"Stop. Focus. Think." ~ pg. 9
Are you a watcher or a player? A game called NERVE is basically the classic Truth or Dare, without the truth part. Players win prizes when a dare is completed. People can watch live in-person or online.
Shy, hardworking and loyal Vee is usually the behind-the-scenes girl. With the promise of grand prizes, Vee is suckered into downloading and playing NERVE. She understands, all too late, the players are trained monkeys who will jump through hoops for a banana. Sure it was all fun and games when NERVE was just a phone app and Vee won a limited pair of shoes. Then it turned into a high-stakes deadly dare. As I am read further into this suspenseful novel, I realize it is the 2016 version of Lord of the Flies.
"That's how they get you, baby steps." ~ pg. 154
NERVE is hard to review because I don't want to give spoilers. Just know that I recommend reading it. The level of suspense will keep you flipping the pages. The story is modern and appropriate to today's technology. Everyone uses phone apps! All of my family and friends have been victim to my famous Dummie Missions! Well, NERVE takes the classic Truth or Dare game and puts a dangerous yet rewarding spin to it. While reading I kept thinking, "this shit can happen for real!"
Watch the TV spot above of the movie adaptation of NERVE and visit here for my movie review later this month. Because this I have got to see!
Author: Jeanne Ryan
Published: September 2012
Challenge: Bookish Kill Your TBR—Read Adaptations