Published by Katherine Tegen Books
June 11, 2013
Series: Book one in The Game series
I’ll admit it; I hardly ever read science fiction, let alone books about aliens. There’s something about the science aspect that usually bores me to no end. I had my expectations lowered going into Rush by Eve Silver. Now I’m not sure if it’s because I did lower them that I ended up enjoying this novel so much, but Rush turned out to be a surprisingly exhilarating read with tons of non-stop action. I couldn’t seem to turn the pages fast enough. Rush was a thrilling sci-fi that I fell in love with, but not with a few problems in the start.
This action-packed novel certainly did have its flaws, some here and there that nagged me a bit. To be honest, my main issue was actually the love interest in the story. Jackson, a cocky, too-good-for-anyone of a guy acted as a bit of a mentor for Miki, the main character. As a mentor, you’d expect him to helpfully answer any questions Miki had, but he was very closed off. His answers to her were frequently brisk and, in my opinion, rude. However, as the story progressed, his character was more thoroughly explained and I slowly grew to like him more. By the end, I didn’t have much of a problem. In fact, I became really attached to Jackson! The initial dislike for him in the beginning was a drawback though.
The rest of the story was truly exciting. You have the concept of the story: humans being pulled into The Game to fight off Drau, aliens that are planning on destroying all of mankind on Earth. I think that Eve Silver did a fantastic job with world-building, although the way the information was executed was a bit off– there was indeed a bit of info-dumping, but in disguise. I didn’t mind that too much, because the plot certainly made up for it. I loved the balance of sci-fi in The Game and then the contemporary drama in Miki’s real life. The fight scenes in The Game were totally one of those sitting-on-the-edge-of-your-seat kind of feelings and I LOVED THE THRILL. Seriously awesome. As for the romance, I thought there was going to be a love triangle at first, but its quite clear that there isn’t by the end of the story. Who knows, maybe it will develop in book two? Anyway, I was bothered by the romance in the beginning a bit too because of Jackson, but my liking for his character grew with the romance.
To sum up, Rush proved to me that I can enjoy sci-fi (and not only that, but Eve Silver can write mean cliffhangers)! While this story had a pretty heavy weight in romance, I was able to thoroughly enjoy it, since I am a romance junkie. Even if you aren’t a fan of romance in your sci-fis, I’d still give this a try, because this idea in itself is one you won’t want to skip.
RATING: 4 / 5
Thanks to Edelweiss and HarperCollins for providing me with a review copy!