Rush (The Game #1) by Eve Silver
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 you’re in for: Under developed characters. Weak world building. Confusion. Aliens. Video game elements. High school drama. Romance. A crazy ending that doesn’t leave you any choice but to read the sequel (even if, like me, you don’t really want to).
Romance: Not much to talk about here. I wasn’t into the characters, so the romance didn’t have much of an effect on me. I guess I got a bit more into it at the end, but overall I just wasn’t into it.
What’s the deal with their ancestors? I feel like I’ve missed something. Their ancestors came to earth? From another planet? So, they’re not humans, but aliens? And yet they’re fighting aliens? Huh? What am I missing?
I find it hard to believe that the other kids won’t willingly explain things to her in the beginning. They were in the same situation at one point. Did they not want to know what the f**k was going on?
What’s with these aliens and what is this world they get sucked into when they are pulled? Is it some kind of alternate reality? I don’t get it and it’s not well explained.
I hate being confused while reading a book. I mean, I guess sometimes it makes sense to leave the reader in the dark, but not as much as this one does. I’m finished the book and there are still many aspects that I don’t understand. That’s frustrating.
The Ending: Definitely the most interesting part of the book. We get some answers, however vague some of them may be. But, the ending also pissed me right the f**k off. I was so sure that I was going to stop after this book and not read the next. But, now, after that ending, well…I have to read the sequel. Sigh…
Should you read it? I really don’t know if I’d recommend it. I’m leaning toward saying no. I really wasn’t into this book for the majority of it. Really, not until the end. I considered putting it down many, many times. I’m not sure why I kept going and I’m honestly not sure if I’m glad I did. After that ending, I know I have to read the next book, even though I don’t really want to. It’s really not that great of a book. I’m not a big fan of the characters and I don’t really like the confusing concept. But, my curiosity is getting the better of me, so I have to continue. Hopefully it’s more enjoyable than this one was.
A Peek Inside
So what’s the game now? This, or the life I used to know?
— Page 339
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