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Rush (The Game Book 1) by [Silver, Eve]
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WINNER of the Forest of Reading White Pine Award! Shortlisted for the Monica Hughes Award in Science Fiction and Fantasy!

So what's the game now? This or the life I used to know?

Sixteen-year-old Miki Jones is pulled from her everyday life into an alternate reality game where she and a team of other teens battle the Drau—beautiful and deadly alien creatures bent on mankind's destruction. There are no dry runs, no boot camp, no time to acclimate to new weapons. There's only the mission: kill or be killed. Make it out alive, and Miki gets to respawn back in her real world . . . but only until she's pulled into the terror of the game again and again.

The team's mysterious leader insists it's every player for herself. Other players whisper about hit points and health bars and a way out of the game. Everyone has secrets. Everyone lies. And when the mission takes a deadly turn, Miki's only hope for survival depends on her figuring out who—and what—to trust.

Thrilling action and addictive romance—a mind-bending rush of a read!"—Pittacus Lore, New York Times bestselling author of the I Am Number Four series

"Smart and original, Rush is an action-packed ride with plenty of heart."
—Kelley Armstrong, #1 New York Times bestselling author—

"RUSH is an intense, pulse-pounding thrill-ride...you need to read this book!"
—Morgan Rhodes, New York Times bestselling author— 

"The battle scenes are visceral and taut. The intricate, multilayered plot is inventive…Mind candy for those teen readers who love the thrill of the game."
—Kirkus—

"Silver has produced 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."
—Quill & Quire, starred review—

"Whether teens read this for the romance or the science fiction, they’ll finish eager for the second installment of the Game series."
—Booklist—

"For readers of The Hunger Games and Divergent, Rush follows in a similar new tradition, with electric high-action scenes, a world in peril..."
—The Globe and Mail—

 "The stakes are high, the action is consistent, and there is never too much revealed at once; Silver has a wonderful talent with suspense. . . . Highly Recommended."
—CM Magazine—

 "The addictive plot, fresh setting and amazing characters create a novel you’ll stay up late to finish."
—RT BOOKreviews—

"RUSH is a thrill ride of a read with hot guys, aliens, and LOTS of action. Perfect for gamers AND romantics."
—Amy Christine Parker, author of Gated—

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 2515 KB
  • Print Length: 373 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0062192132
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Eve Silver (9 August 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Australia Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 098693576X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0986935763
  • ASIN: B00ML3V5PI
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  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #7,251 Free in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Free in Kindle Store)

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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Cool concept- minor issues 15 June 2013
By Jessica Leigh (Lovin' Los Libros) - Published on Amazon.com
The concept behind this book was what really pulled me in. Not to mention, I'm always up for a little sci-fi! If you are not one who cares for non-realistic plots, well, this book probably isn't for you. I personally loved Ender's Game and this book was very similar in that both are fighting to ensure humanity's survival from an alien invasion.

While I overall enjoyed this book, there were quite a few elements I didn't particularly care for.

I felt like there was a lot of information overload going on in this book. I realize it is the first in the series, so Silver is setting the stage and helping us readers understand the mechanics at work in the game. However, at times I felt there was more info-dumping than there was actual plot and action. We did get some great action scenes while Miki and crew were on missions and the last 25 or so pages had me really going to see how Silver would conclude the book. (A bit of a cliffhanger, if I do say so myself.)

I liked the main character Miki, well enough. She had every right to be overly inquisitive to the point of irritation. She died and was then brought back to life and put into a game where she runs missions and then takes a break and goes back to her normal life, only to be aware that she could be pulled back at any time. So, I get the never-ending questions and her frustration with their 'team leader' Jackson. She is dealing with quite a bit, including the loss of her mother at a young age and an alcoholic father who won't admit that he has a problem. She ends up admitting she likes the rush of the game (the fear, the adrenaline, the unknown) because it actually sparks her into feeling alive- which she hadn't before. Her sadness was always there, keeping her just under enough to feel it, but not enough to make her seem depressed.

I absolutely despised Miki's best friend Carly. She was shallow, jealous, and well let's face it: a complete bitch to Miki. I realize that she was a loyal friend to her through some pretty difficult times in the past, but that doesn't make up for the way she's treating her now. Ugh. High school girl drama.

Jackson, Miki's team leader in the game, is a complete enigma. We don't really find out his deal until later on in the book. He's a bit contradictory. He tells Miki it's every man for himself in this game, but then goes out of his way to protect her. He tells her he can't talk about the game in the outside world, but continues to break rules anyway. His duality frustrated me a bit. One minute he's kind and genuinely seems concerned about Miki and answering her questions and just getting her through and the next he throws a wall up between them and is back to his cocky, self-assured attitude. He harbors a lot of secrets, which thankfully Silver does share with us bit by bit.

