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The Secret Runners of New York Kindle Edition
From Australia's favourite novelist and the author of both the Scarecrow and Jack West Jr series with new novel The One Impossible Labyrinth out now.
'Think Mean Girls vs Back to the Future with a little bit of apocalyptic sci-fi thrown in' THE AGE
THE COMING END
When Skye Rogers and her twin brother Red move to Manhattan, rumours of a coming global apocalypse are building.
But the young elite of New York keep partying without a care.
CAN YOU KEEP A SECRET?
And then suddenly Skye is invited to join an exclusive gang known as the Secret Runners of New York.
This is no ordinary clique - they have access to an underground portal that can transport them into the future.
And what Skye discovers in the future is horrifying...
PRAISE FOR THE SECRET RUNNERS OF NEW YORK
'Addictive...extremely entertaining and a lot of fun to read' CANBERRA TIMES
'A page-turning pleasure' SYDNEY MORNING HERALD
'Thrills and chills aplenty...a hell of a ride' HERALD SUN
'Bloodily exuberant thriller.. ingenious time-travel plotting' FINANCIAL TIMES
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Such a fun read ... [a] bloody exciting novel -- Jayne Nelson ― SFX Magazine Published On: 2019-05-01
Bloodily exuberant thriller ... ingenious time-travel plotting references. -- Suzi Feay ― Financial Times Published On: 2019-03-29
... a hell of a ride -- Paul Hunter ― Herald Sun (Melbourne) Published On: 2019-04-13
... extremely entertaining and a lot of fun to read -- Michael Popple ― Canberra Weekly Published On: 2019-03-28
... one of the most adrenaline pumping, invigorating, goosebump-inducing reads I have EVER read! ― brooklyn.the.bookworm Published On: 2019-03-26
... something here for everyone to enjoy ― Bookish Kirra Published On: 2019-03-26
Phew, what a ride! ― BookBookOwl Published On: 2019-05-09
Such a quick and captivating read ... would definitely recommend ― Library of Books and Tea Published On: 2019-03-08
I really do truly love this book a lot. I didn't think that it could get any better but it did. Building up to the ending was so much fun. The ending was so bittersweet and it couldn't have gone any better than it did. It was just the most perfect ending to a really jam packed thrilling scenes of a book. ― Legenbooksdary Published On: 2019-02-15
An entertaining read ― Snow White Hates Apples Published On: 2019-02-01
Thrilling and fast-paced...Reilly offers up a cautionary tale with genuine heart and a central heroine who you'll be cheering on. ― CultureFly --This text refers to an alternate kindle_edition edition.
- ASIN : B07L5BDYG9
- Publisher : Macmillan Australia (26 March 2019)
- Language : English
- File size : 2585 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 284 pages
- Best Sellers Rank: 37,206 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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Reviewed in Australia on 14 April 2019
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Reilly claims this is not a YA novel and yes as a 30 something I didn't mind it but I can't help feeling that a female voice would have bought something differant to the character of Skye. The book is violent almost too much for any YA and not because of the action. Reilly almost relishes the personalised torture of the characters in a way The Circle never did. Some squeamish second half details are visceral in their execution.
The "time travel" is functional logical and well established whilst not being overbearing.
I cringed as a male reading another male try and explain what a period was in any sort of seriousness but on the whole TSRoNY very almost becomes a great allogry of the Animal Farm that is the 1% being overthrown by the rest of society.
Only Matthew Riley could find the adventure in running back and forth through Central Park...
TSRofNY is an original story that explores wealth, privilege, cliques, and time-travel. It centers around an exclusive college in New York City that is only accessible to the extremely wealthy. Imagine Mean Girls on steroids in New York with a time travel twist.
The first half focuses on building characters, revealing the status levels of ‘rich’ society, and of the power plays that are in place. Where one stands in that society depends solely on dollars and parentage, and the status of those families. Skye Rogers is the main protagonist who has moved to the big apple from out of town. We follow her as she becomes integrated into the social machine of the uber-rich. New friends and new frenemies abound. Reilly captures the complexity of these relationships and shows how precarious they can be. Where a simple gesture can bring friendship and loyalty one day … and on another, brutal reality rears its head to show that ‘friendship’ has its limits.
As we meander through the pressures of Skye’s new NYC life, there is an obvious but understated (and important) plotline evolving before us. Mixed in with talk of a doomed future and entitlement of the elite, we learn of previous students who have mysteriously vanished. And given the lower social status of the missing, their disappearances remain unsolved and seemingly swept aside. But, of course, with something so sinister, you can be sure there’s more to these events than first meets the eye.
I’d rather not go into detail about New York’s bleak future or the time-travel aspect, as that’s all part of underlying thread that pulls things together. Let’s just say …. New York is more than New York, it exists in more ways than one. Twists are revealed that ultimately build to a terrifying and thrilling climax. This book will teach you to be careful of who you trust and to keep your enemies closer.
The Secret Runners of New York is a great new release from Matthew Reilly that’s different to anything he’s written before. Great plot. Great story-telling. Great read. This is New York city with a twist.
Written from the viewpoint of a 16 year old girl, from within a rich family, she has some social difficulties in her life and when she ends up at a new school, she finds a place in where she doesn't have to not disturb the social structures. It's then she gets introduced into a time travel world and things start to happen with her new friends. You learn more about the time travel idea and slowly find out the fate of humankind. It's thrilling and fast paced as always from Matthew Reilly.
Recommend it for a rainy day. Or sunny day for that matter.
My personal rating system
1 Star Couldn't finish the book
2 Stars Didn't really like the book, but was interested enough in the story to finish (Skipping great chunks)
3 Stars The book was okay, finished it and will consider reading more from the author
4 Stars Really enjoyed the book, will check out others by this author
4 1/2 Stars Loved the book, will immediately check out others by author, if asked will recommend book
5 Stars LOVED the book, will immediately check out all others by author, will pre-emptively recommend book to ALL my book friends
I thoroughly enjoyed this book and will be checking out the authors other books looking for more of the same.
As always I loved this story. The pace of the story is as usual for his works...superfast!
I highly recommend this for both young and old alike.
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The ‘running parts’ are told, at his usual, breakneck speed, with in-depth description that draws the reader into the plot, making them feel they are experiencing it too. The rest is pure drivel and such a disappointment.
Unfortunately, you end up not caring for or identifying with, any of the characters.
Perhaps a re-write, based on just the time travel aspects, with their ultimate consequences, would have made a much better plot.
Even Hovercar Racer, is better than this piece of indulgent whimsy.
Stick to Scarecrow and Jack West Jr please and leave teenage angst to other authors more qualified in that genre.
The book leaves you wondering and guessing what will happen next. Thoroughly enjoyable read