Rush (The Game Series #1)

Rush (The Game Series #1)

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by Eve Silver
     
 

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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

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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.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
Adult author Silver (Body of Sin) makes her YA debut with a fast-paced story, first in The Game series, in which specially selected teens wage a secret war against invading aliens. Junior Miki Jones is the latest recruit, plucked from her normal existence to fight aliens hiding among humanity and help prepare the world for a full-scale incursion. It’s on-the-job training, laid out in the framework of a giant game, with points given for various objectives and deducted for certain infractions. She quickly develops a love-hate relationship with her taciturn team leader, Jackson Tate, and the more Miki learns about the “game” she’s caught up in, the higher the stakes become. Silver expertly intertwines Miki’s real life and missions, providing an exciting contrast as things get increasingly complicated. The gradual unveiling of answers, with Miki relentlessly pressing her teammates for information, occasionally gets frustrating and repetitive, but the payoff—as Silver reveals the true extent of the premise and its implications—is worth it. The result is a science fiction adventure that’ll leave fans demanding the next installment. Ages 14–up. Agent: Robin Rue, Writers House. (June)
Kelley Armstrong
Smart and original, Rush is an action-packed ride with plenty of heart.
Michelle Rowen
“RUSH is the perfect title for Eve Silver’s fantastic YA debut. A RUSH of excitement, a RUSH of danger, of action, of romance, of hot boys with dark secrets. I loved it!”
New York Times bestselling author Kelley Armstrong
“Smart and original, Rush is an action-packed ride with plenty of heart.”
Booklist
“Whether teens read this for the romance or the science fiction, they’ll finish eager for the second installment of the Game series.”
CM Magazine
“Within one chapter, I found myself hooked. 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.”
Quill & Quire (Starred Review)
“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.”
Connected (Canada)
Rush is a fast-paced blend of science fiction and gaming, filled with hot guys who don’t follow the rules.
Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books
“The fight scenes offer unrelenting, pulse-quickening action, and Miki’s personal strugglewith her own need for control, even as she finds herself in an uncontrollable situation, provides the novel with an intriguing emotional core.”
Pittacus Lore
“Thrilling action and addictive romance-a mind-bending rush of a read!”
School Library Journal
Gr 8–10—Rush is difficult to explain and at times difficult to understand, yet it is a compelling read. As Miki Jones, a junior at Glenbrook High, is "pulled from real life," thinking she is dead, she struggles to understand a Mad Hatter universe. She encounters Luka Vijic, a former friend who has returned to Rochester, New York, from Seattle. He tells her that he, too, was "pulled" and that they are both alive, except when they are on a mission. As long as they are successful in this game that is not a game, they get to return to their lives, a process that will repeat itself. Their goal is to kill Drau, alien beings seeking to conquer Earth. Plenty of aliens and conspiracies are juxtaposed with the ordinary world of a teen struggling to balance everything in her life. Some of the characters are stereotypical and two-dimensional, and aspects of the universe that Silver has built challenge the suspension of disbelief. However, most readers won't notice and will simply zip along, hoping to figure out what's really going on.—Saleena L. Davidson, South Brunswick Public Library, Monmouth Junction, NJ
Kirkus Reviews
Miki's understanding of reality completely changes when she's thrust into a deadly virtual game. Having recently lost her mother to cancer and dealing with her dad's alcoholism, the 16-year-old is trudging through life grief-stricken and angry. When she is hit by a truck while trying to save a little girl, Miki's broken body is suddenly whole again when she's "pulled" into an alternate dimension. Here, Miki's mission is to play a live-action video game. She earns points by terminating predatory alien creatures, the Drau. Battling at her side are four other gamers, the leader of whom is Jackson, a young man of few words and alluring looks. They are pawns of an unseen force, and it quickly becomes clear that a game injury deals real and agonizing pain and that destroying the aliens is much more than a game. The battle scenes are visceral and taut. The intricate, multilayered plot is inventive, twining hostile alien takeover (these guys are superbad, brain-eating beasts) around uncertainty about Miki's and Jackson's true heritage and their growing romance. The story, however, unfolds through a constant litany of questions from Miki, which has the effect of bogging down the plot and making Miki appear dense. Mind candy for those teen readers who love the thrill of the game. (Adventure. 13-18)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780062192165
Publisher:
HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date:
06/11/2013
Series:
Eve Silver's The Game Series , #1
Sold by:
HARPERCOLLINS
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
384
Sales rank:
1,474
File size:
1 MB
Age Range:
14 - 17 Years

