Rush: Book One of The Game by Eve SilverRush: Book One of The Game by Eve Silver

Rush: Book One of The Game

byEve Silver

Hardcover | June 11, 2013

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Rush pulls you headlong into the thrilling, high-stakes world of Eve Silver's teen series The Game, about teens pulled in and out of an alternate reality where battling aliens is more than a game—it's life and death. Eve Silver's teen debut offers science fiction and gaming fans romantic thrills at a breakneck pace. New York Times bestselling author Kelley Armstrong says, "Smart and original, Rush is an action-packed ride with plenty of heart."

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 the game is more than that and 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.

Eve Silver lives with her gamer husband and sons, sometimes in Canada but often in worlds she dreams up. She loves kayaking and sunshine, dogs and desserts, and books, lots and lots of books. The Game is Eve's first series for teens. She also writes books for adults.
Title:Rush: Book One of The GameFormat:HardcoverDimensions:368 pages, 8.25 × 5.5 × 1.17 inPublished:June 11, 2013Publisher:HarperCollinsLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0062192132

ISBN - 13:9780062192134


Rated 3 out of 5 by from Wished I liked it more than I did Maybe a 3.5. I might have given it 4 stars, but I did start this book over a year ago, so I feel like I have to take that into account. So like I was saying, I started this book over a year ago, lost interest and only now picked it back up. I think I originally lost interest because of the main character, Miki. She's a strong, solid character and a believable teen, but also underwhelming. She's not as interesting as the world itself. I don't hate her but I don't love her. The premise of this book is really interesting and I loved the world building. By the end I was really into it and Silver basically reveals/uses all my favourite parts of sci-fi. If you love aliens, video games and action-packed scenes, you'll probably like this. I haven't decided on whether I will read books #2 and #3. Like I said, I was really into the book by the end and I did buy book #3, so I don't want to feel like I'm wasting my money by not reading it. However, there are other books and series I'm much more invested in. I'm not going to forget Miki, but she's not exactly on my radar. For now, I might stick to Silver's adult work, I like those a lot more. I totally recommend DRIVEN, one of her adult sci-fi books! I did love Jackson, he deserves 5 stars (except for maybe that reveal at the end, which I correctly predicted). This review isn't as long or detailed as my other ones because I started it too long ago and can't remember the beginning that well.
Date published: 2017-02-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Favorite Book :) Since I've read this book in December it's been my favorite book and it still is! I can't wait for Push XD
Date published: 2014-06-11
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Awesome Book!! This book is awesome. I was sucked in from the get go. I did not want to put it down. I read it in a day and a half. Now I want MORE! The plot is very good and unique. The story line keeps you interested until the end of the book. That was the only let down, the end of the book. I can't wait to read the rest of the series. Eve Silver has a winner with this series. I highly recommend this book!!
Date published: 2014-02-25
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Excellent Sci-fi Novel   First off I have to say that Rush has to be one of the most unique books in the YA sci-fi genre, the whole video game aspect was a great idea. Because "the Game" which is what the characters refer to it as where they are pulled to fight aliens is set up like a video game, where character earn points for each kill I think Rush will appeal to not only girls but boys too in a wide age range. The super hot guy, Jackson is definitely for the girls. *swoon* While I enjoyed all the characters in the book I would have to say that Miki is not my favourite she just seemed over confident throughout the majority of the book. That being said her two possible love interests Jackson and Luka were fantastic. I absolutely loved them both, but Jackson won me over by a fraction. I loved how Rush was  fast paced  and action packed right from the first chapter it really grabbed me and didn't let go until the end (which has a greuling cliffhanger by the way). The only complaints I have would be that rather than having one climatic point there were many with slow moments in between. I can see this appealing to some though. I also found the book to be a bit comfusing at the beginning but Eve Silvers descriptive writing cleared thing up rather quickly. I really enjoyed Eve Silver's, a local Toronto author, debut novel Rush. It was unique, action packed, and had swop worthy prominent male characters that cannot be helped but to love. Rush is definitely a book that should be checked out by individuals of any age and any gender.
Date published: 2014-02-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Reading this book was a RUSH I’ll admit, the original reason I picked up Rush was because of the cover, it is absolutely beautiful. Then I read the back and I was totally intrigued. Once I started to read it I wasn’t so sure about it, since I’m not usually that into alien stuff, but I absolutely LOVED it. Eve Silver put such a new spin on the alien plot. It was suspenseful, exciting, nerve wrecking and overall absolutely amazing. This book is good for anyone who likes a fast paced, adventure and romance filled story. I rated it five stars and highly suggest it. I am so excited to read the next book in The Game Series, Push.
