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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 parallelElijah 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....

Title : Runners
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ISBN : 9781907737527
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Number of Pages : 284 Pages
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Runners Reviews

  • Jack
    2019-01-13 23:43

    Runners begins with teenage Elijah and a band of other tearaways (or Runners) struggling to get by in the ruins of an old house. The group dynamic, with its varied mix of personalities and ages, is fascinating from the off and the snippets of information concerning how the novel’s dystopian world came to be such a wreck are intriguing to say the least.Of course, the group’s situation quickly becomes about more than merely feeding themselves as Elijah and his friends find themselves stuck in a dismal situation engineered in no small part by the sinister Mr Braithwaite. On top of this, a chance discovery in a mysterious woodland catapults them right into the heart of an even bigger menace and, by the end of the book, the numerous plot threads really do intertwine beautifully.The book’s crumbling world, with its dilapidated windmills, sparse marketplaces and grim work camps, is exquisitely described by the author and this is one of those novels that really pulls you into the setting, making you feel as though you’re right there with Elijah and the other Runners as they deal with the torrent of problems that come their way. It’s lucky, then, that Elijah is such a well-crafted character and sharing time with him is something you will certainly look forward to doing, despite the bleak nature of the book’s world.Other characters deserve a mention too, teenage girls Rosa and Sky seem poles apart but are both utterly mesmerising and it’s testament to the author’s writing that you care so much about secondary characters, even with so much else going on.Runners is exactly the sort of novel a YA title should be; engrossing, thought-provoking and brimming with dangerous situations that develop in a suitably grizzly manner.

  • Dan Thompson
    2018-12-26 06:05

    When I read Sky Song, Sharon Sant’s debut YA novel, I knew this author had something very special. She has this gift of writing brilliantly realistic stories, amongst a backdrop of fantastical, supernatural or other worldly events. When I first read the blurb for Runners, I instantly knew that I wanted to get to know this ‘Elijah’ and find out why he was on the run. This was one book I instantly knew I’d enjoy, and thankfully I wasn’t disappointed.Runners follows the trials and misadventures of Elijah as he joins up with another group of Runners – kids and teenagers taking on the harsh streets and countryside in a remote future distant England, desperately avoiding the prying eyes of the CMO (an agency that captures ‘stray’ children and throws them into a labour camp). But during their journey, as they try anything to survive, Elijah stumbles, rather accidentally, across a weird project, an experiment in the middle of a forest, and one that sees him time travel of sorts. And with the rather sinister character of Maxwell Braithwaite lurking in the background, Runners certainly has the potential to capture the hearts of some, and the imagination of others.What Sharon Sant does fantastically from the start, is describing the harsh and vast landscape the world has turned in to. And i think that is where Runners gets its ‘dystopian’ label from. Energy sources have dwindled, global warming has turned crops and fields barren; life is hard, and unless you are rich, well the bread-line certainly affects more people than it does today. Run down cottages, severe labour camps, dense woodland … the list goes on, and you can put yourself right there into the middle of these places as Sharon Sant’s gift lures you in and refuses to let you go. I remember reading, quite near the beginning of the book, as Elijah and Rosa go to acquire food from a dusty market place, and I just couldn’t put the book down! I was there, in the crowd watching the two teenagers, and I could see, smell, taste the environment – a testament to the writing ability I think you’ll agree.But where Runners certainly storms into the lead in the overly crowded YA genre, is through the group dynamic and characterisation. This is, perhaps, mostly Elijah’s story, but he isn’t alone in this bleak world, and his interaction with the group is absorbing and heavily realistic. Not only have you got the outcast (Elijah) you’ve got the leader in Xavier, the girl next door in Sky – even the tough-as-nails girl in Rosa, but these aren’t stereotypes. Oh no, they are all integral to the plot and the group dynamic, and in my opinion, if you remove one, then the whole group would disband. And to some extent, it does do in parts when one character finds themselves in trouble.And there is trouble in bundles here. Whether it be ambushed for food tokens, a couple of eerie dead bodies, constantly evading the CMO. And the action perfectly balances the strong character presence in a way that harmonises Runners as an example for all others to follow.As a group of teenagers, you’d expect to see squabbling, fights, and even the odd flirty Sharon Sant2behaviour and this all adds to the depth of this novel. The more you observe and analyse the book, the more you begin to respect the author in her attempt to provide themes of survival, friendship, first love and trust. But underneath the tiffs, the squabbles and misunderstandings, its the unit, the collective group where all characters truly flourish. And it is Sharon Sant’s understanding of the teenage mind that sets the book alight with moments of brilliance. My particular favourite characters has to be Rosa, because underneath the tough exterior, their is a young woman who only wants to belong. I also became quite attached to Grace, a scientist from the past.One could argue that the first half of this book is a tad bit too slow, but I would strongly disagree. Well, I would disagree that this would be a bad thing. It gives us ample chance to understand how the group will work together, understand how the world differs from our own and the laws upon which govern society – it is exceptionally detailed. It is when the action really accelerates in the last third of the book, especially in the labour camps, where the books transforms. Touches of science fiction allows for strange goings on, and this is where the incredibly business savvy antagonist, Mr Braithwaite, makes his intentions fully known – and with his sarcastic, distasteful comments and confused ideas, you simply have to back Elijah and spur him on to get the better of this vulgar man.Runners is a gritty young adult novel that transcends genre is such a successful way. It is realistic, absorbing and rich in detail that will leave you itching for more. The pressure of living in such a place gives you a much needed respect for life in general, as well as for Elijah and co’s predicament. There is something for everyone here with engrossing scenes of escape, as well as intelligent progression of how a quirky bunch of teenagers can stumble upon danger at every turn.

