• Title: Rush: Book One of the Game
  • Author: Eve Silver
  • Released: 2013-06-11
  • Language: English
  • Pages: 0
  • ISBN: 0062272802
  • ISBN13: 978-0062272805
  • ASIN: 0062272802
From School Library Journal Gr 8-10-Rush is difficult to explain and at times difficult to understand, yet it is a compelling read. As Miki Jones, a junior at Glenbrook High, is "pulled from real life," thinking she is dead, she struggles to understand a Mad Hatter universe. She encounters Luka Vijic, a former friend who has returned to Rochester, New York, from Seattle. He tells her that he, too, was "pulled" and that they are both alive, except when they are on a mission. As long as they are successful in this game that is not a game, they get to return to their lives, a process that will repeat itself. Their goal is to kill Drau, alien beings seeking to conquer Earth. Plenty of aliens and conspiracies are juxtaposed with the ordinary world of a teen struggling to balance everything in her life. Some of the characters are stereotypical and two-dimensional, and aspects of the universe that Silver has built challenge the suspension of disbelief. However, most readers won't notice and will simply zip along, hoping to figure out what's really going on.-Saleena L. Davidson, South Brunswick Public Library, Monmouth Junction, NJα(c) Copyright 2013. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted. --This text refers to the edition.

From There’s no tunnel toward the light in Miki’s near-death experience. Instead, she’s flung together with a group of other teens in an alternate universe where they must battle the alien Drau or lose their lives. Although the alien battle is framed as the Game, Miki realizes that the stakes are high as she tries to unravel the truth behind these interstellar invaders. Silver complicates her story line with the welcome addition of an Edward Cullen–like hottie, Jackson Tate (whose true identity may be more terrifying than any vampire), and a jealous friend, Carly, who doesn’t realize that Miki is being jerked from reality to the Game, rather than from boy to boy. A love triangle between solid boy-next-door Luka, Miki, and Jackson develops, but what readers may find most compelling are the habits of the Drau, whose crude attempts at human infiltration are as shocking as they are realistic. Whether teens read this for the romance or the science fiction, they’ll finish eager for the second installment of the Game series. Grades 9-12. --Erin Downey Howerton --This text refers to the edition.

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