Date published: 2014-02-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing Characters! I had bought this book a few months ago but only recently finished reading it. I kept putting off reading it because i'm not that big off a fan of science fiction. I loved this book, it had great characters and a story plot. There was some romance but not overly obsessive, it was also very sweet. There was no icky love triangles, just action and adventure! I highly recommend this book to anybody who like action, adventure, and romance!
Date published: 2013-11-18
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Book Review: Rush (The Game #1) Review: Protagonist: Miki Jones begins this story still reeling from a terrible tragedy and while her friends want her to return to "normal," she's not sure she can. Over the course of the book she not only get help from friends, new and old, but through a dangerous battle with fierce and terrifying alien creatures. While I could see development in Miki's character and in her confidence, there were still some issues that were left awkwardly up in the air. I did however, love how she grew during her experiences with the game as she grew more and more accustomed to the thrill and rush associated with it. Romance: As many of you guys may know I'm not a big fan of choosing "teams" ex. "Team Peeta or Team Gale" however this series is one of the exceptions. While neither romantic prospect is what I would call "unique" I did feel drawn to one more than the other. The one I had a problem with is the archetype for the jerk who has a heart of gold "if you only got to know him," which is a cliche I've seen in YA lit before but one that I'm growing tired of, though I didn't hate or really even dislike this character that much, he didn't feel as real as the other side to the triangle. The one I'm silently rooting for, while not the predictable winner, is much kinder on the outside, and while he holds an air of mystery about him he doesn't use it to act rude to everyone who approaches him. World-Building: The world this books takes place in, though based off of our world, is secretly inhabited by creepy alien creatures called the Drau, who can cause incredible pain with a single look. To fight them off teenagers are pulled from reality to take place in a game of sort to eliminate the Drau problem and hinder their plans for world domination and destruction. As we learn more about this war that Miki and her friends are pulled into, the more questions end up being raised culminating in an almost tell-all moment that ends up answering most questions while leaving some with rather vague and non-answers. Predictability: I was rather shocked with how unpredictable this book was, as with every book there are predictable moments, however most of the twists were cover by vague and hazy foreshadowing that was hard to decipher until it was already too late and the twist was presented. The level of twists was rather low, though when they did happen they were rather large and at times game-changing. Ending: The ending was full of action which is always a plus, in addition to the slaughter of many there are a few moments of romance and finally, in the very end we are presented with a very agonizing cliffhanger. I will never complain about plateauing endings for firsts in series ever again. The wait for the next installment will be grueling and I'm not sure I'm going to make it. It wasn't as epic as a Richelle Mead cliffhanger but it was very close. Rating: This book was both what I was expecting and totally different than I thought it would be. I knew it was going to be great and, while not perfect, is still a book I'd recommend anyone read regardless of gender. It was different because of how "The Game" is set up and how the players can return to their normal lives in-between missions.
Date published: 2013-11-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Totally Original RUSH, the first book in The Game series, is aptly named. The pacing is fast, which makes it a page-turning read. While you'll see familiar things you expect from YA, including hot boys - helloooo Jackson - school, friendships and family struggles, you'll also see things you've never seen before, making RUSH feel entirely original. I've never read anything like it, and although I'm not a gamer, I was able to enjoy the book anyway and will definitely be pre-ordering book 2.
Date published: 2013-11-11
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Refreshing! Read this a while ago and it was GREAT! Super nice to see a poc as a main character and a storyline that isn't vampires, werewolves, etc. I love the writing style and Eve Silver is super nice! She sent me a book plate to go with my copy! 
Date published: 2013-11-08
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Rush has an awesome concept Spoiler free Rush has an awesome concept at its core but it does fall flat at times. Silver has obviously put a lot of though and time into the concept behind Rush. That being said, it was so complex it was confusing at times. At the start of Rush, I was super excited. I loved the concept. Fighting aliens in a real life video game? Boo-yah! But sometimes I felt like the plot was confusing and I didn't actually know what was going on. Now I'm a reader. I don't write my own books but there was somethings I would have done differently if I was Silver. I really wanted to change some things in the book. I love the concept of Rush but I think it could have been executed better. The characters were just... normal. I didn't love them or hate them. I really felt nothing for them. I'd rather hate the main characters then feel nothing at all. The only character that got me riled up was Miki's best friend, Carly. She was such a bad firend and was one of the worst "best" friends I've ever read about. She smoked even though Miki's mom died of cancer because Miki's dad smoked. She got upset over the smallest things. But, of course, Miki didn't notice. She thought Carly was a great friend. The best part about Rush is it was never boring. I was thoroughly entertained though out the whole book. I didn't care about the characters, but I was excited to see what would happen next. Overall, if you love science fiction and aliens, I'm really sure you'll enjoy Rush. I did. Or if you just want to try something new, pick up a copy of Rush. It'll be worth your time.
