It’s either break the rules or die.
Miki Jones lives her life by her own strict set of rules, to keep control, to keep the gray fog of grief at bay. Then she’s pulled into the Game, where she—and her team—will die unless she follows a new set of rules: those set by the mysterious Committee.
But rules don’t mean answers, and without answers, it’s hard to trust. People are dying. The rules are unraveling. And Miki knows she’s being watched, uncertain if it’s the Drau or someone—something—else. Forced to make impossible choices and battling to save those she loves, Miki begins to see the Committee in a glaring new light.
And then the Game crosses a new boundary, pushes harder into Miki’s and her friends’ lives, and there’s nothing in the rules that can save them now.
Push is the sequel Rush fans will be screaming for.
National bestselling author Eve Silver has been praised for her “edgy, steamy, action-packed” books, darkly sexy heroes and take-charge heroines. Her work has garnered starred reviews from Publishers Weekly, Library Journal, and Quill and Quire, two RT Book Reviews Reviewers’ Choice Awards, Library Journal’s Best Genre Fiction Award, and she was nominated for the Romance Writers of America® RITA® Award. The first book in Eve’s new teen series, THE GAME: RUSH, is available now. Watch for PUSH, coming from Katherine Tegen Books, June 2014.
Push by Eve Silver
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Push was one of my most anticipated books coming this year. I had unexpected love for Rush last year and couldn’t wait to see where Silver took us in the next part of the story. I wasn’t disappointed.
Just as in Rush, Push is fast paced and filled with action. We’re immediately back right where Rush left us… Miki and Luka are back but Jackson for some reason isn’t with them. They know he’s still alive, but don’t know where he is and Miki is determined to find him. But before she can even start she’s pulled back into the game… a game which continues to get more and more dangerous.
Aside from her struggles in the virtual world, Miki also has some issues in the real world. She’s reconnecting with her best friend Carly and she is struggling to stop monitoring her father’s drinking.
While I really love this series, this installment wasn’t perfect so let’s talk about what didn’t work for me first. Probably my biggest issue is that I was hoping for more answers in this second book, and what I had when I turned the last page was another cliffhanger and a lot more questions. Why are the Drau here, and why is it now merging with the real world? Who is this committee and why do they have all this power?
Sense my frustration… I feel like Silver did that intentionally. We only know what Miki knows and by building that up, we can sympathize with her and her situation a bit more and understand her own frustration for not getting any of the answers either.
All that said… one thing I really loved about this book was the building on the relationships we got a glimpse of in book 1. I struggled to understand Carly and Miki and their friendship in Rush. I felt like she was simply an unnecessary addition, but with this book, I could see the bonds of friendship starting to mend and I liked it. I also am very interested to see what Silver does with Carly in the next book based on what happened here.
I’ll be straight with you, I would have loved to have seen a bit more of Jackson in this book – Don’t get me wrong… he’s there, but I think I needed a bit more of the falling for each other again in this one. Especially after what we found out at the end of Rush.
“Checking up on me?” Jackson asks as he plants his palm flat against the wall just above my left shoulder.
I cut him a look through my lashes, go up on toes and whisper in his ear, “If she can get you, she can have you.”
He laughs. As he draws back, I know he’s studying my face from behind his opaque lenses. “She can’t get me Miki. You know that. It’s been you all along, ever since Atlantic Beach.”
Overall I was really happy with this second book. Despite the many questions I have, I’m looking forward to see how Silver wraps this series up.
Special thanks to the author for providing an early copy in exchange for my honest thoughts!