ARC Book Review: Rush by Eve Silver

Posted June 1, 2013 by Debby in Book Reviews

I received this book for free from Publisher via Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review. Thank you!! This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

ARC Book Review: Rush by Eve SilverRush by Eve Silver
Series: The Game #1
Published by Katherine Tegen Books on June 11th, 2013
Genres: Romance, Science Fiction, Young Adult
Pages: 368
Format: eARC
Source: Publisher via Edelweiss

So what’s the game now? This, or the life I used to know?

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.

1.5 Stars

I don’t even really know where to start. Maybe just with this: you know it’s a bad sign when you’re reading a book and rolling your eyes every other page. The overall reading experience of Rush was one filled with annoyance. And while the concept may have still delivered to a certain extent, I cannot honestly say that I enjoyed reading this book. Let’s look at the reasons why.

1. I hated the main character.

Let me start here, with the main character Miki. I hate her. It isn’t that she’s a Mary Sue stereotypical female main character, and to a certain extent she holds her own in battles and is relatively brave. But it’s her inner monologue. For one, she thinks about guys *all the time* – which maybe wouldn’t be a big deal if this weren’t a story about saving the planet, you know. And then, she keeps saying like, “Oh, there’s not time for thinking about romance, so I won’t.” But then she does. And just… *headdesk*.

But what annoyed me most of all with her inner monologue is that apparently… she’s psychic! And I don’t mean that literally, it’s not a part of the story, but on almost every page there’s a case of, “Miki knows all”. What do I mean by that? “He said that, but I knew he really meant that.” “I suddenly realized he knew why x happened, he just wanted me to figure it out for myself.” And in moderation, that may not bother me too much – it would be a sign that she has good instincts. But almost every page, people. Thus, the eye rolling began. The worst part is that she apparently thinks everything anyone does concerns her. Like “the two male love interests share a look – oh, it must be because they’re both in love with me, EEP.” It’s not that she’s really self-centered, but all these little mentions have the same effect.

2. We got the YA clichés covered!

So, should we do a little checklist of YA stereotypes? Love triangle – CHECK. Firmly established within the first quarter of the book. What does that mean? Well obviously it’s not a well developed love triangle by any means.

Oh, but I suppose the author shook it up a little with the next YA stereotype – the bitchy best friend, who overreacts because of one thing and then is a typical mean girl to the main character. But eventually she becomes a part of the love triangle, so it’s really a love square. Novelty! Yay!

3. The romance makes me want to barf.

There is so much wrong with this romance that I can’t even. Okay, so it’s a love triangle for a while, but there’s obviously one side that dominates. Jackson is typecast as the mysterious, bad boy, asshole who secretly has a heart of gold. The author tried to make this into a love-hate relationship, but failed miserably. Why? From the first time they meet, Miki is basically drooling over how hot he is and whatever. Every now and again he says something cryptic and she narrates that she hates him, but then goes back to drooling just like that and imagining how mindblowingly epic a kiss with him would be. (Not exaggerating.) I’m sorry, but if you’re going for a love-hate relationship, you have to do it better than that. This was so poorly developed and transparent. I honestly couldn’t care less whether they ended up together or not. Besides not caring for Miki at all, I also had no attachment to Jackson. And I haven’t even begun about how she trusts him completely while he mysteriously seems to know all about the game, the aliens, while no one else does – that’s just weird, man. Be suspicious!

Aside from that, the romance was filled with such juvenile ridiculousness as:

I pull out the little water bottle at my waist, take a drink, then hesitate. Cutting him a sidelong glance, I think about his lips on my water bottle, then mine, then his. I look down at my lap and take a slow breath. Then I turn my head and hold the bottle out toward him.

He smiles a little, like he knows what I’m thinking. I feel that smile shimmer through me all the way to my toes. His fingers brush mine as he takes the bottle from my hand. He tips his head back and takes a drink, and I watch the muscles of his throat move as he swallows. ARC of Rush, Eve Silver

But at about 80% we got the kicker:

“I’m trying to stay away from you. I’m not a good guy, Miki.”

