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. Suddenly they’re playing all or nothing, and the prize may be their lives.
A chance at the ultimate makeover means deadly consequences in a story that’s part medical thriller, part social justice commentary.
Aislyn suffers from crippling shyness—that is, until she’s offered a dose of Charisma, an underground gene therapy drug guaranteed to make her shine. The effects are instant. She’s charming, vivacious, and popular. But strangely, so are some other kids she knows. The media goes into a frenzy when the disease turns contagious, and then deadly, and the doctor who gave it to them disappears. Aislyn must find a way to stop it, before it’s too late.
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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?
Readers will find themselves flipping madly to the very last page.
Ryan questions the nature of entertainment and explores the concept of privacy in a world of increasingly sophisticated social media. 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
Ryan’s story is thought-provoking and unsettling…the ending goes off with a bang and a twist.
“[Nerve] is a head-trip of a book, that will make you question the popularity of reality shows and online games.” - Parkersburg News & Sentinel
“[Nerve] whizzes along at a tremendous, thoroughly enjoyable clip.” -A.V. Club
“[Charisma is a] provocative and entertaining read…a solid thriller.” -Kirkus Reviews
“Not a far step from Ned Vizzini’s Be More Chill…The science is explained well enough for non-scientist readers to understand, and gives teens much to think about regarding medical ethics and experimentation.” -School Library Journal on Charisma
“[F]resh and intriguing.” -Publishers Weekly on Charisma
“This Robin Cook–like thriller zips along at breakneck speed to a satisfying conclusion.” -Booklist on Charisma