Publisher: Dial Books (Penguin)
Stand Alone Novel
Genre: Science Fiction, Thriller
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?
Thrills, chills, and anticipation hooked me. the excitement rallied in Jeanne Ryan’s world of Nerve just kept the pages turning, and the author really knew where to get you wanting more, wanting to know what next was at stake and how far Vee would be willing to go.
The pressure that surrounds the contestants in Nerve is engrossing, like something you would watch on television or online, because that is what Nerve is all about. Hooking you in. Vee and Ian were a great team, two that I enjoyed reading about. But, and yes there is a but to factor in, the sparks of insta-love had me frowning because it was unneeded in this story, in their character development. I’m not going to dwell on the topic anymore than it needs to be because I don’t want to burden you with my over-expressed opinions on the matters of my biggest pet peeve in writing.
But all in all the anticipation of the novel throughout is one that just doesn’t let you go. The events and pacing of the novel was moderate, and though sometimes there is more of a sense of telling over showing, but I didn’t mind it for the most part because I was overwhelmed by wanting to know what was going to happen next in the story and to the characters. But the ending blew me out of the water.
Final Summation: Nerve‘s quirk to capture you and fail to let you go definitely did me in, it was a book that made getting away from college textbooks and studying for a little while worth it. Anticipation driven and engrossing, especially towards the very end, Nerve is a book to take you away from whatever your doing, and it does exactly that.
First Line: It took three days of waiting, but at four a.m on a Sunday, the street in front of her home finally emptied of all Watchers.