What People are saying about this

Michelle Rowen

RUSH is the perfect title for Eve Silver’s fantastic YA debut. A RUSH of excitement, a RUSH of danger, of action, of romance, of hot boys with dark secrets. I loved it!

Kelley Armstrong

Smart and original, Rush is an action-packed ride with plenty of heart.

Meet the Author

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.

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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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!
BookishGal04 More than 1 year ago
When I saw Rush at my library, I did not know what to expect. It seemed different from some of the dystopian teen series, yet it was also similar, but I decided to take a chance. Miki, the main character in our story was living a normal life until she jumped in front of a vehicle to save a child. What follows is anything but predictable, in fact, I can safely say I've never seen a story quite like this before. What really drew me to this book, at least in the beginning was the fact that I share a name with one of the lesser characters in the book, usually my name and the spelling of it is not one that is all that common. Eve Silver in Rush creates a new world, somewhat similar to Pittacus' Lore's I am Number Four, but also different. We have two sides engaged in a battle, the stakes of which are life and death. Without giving too much information away, Rush is book that places its characters inside a video game fighting for their life and the future of humanity as we know it. Is it chance? What exactly brings Miki and others like her to play this game?  Unfortunately if you're wanting surefire answers to all of those questions, you will not get it at the end of Rush, after all it's just the first book in "The Game" series. There are two additional titles that you will have to wait for. Don't let this hold you back though, Rush is a book you should absolutely read the first chance you get, in fact, it will be hard to put down. It is for this reason that I am happy to give Rush 4/5 stars, for a well written new world created by author Eve Silver. Pick it up, I'm sure you'll have just as hard a time as I did in placing it down, enjoy! 
Anonymous 5 months ago
This is a great book. The thing that impresses me most is how it remains true to almost any typical teenagers-fighting-aliens-to-save-the-world-plus-some-romance story, yet it's different and original and not cliche. A must read.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
RUSH is such an amazing book. It's one of my favourites, and I'm definitely going to be in line to get the sequel. I can't say much that hasn't already been said, except that the story is told in such a fabulous way that it just leads you wanting more and more. I loved it! -Quinn Kendall
jaimearkin More than 1 year ago
4.5 big bright stars and I'm sitting here shaking my fist at you Eve Silver!! Let me get that half star reduction out of the way. There is a giant cliffie at the end of this book, so if that's not your thing... well, I warned you. OH MY GOD THIS STORY!! I absolutely loved it and I wasn't sure I would.  Miki Jones is suddenly pulled from her real life into what seems to be a real life video game. She and a team of 4 others are sent into a world where she has to eliminate an alien life form called the Drau and according to some, it's every man for themselves. She is thrown in head first without training or practice and she has to depend on Jackson Tate... someone who from the very first introduction drives her nuts.  I absolutely loved the premise of this, and like I said, I was worried I wasn't going to, but as I turned page after page, I realized what a genius plot Eve came up with. These teens are basically pulled into a real life video game and it's life or death... if their wrist band turns red while they are in the game, they no longer exist in real life... or, their alternate real life.  I loved Miki. She's had her own issues growing up. After the death of her mother, she tries to control every aspect of her life and then she's pulled into something she can't control at all, and she struggles with being forced into this game where she has to take lives, even if they are evil, alien lives. But she's kick-ass - She knows how to fight and was trained in martial arts and despite her confusion, which Silver captures wonderfully, she eventually catches on and she finds that she has instincts she never would have suspected.  Jackson...  Jackson was sold to us readers as a total a- hole... but I didn't think he was at any time. I can see why Miki was frustrated with him at times, but essentially he felt this obligation to Miki and he had her back every single step of the way.  "You stay close to me, Miki Jones. Close enough that I can hear you breathe. Got it?" Something in his tone makes my breath catch. Aiming for sassy with a nice dose of bravado, I ask, "You always take care of the new recruits?" He clenches his jaw and seconds tick past before he answers. "Never." He sounds anything but happy. Never. But this time is different. When you finally hear his story and get all the details on what's happened...  