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Night Runner by Max Turner (final thoughts)

January 5, 2010

After both his parents died, Zach Thomson developed a slew of unusual allergies. He couldn’t go into the sun without breaking out in hives and his body rejected almost every type of food. With no relatives around to care for him, he was sent to live in the Nicholls Ward, a mental institution, which seemed to be the only place with the facilities to treat him. In his years there, he managed to get a pretty good schedule down, sleeping all day and exercising, reading, and hanging out with his best friend Charlie at night. Plus, one of the nurses figured out these awesome smoothie concoctions that he could actually keep down. All seemed well until a strange man crashed into the entrance of the institution, telling Zach to “RUN!”

Night Runner by Max Turner was my very first completed book of 2010, which I read during the New Year Read-a-thon. I can say that it makes a great read-a-thon book. It’s not terribly complex, but there’s enough going on to make you want to keep reading. Plus, it’s quick, so it gives you a good sense of accomplishment.

The story itself? While the book moves at a pretty quick pace, there were some things that felt as if they could have used some extra time. Charlie, the best friend, took about 0.5 seconds to digest the news of Zach’s condition before he was not only on board but green with envy. While it established Charlie as the faithful sidekick, I’m sure most people would have a little more trouble swallowing that kind of news.

Overall Night Runner was an enjoyable ride, but it felt kind of weak as a standalone book. However, if the rumors are true that this is the beginning of a series, then it sets up the characters quite well.

My rating: 7/10

YA Reading Challenge: 1/12
Support Your Local Library Reading Challenge: 1/25

4 Comments leave one →
  1. stacybuckeye permalink
    January 5, 2010 9:59 pm

    Hmm. I know what you mean about some books just seeming to set up a series, but I want more! I want the first book to be the best. This does sound interesting though.

  2. January 8, 2010 5:32 am

    Oh I also enjoyed Night Runner (although my cover was different!) I agree though, that his friend’s reaction was kind of – a bit unrealistic (I guess). But then again, he had his suspicions, no? But it definitely was a quick and easy read!

  3. January 13, 2010 8:30 am

    Sounds like a fun one! I love those short, but fun reads that make you feel good…like chalking one more off of the list for the year! Great review!


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