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.
I’ll be honest, the summary of Rush made me a bit nervous. How on earth was an author going to create a book about a girl in a video game world killing aliens? It sounds ridiculous. Fortunately, I actually really enjoyed it. It was fresh, fun and new. Yes, there were a few downfalls for me, but overall the ups made up for the downs.
My absolute favorite part of Rush was Jackson Tate. I found myself speed reading to find scenes with him. He. Was. AMAZING! It’s not easy to find a male character to fall head over heels in love with, but Jackson Tate is going to be a big hit with girls all across the globe. Ladies, if for no other reason, you MUST read this book for Jackson Tate!
The concept of the “video game” actually ended up being pretty cool. First of all, it never really felt to me that they were in a video game. For a large part of the book they are in reality, and then they get “pulled” to this alternate universe to kill Drau. So, it’s just like these really awesome action scenes that had me on the edge of my seat. The only downfalls with it were that there weren’t enough of those scenes for me. Also, it drove me nuts that I didn’t know how to pronounce Drau. I hate it when I don’t know how something is pronounced, because I spend the whole saying it different ways in my head. Not a big issue, but it did bug me a bit.
There were a couple downfalls to Rush, but nothing that really made me say WTF? It’s very, very, very, VERY insta lovey. Miki and Jackson hit it off like that and before you know it it’s the “I love you” and “I love you moooooooore!” I loved Jackson, so I couldn’t get too annoyed, but cmon! I need the pressure and the hesitation! I need my romances to develop over a very lengthy period of time.
Another thing that drove me absolutely bonkers was the fact that everything got answered at the very end of the book. It starts out with Miki dying and going into this alternate universe, and she knows absolutely nothing. Of course Jackson is an a-hole and doesn’t tell her anything. He just leaves her in suspense (as well as us!) and throws out tidbits of information here and there. In the very last few chapters of the book is when the information starts to come out. By that time, I was agitated. Just give me the information. Or at least don’t make me wait until the end of the book.
Finally, the book was very predictable. There were a few things that happened that I didn’t necessarily suspect to happen, but it was a very predictable plot. This isn’t a bad thing! Some things predictable is nice! In this case, though, I wanted more than the average cliché. I wanted suspense, unpredictability, and a plot that would leave me DYING for the next book. Don’t get me wrong, I’m going to read the next book, and I’m very upset that I probably have to wait like a year for it, but nothing happened at the end of the book that I didn’t see coming.
Overall, this was a fun summer read. It was something that I haven’t read about before, and that’s what makes this book special. This book is not for everyone, but I would recommend that everyone give it a shot. This book released tomorrow, so make sure you get your copies!
Publisher: Katherine Tegen Books
Publication Date: June 11th, 2013