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. Volume XXI Number 24 . . . . February 27, 2015
Rush is the first volume of Eve Silver’s “The Game” trilogy. The main character, Miki, is pulled out of her daily existence, through time and space, and into the world of the Game. She and others on her team have been recruited to fight the Drau, a group of aliens who hope to take over earth and get rid of human life. Miki soon realizes that this is not just fantasy; the Game is anything but playful and soon becomes deadly.
Silver has chosen to narrate the novel from the point of view of Miki who appears to be a fairly average high school student when readers first meet her. Readers soon realize there is more depth to her, however. Miki needs to be brave in her real world as she copes with her feelings after the death of her mother, and she struggles as she watches her father turn more and more often to alcohol in order to cope in his own way. Miki is a good student, a runner and a practitioner of the sport of Kendo, and consequently she has both the intellectual and physical abilities needed when she finds herself recruited to the Game. She is someone who needs to feel she can control both herself and her surroundings, and this becomes increasingly difficult, particularly in the Game environment where Miki barely understands the “rules”.
Jackson is team leader. He says little, and what he does say is cryptic and unlikely to truly answer the questions posed by his team members. He is in charge and controlling and apparently is more likely to be logical and do his duty rather than become emotionally involved with situations or people.
Other supporting characters include Luka and Tyrone, both of whom also switch from the real world to that of the Game. As well, there are Miki’s many girlfriends who are part of her high school circle, but who have no idea that any other world exists.
Both male and female young adult readers will enjoy the fast pace of the novel, as well as aspects of science fiction, aliens, and time travel. Since Silver has chosen to use the vocabulary and other characteristics of a video game as the backdrop for the plot, the novel feels contemporary. The ‘rush’ of the title could well be the adrenalin rush felt by both characters and readers as they are forcibly pulled from one reality to another. The plot also often feels somewhat ‘rushed’ as Silver attempts to keep the action moving in both the real world and the game sequences.
While the essential idea of the book is both original and creative, Silver does occasionally make a misstep. Miki’s friends at high school, particularly her best friend Carly, seem somewhat stereotyped, interested primarily in boys and what hair colour to choose for their next dye job. Carly is especially annoying at times, becoming the classic teen “bitchy girl” whose friendship for Miki seems to quickly evaporate when things don’t go her way.
As well, there is a love triangle in the novel which really adds little to the story yet about which Silver constantly reminds readers. While Luka seems quite interested in Miki, it is clear that her feelings are centered on “bad boy” Jackson. It seems somewhat trite that Luka who is low-key and seems to truly like Miki cannot compete with the handsome, devilish Jackson character.
The novel ends on a fairly typical cliff-hanger which presumably will have readers eagerly awaiting the second book of the trilogy. Where is Jackson after the latest battle with the Drau? Is he alive or dead?
Only Push, the next volume will answer the question for readers.
Ann Ketcheson, a retired high school teacher-librarian and teacher of English and French, lives in Ottawa, ON.
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