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.
Holy MOLEY! FREAKING LOVED this book, gave it a WHOPPING 5 bight gold stars on Goodreads and I will own this book!
Rush is just as the title implies – a rush. From page one to the last, Eve Silver yanks her readers to a world that’s both real and science fiction. I was HOOKED from the first chapter and I can't rave enough about how much I LOVED this book! I threw the book across the room because of the RUDE cliff hanger at the end and I Simply. Can't. Wait. for the next book! a whole FLIPPING year! GAH!
The idea of being "sucked" into a game isn't new thanks to Tron and others like unto it. However, everything else was a concept to me! The thing is about this though it's not really a Tron book either! AHH where to begin...
Miki Jones was a great, very relatable character. When she was literally yanked out of her real-life and into an unknown world where the surface, after an attempt to save a deaf girl from being crushed by a truck and as a result killing her in the process. This world you may think that it’s some sort of a holding cell for people on the cusp of death. But you will come to know that it actually is a parallel universe constructed in a video game-like manner where a group of weapon-wielding teens go out and kill the enemies that the human race is completely unaware of. When she’s first told about what happened to her and how she’s now involved in the game, she doesn’t automatically accept it. Throughout Rush, she constantly tries to seek answers for what she can do and who she’s become.
The leader of this small pack of teenage alien killers is Jackson. Jackson is a perfect blend of secretive and tortured. He is the leader he does all he can to make sure that people get in, kill the enemy, and get out without anybody dying in the "game". He feels the weight of this responsibility and it has made him a hard person. He constantly wears sunglasses which is yet ANOTHER mystery in this story as to why. I thought it was maybe he had scars or was blind and they help him see but what it really was, was something I was not expecting!
The enemies, alien life forms called the Drau the stuff nightmares are made of, which aren't seen unless pulled into the "game". Drau is an alien-life form disguised as human life forms determined to take over the world rid the planet of humans itself and suck the earth of it's life and natural resources. Needless-to-say they’re a menace; but aren’t as easily detectable unless you have the sight or if you’re a member of the group loosely trained to kill them. Few are choses to be the fighters against this alien race and Miki has just been "called".
This high powered book I would HIGHLY recommend to anybody who loves a good "Rush" (haha).
Language: moderate (PG-13)
Violence: moderate (teenagers fighting aliens not real graphic)
Sexual Content: mild