By Jeanne Ryan
Available September 2012
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?
This Blonde’s Review:
Vee has always been a good girl, quieter than her best friend, and not one to make strong impressions. She’s grounded because of one screw up but looking forward to her freedom, since the afterparty for the school play could be when the guy she likes will make a real move on her.
When Vee decides to do something out of character and complete one of the dares for Nerve she doesn’t think anything will come of it. Except people like her! Soon she goes back for another dare where she meets a hot guy named Ian. As they’re offered riskier dares with higher payouts they can’t help but keep playing until they’re offered the chance to play in the grand price round.
Each dare is riskier than the one before, so the grand prize round offers exactly what each person wants the most as incentive to get them into the game. They’ve all watched the previous shows and they’re sure that some of that is faked, but as the game continues it becomes clear that it is more real than they could imagine. They’re blocked from making any outside contact that isn’t authorized and soon find themselves locked into a dare that could leave them dead.
The first chapter of this one threw me, I didn’t understand how it related to the story until the book was almost finished. I really didn’t care for that since it wasn’t very clear where it stood in relation to the rest of the story.
I enjoyed this one but it didn’t blow me away. I could see how a show like that could take off in our society and how people could see think awful things had been scripted because of the ‘reality shows’ we have now that are anything but reality.
I did enjoy Vee, since I can relate to being the good girl that people don’t expect to go out and do crazy things. Yet I also had a hard time relating to some of the things she felt. I won’t get into some of those, but I would have liked a little more insight into some of what she had going on. There was a lot we were supposed to take for granted even though the relationships were expected to play a big part in Vee’s motivation.
I loved the way Vee handled the situation and that she didn’t give up. She did what she had to do even if it meant more risk for her. She may have been a good girl acting out of character, but she was brave and I can’t help but like that about her. I didn’t care much about most of the other characters either way even though I’d have liked to.
Despite that, it was still an enjoyed this one. It was a fast read that didn’t strike any major chords for me. I didn’t love it or hate it, so it isn’t one I’d strongly recommend someone read or not read it. If the description sounds good to you then definitely give it a read. Please let me know what you think, sometimes the ones I’m not sure of can lead to a good discussion if you have a stronger opinion!