Date published: 2013-11-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Lovely I absolutely loved reading this book. It's so fast paced the action is consistent on every page. Not too much is revealed & it's perfect if you want a book with a lot of action & suspense. The characters are believable & easy to relate to, the ending will leave you with wanting more!
Date published: 2013-11-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great action filled book I found this book via my library and have subsequently got a hard copy for myself.  I originally choose this book due to the excellent cover art but it was the exciting storyline that kept me reading.  I cannot wait for the second book in this series.
Date published: 2013-11-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from My favourite book of the year!! I read this book during the summer and by the first page i was hooked!!!! The plot itself was so amazing and a great idea. The idea of this different world is so mind blowing and a great idea. I feel in love with all the characters from how they keep to themselves, how they deal with there family problems. The romance in this novel is just amazing and adorable, it's so much diferent then in any other book. I can't wait to find out what happens between them. The writing is amazing, and I can't imagine waiting 7 more months to read the next one!!!
Date published: 2013-11-04
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Gaming: Is it innocent fun or possible death? 3.5/5 stars Miki is one of many teenagers snatched unwillingly and drafted unknowingly into a war against the Drau. With one look into their eyes, these extraterritorial beings kill...draining all life out of the body. Rush is packed with action, adventure, and romance. Even though I'm not big on love triangles, Eve Silver does an excellent job in portraying Miki's conflicted emotions. It's believable and not full of angst. The ending cliffhanger messed me up. I cannot wait until book 2 comes out.
Date published: 2013-11-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing book! I recommend it to everyone! I had the chance to meet and talk to Eve Silver when she visited my school, and I bought her book off of her. I was a little skeptical because the whole alien thing isn't really what I'm into, but I was pleasantly surprised. The main character is a powerful, strong young girl that doesn't take nonsense from anyone, and it's nice to see that some authors branch out from the needy, delicate girl who gets saved by a strong boy.
Date published: 2013-11-04
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Uniquely wonderful! Rush is a unique and exhilarating read that you won't want to miss. While the world-building is a bit lacking, it is more than made up for by intriguing and easy-to-relate-to characters, a suspenseful plot, and a creative and one-of-a-kind concept. This book was a little slow to start, but I was soon captivated by the world Silver created and couldn't put the book down. I absolutely cannot wait until the sequel.  Miki was a pretty good heroine, and she definitely had her own, well-developed personality. However, she got on my nerves with her obsessive questions and attempt to control everything constantly. Overall, it wasn't too bad, and most of the time I wanted the answers, too, but sometimes, I just wanted to smack her. I, personally liked Jackson quite a bit. He was a bit different than most YA heroes, and I like that he wasn't super angsty, even though he was damaged. He did some bad things, and he was extremely evasive, but I understood why after I found out what he was hiding. Luca was okay, but since I was seeing him through Miki's eyes, he wasn't anything to write home about. Carly, Miki's best friend, was obnoxious, but she's a teenager, and teenage girls get overly dramatic and angry over nothing sometimes, so I let it pass. I'll see how I feel about her in the next installment before making any firm decisions on her character.  The plot was extremely unique and full of suspense. Since there was an air of mystery surrounding everything, I had no idea what would happen next. I had some things figured out fairly early on, but others I didn't see coming. I couldn't put the book down; I was definitely sucked in by the 20% mark and the pages flew by after that. I think that, for the most part, Silver handled the mystery aspect pretty well, but in some ways it did affect the world-building. Since it was difficult to reveal much about the world without also revealing many of Jackson's secrets, I felt like I didn't understand the world at all for a good part of the novel. I still don't fully grasp what's going on. Hopefully it'll be more clearly explained in the sequel. Also, I don't feel that Silver handled the sharing of information in the best way because it came as dialogue info dumps, due to the fact that the main character had no freaking clue what was going on. I wish that Miki had summarized some of the information for us and that it'd been given little bits at a time more consistently. Also, I hated the cliffhanger at the end. It was a bit overused, which surprised me considering the rest of the novel was so unique. Of course, as you guys know, I just don't like cliffhangers... period. Overall, I absolutely adored this book. It was a refreshing addition to the sci-fi genre, and I can't wait for the sequel. I'd recommend Rush to anyone who is looking for something different to read.
