[449]: Push (The Game, #2) by Eve Silver

Katherine Tegen Books | Hardcover, 341 pages
Publication Date: June 10th, 2014
Young Adult | Sci-fi
Rating 2 out of 5 Stars

Truthfully, I’m in awe.

I’m in awe because of how polarized my reactions were from book 1 to book 2. I remember loving Rush so much, that I didn’t wait to express exactly how much via email to the author. I don’t do that often. I don’t purposely seek out authors just to tell them how much I loved their work. But sometimes, I make an exception. At the time, I felt that Eve deserved to know. But here I am, with the impossible task of bisecting the novel, in the hopes that I’ll be able to pin point the reasons why I did not enjoy this book at all.

My major misgiving with this book is how slow the majority of this novel was – particularly, the middle. It started off fast, as we find them being pulled soon after they realized that Jackson didn’t come back. While they figure out what happened, they also come to a realization that what was  initially an act of betrayal on Jackson’s part to get out of the game, was actually the exact opposite. But they didn’t have much time to rejoice, to wallow – not even a second to be indignified. In a matter of hours, they were pulled again. This time, with a couple of new members. I was ecstatic! Because, yes! I’m salivating at this point. This is what I’ve loved the most about the first book. It doesn’t wait for readers to catch up. It almost feels like Rush drops you right into the game and will not let you breathe until you’ve completed a mission ( I might’ve mention this on my review of Rush as well). Everything was copacetic at this point. But once they finished the mission, and [spoiler] Jackson is safely back from the clutches of the committee [end of spoiler], boredom set in.

I’d say about 40% of the book was spent with the kids being normal: school, hanging out, Jackson and Miki making googly eyes at each other…There’s definitely nothing wrong with that, but that’s not what I signed up for. I wanted the same, if not more, of  what Rush gave me. I don’t want a breather, I want you to push my adrenaline to ridiculous levels. Unfortunately, I had to slog through pages upon pages of..that. 

Part of my problem with this book is Miki herself. She drove me nuts! If she wasn’t over thinking things, she’s being the consummate Catholic: she felt guilt over every single thing that had gone wrong in her life and those of whom she loves. It was irritating. And then, when Jackson was finally at the helm, she starts having second thoughts about following his lead. I get that the author want Miki in equal footing with Jackson, but man. That was why she practically begged and bartered with the powers that be to release Jackson to begin with. Let’s call spades as spades and admit that Jackson was the better leader. He can detach himself from any given situation – good or bad – without getting lost in a haze of guilt. I hate to say it, but Miki took awhile before she realized how important it was to be as cold as Jackson needed to be. He could be an emotionless prick at times but he gets them through dicey situations each time. While Miki, on the other hand, spent too much time overanalyzing things. Just…get to it, girl!

Don’t be discouraged, though. This instalment was book ended with an action that lives up to Rush. Over all, although this was a disappointment, it gives me hope that the next book is going to be the one that bests Rush.


  • Aw, sad face 🙁 I am so sorry that you had such huge issues with this book, Joy. That is so fun at all. But I totally understand 🙂 But yay for loving book one so much. <3 But yeah. It is all kinds of disappointing when the sequel is not awesome as well.. anyway. I do love your review 😀 Thank you for sharing sweetie. <3 I do own both books. Which I will read. One day. Probably 😀

  • Naomi @ Nomi’s Paranormal Palace

    It is sad to see you didn’t enjoy this book as much as the first one, even after seeking the author out. Miki would annoy me too.

    Naomi @ Nomi’s Paranormal Palace

  • yikes, I absolutely hate it when that happens. Especially if we love book 1, and wait so long for the next installment only to end up being so greatly disappointed. Sad

  • I’m sorry that you didn’t enjoyed this book as much as you did the first one. I had the same issue with the second book of Partials series by Dan Wells. It was so long and boring until last 20%.
    I hope next book would be much more satisfying read for you.

    • Thanks, Glass! Oh I haven’t read my copy of Partials yet, but thanks for the warning. Oh and thanks for stopping by!

  • Oh, boy, I think Miki would drive me nuts, too! Over analyzing and second guessing is like nails on a chalk board. This is when I want to shake a character and say like you did: “Just get to it!”

    At least it picked up and you still want to read the last one. Hopefully that’s a lot better. Great review, Joy! 🙂

    • Thanks, Rachel. Those kind of wishy-washy attitude would make me want to hurl the book against the wall, but I kept my temper in check. Lol!

  • Oh no, I’m sorry to see that this one wasn’t as good as the others. What a disappointment… I wouldn’t have expected that either. It’s usually tricky with second books…I also really hope that the next one will be better for you.

    • I hope so, too, Melliane. I’m not usually a reader of this kind of tropes, but Eve Silver knows a thing or two about gaming. It’s why I loved her first book to begin with.

  • It is beyond disappointing when the second book in a series that started out totally promising lets you down so much. Hopefully, the third book will make up for it!
    Morrighan @ Elysian Fields
    ( http://ufbooks.blogspot.com )

  • Oh no!! I so hate that. It’s terrible when you love the first book, then the second book completely lets you down. 🙁 Hope your next read is better, Joy.

  • That’s such a shame that this one suffered from middle book syndrome. I tend to struggle with books like these a lot unfortunately and sometimes it can ruin my whole view of a series. I’m crossing my fingers that the next book will be amazing!
    Great review!

    • Unlike the other inconsequential second books, this one at least had a purpose. But after that, it just kind of meandered away. And that’s disappointing.

      Thanks, Nick!

  • Me and slow books don’t always get along the best,

  • Hate when I LOVE the first book in a series only to be disappointed in the next book. Sounds like there’s hope for book #3 though!

    Nicole @ Feed Your Fiction Addiction

    • I’m crossing my fingers, for sure. 🙂

  • Interesting. I didn’t read these so can’t comment on that, but I’m trying to think of an example of a series where I loved the first book and didn’t really love the second. Hope the third works for you!
    Jen @ YA Romantics

  • I dislike it when the author takes too long to get to the POINT. When I read a blurb about a messed up game of life-or-death, that’s what I want, not 40% normal. I understand that it’s important to lay the ground rules, establish the world, and characters, but the pacing needs to be there too. I’m not sold on this one.

    • I guess I expected the book to keep to its level of rush. It got boring after a while.

      Thanks, Carmel!

  • Sorry this irritate you so much, it was slower moving than the first but even so, I am excited to see what book three will hold.

    • Thanks, Ali. I know! I’m pumped about book 3 regardless!