's the only thing standing between the Earth and annihilation. She must become the hero the world needs. The only problem is: how does a regular girl from Salt Lake City do that, exactly? It's not as though there's a handbook for this sort of thing. It's up to Maisie to come up with a plan—and find the courage to carry it out—before she loses her heart . . . and her life.

Equal parts romance and action-adventure, this explosive story is sure to leave both longtime Shannon Hale fans and avid science fiction readers completely breathless.
How far would you go to save the world?


the blurb:  shredded 

When Maisie Danger Brown nabbed a spot at a NASA-like summer boot camp, she never expected to uncover a conspiracy that would change her life forever.  (Okay, now we're talking.  Science-fiction.  Something with space.  This grabs me a lot more than the one above.) 

And she definitely didn't plan to fall in love.  (Blah blah blah.)  

But now there's no going back—Maisie's the only thing standing between the Earth and annihilation.  (Why?  There's no one else?)  She must become the hero the world needs.  (Why?  Also Dark Knight.) The only problem is:  (Really?  That's the only problem?) how does a regular girl from Salt Lake City do that, exactly? It's not as though there's a handbook for this sort of thing.  (Good question, but this is a trope in tons of books.  It's something that should come out in the story.  Maybe it's just the way it's worded here.  The tone doesn't fit with the rest of the blurb at all.) It's up to Maisie to come up with a plan—and find the courage to carry it out—before she loses her heart . . . and her life.  (Somehow, I'm not buying that losing her heart is really relevant to the whole annihilation problem.)  

Equal parts romance and action-adventure  (Okay, so I have a sort of idea), this explosive story is sure to leave both longtime Shannon Hale fans and avid science fiction readers completely breathless.



the verdict 
1/5 stars
2/5 stars

You get two blurbs this time because the one from Goodreads (also the one on the author page) was so vague that I thought there must be more information somewhere.  (Not much.)  So, the verdict.  Blurb #1 could go on the cover of pretty much any evil plot book.  Just change the character name.  It's full of stock phrases and vague descriptions that are probably aimed to create mystery.  Instead, they create confusion and make me wary of picking it up.  What's it even about!?  The second blurb provides more clarity.  This is science-fiction, obviously, so we know what to expect there.  And....that's about it.  Both blurbs try to stick the romance in there like it's just as important as SAVING THE EARTH, which worries me.  It feels forced.  I also really need to know why this chick is the only hope.  Is she the only one who knows about it?  Does she have some special ability?  Why do we need to know that she's from Salt Lake City?  Is that the spawning ground of "regular" girls?  I admit, I'm being harsh, but I just don't understand how marketing copy like this get out.  For all I know (and given the glowing pre-reviews and author testimonials), this could be one of the best books of the year.  I'll be waiting to read reviews on other blogs because I'm wary to spend $15.99 on a story that, for all I know, could be about a plague of unruly mecha-rabbits.  



your thoughts

Does this blurb grab you?  
Do you agree with my thoughts?  If not, how so?  
Do you have any recommendations for blurbs I should shred?  



previous breakdowns 

Love Letters to the Dead by Ava Dellaira
Red Rising by Pierce Brown





4 comments:

  1. The blurbs don't really grab me. It's the author that makes me want to pick up the book. I've read other books by her and while I didn't love all of them, I didn't hate any of them either. I do wonder what is so special about Maisie. A normal girl being the only hope for Earth? Ehhh...come on, there HAS to be something special about her! Maybe she's half alien! Area 51 is in the next state over! Okay, so now my imagination is just going wild.

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    1. I recently read some reviews that make me think I won't want to read it, but I hope you like it. I've never actually read Shannon Hale, so perhaps I'm missing out. I guess she's one-armed and has a robot arm in its place. That's all I know. Haha, half alien would be awesome.

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  2. I haven't heard of this one before, so it was great to hear your breakdown of the blurbs. I am curious about why the main character is the only hope, too. Looking forward to hearing the reviews. :)
    ~Jess

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    1. Glad to help! I'm curious about the reviews too. The ones that I've seen so far have been very mixed.

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