Then there is Luka. He is also part of the team, but has known Miki since they were kids. It seemed like Silver was going to go all love triangle on us, but I think she changed her mind and by the end there is nothing of the sort. There's not much to say about Luka, except he was kind and wanted to help Miki- he didn't think it was fair that she not know so many things about the game.

Overall, this book really showed potential. My biggest issue was all the information overload. I felt like it could have been handled differently, so that I wasn't bogged down with all the specifics and was able to flow along more smoothly with the plot. Will I be reading the second book? Probably. I like the concept and I am curious as to where Silver will take this series next. And hopefully now that we all understand (in very clear detail) how the game works, what the teams are up against, the second book can be more centered around plot and action rather than info-dumping.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I loved it! 22 October 2014
By Mandy - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition
I received Rush in return for an honest review from the author. Miki lives with her dad after they lost her mom to cancer she tried to keep things normal good grades and her friends but all that is about to change. When a new student arrives at school she starts hearing voices that tell her to help and save a little girl from a fatal accident. Upon saving the girl she is trust into another world where a team fights aliens in order to save the planet. They claim it’s a game but it’s real, she’s joined by Luka one of the kids from school as well as the new guy. Unlike other new players to the team Jackson takes her under his wing protecting her.

When they eliminate the threat they are thrust back into their lives time once again starts as if they have never left. Miki is confused and none of the players will explain what’s going on it’s a secret Luka won’t disclose but Jackson shows up to answer her questions. Even Luka gives in not wanting Miki to be in the dark of what’s going on. When her friends see her talking to the guys she feels betrayed so not only does Miki have aliens and attractive guys to deal with she also has to save her friendship. The aliens are ramping up for something big will Miki be able to stop them before it’s too late? Will they all make it out of the game alive?

I didn’t care for Miki at first but as the book progressed I grew to like her. She’s had a rough life and dealing with her dad after losing her mom can’t be easy. I liked Luka right away he’s a good guy who’s just trying to survive the game and I hope to see more of him in the next book. When it comes to Jackson he also captured my heart he’s not perfect, he has issues he’s the reason that Miki’s life changed but I think he’s also good for her and willing to risk his life for hers.

I was really excited to have the chance to read Rush because I’ve heard so much about the series. The concept reminds me of Enders Game but I think it’s executed better in my opinion. I love the idea that they are time traveling outside their bodies to find an alien race that is bent on destroying the people of earth. I’m kind of a sucker for a good alien story and this one rates right up there with the Lux. I really enjoyed the characters I was able to connect with them captivated by their stories as they intertwined. Rush is a captivating story that draws the reader in right from the start loaded with action, suspense, aliens, romance and a kick ass heroine to save the day. My only complaint is that it’s a cliffhanger so I need to read the next one to see how it will play out. Rush is a must for fans of YA Sci Fi and aliens. I really enjoyed the story it was hard to put down. I loved it.
9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Review for Rush by Eve Silver 3 July 2013
By Alyssa - Published on Amazon.com
***Review posted on The Eater of Books! blog***

Rush by Eve Silver
Book One of The Game series
Publisher: Katherine Tegen Books
Publication Date: June 11, 2013
Rating: 4 stars
Source: eARC from Edelweiss

Summary (from Goodreads):

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 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 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 Dra) - 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.

What I Did Not Like:

There were a few things that stuck out to me that I didn't really like, and that's why this book got 4 stars instead of five. For one, the massive cliffhanger that I absolutely abhorred and possibly cried over because I couldn't believe Ms. Silver would do such a thing. Cue the water works!

Another is the amount of info dumping that happens. Readers (and Miki) get a ton of information in like, three spots in this book, all at once. When Miki firsts enters the Lobby, she gets a boatload of information then. Then she talks to Jackson when they were at the playground later in the story. And there are more spots that are smaller, but basically, the info dumping was kind of painful.

And there are some small things that were never really answered in this book (maybe in the next books?). Like, I don't really understand why the Drau are stuck in the "video game" world. And why does dying selflessly pull someone into the "video game" world? There are other questions I had, but I'm hoping that they aren't important details, or that they will be answered in the next two books.

Would I Recommend It:

Yesyesyesyesyesyesyesyesyesyes.

Yes.

Go get a copy now! Buy it, borrow it, whatever, just get it! You don't have to be a video game lover (I'm not!) or a science fiction lover to read and love this book!

Rating:

4 stars. I must have re-read this book about 4 times already. It's that good, people!
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Unique premise, bad execution 19 December 2014
By S. Jean - Published on Amazon.com
As someone who isn’t really into video games, particularly first person shooters, I feel like a lot of this book was lost on me. That being said, I think even if I absolutely loved video games I would not have loved this.

