Author: Eve Silver
Genre: YA Sci-Fi
Series: The Game (Book 1)
Publication Date: June 11, 2013
Format: Hardcover, 361 Pages
ISBN-10: 0062192132 (HarperTeen)
ISBN-13: 978-0062192134 (HarperTeen)
Reviewed by: Bridget
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.
Quick & Dirty: Fun action packed story with compelling characters, an interesting plot, and a cool sci-fi setting. A great fit for gamer fans.
Opening Sentence: My head jerks up.
Miki has to have a certain amount of control over her life or things will fall apart. Her mother died of lung cancer a few years ago and nothing has ever been the same since. Her father drinks too much and Miki has shut down inside to ward off the pain. After school one day, Miki tries to save a deaf girl from getting hit by a truck and instead she ends up getting hit. When she wakes up she figures she is dead, but it turns out she has been pulled into some kind of game.
Miki teams up with a few other teenagers and they have to fight The Drau, an alien race that is very violent and plans to take over the world. Once they have eliminated all their targets they are sent back to their normal life like nothing happened, and no matter how much time passed in the real world, they go right back to the moment they were pulled. Outside of the game they aren’t allowed to talk about it with anyone and Miki has so many questions. What is the purpose of the game? Is it real? If you die in the game do you really die? There is only one person that can answer her questions and that’s the infuriating gorgeous team leader, Jackson Tate.
Miki is a good strong character. She has had a rough few years and she is dealing with things the best way she knows how. She is very smart and put together on the exterior, but inside she is just hanging by a thread. When things start to unravel out of control, Miki doesn’t know how she is going to stay grounded. The game gives her a purpose and she feels more alive than she has in years. But who controls the game and what are their real motives. She is a very independent person with a witty attitude. I found her easy to connect with and I really liked her.
Jackson Tate is very hot and cold. One moment he will be sweet and attentive and the next he is completely ignoring you. He is gorgeous, but is a total mystery. He can be very charming when he wants to be, but he also can be a jerk. Miki finds Jackson infuriating, but she also can’t help but be very attracted to him. He has answers she desperately needs, but getting information from him is like pulling teeth. I loved Jackson. I found his character interesting and I am excited to learn more about him in the sequel.
This was a fun action packed story with a unique idea. You are pulled into the story right away and I was captivated the whole way through. The gamer setting was interesting and different. The romance was sweet and developed slowly. The cast of characters were compelling and easy to like. The plot was full of twists that surprised me and kept me interested. The ending has a terrible cliffhanger which I didn’t particularly love, but it left me dying to get my hands on the next book. Overall, this was a very entertaining read and I would highly recommend it to fans of YA Sci-fi or gamer fans.
I see then that the door’s gone and in front of me are people. No … they aren’t people. They have limbs, hair, faces, but they aren’t human. After the first glance, they don’t look remotely human. They’re pure, painful white, so bright they throw off a glare. They look like they’ve been dipped in glass, smooth and polished, but fluid. And their eyes … they’re a silvery color, like the mercury in the old thermometer that my mom used to have at the side of the front porch.
When I was ten, I knocked that thermometer off with my wooden kendo sword, shattering the glass. The little blobs of mercury went all over the porch. I was a kid. I didn’t know better. I touched them, prodding the little balls until they joined the bigger blob. My mom swooped down on me and snatched me away, telling me it was poison. It could kill me.
I stare at the things in front of me: the Drau. I can’t look away.
Somewhere in the back of my mind, I remember Jackson talking about Medusa. Don’t look at their eyes.
Their mercury eyes.
They will kill me.
The Game Series:
2. Push (2014)
3. Crash (2015)
FTC Advisory: Katherine Tegen Books/Harper Collins provided me with a copy of Rush. No goody bags, sponsorships, “material connections,” or bribes were exchanged for my review.
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