Review: Runners by Sharon Sant

Wednesday, January 8, 2014
Runners
Author: Sharon Sant
Release date: June 8th 2013
Publisher: Immanion Press
Series: N/A
Age Group: Young Adult
Genre: Dystopia
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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. (via Goodreads)

I received an e-copy of this from Shane of Itching For Books in exchange for an honest review.

Runners started out slow for me. Even though Elijah was running, the story itself was slow. Lots of descriptions. Inappropriate scenes (for me). Things I can't put my mind about. I don't know. But the start really was big for me to the point that it was confusing. I wasn't able to wrapped myself in it immediately.

The good thing about Runners was the more I went deeper into the story, the deeper the story really went. I thought I had it all figured out but then there were twists and turns then I'd be hanging again. It was quite a catch, actually. Though the story was a little dragged for me, it got interesting as the story went on. It was interesting to read about the adventures of Elijah and his friends. As much as it was slow at the beginning, it got really fast-paced in the middle.

Elijah and his friends were tested a lot. I guess if you have a life like Elijah's, it's really hard to trust people. It's hard to admit you needed companion because as much as the sound of companionship is enticing, you just can't rely on other people when you've learned how to be a stranger even to yourself. At first, Elijah wasn't really friends with them. But they experienced things together that made them believe that they can actually be friends with one another. It's a nice way to see how their friendship really developed through the story.

The real premise of the story was quote intoxicating. I literally got tired because the characters felt tired. At the end of the story, I had more questions than answers because I was that confused. What really was the setting of the story? Where did they really live? What's the real world in there? What was the imagination or the parallel world? I don't know if these questions were answered. If they were, it wasn't in a way that I got it. 

Though I felt a bit disappointed with this one, I find the premise okay. I guess it was just lacking with the execution. But I'm no expert so I don't know really. I just wished things were dealt with differently.



About the Author
Sharon SantSharon Sant was born in Dorset but now lives in Stoke-on-Trent. She graduated from Staffordshire University in 2009 with a degree in English and creative writing. She currently works part time as a freelance editor and continues to write her own stories. An avid reader with eclectic tastes across many genres, when not busy trying in vain to be a domestic goddess, she can often be found lurking in local coffee shops with her head in a book. Sometimes she pretends to be clever but really loves nothing more than watching geeky TV and eating Pringles. She is the author of a string of YA novels including Runners and the Sky Song trilogy.


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