I was skeptical about a gamer-type alien killing book, but I was so, so thrilled to have found Rush. It’s a original story that you will literally not be able to put down. SO GOOD!
Book Review: The Rush by Eve Silver
Title & Author: Rush: The Game: Book 1 by Eve Silver
Genre: YA Science Fiction- Aliens
Release Date: June 11, 2013
Series: The Game #1
Publisher: Katherine Tegen Books
How I Got the Book: Bought
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.”
What a Rush
Rush is like the roller coaster ride SheiKra at Busch Gardens. It’s plunges you into a 90-degree drop right from the beginning. Even though you see the plummet coming closer and closer, it doesn’t stop the building tension or the flurry of butterflies in your stomach after you take the plunge.
From the second I started reading Rush, I was immersed in the strange reality of Miki’s life. She’s a high school student with impeccable grades and a dedication to healthy living. Miki’s learned to appreciate the things she can control in her life (like grades and food) after her mom died from cancer the year before. Still emerging from the fog of pain and depression, Miki’s life is snapped into attention when she sees a little girl crossing the street in a collision course with a truck.
After pushing the girl out of the way, she along with her distant acquaintance Luka are pulled into another reality and are called to fight the Drau, a weird alien species living on Earth.
So, at this point in reading the book, I was on the cusp on confusion, but Silver threw me a line throughout the most bewildering parts of the story so that I stayed afloat in the very strange paranormal nature of the book. What’s genius about the whole thing is that fighting the aliens is put in terms of online gaming. So, it gives a reference point to teens and nerds alike.
In case your interested in the whole gaming culture, here’s a guide to gaming terms (which pop up frequently in Rush): http://www.mit.edu/~rei/game-terms.html
Secrets Don’t Make Friends
Silver played a lot with secrets in Rush. After Miki enters “the game,” she meets her group of five’s enigmatic leader, Jackson Tate. He’s smart and mysterious and wears dark aviators at all times. What’s he hiding, and why can’t Miki stop thinking about him after she’s dropped back into her real life?
Plus, Miki and Luka have a few secrets of their own…
I’m a girl who thinks up tons of questions, so I can definitely relate to Miki’s endless cycle of why’s and how’s as she helps protect the unknowingly helpless planet from shiny aliens. I also appreciated that she could take care of herself. Miki is a kendo master and has some natural fighting instincts.
Sometimes, I felt that Miki is missing some vulnerability. In Rush, she’s definitely still recovering from the loss of her mother, so her defenses are up, but it would have been nice to see her bend or see her struggle with it more. She is so rigid and firm, but that’s definitely another way of coping. I think I just wanted to see her softer side more.
Don’t even get me started on the ending. KILLER CLIFFHANGER, AGH!!!!!
I was on the edge of my seat the whole time I was reading. The story was original. The characters were engaging. The action was painfully suspenseful, and the romance was thrilling. My heart was pounding with anxiety more than once. I loved Rush – highly recommended!!