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Press: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (October 7, 2011)
Author Name:Larsen, Patti


***Winner 2012 PEI Book Awards for Fiction*** Sixteen-year-old Reid thinks life is back to normal. 
His sister Lucy pulls herself together and cuts him free from a year of foster care.
She promises to take care of him, that her new boss and her new life are what they both needed to start again.
Until Reid is taken in the middle of the night, dumped in a wild stretch of forest far from home with no idea why he is there.
Lost and afraid, he learns to run from the hunters who prowl the darkness, their only pleasure chasing down kids like him.
And killing them.


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Comment List (Total:17)

  •     I liked the plot.; But it ends there.I found the characters unbelievable and un-real - the dialogue seemed un-natural. the author seemed to try to hard describing a situation or feeling. I found reading this book tedious. The only reason I finished it is I wanted to find out who the hunters were and why the killings. And to my disappointment, neither happened- the book is a series? Well, I won't subject myself to another book by this author. I realize this was a free book. I have read other Free books by authors that blew me away. Maybe the author was aiming for a younger audience, but good writing should cross all age groups.
  •     Loved reading this book, couldn't put it down once I started. The only thing I found disappointing was I was dying to know what happened after. I had to go right away and get the next book. I don't know if the next book will start off right where this book ended, hoping there won't be a lot of rehashing of the first book. On the other hand, if one reads the second book by chance first will they be able to pick right up or find themselves having to stop to read the first book of the series first? Off to read the next book in the series.
  •     Once I picked it up, I couldn't put it down.
  •     This review applies to the whole 4 book series, without giving away much.The plot was very good.
  •     can't wait for the next book. i will be checking out more books from this author. Thank you Patti Larsen.
  •     Recommended by a Buzzer and snapped it up for free. Glad I did! This was a thrill ride and a fairly short read.Main characters are all kids/youngish teens.
  •     Tons of suspense, fear-inducing scenes and emotional interactions. I loved the story and can't wait to resd more.
  •     Ok lets start at the beginning.The plus;Stunning cover although the blurb, now that I have read it needs a bit more of an edge to it to get readers to buy the...
  •     Loved this unique story. YA thriller suspense well executed. It's a series, which I didn't realize when I started in, so buckle in for a long ride.
  •     I was excited to read this book when people likened it to the hunger games but it doesn't even come close. The book is written in the third person and I found that I never really connected with the main character (or any character) in the book. The dialogue between characters is pretty juvenile and the characters felt flat and emotionless.While I think the plot had potential, the book lacks execution. There are these beings - the hunters - which you learn very little about in the book. The plot has very little suspense and didn't make me want to keep reading and reading, overall the plot didn't really go anywhere. The absolute worst part of this book is that it abruptly ends and there is no resolution what so ever (I guess it is left for the sequels). It feels like the author wrote one long book and randomly decided to end it part way through and call it a book. At least in a series like the hunger games, the end of each book brings some resolution and closure.The book also has several (extremely obvious) grammatical errors and I found it worse than many of the other Kindle books I have read. Overall I thought the premise of the book was good but I really wouldn't recommend it, and don't intend to read any of the subsequent books even though I would like to know how the story turns out. Honestly, I'm surprised by all of the extremely positive reviews of this book - it is what made me read this book in the first place.
  •     This reminds me of the hunts set up for the rich. Animas tied or fenced in but with a twist theses kids are smart
  •     Just finished this book. First thought is 'Wow!'. I've read other peoples reviews of book and they say "it just pulled me in..". That is one description of this story.
  •     This book grabs you from the first page and keeps you going until the end. I am looking forward to the two follow-up books.
  •     When browsing through Kindle freebies, I came across this book. I read the summary and downloaded the book without a second thought.The book is full of non-stop action. In some cases, that's a good thing but I found it to be a bit problematic for this book. It's literally all "Run. Run. Run. Run. Run." It moves the story along and keeps the reader hooked but there's nothing to "sink you teeth into." There's no meat to the story. Nothing is solved, nothing is explained. That stuff pisses me off as a reader. It really feels like the story is just the opening chapter to the series. I didn't like that. You need to have something rewarding in the book to get me invested in continuing with the story.Because the story is moving full speed, the character development falls really short. I don't like anyone. No one feels real. They kind of feel like stock characters in a generic action movie. I don't care enough about anyone to want to continue with the series.The bottom line? It's fine if you want something action-y but other than that the book was fairly average.
  •     BEWARE: this is the first book in the trilogy, and as such, the book does not answer a lot of questions at the end.Background:Reid, a sixteen year old boy, wakes up in the middle of the night to find himself a moving van. He does not remember much from the night before. All he knows is that one moment he goes to sleep at his sister's new house, and the next - he is in a van, kidnapped.His situation is getting worse by the second. Reid is dropped off in the middle of the woods and left alone. But what seems like possible freedom is, in fact, a cruel game where the rules are simple: run or be killed. Hunters, supernatural cannibalistic creatures, prowl the darkness of the woods, hunting down, killing (and eating) children just like Reid.To survive this hunt, Reid must run, fight, hide and hope that he will outsmart and outrun the creatures.What I liked:1. Run Reid run. The action is intense. The pace is amazing. The title of the book is RUN and believe me, you will run along with Reid. All the way to the last page. My advice: read it when you have a long evening with no plans ahead of you because you will not want to do anything else but read.2. Twists and turns. Don't make a mistake thinking that you know where the plot is going. You will be disappointed at yourself. It is a high voltage read, so don't guess, don't predict just run read.3. Reid. I love how fast (almost instantaneously) Reid switches into a survival mode and fights for his life with the wisdom of a grown up. Anyone would definitely feel safe with Reid, a sixteen year old!What I am not thrilled about:1. Hunger Games reminiscences. RUN's setting (children are forced to play a cruel game of survival) reminds me of Hunger Games. Was RUN inspired by Hunger Games? I don't know. But I definitely get the feeling that it could have been, and because of that, I wish the plot would be a little bit more original.2. Female Characters. Along his run, Reid meets other children, who are, just like him, also being hunted. He makes friends and enemies. He also meets girls. I was a little hopeful for some romance (I am a sucker for that) but there is none. Understandably, when your life is in danger, the last thing on your mind is romancing another survivor. I am totally okay with it! However, I am slightly disappointed with the female characters because not enough credit is given to the girls. Even though some of the girls manage to survive in the woods on their own for days, they come across much weaker than boys.Conclusion: RUN is a very entertaining read.Appropriateness: It is a young adult thriller but might be not appropriate for children under 16.I enjoyed it and would definitely recommend it.
  •     If where possible to give it zero stars I would. Poorly written, save your money and pick something else.
  •     Very compelling and gripping from the get go.

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