Saturday, February 8, 2014

Rush by Eve Silver

Title: Rush
Author: Eve Silver
Publisher: HarperTeen
Release: June 11, 2013
Series: The Game
Pages: 368
Review: 4.5 Stars

I have owned this book for a while now and finally read it last week. I've wanted to read it for ages, but never have. So, I read it. And it ROCKED! I thought it was going to be some dystopian/sci-fi game like the movie Spy Kids 3. I was not expecting the characters to be pulled through time and space to fight aliens! The book starts off with a bang, with the first major plot point only a few pages into the book.

The main character is Miki Jones. Only a few pages in, Miki is hit by a truck and is transported into 'The Game'. Miki starts out a bit overconfident, but she quickly realizes just how life and death the 'Game' truly is. Miki soon goes from overconfidence to fear and confusion. She doesn't understand what exactly the game is, only that it puts her and her friends in danger. Miki also meets Jackson. He's the leader of their 'team' in the game, though he's constantly insisting that they aren't a team. From the first page he's on, the reader knows that Jackson has secrets. For one thing, he's always wearing sunglasses. Jackson is truly swoon worthy. He's mysterious and hot and cold with Miki. His character arc is one that is truly interesting and heartbreaking at times.

The plot was incredibly fast. It started on page one and didn't end until the last line. The climax happened closer to the end than I would have liked, but it made for an incredible cliffhanger. The romance truly does build in this book. It's not some sort of insta-love. There is major tension between the characters and I love their banter. I truly felt like I was in the story. It took me a little while to read the book, but it was definitely worth it. The sequel, Push, comes out this summer and I can't wait for it! If you have the chance, definitely pick up this book. It's different and definitely original. 4.5 stars.

Author Bio:
Eve Silver lives with her gamer husband and sons, sometimes in Canada, but often in worlds she dreams up. She loves kayaking and sunshine, dogs and desserts, and books, lots and lots of books. Watch for the first book in Eve’s new teen series, THE GAME: RUSH, coming from Katherine Tegen Books, June 2013. She also writes books for adults.

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So what’s the game now? This, or the life I used to know?

When Miki Jones is pulled from her life, pulled through time and space into some kind of game—her carefully controlled life spirals into chaos. In the game, she and a team of other teens are sent on missions to eliminate the Drau, terrifying and beautiful alien creatures. There are no practice runs, no training, and no way out. Miki has only the guidance of secretive but maddeningly attractive team leader Jackson Tate, who says the game isn’t really a game, that what Miki and her new teammates do now determines their survival, and the survival of every other person on this planet. She laughs. He doesn’t. And then the game takes a deadly and terrifying turn.

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