by Eve Silver
Publisher: Katherine Tegen Books
Publication Date: June 11th 2013
Source: ARC from Books Inc in Palo Alto!
So what's the game now? This, or the life I used to know?
When Miki Jones is pulled from her life, pulled through time and space into some kind of game, her farefully controlled life spirals into chaos. In the game, she and a team of other teens are sent on missions to elminite the Drau, terrifying and beautiful alien creatures. There is no practice run, no training, and no way out. Miki has only the guidance of secretive but maddeningly attractive team leader Jackson Tate, hwo says the game isn't really a game, that what Miki and her new teammates do now determins their survival an the survival of every other person on this planet. She laughs. He doesn't. And then the game takes a deadly and terrifying turn...
The first thing that hooked me on Rush was the premise. A mysterious and life threatening game involving aliens and saving the world? I AM ALL FOR THAT.
It's really hard for me to write this review without spoiling anything, so I'm gonna try to keep it simple. First off the premise definitely lived up to my expectations. The Game that Miki has to take part in was just as interesting and unique as I hoped it would be and, despite a few minor world building issues, I felt the whole concept was really well thought out. Honestly, the only issues I had were ones that Miki the protagonist herself had because everything about the game was heavily shrouded in secrecy by "The Committee." I'm hoping we'll find out more about them and The Game in the coming sequels!
As for Miki herself she was a fine protagonist. She wasn't my favorite, but she does earn major brownie points for being part Japanese (HAPA FTW!) and knowing kendo, the Japanese way of the sword. I mean, how cool is that? The only thing that really bugged me about her was the relationship she had with Jackson.
Now I know I'm a romantic cynic and I tend to dislike a lot of romance, but this one was doomed from the get go. I mean, Jackson (the team leader from The Game) is referred to as "maddeningly attractive" in the book summary. Maddeningly attractive? Puhhhhlease. I didn't mind Miki and Jackson as characters, but the romance between them felt so unnecessary and yet it was a huge part of the book. Why must romance always be so important, even in sci-fi type novels? Personally, I wanted more about other aspects of the story like the AWESOME ALIENS!
I've never been a big fan of aliens (mostly because they tend to end up super dorky and "little green man" martian like), but the Drau were admittedly freaking awesome. I mean they were SO creepy guys. So creepy. I'd love to say more, but if I do I'll be giving away way too much information. You'll just have to read it for yourself. ;)
Rush is a great start to this new series! The premise is great, the aliens are creepy, and the secrecy of it all has definitely got me hooked. Plus: MAJOR CLIFFHANGER. Well played Eve Silver, well played. I suggest this one to anybody who likes sci-fi, unique premises, and action!
I really hope that when Rush is published it's cover is made shiny and reflective. Does it not just look like the perfect candidate for a shiny/reflective book cover? PLEASE KATHERINE TEGEN BOOKS GIVE RUSH A SHINY COVER!!!
I've got an ARC giveaway going on right now for a copy of Rush, so if you want it you can enter here!