  • Joann
    2019-01-24 05:39

    Cover: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!You can also find this review on Paperback LassI received a free copy of this book in exchange for a review. Thank you!

  • JenniferRicketts (Donnie Darko Girl)
    2019-01-03 22:54

    I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review for my stop on the blog tour at my blog Donnie Darko Girl. Runners is a different kind of dystopia with adding science fiction into the mix. I was taken by complete surprise when the story took a direction I never saw coming, even though I had read the synopsis and thought I understood what the story was all about. When I began reading, I couldn't help but feel like I had been mislead. The story seemed really slow with much of the same things happening over and over - one of the group would get hurt, or their shelter was discovered and they would be forced to leave. Now that I look back, I still think the book took too long getting to the meat of the story, but the premise is still genius. It just would have worked better to get there sooner so as not to lose the reader in the process.The main character, Elijah, was so frustrating! He made terrible decisions that cost the group their sense of safety and the fragile trust they had in him. Xavier never liked him and had wanted to leave him in the beginning, which I thought was harsh but as the story progressed, I started thinking maybe they should have left him behind. I soon learned Xavier is a hypocrite as he's keeping secrets of his own - huge secrets that I never would have guessed in a million years. Sharon Sant's writing is flawless, and she can definitely bring you into her world without any distractions. The world she describes is harsh and depressing, which is exactly as she intended in order to tell this story. There were a few words I had to look up which I found out were British slang so then I didn't feel so bad for not knowing their meanings right away. I was happy with the shocking direction the story took and still can't get this world and these characters out of my mind.

  • Louise Coquio
    2019-01-16 04:59

    The first time I read Sharon Sant's Runners, I rushed through it in one sitting, literally unable to put it down. It reminded me of how I had felt the first time I read Harry Potter or Meg Rosoff's How I live Now; entranced by the magical combination of plot and character and excited to have found a writer who could elicit that sort of response in me as a reader. It was a breathless read, full of excitement and the threat of imminent peril for her flawed hero, Elijah, and his friends. I later read it again, and this time was able to appreciate the clarity of the narrative, and the strength of the plotting and characterisation. The bleak future-world imagined by Sant, in which her band of misfit kids struggle to survive, is almost Dickensian in its vision. She articulates the concerns, crushes and hang-ups of the teenage protagonists with an uncanny accuracy, but treats them, flaws and all, with an unerring compassion which reflects her obvious love for both her characters and their habitat.Whether you read it as a straight-forward fantasy adventure, a dystopian future-tale or a character-driven fable, it puts forward a strong case for the transcendent nature of friendship in an increasingly inhuman world. It is a great read and it makes you eager to read her other Y.A. titles; The Sky Song Trilogy and The Jackie Chan Fan Club.

