ARC Review: T-Minus by Shannon Greenland

T-MinusT-Minus by Shannon Greenland
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

A terror with no answer needs a girl with no limits.

I am the daughter of the first female POTUS, and today is about to become the longest day of my life…

24 hours—that’s how much time I have to save my mother before terrorists assassinate her. But now my father and brother are missing, too. This goes deeper than anyone thinks. Only someone on the inside would know how to pull this off—how to make the entire First Family disappear.

I can’t trust anyone, so it’s up to me to uncover the conspiracy and stop these madmen. Because little do they know, they picked the wrong person to terrorize.

My name is Sophie Washington, and I will not be a victim. No one, I repeat no one, is taking me or my family down. But the clock is ticking…

Warnings: gun violence, physical violence and torture, bomb blasts, mentions of mass murders, mutilation

A fast-paced story about a First Daughter who has to save her family from a domestic terrorist plot, T-Minus has Sophie fighting against time to prevent more deaths. When she is first taken to a safe house following a terror threat, Sophie doesn’t know how much her family and the people close to them are in danger, but she knows that there is a mole on the inside and the identity of the person betraying them is not known. With everyone suspect, she has fewer options to choose help from when she finds out her brother has been kidnapped; she can only trust her friends, who while having undergone the same training under a fictitious CIA teen program, aren’t exactly seasoned field agents. She is blackmailed, betrayed, shot at, witness to murders, and has to make difficult choices, because she knows there is no room to negotiate.

Now, while this book definitely delivers on the fast-paced action, it otherwise doesn’t really have anything else of substance. I wish I could say I really cared for the characters, but I didn’t. The frequent flash-backs which I suppose were to give relevant backstory were just annoying interruptions to the scene, as many of them weren’t really that important to the plot. The reason for the terror plot was a surprise, so I will give it that. The identity of the ‘insider’ was not, even before suspicion was first cast on that character. There is a minor romance but even that felt unnecessary. The ending was resolved well, though I didn’t really get the reason for the long ‘epilogue’-like chapter; I skimmed over it because nope, not interested in a spelunking fic. Overall: its a fun, fast-paced read.

Is it diverse? Main character is a Cuban-American; has a gay VP as a minor character

Received an advance reader copy in exchange for a fair review from Entangled Teen, via Edelweiss.

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Released on August 6, 2019

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