by Jeanne Ryan
Series: Stand Alone
Published: September 13th 2012
Publisher: Dial Books
Source: Publisher/Net Galley
Genre: Mystery / 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?
Debut author Jeanne Ryan delivers an un-putdownable suspense thriller.
Nerve is an exhilarating, fast paced and heart gripping read! I totally love it!
Nerve despite the obvious flaw got me really intrigued. It centered on “Nerve” an anonymous online show that broadcasts dares live online. A prize for each dare is rewarded once you completed a dare. Vee our main protagonist did it once but with the stakes getting higher and higher each dare, would you risk everything for the prize if it cost you your life?
Before anything gets out of hand I just want to say that I love Nerve, I really do! But like I said despite the obvious flaw it had me reading till I finished it. First of all the concept of “Nerve” is merely a combination of reality TV shows. For the benefit of comparison I can say that I find it similar to Big Brother, Fear Factor and I Dare You. Though despite the comparison the story itself is one of a kind, I just can’t help find similarities with the shows.
A little bit shady and predictable. I think the synopsis gave it all away. I was not really surprised with the things going on until I was half way through the book. I never thought it will pick up until things got really exciting. Vee as the main character is not very likeable at start. I didn’t like her when she started brooding over the things she willingly done for the prize. She made a choice to do the dare and I hold her accountable with her decisions. I admire Vee’s personality as the story progresses, she became stronger and better. She started to fight when she realized that everything is turning out to be bad.
As much as I want to answer myself for the character I think there are things that are left unanswered. It’s up to you how you interpret the things going on. Most of my questions were subjective, mostly because I’m questioning why she did it. Was she not aware of the consequences? Though it proves to be self explanatory I still want to know the real answer. I know the fact that she wanted to prove something but obviously she doesn't want to be caught by her parents as well. But she did it anyway. I was left hanging with few details.
People are materialistic in nature. This book has proven this to me. I never thought I get to that conclusion but you just can’t deny that fact that the whole concept of Nerve is powered by greed. People will do anything for the prize especially when you really want it. But you always have a choice, a free will to do what’s right and wrong. I think you can never say anything bad about the whole concept unless you realize that things are getting out of hand. But still you have the choice and clearly Vee didn’t think enough.
Overall Nerve had me dazed and hanging with every page turn. I didn’t stop reading until I get my answer in the end. If you're looking for a fast paced and enthralling read you’ll definitely have to read this. I was truly entertained with the whole concept and I suggest that you read it as well.
I got this book from the publisher via Net Galley for review, it has no way affected my review of the book.
About the Author
I’ve lived all over the world, raised in a family with eleven brothers and sisters. I spent my early childhood in Hawaii and the rest of my growing-up years trying to figure out a way to get back there, with stops in South Korea, Michigan and Germany along the way. Before writing fiction, I tried my hand at many things, including war game simulation and youth development research. But I decided it was much more fun to work on stories than statistics.
These days, I still love Hawaii, but have found my home under the moody skies of the Pacific Northwest.
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