  • Amy
    2019-01-11 01:05

    (If you would like to check out the GIF that accompanies this, lost in C&P, then please visit my blog where this was originally posted here.)Unfortunately, although Runners held appeal because it was a dystopian, it didn’t meet the genre expectations entirely. I regard dystopian as catalysed by Sci-Fi, although elements did exist the book wasn’t as futuristic as you’d expect- renewable energy is hopefully going to be reality by the time I’m 30. I care more about the intricacies of society and clear motivations than weather. Surely characters are not more concern about weather than war? Issues didn’t seem to be linked clearly to reality; although the storyline was realistic I wasn’t entirely sure the world was tangible enough to be a dystopian Britain.It seemed like some areas (of the setting, not book) were definitely crumbling but why...? I’d imagine government to do their norm (in fiction) & crack down on people in some idiotic way or be offering multitudes of issues in their world & not just to a certain group... Instead, well... I don’t even know if Britain is still democratic (oh... that might be why it’s not the same as other dystopian).It’s all clear now why children were affected... Now, would you like me to get back to the review?I probably have these questions as the world is so unique- it doesn’t contain the buzz of life or a culture engrained like Britain. It just simply isn’t a book which can be compared to another. How many books do you know where timelines cross and destiny seems mesmerizing.I know it sounds weird but I love how they were children. They weren’t made to act older by superficial means or just convenience, they were who they were & they honestly rocked like polka dot socks (don’t ask).They learnt to be independence & I could easily define this is as a coming-of-age story which sets Runners apart from other dystopian. There are strong themes about friendship, resilience, identity & so on. Our characters start having the chance to wonder if there are other people affected- even by the CMO- which is most likely the dystopian element. Does Science mean anything in this book? I think it’s more about time which obviously is an element of science but this was way more the emotional, or physiological, feel. That’s how this book came to be enjoyed, redeeming from the lack of accuracy (I feel) in genre expectation.If you’re into books that are futuristic, reflective & feature interesting characters this is for you! In terms of what the characters are age & maturity wise it’s like ‘Thief’ (Malorie Blackman). As mentioned above, if you liked that then read this! Yes, I’m saying if you like books by the frickin’ children’s laureate then you’ll love this book by a storyteller without fault in those abilities which include: allowing readers to emerge from the novel, or in breaks, with several new characters stories written in their hearts; creating a plot that has meaning & finally... that meaning? Sant can carry that meaning through, not stretch it, I just mean utilize it & develop on that.I came to love every single character- Tessa a rather large amount. I think it’s because she had developed beyond that childhood- even though many are Runners they are still full of this- innocence and learning. She wasn’t coming of age but she still held little authority compared to many of the adult figures, Braithwaite & so on. She was charming and eager to make a change, like an ideal character.I can only hope Sharon doesn’t just write prologues for Runners, give me a story following Tessa’s life after well... a certain incident, shall I say? This was one of the points at which, as aforementioned, science-fiction elements came to be more realistic because of emotion involved. I’ll leave you hanging there.When you take a chance on Runners let me know if there’s one you particularly took a shine too. Was it Elijah with his dynamic qualities? Rosa, cunning, but still with her regrets. Seemingly distant Xavier or his brother who likes being on the same page? Sky with her visions or the plainer easy-going younger boys, Rowan &/ Jimmy?Who will you love; who will you believe?

