Thursday, June 20, 2013


By Sharon Sant

What Goodreads says about Runners 
"Elijah is nothing special. He’s just a skinny kid doing his best to stay one step ahead of starvation and the people who would have him locked away in a labour camp – just another Runner. But what he stumbles upon in a forest in Hampshire shows him that the harsh world he knows will become an even more sinister place, unless he can stop it. As past and present and parallel dimensions collide, freedom becomes the last thing on his mind as he is suddenly faced with a battle to save his world from extinction. But before Elijah can find the courage to be the hero the world needs, he must banish his own demons and learn to trust his friends. And all the while, the sinister figure of Maxwell Braithwaite looms, his path inextricably bound to Elijah’s by a long dead physicist, and hell bent on stopping Elijah, whatever the cost."

I really like this cover. It's thought provoking and caught my eye. The color or lack thereof invokes a since of absence or depression in my eyes. The sad "girl?" on the cover is very pretty and her hair is gorgeous, but she looks very young and that made me wonder if this story was going to be about young teens or children instead of young adults.

My First Reaction
I was quite confused at first... I honestly had no idea what a runner was. No clue! I kept reading the same page over and over again to see if I was missing something then it hit me DUH! Runner is the same thing as a runaway... okay so now I have that down, if only I could figure out what some of these other words mean. I did some research and figured out that this book is based in England and the author is from Dorset, England. At this point I pulled out my good ol' Google and figure out that numerous words I thought were odd misspellings were actually quite normal and correct. I felt quite stupid, but what can ya do!

Getting into It!
The imagery is so amazing! I mean seriously amazing, for example I absolutely loved this line...

"He vomited spectacularly, narrowly missing his sleeping bag and sending a crowd of omnipresent flies zooming excitedly to the spot where the puddle lay." 

I re-read that line like 5 times before I actually went on with the book. Maybe it is the fact that I'm in Nursing School and vomit doesn't phase me, because I loved it!! Sharon Sant has a way of describing her dystopian world that makes the characters and places just come off the pages.

"Elijah blinked in dazzling sunlight and took a deep breath. The sweet-pepper scent of meadow grass told him immediately where he was. Winded, he skidded to a halt as the portal spat him out. Above him stretched skies of cornflower blue, dotted with threadbare white clouds sailing over like cotton galleons on the summer breeze."

Final Thoughts
I want to love this book, I really do! But there is something about the story which just doesn't hold my attention. The writing was wonderful, the characters were amazing and the whole concept was great, but for some reason beyond my understanding the story just would not keep me hooked. I don't think this is something the author caused but more my own preference to books. I will surely be reading some of Sharon Sant's other books because maybe if this one's story didn't work for me I'm sure another one will be great!

I will not fault the author for writing something that just wasn't my taste because truly I loved the way the author wrote, that is why I will give Runner 4/5 stars. 

(I received this book for free in return for an honest review. Thank you!)
Final Score


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