The problem I always had with Eve Silver's series The Game is that it's not exactly as much of a game as it is simply a story. This being her first series for teen's, in advertisement anyway, it's like she tries so hard to have this book be about everything as much as possible, that she can't seem to decide whether these books craft an alien thriller, a romance, or a public Eve Silver diary. She can't seem to decide whether it's The Maze Runner, Twilight, or Diary of a Wimpy Kid. On the back of this book is a little ad that shows these books and says: "Are you ready to play?" and I kind of felt ripped off in that department. She also seemed to always depend on the reader excited to see who would get to a thousand points at first, but then for me it seemed like that wasn't the case, so now it's time for the end of this trilogy. Is it the return to form, the final sprint, or has Eve Silver just made a mistake she can't fix?
In case you haven't read the earlier entries of this series and want to know what's going on now, Miki's father and best friend have recently been in a nearly tragic car accident where the one who crashed them got off injury-free, and Miki suspects the Committee is behind it all for her going farther out than the other Gamers who have played their game against the Drau for generations, though the book never really makes this clear. Miki and Jackson remain a couple but for every turn, they're worried the Committee is spying on their every move, including this apparent version of Lizzie, Jackson's deceased sister who may be up in the higher ranks than the Committee. Basically, the book is about Miki's world crashing around her - mostly in her mind.
Every time a kiss comes up, I should be thinking "Aw" but I really think "Now?!" It's like Eve Silver wanted to do a certain story starting with Rush and gave up halfway through to make it a romance. But I wanted Miki to talk more about points than precision and paranoid. We obviously do get the answers we've been waiting for done. It's like in court when you always have to go on assumptions. Though this issue with Miki's friend Carly (spoilers) being in the game yet not being in the game is never made clear, most of the stuff is made clear, and this issue with Miki's dad I think is surprisingly resolved the best way it could. I was like, "C'mon, Eve, don't forget about...eugh...yes, she did remember and I think did it in the right order." Plus, this mind trick is something I actually think about on a daily basis, and Eve Silver matched it quite well. Unfortunately, there are a few things Eve Silver does that are out of order, specifically this incident with one of the gamers. First it's all happy for two pages and then sad? It didn't make sense to me for it to be sad at all.
Unfortunately, this book is too unintentionally uneven in it's many plot lines, overly rushing the ending and not telling the story we would rather here. Miki Jones is basically in solitary confinement this whole book, trying hard to leave out the Committee, not knowing where to go or what to do except be the damsel in distress Jackson has to monosyllabically take care of, being in denial, and the conclusion reminded me of the last few chapters of Cherub: The Recruit, finally going to the story we were waiting for but still somehow ending up short.
STILL, The Game is not a tedious series. There are far, FAR worse books out there.