The Secret Runners of New York is a future dystopian fiction story that’s plain good fun. Well, if you can call the prospect of 99.5% of life on earth being wiped out by a gamma cloud “fun”.
What it’s about…
When Skye Rogers and her twin brother Red move to Manhattan, rumours of a coming global apocalypse are building. But this does not stop the young elite of New York from partying without a care.
And then suddenly Skye is invited to join an exclusive gang known as the Secret Runners of New York. But 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.
As society crumbles, Skye and Red race to figure out how to use their knowledge to survive the impending annihilation, they soon discover that the chaotic end of the world is perfect time for revenge…
What I thought…
Secret Runners is very tightly written, as you’d expect from a Matthew Reilly novel. There are no wasted scenes, everything has a purpose and threads begun at the start of the book are woven all the way to the end and tied up neatly.
The end-of-the-world premise felt very plausible. Scientists warned the world about the coming disaster but were roundly dismissed – by the media, politicians and sometimes by their own colleagues.
It was all uncomfortably reminiscent of society’s attitudes towards the dire warnings on climate change. This passage sums it up beautifully:
As it turned out, the rest of New York City was less perturbed by the impending end of the world than we were. Despite scientists now appearing almost daily on TV, the late-night hosts were openly mocking the coming cataclysm and most regular folk just carried on with their lives.
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