Thursday, July 25, 2013

Rush by Eve Silver

Genre:  YA Science Fiction
The Game Series, Book 1

Description (taken from Eve Silver's website):
So what’s the game now? This, or the life I used to know?

Sixteen-year-old Miki Jones’s carefully controlled life spirals 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, pulled 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. Miki has only the guidance of secretive but maddeningly attractive team leader Jackson Tate, who says that the game is more than that, and 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 must admit that I am not a gamer.  Watching my husband play first-person shooter games makes me pout because it's boooring.  So what makes me think I'd like this book?  Honestly, I don't really know why other than the cover and everyone else saying they'd like it.  (If you must know, I despised Ender's Game - which if you enjoyed, you'll probably enjoy this one as well.)

Miki is part of a game to defeat aliens that are going to destroy our planet.  And it literally is like playing an Xbox game, but it's real-life.  Lots of killing, lots of questions, no answers, and an annoyingly hot guy (actually, there's a couple of those).  As Miki and her teammates get pulled into this alternate reality, we learn more of the story.  But it just didn't work for me.

Have you ever watched movies where two minutes into the film, you know exactly what's going to happen?  For me with some films, I can make that prediction within two seconds of the film starting (for this reason, my husband has banned me from discussing movies prior to watching them - I ruin them for him).  Well, um, I had this book figured out within the first few pages.  Blargh...  Also, I couldn't see the romance building between Miki and Jackson.  "Ooh, you're hot and an obnoxious A-hole.  Let's kiss already!"  Sorry, but there needs to be some form of communication and relationship-build-up in order for me to excuse the A-holeness in hot guys...

I tried to like this book; I really tried.  It's action-packed, it flows super well, there's never a dull moment.  I just didn't care for the story.  Too science-fiction-y I guess (and first person shooter).

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