  • Chiara
    2019-01-20 01:05

    Oh, boy. This was one action-packed, fast-paced novel that I can’t even allocate a genre to. Dystopian, YA, sci-fi – all of them play integral roles in Sharon Sant’s Runners.When I was approached by Shaz of Fiction Addiction Book Tours to be a tour host for Runners, I was inclined to, well, decline. I was super busy (still AM super busy) with upcoming field trips, other book tours, ARCs and everything else under the sun. But when I read the synopsis, and browsed through a few reviews, I knew I couldn’t decline. I had to read Runners. And I am so glad I decided to.Runners is not like any other book I have read before. And I do not say that lightly. The story mainly follows Elijah, and his journey after the death of his father, in a world torn by climate change, world war, and an agency which removes orphaned children from the street – whether they’re orphaned, or not. Luckily enough for him, he meets a group of runners, of kids like him; with nowhere to go, and no one to go to.Elijah is such an interesting character. Sant has done a wonderful job of writing a confused, troubled fourteen year old boy who doesn’t know what he’s supposed to do. Elijah is constantly getting himself, and those around him in trouble, but you cannot blame him and neither can anyone else. His heart is in the right place, but his head isn’t giving him any advice.Besides my liking of Elijah, my favourite character was Xavier. He took on the role of protector of the ragtag group of kids that he was a part of; he took them on as his own responsibility – to protect, and to care for. Even though he’s fictional, his actions are still admirable. Xavier was willing to give up so much for all the kids, and I just love him as a character.Another character that I feel needs to be mentioned is Sky. I loved Sky. She was so strong, and resilient, and intuitive for someone so young. But I guess the circumstances which led to her being a part of the group of runners made her that way. To be honest, I would most definitely read a book about Sky, from her perspective. I think it would be amazing.Speaking of other books, as far as I am aware, Runners is a standalone. Whilst I feel that the story was pretty well tied up, and I am happy with it, there is definite room for more. I would love to read a book set after the events of Runners, maybe even years into the future, just so we could see how everything turned out in the end. But, that being said, the ending of Runners was fantastic – especially the last few chapters. The action, and the heartache, and the surprises were ample, and it was pretty epic, if I do say so myself!If you are one for unique characters, ravaged worlds, or awesome adventures, I recommend you read Runners straight away!© 2013, Chiara @ Books For A Delicate Eternity. All rights reserved.

  • Charli - To Another World
    2019-01-07 04:04

    Read this review and many more at To Another WorldI received this book for free from the author in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my review in any way. This review is quite hard to write, because I had such mixed feelings about it. In many ways, it was phenomenal. In others, I felt like I couldn't completely interact with it. The book wasn't boring by any stretch, but it was quite hard to get back into after taking a break from it.I didn't feel like I was in the book, I felt like I was watching the scene, because the world isn't completely developed. The first paragraph is gripping, the characters are formed flawlessly- with enough description, but not too heavy- and the emotional development is great. I liked the fact that the action was well developed and not rushed, though one bit of it felt too early in the book.The "point" of the book, the fact that there were all these problems with the world, and some people didn't know that there were people on the run from it all, intrigued me. Shortages, climate, bankruptcy poverty, disease, amongst others; it basically felt like what our own country will fall into if we don't pull it together!Elijah, the main protagonist, was quite a mysterious character. He was very pessimistic at times, and got angry at times, becoming physical; but knowing when to stop. Xavier, on the other hand, was almost completely opposite; he seemed to like organsation, he knew when to back off. He had a tough family, but cared very deeply for Rosa. My favourite character was definitely Sky! She was headstrong, but a typical girl in many other ways.There were so many descriptive bits in this book it was hard to pick out some certain ones, but some of them did stick out, like these:"Back at the derelict house, now miles behind them, the storm had loosened and washed away layers of soil in the field just beyond the boundaries.""They weren't prize-winning fruit by any standards, some of them were quite small and bitter, but were wolfed down just the same.""When Dr Sethi returned laden with cola, crisps, sandwiches and fruit, their uncontained delight drew puzzled looks from the two doctors."So, overall, this is an amazing book, full of description and amazing character formation.

