Author: Jonathan Friesen
Narrator: Nick Landrum
Publication Year: 2010
Pages: 320 (audio length: 6 hours 40 minutes)
Genre: Fiction, Young Adult
Source: Audiobook version purchased from Audible.com
From the cover:
Rush features 18-year-old Jake King, an adrenaline junkie who jumps at the chance to join an elite group of firefighters who rappel into wildfires. Known as the Immortals, these heroes have a habit of dying young. But Jake’s sort-of girlfriend thinks there’s more to the Immortals’ high death rate than bad luck.
I originally picked up this book because of the narrator: I loved Nick Landrum from listening to the Dexter series (before the author took over and started narrating himself … a definite disappointment). So one day, I was trolling Audible and decided to pick up a couple of other books that Landrum narrated.
I have to say that Rush doesn’t disappoint in that regard. Landrum is an excellent narrator: he pulls off the character of Jake really well, particularly in terms of portraying Jake’s attitude and the way that he sees life and love.
The story itself is a bit contrived, to be honest, though it’s still a lot of fun to read. There’s the typical machismo associated with firefighting and daredevil sports, as well as the almost pre-requisite love story between the two main characters, despite everything “fishy” going on around them. But in the end, it’s an interesting enough book for a YA audience, and something that I definitely think my reluctant teenage (mostly male) readers back home would enjoy.
If the premise of the book interests you, give it a shot. I personally recommend the audiobook version, especially if you haven’t heard Landrum narrate a story before. But either way, Rush is a decent, quick read that I think would appeal particularly to a male YA audience.