Plus he has some pretty swoony lines... "Why didn't you just give me a light in the first place?" I'm both angry that he didn't and grateful that he's given me one now. He says softly so only I can hear, "It seemed like a good excuse to keep you close." or "There hasn't been much that makes me smile in a very long time. But you do. So thank you for that." or  He grabs my wrist and turns my hand, then lowers his head and presses his lips to my palm. Electricity dances through me, making me gasp. His lips move to the crease of my wrist. I stand perfectly still, my blood hammering through my veins. I want him to do that again. I also really adored Luka and the part he plays in this book. But I will say that I really disliked her friend Carly and the way she was portrayed. Once you read this, you'll hopefully have a better understanding of why I say that, but I don't want to give anything away. I think her reactions and attitudes really cheapened the great friendship they were supposed to have had. If you're a fan of Sci-Fi with a touch of romance and want to read something that's filled with action and a unique and different plot, that has characters that you'll end up loving, I recommend you run out and order Rush now... It comes out in June and I know that seems like a long way to go, but it will totally be worth it. Now... if I could only find a way to get my hands on book 2.... 
Falln2books More than 1 year ago
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 sucked into 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 crappy 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 sit came as dialogue info dumps, due to the fact that Miki 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.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I felt this book started off rather slow and was a bit confusing. However as i got farther along the action picked up and i enjoyed it and look forward to the second book!
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skizzles22 More than 1 year ago
It took a little bit for me to get into the book, after that explosive first chapter. I think it lost some of its momentum throughout the story-line, and sometimes I didn't know if I wanted to continue. Not that the book was bad, but I just wasn't invested in the story or characters that much. I liked Miki a lot more in the beginning than the the rest of the book. I understood her well and felt a connection because I know what it's like to let the grief rule everything, to not even recognize yourself anymore, and that feeling of being completely lost and lonely. She was also a little sassy. However, she became a Mary Sue of a character. She was so special but she didn't even know it. Everything about the game came easy for her; she never had trouble with the Drau, although her kendo training did give her an edge. She was kind of set on a pedestal against the other female characters, which showed with the little bit of high school drama. It was almost like she could do no wrong. The story also centered around her, which left everyone else one-dimensional. Speaking of one-dimensional: cue Jackson Tate, the love interest. I didn't necessarily have a problem with his character; I just didn't believe him. His I-am-an-island attitude and "bad boy" appeal came across as unauthentic, given all of the contradictions between his words and his actions. I also would have liked more background on his character, because I felt that he could have been much more genuine if he'd had more going for him than his looks and sudden and unexpected interest in our MC. Their chemistry also felt forced in the beginning, like it was trying too hard to happen. Miki's relationships with the secondary characters felt immensely underdeveloped, which made the high school drama all the more annoying. I hated that the one with Luka was tainted by forced jealousy and friendship drama. I thought he could have been a great friend to Miki. I also didn't care for the way her friendship with her childhood best friend was treated. It didn't even seem that important for the MC because of how easy it was that a guy could come between them. The only "relationship" that had any depth was the one with Jackson. And even that was sorely without that much growth. Because when the L word was thrown around, I just didn't believe it. And I had a love/hate relationship with the plot. On the one hand, all of the mystery left me curious to know everything about the Drau, these aliens who destroy planets, and what the game actually is. On the other hand, all of the non-answers seemed like a carrot being dangled in front of a horse's nose so it will keep walking in the hope of receiving the treat. In this case, all they did was make me mad that I wasn't learning anything