Title: Rush (The Game: Book 1)
Author: Eve Silver
Genre: Young Adult, Science Fiction, Romance, Fantasy
Series: The Game : Book 1
Published On: June 11th 2013
Publisher: Katherine Tegen Books
Source: Received from the Author in exchange for an honest review.
My Rating: 4 Stars
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.
Rush was… odd. But I totally fell in love with Miki and Jackson’s relationship, and ended up reading this book in one sitting.
Miki Jones first gets pulled while trying to save a girl from being run over and wakes up in a field in the game. That’s when she meets her team, although some of the characters would choose to not use that word to describe them. They then try to hunt and kill aliens who are invading their planet… which sounds silly but is delivered in a serious way that surprisingly works.
I’m not a huge fan of video games, so while I thought the concept of (sort of) being ‘pulled’ into a video game was interesting, I was clueless about some of the aspects/lingo/etc. Aside from that, I thought the aliens would be less of a focus because I went in expecting the game to be fake or in a parallel universe type of setting.
I wasn’t sure what to expect when I started reading this book. Although I did think the game aspect would be more important, it instead turns out to be a very real part of their lives that affects them even when they’re not in the game. The whole video game concept seemed pointless, too, like a way to create a twist. In fact, I believe the story would have worked better without that element in it.
The Drau (aliens) were creepy and believable (as far as aliens can be anyway), however the committee that is in charge of the game didn’t feel nearly as scary or powerful as they were made out to be during the course of the book, so I felt like I’d been tricked at times.
Also, while the characters were supposed to be living separate ‘real’ lives outside the game, it felt like they meshed together when pretty much everyone in the game moved to Miki’s city and attended her school (Okay, it was only two people… out of three) even though they were supposed to be from totally different areas geographically. This, plus other things, made it feel like the author kept setting up rules only to completely disregard them later… which seemed silly because why even set up the rules in the first place?
Miki Jones is another strong female lead (I’ve been reading a lot of books lately with totally awesome female protagonists) which I love. However, from the start its obvious she has some things to work out, such as grieving her mother’s death and learning to be happy again. When she gets pulled into the game, it only makes things all the more difficult…
But Jackson seems to make things better. Jackson is sort of the unofficial (official but they don’t really discuss it until the end) leader of their group and instantly takes a liking to Miki and goes out of his way to protect her, even though she seems to be able to handle herself well. He’s mysterious and refuses to share ANY information really without it having to be dragged out of him… except, Miki has a way of getting him to talk. It was insanely annoying how he knew everything but wouldn’t just cough the details up… but it lead to some pretty great banter between Miki and him which was adorable.
Luka was… not very important to the plot. It seemed like he was going to be apart of a budding love triangle but it ends up not really working out that way which I thought was confusing but also relieving.
I wasn’t a huge fan of the plot or the execution, in all honesty, but the characters and their relationships hooked me from the beginning. Eve Silver’s writing was beautiful and captivating, and I intend to read the sequel.
If you are a fan of video games, aliens, and romance, this could be a great book for you!