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Aliens and Terrifying Games: A Review of RUSH by Eve Silver

Posted by on June 17, 2013
Rush (The Game, #1) 
Eve Silver
352 pages
Publisher: Katherine Tegen Books
Release Date: June 11th, 2013
Source: ARC from Publisher

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.

With terrifyingly real games and aliens bent on taking over Earth, RUSH is an action-packed novel that will have you awed in no time.

Miki Jones has been keeping her carefully built world in control for awhile, but when she’s pulled into a real life game, she loses control. Miki and four others are sent on multiple missions to terminate the Drau, frightening and ruthless alien beings. But is it really a game if you can actually lose your life fighting these aliens? Filled with breathless action, RUSH is sure to leave readers stunned.

Let’s just say that my expectations for RUSH weren’t exactly sky-high, namely because of the countless negative reviews on Goodreads. But Eve Silver knows how to write a captivating story, and I couldn’t flip the pages fast enough. The characters had their own back stories, and by the end I knew quite a lot of stuff about secretive and arrogant Jackson Tate, the ‘leader’ of her team. And when characters have their own back stories, I am bound to be hooked in a story, because suddenly, these characters are real – they have lives, and their deaths could shatter my heart.

The beginning was kind of confusing and slow, but things pick up pretty quickly once I learned how the game works. I loved how Eve Silver created the game world. It’s different than any other book I’ve read, and reminds of real video games, complete with the health bar. But unlike video games, if you die in the game, you don’t come back.

My only problem with this book was the info dump in some parts. But even then, it wasn’t that bad. The parts where the characters were pulled into the game, had me the most excited – mainly because of the high risks and the lives at stake.

All was well until Eve Silver ended the story with a cliff-hanger. *Gollum voice* “No! Nos! We’s hates you!”  Yeah. So that sums up my review of RUSH. It was brilliant and you should definitely read it.

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  1. I loved this book! I definitely agree with you about the info dumping – it was like the whole world would stop just for Miki and Jackson and her questions. And the cliffhanger ending! Oh no! I need Push like right now. Or yesterday. Anyway. So glad you enjoyed this one as well! Great review <3

    Alyssa @ The Eater of Books!

  2. This one totally surprised me too! I was going into it expecting it to be sort of stereotypical and kitschy, but I ended up really enjoying it. The aliens were flat out creepy, and the characters and action were both well done. I'm glad you liked it too! :)

    Julia @ That Hapa Chick

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