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 wasn’t quite sure of what to expect from Rush, but I liked the concept of it. I read this a bit after watching an anime called Sword Art Online and really wanted a book that had some sort of you’re stuck in a video game concept ever since. Then, Rush answered me and I was excited. I loved the characters, I loved how action packed it was, but the one thing I didn’t like much was the romance. I mean Jackson was okay. He’s cold and seems to be the one man for himself type of person, which is his literally his motto. But, he does have a caring side when it comes to Miki. The thing is I’m not sure why he’s interested in Miki. I actually didn’t see the Jackson and Miki romance coming. I was shipping for Luka and Miki, but to my disappointment Miki went for the mysterious boy route.
I wasn’t sure if I liked Miki or not. She’s tough and smart. She knows what questions to ask and what questions not. She didn’t ask to fight for her life, but she has to if she wants to make it out alive. And it isn’t something that she can just get up and say I quit. If you ever had played any type of video games, the virtual world that Miki gets pulled in is exactly similar. If your health bar goes from green to red the latter means your death. Not only does it mean that you don’t get a chance to respawn, but it also means that you don’t get a second chance to be fully alive. It’s scary, but it means that you have to work twice as hard.
The team members we meet are mysterious. We don’t know much about Tyrone, Jackson, or Richelle. Luka is the only one that we know about because he’s a part of Miki’s life. He’s the one that drags her into the game. But, anyways. There is tragedy in the beginning and it sets up the tone of how dangerous the game could be and how seriously Miki should take it.
I ended up enjoying this book a lot. I love the concepts and the ending was interesting that I want to find out what happens to the rest of the characters especially since we get a couple of new team numbers at the very end.