Page Count: 300
Category: YA, Literature & Fiction
Released: September 13, 2012
Publisher: Dial Books
I had this book for I don’t know how long and finally got around to reading it and it was definitely a page-turner. Vee is normally the one in the shadows pulling the strings to make the show run but she decided she’s over that. So she does something that is out of character for herself and goes through with a dare for the online game show called NERVE. Basically, there are dares that NERVE comes up with and people do them for prizes while others watch and film. The people who do the dares are the players and the people who make sure that they do the dares and film them are the watchers.
The players get certain prizes for each dare that they do. The problem with that is that as the players keep playing the game, the dares get harder and more and more sinister. Suddenly, the game and the people behind it know your secrets and about all the shit you don’t want them to know. Suddenly, you as the player are trapped and you don’t know who you can trust and who you can’t. You don’t feel safe anywhere you go. Remember, watchers are everywhere. Everyone. Before you know it, the game turns possibly deadly, but no one believes it because it is just a game… right?
This book was really intense and interesting and I really loved that about it. It was dark and intriguing and had a Lord Of The Flies vibe to it. It was like even though this was about teenagers, you can still see that darkness, disaster and ugliness can come from someone at any age. It showed what could be the downfall of us all. In that of itself, makes Jeanne a genius for writing this.
It just goes to show that we do put too much on the internet. It is just scary how it all can be used against us like it was used against Vee. You never think that anything you put out there can cause problems, but it can and sometimes it will. I kind of feel like this was wrote as a lesson for our generation that puts everything on the internet without so much as thinking, but I don’t really know if the young adults will see it that way. I mean, sure this book is fiction but I could see something like this happening possibly in the future when teens get bored with what’s happening around them and they want risk or danger. The thought is just kind of scary.
I wish that there would have been more development of the characters. I really would have like to know more about their backstories. Especially Ian’ s and Vee’s backgrounds as well as Abigail’s. Whatever happened to her? Just kind of leaves you wondering about her and I would really like to know. I want to know more about Ian and his life. What was the meaning behind his prizes? I don’t know I just feel like Ian and Vee were still kind of mystery characters to me at the end of the book which left me unsatisfied. I feel like those little kids on that commercial saying “I want more, I want more”.
Which leads me to the ending of the book. OH! That ending, though!!! Everything seems like it is all fine and dandy and then all of the sudden… WHAM!! You get smacked with what you know isn’t good but it’s the last fucking sentence. Now you really want more because… what just happened? What THE FUCK just happened? Like can we get a rewind here? Okay I would like to say that if there is not a sequel so we know what happens next then I am going to be wondering for the rest of my life. What the actual hell?
So do you think you have the NERVE to read Nerve?