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Thursday, July 11, 2013

Rush by Eve Silver

I didn't know what to expect from Rush. I think I was thinking it was going to be along the same lines of Tracy Deebs's "Doomed" (see that review here.) And that was based on the gamer talk that I discovered in the summary.

Here's the 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: 1) I liked the parts of it that were described like a video game. I think if it hadn't taken that direction, I probably would have been lost. On the flip side, if you haven't really ever played a video game, you might not understand some of what they are talking about. But for me, and anyone else who knows gamer lingo (the easy stuff, like health bars and things like that), it made it easy to follow along, like something concrete in a story that bounces around a lot. 2) Action-packed. For the most part, the book was non-stop. It began with main character Miki being hit by a truck in the first chapter. I was glad to see how much of the book was dedicated to the action. 3) Miki was fairly well developed. I wanted to know where she was going and I did find myself hoping that everything was going to work out with her in the end! 4) The ending left me curious, so that's a bonus! Also, there are aliens. This is interesting.

What I Didn't Like: 1) First of all, while the book started with a bang, it slowed to a crawl for the first 6 or so chapters. After that the action picked up again, but I almost didn't make it to the "exciting part." I almost never leave a book unread, but the book just wasn't holding my focus until I hit chapter 7. 2) The overall plot was intriguing, but the secondary plots all fizzled and died somewhere in the middle of the story. It made the story two dimensional and a little flat. I don't think I ever realized the importance of secondary plot lines before, but I am officially a big fan of them. 3) Other than Miki being developed pretty well, I needed more from the others. Many parts of this story fell flat for me. 

Overall Thoughts: Eve Silver's Rush was an action-packed story with an interesting plot line and peppered with gamer lingo, which was super fun. There were some plot and character problems, and if you don't stick with it in the beginning, you probably won't finish it, because the beginning moves too slow. But despite all of that, I'm probably going to pick up the second book when it comes out because I'm just curious about what's going to happen next.

My Rating: 3 shots

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