The Running Man

The Running Man

Book - 2016
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A future world game show offers convicts a chance at freedom if they can run to escape hi-tech killers, and Ben Richards is determined to do so.
Publisher: New York :, Pocket Books,, 2016
Edition: First Pocket books paperback edition
ISBN: 9781501143854
1501143859
Characteristics: 411 pages ; 19 cm

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nmdortega
Jul 07, 2016

This is the first King book I've read, and I'm thoroughly impressed! Initially I saw the movie trailer which lead me to the book itself (never seen the film). I must say this: the games portion lead to a flashback of the "Bad Wolf" episode from Doctor Who. Not that it seemed like it, it just popped up as I read.

If you like dystopian novels, and a "rebel with a cause" lead character, then yes, you will enjoy "The Running Man". King is amazing with detailed descriptions, as I unfortunately learned near the ending of the book. (I hope your imagination isn't great at making you squeamish, otherwise, head's up.) All in all a great novel!

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colin23567
Feb 23, 2015

A tale set in a futuristic-dystopian America, The Running Man by Stephen King is an action and suspense-packed thriller that will keep you glued to the edge of your seat with excitement and anticipation.
Benjamin Richards’s 5-year old daughter Cathy is fatally ill. With no other choice for money, he goes to the Games Corporation to sign up for one of their “games”, globally-televised programs that reward high cash payouts but may also result in severe injury and death. Richards is selected for the highest risk and highest reward game: “The running man”, a worldwide game of manhunt where Richards has to evade police and hunters for 30 days to win the grand cash prize of 1 billion dollars.
The atmosphere painted by King is a brilliant blend of multiple themes, with oppression, police state, class-division, and a corporation controlled nation. All of these come together to make an atmosphere that evokes powerful emotions of rage and anger in the reader. I truly felt angry at the futuristic society’s sickening acts, such as charging 6000 new dollars (a LOT of money) for a $6 air filter that makes the air remotely breathable.
The novel has nice pacing with its 101 chapters of variable length, just the right size to always make you want just one more.
The character of Richards is a nice modern take on Robin Hood, a hero who steals from the rich and fights for the poor- only he is a lot more cunning and genius in his methods while on the run from the police and hunters.
I recommend reading this book after reading George Orwell’s 1984, so the reader can get accustomed to the reoccurring themes present in dystopian thriller novels. I would strongly recommend The Running Man to all ages above 10.

Wolfgirl20 Aug 22, 2012

I loved this book it is a great book. Everyone should read this book!

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Wolfgirl20 Aug 22, 2012

Wolfgirl20 thinks this title is suitable for between the ages of 14 and 20

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Wolfgirl20 Aug 22, 2012

This is a book about a father who has to save his kids life and by doing that he goes and gets a Job. Want to find out more then read the great book!

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Wolfgirl20 Aug 22, 2012

Why can't my Cathy have something like that?

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