2013 Book Reviews · Favourite Books

Runners by Sharon Sant

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“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 have just finished this book and I think I can honestly say, that it is up in my most favourite books EVER!

I don’t want to ruin or spoil the book in anyway, so I’m going to try and not go into too much detail. This is a MUST READ book.

Eligah is living in a world set far into the future. There is a War going on and children without homes “runners” are put into labour camps, or as rumour has it, sent to war if you are old enough.
His dad having just died, Eligah doesn’t wait around to be put into a labour camp and runs.

He gets found bruised and unconscious by a group of runners, who pick him up and take him in. Even though Xavier, the leader of the group, doesn’t want to. Even so they let him stay and work hard to not be found, staying in abandoned homes/buildings.

But trouble seems to find Eligah and they are soon running from the CMO.
Eligah and Sky get separated from the group and stubble across something bigger than they could ever of imagined…..

I want to tell you SO much more but I can’t without ruining the book.

Sharon Sant is so talented that it isn’t just Eliagh’s fate you worry or care about, you care about every single one of them. And you find yourself just as emerged in their stories as Eligah’s.
I instantly took a liking to Jimmy and Sky they are both very open and easy which make them incredibly likeable. Even characters like Rosa and Xavier although seem cold and distant at first redeem themselves in the book and you end up really liking them too.

This is dark, gritty full of action and bravery, kindness loyalty and love.
It’s fantastically written and descriptive enough to feel like you are within the pages rather than sat on the sofa with a cup of tea.

The children in the story aren’t made to be superheroes. They are kids fighting to survive. They are scared and confused but push through whatever may face them with grit and determination.

I loved that I sort of thought I knew where this was going but actually really didn’t. Twists throughout the book kept it from leaving my hands.

I absolutely loved this book I was gripped and I couldn’t put it down. I was desperate to finish. An absolute page turner and an absolute MUST READ!

Even if Sci-Fi/Fantasy isn’t your thing. STILL TRY IT.
If you read Hunger Games and liked it you will love this.

This is out on June 7th so be sure to get yourself a copy.
Here is the link to pre-order your copy;
http://amazon.co.uk/dp/1907737529

Sharon Sant is an author to watch out for, I personally cannot wait for more.

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