Push definitely suffered from sophomore slump for sure.
Book Review: Push by Eve Silver
Title & Author: Push: The Game: Book 2 by Eve Silver
Genre: Young Adult Fantasy- Science Fiction, Aliens
Release Date: June 10, 2014
Series: The Game #2
Publisher: Katherine Tegen Books
How I Got the Book: ARC from Edelweiss
“It’s either break the rules or die.
Miki Jones lives her life by her own strict set of rules, to keep control, to keep the gray fog of grief at bay. Then she’s pulled into the Game, where she—and her team—will die unless she follows a new set of rules: those set by the mysterious Committee.
But rules don’t mean answers, and without answers, it’s hard to trust. People are dying. The rules are unraveling. And Miki knows she’s being watched, uncertain if it’s the Drau or someone—something—else. Forced to make impossible choices and battling to save those she loves, Miki begins to see the Committee in a glaring new light.
And then the Game crosses a new boundary, pushes harder into Miki’s and her friends’ lives, and there’s nothing in the rules that can save them now.”
When Novelties Fade
You guys, I’m bummed. I was really looking forward to Push. I thought the storyline and gamer speak of Rush was exciting and edgy and original.
But in this sequel, I was kinda disappointed. I obviously expected things to pick up where they left off in Rush, which they did. Miki and Luka have come back from their last mission, but they have a problem.
Jackson didn’t come back with them. They remember him, so they know he didn’t die in the game…but where is he?!?
From there, the rest of Push is rolled out, but not much is added. A good 30 percent of the book you’re not sure what’s going on with Jackson, and Miki is dealing with school and her friends (now distant from her) and her dad, who’s struggling with alcoholism.
It was a tough transition from the first book’s top speed action and mystery of “what’s the game and how did I end up here?” idea to the “wait, what’s happening? let’s spend the whole book figuring it out and not doing anything new” follow-up plot.
Hot & Cold
Just like the action, the romance in the book is on again, off again. It’s white hot one minute and lukewarm the next. Although I’m thankful that the love triangle situation is all sorted out, it almost would have added more interest for me this time around.
I felt a bit misled in description of Push that we would find out more about the committee and that they’re not the good guys you might think they are. Guess what? You don’t learn too many new things about them. Just what might be expected from body-less beings who have a hidden agenda.
I didn’t dislike Push, but I wasn’t happy with it either. I wanted so much more from this series because it enticed me so much from the beginning. It started out so strongly and then fizzled in the second round. I think if the series had been a duology instead, the second book would have been much stronger.
With little new drama or twists, I was let down by this book. Some new details are revealed about the characters, but not too much that couldn’t have been combined in a second and final story instead of stretching things out into a third. The action and fighting is still strong in Push, but the actual plot and character development were limited, and I was ultimately left wanting more.