new and in a timely manner. I also found it ridiculous that Miki would get "pulled" into a game like this with absolutely no information or training whatsoever, with a leader who won't even give her the most basic details to help her survive the missions without needing him to swoop in and save her. I'm still mostly confused about everything involving this story-line, and I'm not even sure I get it. But I still want to find out after that cliffhanger, albeit cliché, ending. One little annoying pet peeve of mine in this, aside from the non-answers was the fact that all of the characters seemed able to read minds. Apparently nothing needed to be said because everyone knew what the other was thinking. There was a lot of assuming that way, and it took away from the development of relationships because no one was honest with each other. Don't get me wrong, I enjoyed the story. It was a surprisingly quick read, even though it lost me a few times throughout. Rush had a unique concept that I hope will be developed more thoroughly in the sequel.
Jazzie More than 1 year ago
A Unique sci-fi action/adventure to get lost in. My actual rating is 3.5 stars! Note: This review contains NO spoilers This was definitely an action-packed, adventure-filled, sci-fi experience. From gaming to virtual reality, Rush definitely took me on a "mission". Eve Silver created an otherworldly setting as these characters are "pulled" from their lives to a game-of-survival setting with aliens. With the mysterious introduction of this alien species, it created the suspense for these characters that were randomly, not so random, pulled to "play" this game that is supposed to determine the fate of mankind.  There is a sense that all these characters are well-versed in the video-gaming world as they use terms that gamers would know and understand. This concept somewhat created that adventure in the story. However, the whole secrecy idea did at some point got really annoying...there's just so much play on words I can take. C'mon! It definitely made the story drag. It even got boring! But, don't let that discourage you from reading this. Of course, from the beginning, it is apparent that there is a budding romance happening. But, where is the challenge if not with a love triangle...hahaha!! If it's executed right...then readers will feel it. Even after immersing myself in reading this story, entering this "world," this book ends with a cliffhanger!!! Really!!??!! Well, I guess I will have to read the series to get to the conclusion of this adventure...who will survive and who will complete the Game? Rush is definitely the beginning of a unique story, that interweaves science fiction, gaming, and virtual reality, that those that enjoys this genre will like.
ThisGirlReadsAlot More than 1 year ago
Nothing like I expected, everything that I need, Rush was a fantastic read. With an original and action packed plot line, Rush will give readers the thrill they seek. I never read the synopsis fully for this novel but still some part of it called to me, so when I got the opportunity to review this novel--I took it willingly. When I think of aliens in books I usually feel sort of put off from reading about them but Silver completely convinced me. I think it was because the aliens were somehow fascinating in their ethereal, silent other worldliness. I was intrigued and never freaked out which is usually my fear when reading books that feature aliens. What I liked most about this novel was Miki, not only did I love her character name--I loved her role in this story. Her life changed in a series of minutes but she freaked out more on her own, internally, than an outright blow out. She wanted to give up but she never did. She took everything in stride and I enjoyed that. I cannot stand a persistently whiny character, male or female. My other favorite was Jackson, of course. He was rude (and I loved it--something may be wrong with me), aloof, and stand-offish, and I loved every minute. He was a man of little words but when he spoke you felt drawn. I loved the way his character developed in the story because there was always a sense of mystery surrounding his character--in a good way. I thoroughly enjoyed each character well, except for the best friend Carly, she was in my opinion harder on Miki than I felt was necessary--and she tended to be a little petty at times. She wasn't around often except when she was. I really enjoyed this book, the plot was unique and held my attention--the characters had depth and kept me intrigued, and the ending, the ending, what?? I can't wait to read book two!
Brooke-The-Cover-Contessa More than 1 year ago