The amount of suspension of disbelief this book requires is just too much. The premise is so flimsy. The author does at least try to fill in the gaps and provide some kind of justification for the way things are, but there are still entirely too many holes in the plot to make it believable. This was frustrating for me as a reader because I love getting lost in the story and I just couldn’t do it with this one.

Not only is the plot full of holes, but I never felt like the story was moving toward any real point. The sense of urgency is completely lost. Yeah, there are aliens attacking earth, and the characters worry about it, but the larger focus is on the arguments between Miki and her friends, and the budding romance between Miki and Jackson.

The hot and cold, back and forth crap between Miki and Jackson drove me nuts. They don’t have any connection to begin with, and then to top it all off they alternate between spewing cheesy crap to one another that feels so fake it’s almost painful to read and bickering at one another. It isn’t endearing or cute, and it made me hate both of them.

None of the other characters are developed enough for the reader to feel connected to them. As people died throughout the story, I felt no remorse because I didn’t feel like I really knew a thing about them.

I wish there had been more focus on the world building in this novel, and that the author had paid more mind to ensuring that the reasoning provided for things was believable. Between the lackluster world building and the poorly developed characters, this book was not my thing at all. That being said, I think if you are a reader who adores first person shooter games and aliens, you will love this book.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Great concept - less great romance 7 August 2013
By Eveline's Books - Published on Amazon.com
evelinesbooks.blogspot.nl

I was really excited to read this book. The synopsis sounded amazing, I mean aliens, games, missions.. what's not to love? Unfortunately the book wasn't as amazing.

Miki thinks she died while trying save a girl's life. Instead she wakes up in the Game. She has to terminate the Drau, evil aliens who are trying to destroy the Earth, together with childhood friend Luka and cryptic Jackson. She soon finds out it's not a game, but a real life or death battle. And of course during these games she falls in love with Jackson, who keeps trying to tell her he's not the good guy.

The Game concept was pretty awesome. The termination of the aliens was designed as a video game, complete with points and endurance levels. It was thought out well and the science behind it was nice. The players had a reality, their real lives and a virtual reality, in which they killed aliens. Most of the book the game was a mystery to the readers, due to Jackson's crypticness, only at the end we got some answers. The players had access to some nice high-tech weapons and the scenes in the game were fast-paced and action packed, I really did like those.

The book to me was ruined because of the characters and most of all the romance.

I really disliked the character of Jackson Tate, that is the main part why I didn't like the romance. He was one of those standard arrogant bad boys (with no reason to be bad, he just likes to be infuriating). Always mysterious, always cryptic and secretive, always having major mood swings. But of course he was incredibly hot and Miki just couldn't resist his charm. He kept giving her the 'I'm not a good guy' speech, I got a Twilight deja-vu there. Miki kept drawing conclusions about Jackson, about what he thought and meant with his comments, like he really cared about her when he said something cryptic and smartass. Of course later it turned out he actually did like her, the predictable 'bad boy finally falls in love and turns good - scenario'. Ugh. And it wasn't exactly instalove, but when they suddenly exchanged 'I love you's' at the end that seemed a bit out of the blue. Why can't the girl not fall in love with the irritating bad boy for a change?

I didn't know what part Luka played in the romance (or actually in the story at all). At first he seemed to be interested in Miki, or at least she concluded that from the 'hostile staring contest' between Jackson and Luka (she thought pretty high of herself). I was bracing myself for a love triangle, but later it turns out he had a crush on Miki's BFF Carly, who by the way is the worst friend ever and seemed to get mad about everything. Luka appeared to be one of the main characters in the beginning, but soon he started to move to the background and we didn't really see him until the end of the book. A pity, because he was the only character that was actually likable in the book.

The protagonist Miki was not really likable. What irritated me most was that she kept seeing hidden things in other people's talking and behaviour. First that both Luka and Jackson liked her, then that Jackson actually cared for her, etcetera etcetera. And she kept telling everyone she was pretty badass with her black belt in Kendo, but she apart from making sarcastic comments and thinking aggressive thoughts she wasn't really a heroine. Only at the end she starts showing some fighting skills, but before that Jackson had to do everything for her.

The book had a pretty big cliffhanger at the end, but I'm not sure I'm interested in reading the second book.

Conclusion

This book would have been much better if the writer had focused sci-fi/game stuff and less on the romance. Many YA books these days seem to have a similar problem, focusing more on the crappy romance instead of the awesome real plot. I will still give the book 3 stars, since I liked the action and the sci-fi stuff.

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