REVIEW: Rush (The Game #1) by Eve Silver

Rush by Eve Silver
Series: The Game #1
Published by Katherine Tegen Books on 11th June 2013
Pages: 361
Source: *Received from the author in exchange for an honest review*

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.
Unique and engaging, Rush incorporates the imaginative world of gaming in a new and original plot of action and adventure. I thoroughly enjoy the cover; it is a beautiful colour and truly captures the essence of the novel.

When Miki Jones dies and is sent into a real-life game, she never thought such a world existed. Thrown into a world with other living people where they must fight for their lives with no training or knowledge, Miki must conquer challenges and mysteries to uncover their secrets.

Our characters were… interesting. I did find them to be incredibly self-centered and only seem to think about themselves until the last moment. All our protagonist Miki was talking about was how she had no answers! If she wanted answers she should just ask for them and stop drawing everything out. Our secondary characters were also incredibly boring in comparison to others I have read about; they might as well have not been there.

The plot was what saved this novel, in my opinion. It was engaging and made you feel like you were there. It makes you think of all the times you have played a game and made you feel as though you were still there playing it. It was incredibly driven and full-to-the-brim of action, being thorough and dramatised. The only aspect I strongly disliked about the plot was its pace; it could be incredibly slow.

Overall, an incredibly engaging and full-on novel that will certainly have you wanting to know what happened next. The twists and turns were never ending and certainly withheld your attention.


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