by Eve Silver
June 11th 2013
So what’s the game now? This, or the life I used to know?
When Miki Jones is pulled from her life, pulled through time and space into some kind of game—her carefully controlled life spirals into chaos.
In the game, 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 the game isn’t really a game, 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.
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He catches my wrists and holds them, just tight enough that I can’t hit him anymore, but not so tight it hurts.
I freeze, heart slamming against my ribs, because I’m angry and afraid, and because he’s touching me, his hands on my wrists, our faces inches apart.
My pulse races; my cheeks feel hot. Lots of people touch me, and it never feels like this.
“So now you know,” he says. “Happy?”
I pull my wrists free. “No,” I say. “Not at all.”
“I know.” He lifts his hands and closes them on my upper arms. I stand there, too numb to jerk away.
Slowly, he pulls me closer. I let him. I let him wrap his arms around me.
I let myself rest my cheek against his chest. And for a few moments, I just breathe and listen to the steady beat of his heart.
Eve Silver lives with her gamer husband and sons, sometimes in Canada, but often in worlds she dreams up.
She loves kayaking and sunshine, dogs and desserts, and books, lots and lots of books. Watch for the first book in Eve’s new teen series, THE GAME: RUSH, coming from Katherine Tegen Books, June 2013.
She also writes books for adults.
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