Author: Jeanne Ryan
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
Pages: 294 pages
Are you playing the game, or is the game playing you?
Vee doesn't know if she has the guts to play NERVE, an online game of high-stakes dares. But whoever's behing the game knows exactly what she wants, enticing her lust-worthy prizes and a super hot partner.
With Ian on her team, it's easy to agree to another dare. And another. And another.
At first it's thrilling, as the manipulative audience, or 'Watchers', cheer them on to riskier challenges. But things quickly get out of hand.
Will Vee and Ian risk their lives for the Grand Prize dare? If will they lose NERVE?
Thoughts on the book: It seems like every book I read at the moment is one that I am adding to my favourite reads for 2016, Nerve being no exception. From the Prologue I was intruiged and wanted to know how the girl had been put into that position and so I was then taken on the ride of my life with the main character Vee. Vee, who has always been the girl in the background, decides that she is finally going to take a chance to be noticed and signs up to play the new online game, NERVE, where people are given dares that they have to complete to earn prizes. Vee like everyone else believes the game I scripted and that people aren't really put into those positions, but the further she gets in the rounds the harder and the more dangerous the dares become and no one is coming to help her. But Vee is now certainly not the girl in the background anymore.
I found the idea of NERVE very interesting and was kept on the edge of my seat throughout the book and while the dares were being played out. All I could think of was imagine if this was real and people were really doing this and then I thought well in a way they are. I mean it's not exactly like the NERVE game in the book but isn't Survivor and The Amazing Race kind of like this. People know what they signed up for to an extent but then there are always challenges along they way that they weren't expecting and ones that they may even fear. Just something to think about.
There were a few things that bugged me. First I was surprised with how quickly Vee got over her crush on Matthew, as the bulk of the book is based in one nights timepsan it is a little hard to believe that in basically two hours, Vee is over Matthew and head over heals in love with Ian, Ian being someone she just met and who she has no history on whatsoever. Second the ending, it was left wide open so we are left guessing what may occur.i would have loved this to have been the first book of a series as I think it could have been as big as the Hunger Games if it continued. But do t just listen to me go out and by the book yourself and go along on the NERVE ride.