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?
Overall, Nerve was a fast-paced, suspenseful, and entertaining read. I was immediately drawn into Vee's world from the first page. She's just a "normal" teenage girl, loyal to her best friend and seriously crushing on the cute, popular boy - both of whom happen to be the stars in a school play for which Vee is the makeup artist. In short, her life is nice but boring. So, when presented with the opportunity to be a participant in the hottest online game, NERVE, she jumps.
NERVE sends dares to the participants via their cellphones which they must complete for some pretty amazing prizes. (I mean, c'mon, you'd do a silly little dare for a pair of Jimmy Choos, wouldn't you?!) Initially, the first few dares cause a bit of embarrassment for Vee and the other contestants, but they wind up playing on their worst fears in a completely terrifying manner. The anonymous people behind NERVE know everything about the contestants, which is quite creepy and certainly made me consider how many intensely personal things we post on social media without a second thought.
The character development, pacing, and plot were all very well done in Nerve. The story is told from Vee's point-of-view, which enables the reader to experience everything as she does. I found myself cringing with embarassment as Vee completed some of her dares, and gasping with fright as the dares became more and more sinister. I love books that can make me feel!
I can't talk about this book without giving away too many spoilers, but suffice it to say that if you enjoy a bit of mystery and thrill, this is most certainly the book for you! Nerve will make you feel just as paranoid as the characters, and keep you guessing about the final outcome until the very end.