Date published: 2013-11-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Gaming world realized I read this back in July but have stumbled writing this review. It’s a rare occasion when I loved a book so much and want to sing its praises but couldn't quite know how to go about it. But it happens. The thing that boggles my mind is that I’m not particularly a fan of this type of stories. Anytime a YA book of the same theme comes out, I tend to avoid it like the plague. I’m always wary that it would start bombarding me with gaming terms that only the coolest geeks would know. Now, if, let’s say, an author was able to soften its edges with the vignette of a romance, then I’d most likely give it a chance. This book is different though; the romance took a backseat and I’ll try to explain it further down. Rush is – as the title implies – a rush. From page one to the last, Eve Silver yanks her readers to a world that’s both futuristic and oddly primordial (in a sense that their enemies, though alien life forms, parallels the basic viciousness as you would demons). The world and the plot are reminiscent of Sanctum by Sarah Fine. But where Sanctum dealt with the age-old battle between good and evil and suggestions of angels and demons, Rush is more of the Science Fiction persuasion. The main character, Miki was literally yanked out of her real-life and into an unknown world only a chosen few have knowledge of. On the surface, you may think that it’s some sort of a holding cell for people on the cusp of death – because that’s how Miki ended up in Rush’s world. In an attempt to save a deaf girl from being crushed by a truck, she unselfishly throws herself in the line of collision, pushing the little girl out of the truck’s way thus killing her in the process. 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 Drau. Drau is an alien-life form disguised as beautiful creatures determined to rid the planet of humans. They’re a menace; the stuff nightmares are made of but aren’t as easily detectable unless you have the sight or if you’re a member of the group loosely trained to kill them. Miki was understandably unprepared for her first stint. She spent a lot of time in an anxious wonder while the battle was going on around her. She fumbled with her weapon and thought of Jackson way too much (I don't blame her one bit). But she slowly recovered as the story goes on. She somehow managed to find her strength and determination to learn the ropes and what she needed to do to survive. This book is not perfect by any means (no book rarely is). And while the hint of a love triangle was always in the reader’s periphery, Miki stood her ground and was resolved to how she feels about each boy. She knew who she wants and readers would not be inundated with the laments of a girl waffling between two boys. Regardless of Miki’s clear stance – and I can’t believe I’m about to say this – I think the book could’ve used less romance. Gasps. I know! This is one of those rare instances when the kick-assery was dulled (though, not significantly) by the romance. I’m not saying I didn’t like the tension-filled encounters between Jackson and Miki; in fact, I think it added to the thrilling ambiance of the book. I just think that the over-all fierceness and uniqueness of the world Silver has created was somehow lightened by all the fuss and the drama that was going on outside of Jackson and Miki’s budding relationship. My final thought on the novel is this: Eve Silver has managed the impossible in it that she masterfully combined the seemingly one-dimensional world of gaming and the passion and sentiment of real life. It was an adrenaline rush, and a story that moves significantly fast. The ending will leave readers clamoring for the installment and wishing that there’s some sort of stage level we can get past and the prize is a shiny ARC of the next book.