There he goes again with the mysterious warnings. “Are you saying that to convince me, or yourself?”

He smiles a little. “I know I shouldn’t be here alone with you, yet here I am. Because I want what I want, not what’s best for you. That proves my point. Not a good guy. No mixed message there.” ARC of Rush, Eve Silver

Twilight? Anyone?

4. Plot… what plot?

The plot I was expecting was filled with action-packed battles with aliens and an exciting mystery of what this game is and why Miki has been pulled. It fell short. There were three “missions”/games where they fought with aliens, but they were really short. All of the book is interspersed with romantic musings, which seem totally out of place. And the battles that were there were hard to believe. The descriptions of the aliens fell short. What I can tell is that they’re made of light and have weird eyes. If you’re hit by the light or look in their eyes there is “unspeakable pain” or something. The humans get these “cylinders”, which shoot black shadow-y stuff by psychic command, as their weapons. The fighting itself was often described as, “I shot, spun, shot again.” I missed the kind of thoroughness of, for example, Angelfall, where the battles are described so magically that the evidence that the author took up fight classes for research drips off the page. I suppose it also helps that there was too much telling and not enough showing. Indeed, the writing is nothing to write home about.

And in between these few battles, Miki is occupied with her high school drama of the love triangle, with the guys competing for her affections, the best friend being mad at her, etc. Also, she tries to find answers as to what the game means, who controls it, and so on, but that seldom yields fruit and at no point was there a surprising answer. I expected to be wowed and shocked, but I spent most of the book as a passive observer, which made it all a little… boring.

Summing Up:

I think it’s fair to say I will not be continuing with this series. Spending a whole book either being bored or rolling your eyes will do that to you. While this obviously wasn’t a book I loved, it also wasn’t a book I hated. I was just bored. It doesn’t stand out. The best I can say about it is it’s pretty short, but it would have benefited from more pages, so that the world building could have been more thorough, the game could have been explained better, and the relationships between characters could have developed more gradually (and thus believably).

Time for a PUN: The romance, which was way too prevalent, and the overall plot felt RUSHed.

GIF it to me straight!

Recommended To:

Maybe… more middle grade readers? It’s all a bit juvenile.

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25 responses to “ARC Book Review: Rush by Eve Silver

  1. Emma

    I really liked this book, it has an original storyline and has a bit of every famous books as TMI, Divergent, Ender's Games and others. The times had boring moments, but I hope the author fix some errors with the sequel. I love your review! 😉

  2. dKatrina

    Eh. This one never really caught my attention. A bit sad that I was right to avoid it. Thanks for the honest review! Love the 'GIF it to me straight' feature. I'm not sure if that's a new thing or not. I haven't been doing my blog visiting/commenting for a while. Whoops 🙂
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  3. "I think about his lips on my water bottle, then mine, then his. " *stares*

    This book sounds horrid. You have good timing. I feel infinitely better about missing this book at BEA but I'm sorry this was another let down for you.

  4. Seriously your reviews are the best!

    For some reason despite the the cool looking cover and the awesome sounding synopsis I just knew that this book and I would not work out. After reading your review I am glad I decided not to request it. I saw your GR status updates when I saw scrolling through my homepage and gahh the romance seems barf worthy! Seriously, blahh. Dx And OMG I hate love triangles with a passion! There are ways to create conflict in a romance without having to bring in a damn triangle!

    Thank for the honest review!

  5. Alice in Readerland

    The synopsis sounded so good (game! aliens!)! But it sounds like I wouldn't like this one either, hating a MC really drags a book, and that romance you described sounds awful. But I LOVED your review format & all the gifs, they made me laugh & went perfectly with your review! 😀 Love your blog, I just followed you via email!

