Saturday, January 19, 2013

Review: Nerve

Nerve by Jeanne Ryan

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

GoodReads Synopsis: A high-stakes online game of dares turns deadly

When Vee is picked to be a player in NERVE, an anonymous game of dares broadcast live online, she discovers that the game knows her. They tempt her with prizes taken from her ThisIsMe page and team her up with the perfect boy, sizzling-hot Ian. At first it's exhilarating--Vee and Ian's fans cheer them on to riskier dares with higher stakes. But the game takes a twisted turn when they're directed to a secret location with five other players for the Grand Prize round. Suddenly they're playing all or nothing, with their lives on the line. Just how far will Vee go before she loses NERVE?

My Thoughts: I'd heard a lot about this book prior to reading it. I don't know what made me think this took place in a dystopian's only slightly maybe 10 years ahead of today. The technology to put this game into reality is out there.

The plot of the "game" was fascinating. It was basically dares, as in "Truth or Dare". The dares start out pretty easy...uncomfortable, but easy. People could pay to become part of the audience. What was really scary was how the "audience" could become involved, paying to be where and when these dares happened. Talk about putting a twist on things. Being part of that audience would have been fun, but it was easy to see how it could all go very awry.

The story unfolds, for the most part, over the course of one evening. IT's a lightning fast pace because the audience is viewing it all live. I read this in one sitting just because I couldn't put it down. This book was chilling in how plausible the story was and how much the creators of this game were able to do. Really a fantastic, quick read!

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