Date published: 2013-09-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Fighting, weapons, points, survival, aliens, and kissing. And it's awesome. I loved RUSH. I kind of figured I would since I love Eve's writing and adored the concept of the book. RUSH is a young adult, science fiction, action-thriller about a girl named Micki who gets pulled out of real life and into an fps mmorpg where she must fight aliens. But then she finds out it's not just a game-- the actions affect real life and aliens are really among us. When she's killing aliens she's fighting for human survival. (Oh, and she's falling in love with one of her teammates and fighting with her best friend. Typical teen stuff.) Here's the thing-- she hasn't been pulled into a game console. She isn't trapped inside an HD TV or the Internet. I would say it's more like she's been pulled into a dimension that is thinly veiled over our current reality. This "veil" or "skin" has been applied by another alien race-- an ancient and extinct but good alien race-- to give humans the ability to fight these evil aliens before they take over and destroy the whole planet. And as is explained in the novel, teenagers are pulled in because of their developing frontal lobes and their abilities to use their imaginations better than adults. (They also have way more energy than us adults, too.) Anyway, that's the concept, and as a gamer and YA reader, I loved it. The story is about Micki, who gets pulled into the game one day when she purposely runs out into traffic to save a little girl only to get hit by a truck. Inside the game she meets Jackson, her team leader, and is instantly attracted to him, despite the fact that he's not forthcoming with answers to her questions. They destroy some aliens, finishing the mission, but one of their team members is killed. Micki learns that death in the game means death in real life. Finishing a mission means getting sent back to reality to the moment of being pulled into the game. Reality is not problem-free for Micki: her mom's recently dead, her dad's using alcohol to cope, and her best friend is jealous of the attention Micki is suddenly getting from cute boys. But Micki can't tell her she knows these boys from the game-- she can't tell anyone about the game. If she does, people might think she's crazy and aliens might kill her for revealing their existence. And throughout all this Eve Silver weaves a hot romance between Micki and Jackson, her team leader. Online criticism from readers indicate three major problems with RUSH. The first is the lack of answers from Jackson. Yes, he's not a man of many words, but this made him seem real to me. Boys do not talk a lot. They are experts at avoiding talking. (I know because I live with four of them.) But I'll agree it did go on for a little too long. The second is the petty jealousy between Micki and her best friend. And I'll also agree it was pretty harsh of Carly to turn into a b!tch because Micki was hugging a guy she liked. This kind of reaction would have worked better if Carly and the guy had already been out on a date or were even involved in a relationship. Both of these two problems aren't really about what the readers think they're about. Really, the problem is Micki's acceptance of Jackson's and Carly's behaviour. I would have liked to have seen Micki confront them-- and really stick it out until she got answers she was satisfied with. Instead, she backed down. While this might seem like she's taking the high road, it weakens her as a character. When characters hit roadblocks we want to see them take increasing risks to get around these blocks. The third big problem seems to stem from readers' inability to understand the concept of story. Girl gets sucked into a video game and has to shoot aliens to survive. What's not to understand? I think if people really don't get stories like this, then they shouldn't be reading them-- and they certainly shouldn't be posting one-star reviews because of their own lack of understanding. Just say it's not for you and go read something else. This is definitely a book for anyone who likes young adult fiction and science fiction and gaming. There's fighting and weapons and points and survival and aliens and kissing. And it's awesome. (Might be a good idea if you love cliff-hanger endings because this one is a doozy.)
Date published: 2013-08-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from LOVED this book! I loved Rush! I had wanted to read it long before it was released. I mean, with that cover and the synopsis that went with it, who wouldn't? It was unlike anything that I have read before, and that is hard to find for someone who reads a lot of YA books. It was action packed, but the story didn't lack because of that. I just can't get over how unique this book was. I waited a while to review it to see if I could get my thoughts more together, but this review will still be all over the place. That's just how my reviews are when I really, really love a book! Okay, so Miki is the main character in Rush. She gets pulled into an alternate universe after a car crash, and the alternate universe happens to be inside a game. Only this game has deadly consequences and no second chances. In this game, if you die, you're really dead and not coming back. Not only that, but if she loses, aliens called Drau will take over the whole planet. She isn't alone though, there were other teens sucked into this "game" with her, including the super mysterious Jackson Tate. I don't want to say any more really, because you should experience findind out about the book for yourself. I went into this book not having read any reviews and I'm glad I did. Also, I want to mention that I didn't know if I would be able to really get into the book because I'm not a gamer. I mean, I have played games, but I'm no good at them so I don't own any myself and very rarely play anything other than dancing games on the XBox Kinect at my sister's. But that ended up not mattering at all, so don't let that keep you from reading Rush. I truly didn't want to put Rush down once I picked it up. I read a copy that I borrowed from a blogger friend of mine, but right after that I purchased a copy from B&N. I just couldn't resist, especially with this cover, which is even better in person than on the computer screen. I highly recommend reading Rush, and not only to teens, I am 27 and I loved it and it has a spot on my favorites shelf!
