Ten years ago the president of the United States declared that global warming had reached a tipping point from which it would not recover. In answer to this dilemma, modern technology was shut down. The elderly and other volunteers could opt to live out the rest of their lives in a virtual world, but all others were left to fend for themselves.
Seventeen-year-old Avi Bloom lives in a world in which each family must contribute one child as a runner. A runner risks life and limb to travel from village to village delivering news and other small items. Avi is one run shy of retiring when she discovers that whole villages are disappearing, leaving only a few dead bodies and the youngest children behind. Now, Avi must find out who or what is responsible for these missing people as she goes on a journey and discovers friendship, love, and betrayal. She also discovers that the forces behind these disappearances are much larger and more frightening than she could ever have imagined.
(re: Goodreads @ The Runner by J.M. Johnson)
Should this book be picked up? the tl;dr spoiler-less review:
- Elements of intrigue include Amish concepts and computer programming language.
- Heroine is underwhelming in development. Love triangle exhibited through underdeveloped relationships.
- Action sequences are fast-paced.
- There’s a degree of wishful thinking and lacking urgency in plotting.
I received a copy of this book from the author for an honest critique.
The premise is intriguing and certainly made me want to read this. The unfortunate thing is that while it does start off with a bang, there are avenues which lack substance in allowing this narrative to thrive in this genre.
Let me run these thoughts by you:
Disclaimer: Potential spoilers inherent to this review from here onward.