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  6. ReemAdelEid

    Ha, I love the GIF section. Keep up with that, it's interesting. I almost laughed at the "I'm too dangerous for you but I'll date you anyway because screw logic" theme. Over cliched
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  7. Gah, I was really excited for this book! The main character sounds awful though, and there are definitely way too many YA cliches. How disappointing! Thanks for toughing it out and writing such a thorough review though… 😉
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  8. Yeah, I was extremely doubtful about it as well, but then figured it was worth a shot. Lesson learned, listen to your gut! It is a new feature, haha, don't worry! Glad you like it 🙂

  9. It was amazingly annoying. I couldn't stop shaking my head at her. Sigh. After I finished, I looked on Goodreads and a ton of my friends had DNF'd it. I should have looked at that earlier ^^; You're welcome!

  10. Aw man, I'm glad someone else notices how wrong that line is. *shudders*

    Haha, yeah, I was doubtful about this book as well, but it sucks to be right about that.

  11. Same here, the love triangle was one thing, it was the "Miki knows all" thing that had my eyes rolling the most. Ughhhh.

  12. Awww thank you!

    I had my suspicions as well, actually. I don't know what really gave me the warning bells, but I ignored them and requested it anyway. *sigh* Listen to your gut next time, Debby!

    You're welcome 🙂

  13. Awww thank you! I'm not sure everyone would hate this main character, but she definitely didn't cut it for me. And yeah, the concept held so much potential but… alas.

  14. Haha, I was planning on it, yeah! I have an amazing series of gifs that would pretty much summarize any reading experience, haha. And YES ugh such a cliché. x_x

  15. You're welcome! Same here, I was kind of doubtful with the book though – it could either be really awesome or fail miserably, and sadly it was the latter for me. *sigh*

  16. I think she should probably stick to romance in general. I mean, you put the label science-fiction on a book, I'm going to expect action, shocking twists, and world building. She didn't really deliver on that.

    Haha, glad I'm not alone.

  17. tumblingbooks

    1. Oh gawd… you hated the main character? That's like one of the worst things ever. Right from that I can tell this will not be good. Oh, and your little 1.5 oranges. lol

    2. The cliches. How awful.

    3. Why do authors even add romance to books when it's just going to make readers hate it even more?!?! That quote that you included abut him warning her… JUST LIKE TWILIGHT. That's ridiculous.

    4. No plot… okay, definitely NOT reading this.

    Great review! LOL So thorough.
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  18. Why do all the pretty covers lie to me?!

    This book should have been awesome – a life-or-death "game" against aliens in space?! It sucks that you hated to protagonist and that Rush fell victim to trying to be a "unique" Twilight clone. And when your blurb is all about the dangerous game, shouldn't the plot/action be the focus? So upsetting that it's mostly an awful love triangle/square.
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  19. The constant insistence to put romance in every single YA book is almost scaring me off of the genre… I mean, if you're going to do it, do it right. *sigh*

    Haha, thank you 🙂

  20. Seriously. I should learn not to judge a book by its cover, but I'm such a cover whore. *sigh*

    The action was there, but it just wasn't enough to live up to what was implied in the blurb at all. Especially the lackluster descriptions of battles like, "I spun, shot, spun again," ugh, spare me.

  21. Judith

    I think hating the main character is the worst thing that can happen while reading a book. Seriously, if I don't like an MC, I probably will end up hating the book. While the love square is a new thing, that's still annoying as hell, so no thank you. The quotes are RIDICULOUSLY juvenile. Is this MG or YA?! And oh my god, this is actually how I felt about the romance in Ink. Tomohiro was all "I'm a bad guy, you have to stay away from me Katie" and blah blah. e_e This sound sounds… eh, I'll just skip it.

  22. Yeah, a likable main character is crucial. Miki just constantly irritated me. Haha, I'm glad I'm not the only one shocked by those quotes. It did read like MG indeed, though it was too romance-heavy for MG, I guess. I dunno. Sigh. And yeah, I read this so soon after Ink that I couldn't help but draw those parallels as well.