Publication Date: June 11, 2013
Publisher: Katherine Tegen Books
Goodreads Rating: 5/5 Stars
Cover Thoughts: I really like the colors, it seems very “game-ish,” they look trapped, I like it.
So what’s the game now? This, or the life I used to know?
Miki Jones’s carefully controlled life spins into chaos after she’s run down in the street, left broken and bloody. She wakes up fully healed in a place called the lobby – pulled from her life, through time and space into some kind of game in which 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. Every moment of the game is kill or be killed, and Miki has only the questionable guidance of Jackson Tate, the team’s alluring and secretive leader. He evades her questions, holds himself aloof from the others, and claims it’s every player for himself. But when he puts himself at risk to watch Miki’s back, he leaves her both frustrated and fascinated. Jackson 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 the planet. She laughs. He doesn’t. And then the game takes a deadly and terrifying turn.
Holy MOLEY! FREAKING LOVED this book, gave it a WHOPPING 5 bight gold stars on Goodreads and I will own this book!
Rush is just as the title implies – a rush. From page one to the last, Eve Silver yanks her readers to a world that’s both real and science fiction. I was HOOKED from the first chapter and I can’t rave enough about how much I LOVED this book! I threw the book across the room because of the RUDE cliff hanger at the end and I Simply. Can’t. Wait. for the next book! a whole FLIPPING year! GAH!
The idea of being “sucked” into a game isn’t new thanks to Tron and others like unto it. However, everything else was a concept to me! The thing is about this though it’s not really a Tron book either! AHH where to begin…
Miki Jones was a great, very relatable character. When she was literally yanked out of her real-life and into an unknown world where the surface, after an attempt to save a deaf girl from being crushed by a truck and as a result killing her in the process. This world you may think that it’s some sort of a holding cell for people on the cusp of death. But you will come to know that it actually is a parallel universe constructed in a video game-like manner where a group of weapon-wielding teens go out and kill the enemies that the human race is completely unaware of. When she’s first told about what happened to her and how she’s now involved in the game, she doesn’t automatically accept it. Throughout Rush, she constantly tries to seek answers for what she can do and who she’s become.
The leader of this small pack of teenage alien killers is Jackson. Jackson is a perfect blend of secretive and tortured. He is the leader he does all he can to make sure that people get in, kill the enemy, and get out without anybody dying in the “game”. He feels the weight of this responsibility and it has made him a hard person. He constantly wears sunglasses which is yet ANOTHER mystery in this story as to why. I thought it was maybe he had scars or was blind and they help him see but what it really was, was something I was not expecting!
The enemies, are not what they appear to be, which I appreciated it because it left me going….”whaaaaat?” which was good because it was unexpected.
Overall there were lots of twists and turns and I can’t wait to get my hands on book 2. This high powered book I would HIGHLY recommend to anybody who loves a good “Rush” (haha).
Language: moderate (PG-13)
Violence: moderate (teenagers fighting aliens not real graphic)
Sexual Content: mild