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I wanted to love this book to pieces. The synopsis made Rush by Eve Silver sound like a new The Hunger Games type read, and freakin’ looooooooved The Hunger Games! Even though there were points in the book that really grabbed my attention, and with cliff hanger of all cliff hangers… I, personally, found that I had to get through quite a bit of the book before it finally had my attention.
Miki is still trying to get through the pain in losing her mom to cancer. She also has to deal with a father who now has a very close relationship with booze. Her friends are trying to get her out of her shell, and what better way than to dangle a boy in her face. There’s a new boy in town, and he is all the talk. He is brooding, hot, friendly, and … did I mention hot! Constantly found wearing a pair of sunglasses, Jackson is one boy that has grabbed Miki’s attention.
Out of nowhere, Miki starts to hear a voice in her head…and it alerts her to an accident that is about to happen. As Miki rushes to save a poor girl from being hit by a truck, she finds herself on the receiving end of the accident. And feeling as though she’s having an out of body experience, Miki finds herself in a whole other world, with a new set rules. Miki is now part of the game. A game in which her team (and others out in the world) are pulled into this “game” to kill off alien invaders in an attempt to save the world. Crazy right! And who happens to be the leader of Miki’s new team mates? None other than the über sexy Jackson. And the game? Survive…watch your wrist con, don’t let it turn red. Red means dead…dead means you don’t leave the game. You’re. Just.Dead.
The way it works? You fight these aliens. Once you’ve finished your mission, you get out of the game and get to go back to the exact moment you were in before you were pulled. The way it all starts? The players are usually pulled from a life/death situation. If you survive your first pull into the game, you return back to your life unscathed. No wounds, no pain, and you continue living…until the next pull. From them all, if you die in the game, you die in real life. You go back to the moment where that life/death situation first happened and you die.
So now Miki must survive her pulls into the game. She also needs answers, and Jackson isn’t always that forth coming. Mr. Cryptic man at his finest. But once Miki begins to understand the reasons for their missions, and what the outcome will be should they fail, the issues in her real life aren’t as bad as she used to think. It also seems that Jackson has some secrets of his own, and if Miki find’s out, it could mean game over for the two of them.
I had such high hopes for Rush! I was hoping for an action filled read where it was all about surviving. A read that would have me on the edge of my seat, ready to get lost in the book. True, there is some action in the book, but not enough for me. There was a lot of sitting around, thinking, and waiting.
I wanted to love the main character, Miki, but something about her annoyed me. Yes, I understand that she is still going through the loss of her mother. Yes, I understand that it’ll take time to heal, and that everyone around her is concerned for her. Maybe it was her hot and cold personality? I don’t know. I just couldn’t connect with her, and found myself veering away from the book because of that.
And her so-called “best friend” Carly? Pfffft please. If you’re offering up the goods, someone’s gonna take it, so don’t be a bitch if you don’t make a move yourself. Way to jump to conclusions without getting the story from your BEST FRIEND! And then, what, all of a sudden after so many years of being the bestest friends in the whole world, seeing your best friend who has been in so much pain is now suddenly smiling, and you treat her like crap? Talk about her behind her back to both of your group of friends? Puh-lease…
And then there’s Jackson. Ehrmehgherd Jackson. At first, of course, he comes off as an asshole, which, as we all know, is the classic way for a bad boy who we know deep down is a sweetheart. And we witness the sweetness come out time and time again. I wish there was more “sweet” interaction time between Jackson and Miki. That would have been more enjoyable that witnessing the groveling that Miki does to placate Carly. Ugh.
I wished there was more time spent in the game. In the beginning it seemed like that was what things were going to be! But nope, real life came into play. But a lot of it, I could have done without. Yes, we know that Miki is concerned for her father’s drinking habit, but nothing really comes of it! It felt like filler or something. I’m hoping that more of the dealings between Miki and her father come out more in the next book.
My hopes for the next book? More action (obviously). More Jackson (yum!), less Carly because she frustrated the crap out me, and more Miki … but the Miki that we find at the end of the book, not the earlier in the book Miki.