Rush by Eve Silver
Seventeen-year-old Miki Jones’s carefully controlled life spirals into chaos after she’s run down in the street, left broken and bloody. She wakes up fully healed in a place called the lobby—pulled from her life, pulled through time and space into some kind of game in which she and a team of other teens are sent on missions to eliminate the Drau, terrifying and beautiful alien creatures.
There are no practice runs, no training, and no way out. Miki has only the guidance of secretive but maddeningly attractive team leader Jackson Tate, who says that the game is more than that, and that what Miki and her new teammates do now determines their survival and the survival of every other person on this planet. She laughs. He doesn’t. And then the game takes a deadly and terrifying turn.
The dark world that Miki and the other teens are pulled to feels a bit like a game, where they’re each given weapons, points for killing aliens, rules, and a life meter. But if you die in the “game,” you die for good. We learn, slowly, along with Miki about the rules and what’s going on in this alternate world.
This scifi thriller feels a bit like The Last Starfighter for a new generation of gamers. Dark, exciting, and action-packed – Rush is an adrenaline ride from start to finish. Scifi and gaming fans of all ages will enjoy this surprising novel of mystery, suspense, aliens, and romance. I look forward to the next in this alien invasion series.