Tuesday, June 9, 2015

*Book Review* Crash by Eve Silver (YA Science Fiction)

Series: The Game # 3
Publisher: Katherine Tegen Books
Release Date: June 9, 2015
Source: Edelweiss
Format: E-Book, 368 pages
Genre: Young Adult, Science Fiction

A thrilling action/suspense novel for fans of The Fifth Wave about contemporary teens pulled in and out of an alternate reality where battling aliens is more than a game—it's life and death.

Miki’s life is falling apart around her. Her dad and best friend are lying in the hospital. The Game is glitching, making missions more frequent and more deadly. And someone close to her is waiting for the right moment to betray her.

Miki feels like she’s hanging on by a thread and the only thing keeping her tethered is Jackson’s hand in hers. Yet telling him how much she needs him, how much she loves him, feels like the biggest challenge of all. And if Miki really wants the missions to end for everyone, she’ll have to let go and be ready to fight when the walls between the Game and reality come crashing down. Because if there’s one thing she’s learned, it’s that she’s got a whole lot left to lose.

Crash is the pulse-pounding conclusion to the Game trilogy fans won’t want to miss.

Crash is an appropriate title for the last book in The Game Trilogy. The story itself picks up right where Push left off, and pushes ahead like a tidal wave rushing to shore without restraint. There are so many interesting secrets revealed, that you have to pay attention so that you don't miss anything. 16-year old Miki Jones has a whole lot of emotions left over from Push. Her best friend Carly is in a coma, her father has suffered serious injuries, and Miki believes that eventually everyone she knows will leave her behind, including Jackson Tate who has wormed his way deep into Miki's soul.

Everyone leaves. That is a strong message to send in the middle of all the mystery that is surrounding Miki, her teammates (Luka, Lien, Tyrone, & Kendra), and the game itself. Her mother, grandmother, and Kendo master Sofu have all left her behind. Her father and best friends accident really tears into her ability to keep things together and not fall to pieces. She needs to remain focused knowing that at any moment, she will be pulled back into the game, and fighting for her life against the dreaded Drau. But, as long as she has Jackson by her side, Miki can breathe a bit easier.

Miki is a relatable character. She's tough when she needs to be. She has flaws, and battles with anxiety and panic attacks when facing human problems. I think Silver does a commendable job in growing both Miki and Jackson. Especially Jackson who has spent 5 years with one goal; defeating the Drau and saving humanity. I did like how tight Miki and Jackson have become. I like how Jackson and Miki can talk to each other without feeling that they need to constantly bicker. Miki breaks down Jackson's barriers, and makes him understand how to feel with emotions. Jackson makes Miki realize that he's not going anywhere, anytime soon. The romance is definitely a plus in my humble opinion.

For everyone who started reading this series from the beginning with Rush, you will be happy to learn that questions regarding the game, the Committee, the Drau, Lizzie, and what happens when and if someone reaches the magical number of points necessary to leave the game, are answered. I have to say that I really am thankful that Silver gave Miki such an interesting cast of friends, and teammates to rally around. They really do care about each other, and there's no jealously whatsoever tossed out. I do wonder, however, if it was Silver's intention to eventually come back to this world. There is a whole lot of material left on the cutting room floor, and one must ask themselves if the book could have been a bit longer.

**I received this book for free from (Katherine Tegen Books) via (Edelweiss) in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.**

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