I want to than the author, Eve Silver, for sending me a copy of this book to read and give an honest review. Receiving this book for free has in no way altered my perception or review. From the first time I saw the cover of this book, I knew I had to read it. It's just utterly gorgeous. And the premise of the book, that there could possibly be some kind of game we are sucked into without us even knowing it, was just awesome! Enter Miki Jones. When you start the book, Miki comes off as the typical teenage girl, hanging out with her friends, swooning over cute boys at school. It's all so normal and there's nothing out of the ordinary. But then things suddenly change when she dives into traffic to save a friend's brother. She's suddenly sucked into a game of life or death where she and teammates try their hardest to fight off an alien race she didn't even know existed. Of course we see her skepticism emerge, and she is by no means trusting of those she is forced to partner with. But we also see how curious she is and watch as she slowly puts the clues together. She develops enough during the story to keep us intrigued, but I do believe she could have had a bit more growth. She was more than a bit awkward in many situations. And of course this wouldn't be a great YA without the introduction of romance. There is kind of this push and pull between two of the male characters, one Miki has known for a while and another that she has just met. And, while you might think it's a love triangle, you really don't get that idea here. You do see that she forms an attachment more to one than the other, seemingly thrust into it because of how she must depend on this guy. But at the same time, the mysteriousness of him totally intrigues her. I like that one of the guys is a total mystery (though we do learn some things about him that are important to the story line) while the other one seems to be more of an open book (at least after she is first pulled). The world building is interesting. I liked how Silver was able to balance Miki's "normal" world with the world of the game. While Miki has a bit of a hard time adjusting to being pulled, it certainly makes sense since she never knows when the pull will happen. And it's interesting to watch her return to her normal world and try to make sense of what has happened around her (as if time hasn't passed at all, but their pull has certainly changed things). Silver's writing flowed easily and certainly kept me wanting to read more. I could have used some more descriptors while reading, so I could really get the feel of the surroundings. When the teens were pulled into this in between while awaiting their game assignment, I needed to feel what it was like. But I had hard time with that. There was some predictability throughout the story, but nothing that kept me from wanting to continue to read and find out what happened to them during their missions. Silver also incorporated a fair bit of action, needed to show the war that is occurring between the alien race and earth. The book really ramps up at the end and then leaves you with an ending that will definitely have you reaching for the next book.  Silver presents us with a unique look at a sci-fi world that exists just out of our plane of reach. I'm looking forward to reading book #2!
LillyBookReads More than 1 year ago
**Copy provided via the author in exchange for an honest review. All opinions expressed are mine alone.**  At a Glance/The Cover: Rush had a really interesting concept to it. When I read its storyline, I couldn't help but want to read it immediately! Yes, it's definitely one of those games where the players can die, isn't necessary, and can't be gotten out of.  The only I can think of somewhat related to this plot is The Hunger Games, but it is different. In many ways. Many ways. The Characters/My Opinion: Miki Jones - Miki is the main character that gets pulled out of life, LITERALLY, and into a game. But it isn't just a game. This 'game' determines the Earth's life. This game gives us another view of Earth and how it was affected by aliens, which can't be seen by humans.  I think Silver explains this plot really well. Readers aren't super confused to how game works, how people get pulled out of life, and why doesn't any normal people notice. The characters in the story describes this game very well, and also adds suspense to the story.  Jackson Tate - He actually sounds very stuck-up in the beginning. But we see him change and see his demeanor weaken a little. Just for Miki. Miki and Jackson's relationship isn't all that romantic. We see them fall for each other little. I can't say I fangirl about their chemistry though. But it is a great add along to the story. Normally, I'm a romance fanatic. Like everything is about the love and the romance. And the chemistry. And that shipping. But for Rush, i think I'm more interested in the game and plots and twists. :)  Luka - Personally, I really like Luka. When he was first mentioned, I swear he could have been the love interest. He sounds hotter Jackson Tate. Or maybe because Jackson's jerky attitude kind of wavered my view of him. I don' t see him through Miki's eyes. Luka is like the best friend life saver that helps you get the guy and live to tell the tale.  