Nerve (Anglais) Relié – 13 septembre 2012
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Revue de presse
“Teens will find themselves drawn in by the story’s possibilities, and unNERVEd by its outcome. Give this to Suzanne Collins’s Hunger Games fans.” School Library Journal
"The commentary on today's life-as-public-spectacle society is sound. The pacing is relentless, and readers will find themselves flipping madly to the very last page." -Kirkus Reviews
"Readers will remain tightly keyed into questions about what is going to happen." -Booklist
“Ryan’s story is thought-provoking and unsettling…the ending goes off with a bang and a twist.” Publishers Weekly
"An original, page-turning novel that offers a slice of pop culture that gives a whole new meaning to the trendy, reality-television genre." -VOYA
LA Times Fall 2012 roundup of young adult fiction
Présentation de l'éditeur
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?
Debut author Jeanne Ryan delivers an un-putdownable suspense thriller.
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Holy hair raiser.
Holy stomach churner.
Dear sweet "I WANT TO STOP READING BUT I CAN'T."
That, in three sentences, was Nerve.
To be honest, this book didn't set off on a good foot with me. The prologue chapter takes place at the end of the book, with the first chapter backing way up in time. This is a pet peeve of mine, and personally I thought it took a ton of suspense out of the ending, which upon reading the prologue still didn't make any sense. But once you hit the first chapter, all that is forgotten.
It actually goes through that whole, "everything is perfect" phase before heading into hair rasing territory. Vee is the best friend of the most popular girl in school but pining for the hottest guy. She is quiet, she's more of a loner-she's basically the best friend cliché. It is this normalcy and the distinct want to feel something different that forces Vee into the game of NERVE in the first place. As far as reasons go, it was a fairly believable one, even if it was never developed as fully as I'd have liked.
The game of NERVE is sickening on several levels-and it's meant to be. Vee is forced to do a whole lot of things that NO sane person would do. The reasons she keeps going after things clearly start getting sketchy were, again, not as developed as I'd have liked, but this book seemed to sacrifice fleshing out of the plot in a lot of places to make room for the pacing.
And OHMYGOD was that some pacing.
Nerve never stops. Not once. Even when you want to because your stomach is attempting seven kinds of sailor's knots. Vee's rationale towards NERVE at the beginning is one I've used a thousand times to scoff at reality TV shows: it's scripted, it's fake, it's just a game. NERVE pulling information about her from her ThisIsMe page sounds creepily similar to the kinds of things people maintain Facebook does. The book takes on all these secret fears we have about technology and throws them into one fiery explosion. There were several times when I felt like I had to step back and breathe or even stop reading all together because OHMYGOD, but I couldn't do it because the book just kept charging forward into darker and darker territory.
As I said, though, the downside of this was that many aspects of the plot were never fleshed out. This goes for characterization and key plot points alike. There were passing comments made for some things and half-baked explanation for others, but all in all many parts of the story almost became useless in the HOLY CRAP THIS IS MADNESS of NERVE. Though I'd say Ryan managed to make it work because of her awesome pacing, the nitpicky side of me can't let it go.
Personally, I was not entirely satisfied with the ending. Unfortunately, I can't tell you why because part of my blog tour compliance is that there are no spoilers. Sorry! However, I CAN tell you that I'm begging someone to tell me there's a sequel coming, because you CANNOT end it like that and leave us all hanging. But then, there were several things I thought you could not do and then Ryan did them and left me reading faster with a dryer mouth.
Vee just wants to do something different. She wants to change herself from the quite behind-the-scenes girl, to someone who gets noticed. She wants to be the one that guys fall for. To accomplish this she signs up to do some dares with NERVE. A broadcasted dare game that people all of the country play. The perks are huge. Things you've always wanted by couldn't get on your own. It's pretty easy, make a fool out of yourself in public and then you win prizes. Seems easy enough at first, but the dares quickly get harder and harder for Vee to face completing. Surprisingly though, Vee manages to get through dares and make it to the final round. There though, with the other contestants things get too deep. Some of these people will do anything to win and how far is NERVE willing to push them for a good show? Vee has to quickly find out who she can trust and how she can escape the dares...alive.
So, I had not heard anything about this book when I recieved it in the mail. The cover doesn't really reveal much about the novel either, but the tag line "To survive this game, choosing dare is the only option" certainly had me intrigued. The book starts off a bit randomly, but I was interested from the first page. Then we meet Vee. She starts off as this quiet girl who hides in the shadow of her best friend. It was incredible to see her transformation throughout the novel. It was infuriating to see her not notice the boy who was clearly in love with her though. That's alright though because at least we have another guy for her to fall for. This wasn't a love triangle though, so...YAY!
The game itself is completely crazy, and the people who run it are intense. They know every little thing about you and it's kind of creepy. On top of that, there are Watchers who record your every move for the dares. This is an incredibly neat concept, but also so weird.
