Published June 11th 2013
Miki Jones’s carefully controlled life spins 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, through tiime 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. Every moment of the game is kill or be killed, and Miki has only the questionable guidance of Jackson Tate, the team’s alluring and secretive leader. He evades her questions, holds himself aloof from the others, and claims it’s every player for himself. But when he puts himself at risk to watch Miki’s back, he leaves her both frustrated and fascinated. Jackson 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 the planet. She laughs. He doesn’t. And then the game takes a deadly and terrifying turn.
I read this book in 2013 when it first came out and I liked it when but I had some problems with the characters. I’ve been thinking about Rush a lot lately so I decided to reread it. I thought my opinions on this book would have changed in the last two years but surprisingly, they’ve stayed pretty much the exact same.
Rush is super fast paced in the first 100 pages. I really liked how fast Silver jumped into the story. It did slow up in the last 100 pages but it wasn’t boring by all means.
I loved the concept and plot of this book. It was a little far fetched but honestly, I didn’t mind. I love the idea of a real life video game and having aliens involved was so crazy and fun.
The thing that brought this book down for me was the characters. They were very typical YA characters and I found them to be boring. Miki was likable enough but Jackson and Luka made me want to pull my hair out.
Jackson was the brooding bad boy and Luka was the nice guy that is just so nice that it’s annoying.
Overall, I really enjoyed Rush. The characters aren’t the best but I loved the writing and plot so much. I’m definitely going to be reading the rest of the series soon.