Comparing to The Hunger Games: Just because. I feel like I can explain the book better this way....so...here i go. Like the Hunger Games the game is totally dangerous, yet random. It's life-risking and every mistake will be the death of you. Yet why is this game even happening? Unlike the Hunger Games, this game is actually necessary for the Earth to live on instead of just pure entertainment. These players are supposed to be on their own and all that, but they still kind of work in teams as a group. While in THG, they fight among each other, in Rush, they fight against evil Draus.   This whole thing takes place in our everyday world. So unlike THG, it's not dystopian.  Okay. So that's all I probably should say without spoiling any more than needed. :)  Overall Thoughts: There were actually a lot of twisters in this novel that I really wasn't expecting. Rush's got me hanging on to the edge of my seat in suspense. I really can't wait to find out what happens next! And to know the truth of Jackson Tate. So many mysteries surround him. I must say, I am curious.  So if you're interested in a sci-fi read, with a great plot and games, try this one! 
justine23 More than 1 year ago
Rush combines everything I love about contemporary with everything I love about science fiction. It is fast-paced, action-packed, and has believable conflicts that range from best friend and boy problems to needing to survive against a deadly alien race. If that doesn't make readers want to snatch up the novel alone, I don't know what will. The concept of Rush is a rush in itself. There aren't many slow moments at all, as the pages just keep turning and before you know it, it's 3am, you're on the final page, and you have school the next day. Although the idea in itself doesn't seem too revolutionary (I know, I've read Ender's Game), Silver crafted a story that still felt thoroughly unique. Maybe it's the addictive writing, maybe it's the fact that it has a normal life aspect while the characters are not in the game...whatever it is, I wasn't able to get enough of it. There are enough twists in the plot to keep readers guessing, and they aren't obvious. Even when I was so smugly sure I knew what was going on...I didn't. And it was so fabulous to be wrong. I love the characters of Rush. Miki is strong, funny and has a very authentic teenage voice. It's incredibly easy to root for her character in the story. The relationship between her and Jackson felt very natural. The bickering and biting style of flirting isn't exactly unheard of, but it's something I will never tire of. Ever. The aggravation the two caused each other was so much more delicious than a strictly romantic scenario would have been. Not to mention, Jackson as a character was highly intriguing. He isn't the one-dimensional pretty-boy love interest that can occasional plague works. He has a lot going for him, and his flaws only made me love him more. Plus, is it just me, or could we use some more long-haired dreamboats in YA? What I really loved about Rush was how believable it felt, despite the fact that it's science fiction. With the way that the game was set up, intertwined with reality, it felt like something entirely real. At least for the time reading. Not to mention, the game itself was highly interesting. The action and intense imagery might it so I was almost there. (Maybe it's the actor in me speaking, but this would make a fantastic film, even just for cinematic reasons.) All in all, the novel is exciting and addictive, and I can't wait to get my hands on the second book.
itsraymarie More than 1 year ago
This one was definitely an interesting concept. I found that I ended up really enjoying it. although I went in wary. But the story hooked me from the beginning and did not let go, and I'm so glad I read it. Miki is a teenage girl, just living her life. It's just her and her dad, but they get by. Until the day Miki saves a little girl from being run over by a truck and ends up somewhere else. "Somewhere else" being pulled through time and space into a game--only it's not really a game. Now Miki is part of a team sent to eliminate an alien race. Her team includes Luka, a guy who she used to be friends with when they were little, who ended up moving away but moving back (and hotter than ever, duh) as well as Jackson Tate, who is secretive, maddening, frustrating, and let's face it--super hot. Miki was an interesting character, and one that's easy to relate to. She has her problems, but the fact that she wasn't perfect is what made her easier to read about. There were somethings I would have liked more explained, rather than just alluded to, but nothing that interrupted the flow of reading. And Luke...personally, I liked him more than Jackson. He was super cute, but I guess we haven't seen enough of either boys. Jackson was...a mystery. But he managed to achieve the balance of letting you know just enough to satisfy your curiosity and give you some answers, and not share enough, making you want to know all the things. The story was fast-paced all the way through, keeping you interested. Things were explained, but not info-dumped as to drag the story. I was fully immersed the whole time, and never had a point where I was bored. The concept was interesting: these kids taken through time and space to a different dimension, to fight this alien species that wants to take over Earth. After they complete their "mission", they go back to the exact second they were "pulled", like nothing ever happened. But consequences in the game can have consequences in real life, as they learn. This was definitely, well as the title says, a rush. I fully enjoyed this story and will definitely be trying to get my hands on the next one as soon as possible.
