Rush (Review)

Book cover for "Rush" by Jonathan Friesen.Title: Rush

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

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.


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