Narrator: Caitlin Davies
Published by Blackstone Audio Inc on 10 February 2015
Length: 6 hrs and 47 mins
Genres: Science Fiction, Young Adult
Source: AudioBookJukeBox.com, Publisher, Submitted
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?
With Nerve, debut author Jeanne Ryan delivers an intensely gripping suspense thriller perfect for fans of The Hunger Games.
©2012 Jeanne Ryan (P)2015 Blackstone Audio, Inc.
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What would make you happy? What would you do for a new pair of designer shoes, a new smart phone, a hot boyfriend? Vee is a young high schooler who is always in the background, she is the invisible stage hand, costume designer and friend to one of the most popular girls in school. Her ThisIsMe page tells the world her desires, wants and feelings – this information is picked up by a popular and anonymous broadcasted game called NERVE. NERVE begins to tempt her with gifts after she completes a minor “dare.” Her next few days are filled with fun dares tinged with danger and a partner who is a new hot guy named Ian – also a participant.
When do you stop playing a dare game like this? For Vee and Ian, never. The stakes just got higher and more unpredictable. The only escape from the game is death.
What does the high stakes supporters want from them? Anonymous to the world, these financial supporters and planners of NERVE demonstrate just how perverse humankind has become in their search for the ultimate entertainment. Involving the audience in their perverse game, Ian and Vee must play the game until the end …
Filled with twists and turns, Jeanne Ryan delivers an excellent experience of terror and drives home what our desires and wants can do to us if left unchecked. She drives her readers to question themselves on what they would be willing to do as well as make us question ourselves.
The plot is well developed and executed perfectly making the listener unable to step away for longer than a minute or two. Character development was excellent – each character had a depth that was not obvious in the beginning but Ryan grows them making them believable and relatable.
Caitlin Davies did an excellent job narrating. Her ability to inject the emotions into the audio was well done. She was the voice of Vee (the audiobook is told from Vee’s point of view).
I highly recommend this book to young adults and older alike. While there is some violence, the issue of “what would you do” is a question we ask ourselves daily. Excellent book!
Audio production was well done – there were no issues.
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