One Giant Leap

One Giant Leap

When Cassandra Gupta was chosen to be the youngest member of a top-secret mission to the far reaches of the universe she knew to expect the unexpected. But nothing could have prepared her for the catastrophic events that would occur once she left Earth.Cassie and the rest of the crew have found themselves in the middle of a conflict between two alien civilizations hell-ben...

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Title:One Giant Leap
Author:Heather Kaczynski
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Edition Language:English

One Giant Leap Reviews

  • Tagcaver

    I highly recommend this fast-paced and exciting sequel to Dare Mighty Things. This book concludes Cassie’s journey to the stars and beyond. Our favorite characters from DMT are joined by some new characters and new places to bring the story to an exciting conclusion.

  • Ina

    3.5 Stars - After the first book was a total success with me, I already knew it was gonna be hard for the sequel to live up to that. Sadly, it didn’t work out completely. There were parts I really enjoyed, but overall the plot was a bit too much all over the place for me and the really awesome things that I liked about the first in this series (the characters, the tension, the plot twist) fell a little short here.

    It was a solid continuation of the story, it just didn’t excite me as much as the

    3.5 Stars - After the first book was a total success with me, I already knew it was gonna be hard for the sequel to live up to that. Sadly, it didn’t work out completely. There were parts I really enjoyed, but overall the plot was a bit too much all over the place for me and the really awesome things that I liked about the first in this series (the characters, the tension, the plot twist) fell a little short here.

    It was a solid continuation of the story, it just didn’t excite me as much as the first part.

  • John Clark

    Nice sequel to Dare Mighty Things. The action and plot twists make for a fast and engrossing read. By the end, readers will be shaking their heads over which race was the villain and which was the victim. My only comment of a critical nature is that the ending was a bit too long, but that's a very minor point.

  • Sandra

    While I am glad I read this second book to Dare Mighty Things, I found it disappointing. The character relationship and story building was more interesting in the first and was a bit more scattered and undeveloped in the second.

  • Kendra Marie

    Torn between a 3 or 4 star rating.

    Overall this series was such a nice read. I loved the setting of space and the impending doom that the characters attempt to escape.

  • Kap

    This book was a hot mess. Neither the plot nor the characters received the time or attention that they needed. There were too many parts that would have been cool on their own

    . I though

    This book was a hot mess. Neither the plot nor the characters received the time or attention that they needed. There were too many parts that would have been cool on their own

    . I thought Kaczynski actually did a decent job creating intelligent species that were somewhat different from humans. The Vrag were really interesting! I would have enjoyed seeing more world-building. Really, that's the problem with the plot: there's not enough contextual infrastructure to fully support it.

    The points that I was hoping would be further addressed and more deeply explored in this book were not. I wanted to see Cassie explore her asexuality more - but instead her sexuality remained superficial and insignificant (which is completely fine, but if you're going to take the time to explicitly say that Cass is asexual, I'd expect you to spend a little more time exploring what that actually means and how that might more fully affect her character).

    This book really suffers from superficial diversity all around. Cass is asexual, but it's barely explored beyond a cursory, "oh, you might be asexual" remark after she gets flustered by the mention of sex. Cass is a bi-racial, Indian American woman, but these components of her identity never go beyond her last name (Gupta) and a shallow depiction of her Indian grandmother. There are a few other sprinkled in mentions of Cass being a POC, but they were insubstantial. Really, she could have been any race or ethnicity and it would have no effect on the story. I guess this is fine, but I still wanted more. Let's get more representation that has substance and weight!

    All of these characters suffer from this superficial treatment. Mitsuko is Japanese, but that has no bearing on her character beyond one moment where she reads the Japanese news. Hanna is German (am I remembering that correctly? I just know that she's from somewhere in Northern Europe).... no relevancy to her character. Emilio is latino. Again, no relevancy (plus he gets criminally little air time in book two). And Luka is ~kinda~ Georgian, though I'll excuse the lack of rep since he's technically an alien. But still. He supposedly spent time growing up in Georgia and learned about the culture to more authentically play the role of human. I'm not saying that the lack of depth in these characters is wrong, just that I wanted more. If you're looking for a YA scifi with diverse representation that actually impacts the characters, sadly this series will only let you down.

    Going beyond the impact of ethnic identity on these characters, aside from Cassie, no one really had any character depth. Luka was two-dimensional in

    and he remained two-dimensional in

    . For being such an important and central character (not to mention, Cassie's love interest) he was about as interesting as a clump of dirt on the side of the road. And he had the personality to match. In fact, he became even less interesting in this book than the previous one. How is that possible??

    Last complaint: The resolution was too easily won.

    All in all, a disappointment :( YA needs more inter-galactic scifi, because I keep being disappointed when all I want is a decent story about teenagers in space with aliens.

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  • Vicky Who Reads

    GUYS tHERE'S A COVER TODAY HAS BEEN SO WONDERFUL TO US COVER-WISE WOW I'M IN AWE (full info

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  • ellie

    update: tHE COVER IS GORGEOUS AND ITS AS BEAUTIFUL AS I EXPECTED IT TO BE

    I’M SO EXCITED TO FIND OUT ABOUT THE PLANET AND THE ALIENS AND JUST

    IN GENERAL!!!

    throughout the last half I couldn’t stop grinning at the book bc I was so excited about space. And this one will probably be centered fully in space so YAY

  • rachel

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