  • Rebecca Bradley
    2019-01-06 01:06

    I absolutely loved this book! I was expecting some kind of bleak dystopian novel, and though it is classed as dystopian, it wasn't what I expected. I completely missed the part in the description about colliding worlds and missing physicists, as this would have definitely piqued my interest. Instead I was left to my own devices, or should I say, Sant's devices as she wove the story about a group of kids, in a future world, running from something they are unsure of, but at the same time afraid of. The group and dynamics feel real and though they are afraid, they are determined. The characterisation is strong as the fight for leadership and survival plays out. But what really got my attention in the book was the colliding worlds theme and seeing Sant cleverly keep all her knowledge and timelines flowing smoothly without a flicker of doubt in her mind. The denouement was smoothly executed with everything tying up into an understandable format for the reader. It was a brilliant and emotional read for Sant's readers as she delivers a brilliant YA read.

  • Jodi Woody
    2019-01-06 02:52

    I was given a copy of “Runner” by the author, Sharon Sant, in exchange for an honest review. This is a YA Dystopian novel who’s main character, Elijah, meets up with a group of ‘runners’ who are trying to stay a step ahead of those chasing them. This story is about teamwork, loyalty and how a group of people can become a family. I enjoyed the story and would recommend it for ages pre-teen and up. Sharon Sant has an easy writing style and a way with characters. I would definitely read more of this author’s work. I give the book 5 stars for YA readers.

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  • Nina
    2019-01-25 01:59

    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.Originally posted at The Bookish Confections

  • chucklesthescot
    2019-01-16 04:48

    *I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review*If I was able to I would give this 2.5 stars but of course that function is not available so I have to give it 2 stars which seems a bit harsh. The only thing that was 'wrong' with this book is that it didn't fully appeal to me personally.There were things that I did like about the book. Characters like Rosa and Jimmy were interesting, though I'd have liked Jimmy to feature a bit more. The plot was interesting-the idea was a bit different from other dystopian books I've read. It was not over descriptive, the writing style was smooth and uncomplicated, and you could certainly place yourself in that grim world very easily. I think that the author did a good job in telling the story, and involving the reader in what was happening. The world building was also well done and you really didn't want to be living that kind of existance like the kids had to. The first half of the book was slow but the second half moved along at a rapid pace. I also liked the fact that it was set in the UK as I don't see many of them on my book travels.The issues that prevented me from giving it a higher star rating were personal preferences and no fault of the author or her storytelling ability. For example I did not like Elijah, our hero. I found him frustrating and annoying because he didn't listen to what he was told, didn't share what he had with the group and got everyone into trouble time and time again. This was how the character was written for plot reasons so I can't blame the author just because I didn't like him. I also found the first half of the book too slow, taking a while to get to the main action. This was perhaps to allow for some in depth character building and world building. As an impatient reader of action packed urban fantasy, this is an issue that I have quite often with the YA genre in general. So I think you can see why I mean that my issues are personal preferences. Most people who read this book will not be affected by these things.This book will certainly appeal to the YA dystopian fans and I think it will have wide appeal across the genre.

  • Nerine Dorman
    2018-12-29 00:56

    I'm a bit torn on this book. I really dig the premise and Sharon Sant's done a fantastic job painting an unsettling future that lies quite close to the bone, but I admit I felt a fair amount of disconnect while reading. Part of me *wanted* ... no *needed* the author to go deeper into Elijah's voice. At most I felt like I was only skimming the surface which at times got a bit frustrating. I wanted to feel more what motivated Elijah and the others.Pacing wise, things move along fairly slowly and there's a gradual build-up to the climax. I wasn't gripping the edge of my seat or anything but I'd have liked to have garnered more of a sense of urgency.I want to like Runners a lot. Really. And I love settings redolent with urban decay as this one is. But suspect the fault lies with the reader – I really couldn't relate to the characters. Tessa showed a lot of pluck but we don't really get to see much of her, while Elijah's impulsiveness often has him acting without thinking – and suffering the repercussions. And I find that I didn't really *get* him.Still, this is an enjoyable read for those who're into their YA lit, and does a good job capturing the frustration of youngsters who're trying to find their place in the world.