WorldsCollide More than 1 year ago
Imaginative, thrilling, and very intriguing, Rush was a fantastic YA sci-fi read. I absolutely loved this book. From the interesting world that was created, to the endless thrills, and the lovely romance, this book was amazing. The world-building was great. It started off a little confusing but, as we got more explanation, I became more and more drawn into the world of invading aliens. It was well thought out and very interesting, a world that I was really intrigued by.  Miki was a wonderful heroine. She was definitely a fighter, strong and resilient and not willing to take crap from anyone. She held her own in a world of predatory aliens and was a truly likable character. I thought she was great. Jackson took a little longer to grow on me. At first, he was frustratingly secretive and ambiguous. But, as we got more explanation, I understood why he was so reluctant to share his secrets and the circumstances of his past made him a sympathetic character. He proved himself to be loyal, a total badass, and very sweet when he wanted to be. By the end of the book, I really liked him. The romance developed slowly, which I liked. Miki and Jackson were both tough and strong-willed, so they were a perfect match. I thought they were great together but after that ending, I just hope they meet again. The plot was fast paced and I was totally hooked the entire way through. There were plenty of thrills and secrets to keep me on the edge of my seat. I really liked the story and the ending definitely has me curious about what happens next. Rush was a fantastic YA read that I totally loved. It was full of thrills, secrets, and some delightful romance. YA lovers, this is definitely a book you'll want to read. *I received a complimentary copy from the publisher in exchange for an honest review
Paperback_Princess More than 1 year ago
This book was so different from what I was expecting. So very different. I really liked the different, but, I don't know, I'm having a hard time trying to find the right words to explain it. The concept of the book was great. The idea that these characters get pulled into this alternate world called "The Game" where they have to kill aliens. The way you get pulled is by almost dying. Or actually dying because when you die in the game, thats how you die in real life. I found it a little far fetched, but clever and very different from what I was expecting. I wasn't really thrilled with the characters while I was reading it, I found Miki really irritating and her best friend was even worse. The romance in this book felt a little forced. We also found ourself in the obligatory love triangle where there was the mysterious boy from the game and the old friend who was also in the game coincidentally. I'm sure they will follow the same plot line as well with the first book focusing on one guy and the second being about the other, but I'm still excited to see whats going to happen. The entire concept was super interesting, but I think that the payoff was a little too small. In spite of this, I'm planning on checking out the next in the trilogy if I can get my hands on it.
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Totally a cliff hanger! Plus the whole fighting aliens thing was awesome.......... btw the second book is called push
Sara_Stevens More than 1 year ago
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!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Rush was an amazing book–one of the best I've ever read, and I've read a looooot of books. I'm not going to lie, the whole fighting aliens thing has been used many times, but Eve Silver used the concept in a way that was so totally awesome and original, I couldn't help but fall in love. Speaking of love, this book even has it’s own romance: Jackson and Miki. The two of them are absolutely perfect, both individually and together. Once again, I fell in love with a fictional character.  This book was thrilling and had me so totally hooked, I finished it in less than 2 hours. This book was absolutely perfect, and I definitely recommend it to anyone that’s a fan of anything post-apocalyptic or anything that features a strong female lead. Rush is a must-read, and once you get your hands on this book you won’t regret it.