Date published: 2013-07-08
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Review for Rush by Eve Silver ***Review posted on The Eater of Books! blog*** What I Liked: OH MY GOSH I LOVED THIS BOOK SO MUCH! This one is definitely going on my list of favorites at the end of the year. Yes, I didn't rate it five stars, and I have good reasons why I docked that one star, but seriously, people. I was so impressed when I finished this book. I've never read anything by Eve Silver, and I'm glad that this was the first one of her books that I read. Miki is an incredible character. At first, I wasn't sure if I liked her or not. She's extremely tough, smart-mouthed, inquisitive, and really, in short, strong. I guess I wasn't expecting such a strong protagonist, but Miki definitely packed one heck of a punch (both in the story and as a character). Miki is pulled when she jumps in front of a truck to save a little girl, and instead, gets killed. Sort of. She wakes up to find herself in the Lobby, waiting to attack alien creatures. Her "team" includes Jackson, Richelle, Tyrone, and Luka (Luka, she already knew from her school). I thought the premise of this story sounded awesome - and it really was! I'm kicking myself for having an early review copy of this books for MONTHS and not reading it sooner, because I was completely sucked in to the story. This sort of reminded me of Epic by Conor Kostick, but in an obscure way. Being pulled into this different setting is sort of like being in a video game. There is a ton of action in this book, and it almost seems non-stop. Being pulled means that you are taken into the "video game" world, and if you survive, you are dropped back into your real life, at the exact second you left. So, while a good amount of the book was spent in the "video game" world, not a lot of time passed in the real world. I loved the anticipation of fighting the creatures (called Drau) - I think Ms. Silver does an excellent job building up the tension and the nerves before Miki and the team fight the Drau. This book is full of twists and turns! I thought it was going to go one way, and then it goes another way. I could not believe what Ms. Silver threw at us, with the bodies (not telling!). And then to find out Jackson's secret... I was shocked and intrigued! Ms. Silver definitely keeps readers guessing, but throughout the book, she tells us enough so that we won't be completely confused as we read. Speaking of Jackson... oh man. He's the leader of the team, and he is full of mysteries. He never takes off his sunglasses, he doesn't like answering questions, and he seems to be extremely good at what he does... why? We find out as we go. He's definitely my favorite character of the book. He isn't a wimp, or a coward, or a big softy. He doesn't really have "moments". And when he tells Miki he's dangerous - he means it. This isn't like Edward telling Bella to stay away from him because he "might" hurt her (bullcrap) - I find Jackson's reasons more tragic. And of course, he's an amazing love interest. I love his continual banter with Miki throughout the book. One of my favorite scenes of the entire book (I have many favorite scenes of this book... like, the whole thing!) is the lunch scene. Jackson isn't a soft and squishy guy - he's definitely and iron and steel guy that you don't want to mess with. But somehow, he's so lovable! And swoonworthy! And officially one of my favorite male protagonists of all time! Check out my Swoon Thursday (#22) post if you don't believe me. That being said, I love the romance in this book. The plot is definitely NOT the romance, and the romance is second to the plot, though both are much more connected than readers believe (we find out this in the end of the book). There is a sort-of love triangle, but it's really not one at all. In any sense of the phrase. At least, I don't think it is. The book ends in a cliffhanger, and I need Push (book two) like, yesterday. I was emotionally distraught over this cliffhanger! So, not a favorable ending. But it's a good ending! Like, well-written, makes sense with the plot, understandable, mean... I need Push. My review IS longer than this, but this site has a limit on characters. To see my full review, please go to - thank you!
Date published: 2013-07-02
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Not what I was Expecting Honestly, I was SUPER excited to read this book. STOKED. Because it just looked AWESOME. It looked to be a strong showing in the science fiction field for teens, which the section is sadly lacking these days. I should have known better. The section is teen romance driven, and this was definitely a teen romance, with a shiney science fiction wrapping paper on it. I was not very happy with this fact, as I severely dislike romance novels. That being said, the book WAS incredibly well written. The characters were easy to get behind, and most of the interactions were believable. The reactions to being dead and then being in a video game and finding out that you get to respawn when you die were exacty as one would expect them to be should anyone truly find themselves in that kind of situation. I LOVED the science fiction aspect of this story. It was very reminiscent of Ender's Game, which is, and likely always will be one of my favorite books. I loved the fighting aliens via video game, I loved the team dynamics, and really enjoyed the way they fought the aliens. The whole concept was fairly well developed, and I would love to see it explored further. It was the addition of a romance aspect that threw me. Too short of a time frame to fall MADLY IN LOVE with some jerk you meet in the game world. A half-baked attempt at a love triangle which was over before it even started, teen gal pal drama over boys, just stop. The whole romance aspect of the story would have been more enjoyable if spread out over a few books to make it more believable, and give it a realistic timeline to have come about in. Not one of my favorite books. :(
Date published: 2013-06-27

Editorial Reviews

“A taut, exciting YA debut with believable dialogue, enticing characters, and a cliffhanger ending that will have readers waiting impatiently for the series’ next instalment.”