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.