This books was completely awesome though and kept you guessing what was around the next corner. I wonder if there might be a sequel to this somewhere in the future, because there are certainly things that could be in a second book. This one was great on it's own though. If you haven't heard much about this one, let me tell you it's worth the read. Pick it up as soon as you can.
"It took three days of waiting, but at four a.m. on a Sunday, the street in front of her home finally emptied of all Watchers."
"The game has ruined my life and now it wants to soothe my feelings by sounding like some twinkly music from heaven?"
Disclaimer: I was sent this item to review. This however does not influence my opinion.
What dare would you perform if your prize was something you always wanted? Vee sees herself as the privileged sidekick to her popular and beautiful friend Sydney and subconsciously wants someone (Matthew) to notice her. When Matthew, the flirty male lead in the play she is fashion director for tells her she should be more daring, she challenges herself to complete a dare for the online reality show NERVE. What she doesn't know yet is that NERVE uses baby steps to get you to agree to more dangerous dares. They also have unlimited access to all your personal information which they use to both bribe you and threaten you with to continue.
Once Vee experiences the thrill of completing the first dare and is bribed into completing another with the promise of winning a pair of drool-worthy shoes she has had her eye on, she is sucked into the world of NERVE where EVERYTHING is in their control. NERVE is like a reality show where Watchers are the paparazzi and are paid in prizes to get the best shots of the contestants performing their dares. The Watchers are careless and dangerous, but necessary to get the audiences approval ratings. Vee finds herself behaving in a very different way than her friends would believe in order to win her prizes and to win the respect of her friends who are paying to watch her.
At first, it is fun, and working with Ian is better than she could have imagined as they share some chemistry, but the dares start to get scary and dangerous and even life threatening. It becomes all Lord of the flies and sadistic entertainment and she finds herself desperate for her old life back.
This was really well written being creepy, suspenseful and poignant, but also realistic, romantic, and fun (at least at first). It is a book you think about even when it is over as it has a lot to do with privacy and what we are willing to put on line for people to see and potentially use against us. Fascinating!
There is occasional language especially towards the end when the dares get more dangerous (b-word, f-word, a-hole), no sex, some kissing, underage drinking, a lesbian couple, and very dangerous situations.
Would I/Did I buy it? Yes (ARC $8.00)
Would I read it again? Yes
Would I recommend it to friends? Yes!
I want to start with the cover. I know we're supposed to reserve our judgment for covers until we've gotten to the meat of a book, but holy effin crap. You think that image up there is intense? The real live in-person cover has a linear RAINBOW holo on it. It's freaking gorgeous and even if I didn't enjoy the story, I'd want my own copy to hold and sit on my shelves and love.
But the fact is that NERVE absolutely lived up to my expectations. Not only the standard set by the pretty, but also my own standards regarding the suspense, tension, and "un-putdownability." The story starts quickly enough and as soon as Vee took her first dare, I was hooked. On the edge of my seat, biting my nails hooked.
Vee was a fantastic protagonist. In the early stages of the book, I had some character issues, though. It seemed to me that Vee was stuck in that cycle perpetuated by many YA authors, of hating her best friends. We've all seen the trope before: the heroine is ugly and twisted with jealousy of her so-called friend, the friend is uber-bitch-queen, and we're all left wondering why they're pretending to be friends in the first place. I was really angry at NERVE for incorporating this woman on woman hateful stereotype. But the growth of character Vee experiences is beyond exponential, veers into tangible, and is so evident that it made me love her even more. Vee is not without faults, but you can tell that she is compassionate and thoughtful.
Syd, Vee's best friend who I was sure I was going to hate, grew on me as well. At first, because of Vee venomous attitude, I had painted Syd in that same unflattering light of stereotypical mean girl. She is pretty, and talented, and steals the show - quite literally. But beneath the veneer of queen bee is a truly loyal and loving friend. She sacrifices a great deal to stand by Vee no matter what. It warmed my heart to see a real friendship like this in a YA book, where so many YA relationships are more like frienemies than anything else.
The other side characters, namely Tommy and Ian, are wonderfully drawn, too. They each have their own motivations to join in on the daring game, Nerve. It was refreshing to experience such deep characters with rich stories of their own.
My favorite aspect of NERVE was the paranoia and tension. With the limited perspective of first-person, we only know what Vee knows (and even then, not always. Vee has her own secrets she's hiding.) We are constantly second-guessing each revelation, and along with Vee, I had no idea what was real, what was manufactured, and who I could trust. NERVE really did have me guessing the whole way through.
NERVE, while mysterious and tense and nerve-wracking, is also host to loveable characters, and heart-warming friendships. With an open ending, there is room for a sequel, but it is also tied up well enough to be left alone. I was on the edge of my seat for the entire ride, and I highly recommend this book to... everyone. Those who love action, those who love suspense, those who want their characters to be like close friends. NERVE has something for everyone.