This is probably the very first book I've read where I finished it the day right before the next instalment would be released. It was quite a coincidence. Anyway, Jackson is now being held by the Committee for breaking a rule in The Game. You know, the one where we humans, who are chosen by coincidences on DNA and bravery, have to fight the beautiful but terrifying Drau. Miki has to find Jackson again, but all hopes are that he's now dead because as we learned from the last book, which was a fact I'd forgotten about as the time went on, if you lose the game, there are no more memories of you ever living from until the time you were supposed to die. And Miki's friend Carly said his name, so Jackson must be alive. Luka and Carly are in a tiny relationship, the new members of the previous surviving team, Li-en and Kendra, are in a tight extemporaneous spot. Miki is also in minor conflict with her dad, who can't seem to take care of himself no matter how many AA meetings he goes to, and on top of that, The Game is performing something new; something that may endanger Miki and her life forever.
Phew. Quite a synopsis. The thing is, I thought for sure I would give this thumbs up when it started. In the last book, I said that Miki kept asking Jackson so many repetitive questions and the outcomes were so repetitive that I didn't really care for the answers anymore. This one didn't have that and had a spectacular beginning and might've been a little bit humorous. There's also this debate Miki must have with some smart mouths, and it's a good way to think up backfires for later life. There's also a minor mystery about this girl that Miki is seeing, but it didn't really get me thinking about who it could be. And that's the thing: there are too many things going on at once, too much to put into a 330 paged book. It's way too cluttered up, like Eve Silver wanted to put her entire life story into it or something. I'm glad that Jackson Tate has a conscience for the sister he lost named Lizzie and that haunts him. I mean, who doesn't have a story like that from their past? I certainly have a few things. But the relationship doesn't have that huge push to make you feel a sensory or sort of, vertebrae jolt. The biggest problem I have with it though, apart from the horrible second act, is when I heard midway through that this was going to be a trilogy. In the book, Miki and her team don't really get any closer to scoring a thousand points to win the game and they don't really reveal anything new about the Committee, apart from the obvious. So I really don't see how Eve Silver will be able to patch up the entire real story into one final conclusion, one that doesn't involve a ridiculous tricoincidence of family beliefs at the end but something to make you itch for more. We can only hope.