Series: The Game #1
Publisher: Katherine Tegen Books on June 11, 2013
Reading Challenges: 2014 Rewind Challenge
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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.
I’m usually not the type of person to read sci-fi dystopian novels, just because it is so hard for me to find one that I genuinely enjoy. However, I’ve seen great things about Eve Silver’s Rush so I thought I’d give it a try.
Rush was a very interesting novel that definitely kept my interest. It was action packed and suspenseful. The premise was unlike anything that I’ve read so it was really something different for me. The pacing was fast but not hard to keep up with. There weren’t any boring points and I literally could not put the book down!
Miki was the main protagonist. She was hit by a car saving a little girl and was pulled into the Game. I thought she was a very strong character, dealing with all of the things that they were forced to do in the game. She was also a great leader. She was determined and caring. She grew a lot in this novel, from shocked and curious girl to fearless leader, and I can’t wait to see how else she changes in the next novel.
Jackson Tate has been in the Game since he was twelve years old. Jackson was definitely a mysterious book boy. He was kind of bipolar, sometimes nice, sometimes aloof. He was a nice character to try to get to know. His past is really complicated and I loved discovering different aspects of it. I am definitely excited to see more Jackson Tate in book two.
The romance in this book was slow building and it was actually pretty cute. With Jackson being so iffy and Miki discovering things about him that pointed to him being a not-so-great guy made for interesting situations once their feelings for each other started evolving. It was a complex romance that I wasn’t expecting to be so interesting.
The world building in this novel was phenomenal. Eve Silver created a really cool and yet really realistic plot and setting. As I mentioned, I’m not a big fan of science fiction but this one definitely a good one for me. Between the aliens, the game, and the kids, Silver created a world that I was sad to leave at the end of the book.
Rush was one of the best science fiction novels that I’ve read to date. I can’t wait to see what happens in book two, especially given the cliffhanger!