is a tough book to review. It had potential and I certainly want to read the next book in the series – unlike, say, Breathe by Sarah Crossan
or Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs
, which were mediocre reads I will never revisit. However, Rush also had some serious problems.
Let’s start off with the good. For starters, it was the first Sci-Fi YA novel I have EVER finished. I just don’t think YA Sci-Fi has been all that good… and, at its very worst, Rush
was readable science fiction.
Its premise reminded me of the Animorphs
books: teenagers fighting off aliens in a secret war to save the planet. The modern twist to Rush
was the incorporation of a gaming universe – one that existed but certainly wasn’t prevalent when the Animorphs books came out. I did rather like this concept. It dehumanised their fight, making it entertainment of a sort.
So, I liked the concept. The execution, on the other hand, was far from perfect.
For an action novel, Rush
featured an awful lot of chatter. The main character, Miki, was constantly asking questions... which I applaud as a human being but loathe as a reader. It was such an obvious narrative tool and it felt extremely forced. As part of this, Silver made the other characters (no, actually, only Love Interest #1, Jackson) give purposefully cagey responses. There was no reason
for Jackson to avoid Miki's questions (he sure as hell didn’t towards the end of the book) other than to keep the “suspense” up. I wanted to scream through the pages, “Don’t ask him now! He won’t answer your simple question until the penultimate chapter!”Rush
’s “romantic” element was also rather tiresome. For starters, a romantic triangle is established right from the first chapter. Although Love Interest #2 doesn’t get much screen time in this instalment, I have no doubt that he’ll be in play in the next book. The pairing we do get page after page of details on was… rather blah. There was no chemistry, just a case of insta-love. God, kill me now. If I have to read about one more girl falling for a mysterious guy in sunglasses, I may just gauge my eyes out.
If you can’t tell: Rush
was a frustrating read. It was as if Eve Silver felt “forced” to include a central romantic pairing, when she might have usually let them play out their relationship over a few books. She also could have easily cut Rush
in half if she’d only let the key characters divulge more information earlier on. Very, very frustrating.
I am interested, however, in seeing how this universe evolves. As I mentioned, the concept is an interesting one that hits all of my Animorphs
-nostalgia buttons and the writing is certainly readable. I will probably be picking up Push
when it comes out next year.Bottom line? Rush
is the best YA Science Fiction I’ve read (though that isn’t saying all that much).Note on the rating:
While reading Rush, it felt like a 3.5 star-verging-on-4-star book. But the last few chapters dragged it down to 3 stars. Not bad, but not overwhelmingly great.Reviewed at Dead Book Darling