- By Ann Kelley

Runners

  • Title: Runners
  • Author: Ann Kelley
  • ISBN: 9781908373762
  • Page: 500
  • Format: Paperback
  • Runners As mankind strives to rebuild society in the wake of climate change over population and global food shortages every day is a struggle for people like Sid and his younger sister Lo They are runners p

    As mankind strives to rebuild society in the wake of climate change, over population and global food shortages, every day is a struggle for people like Sid and his younger sister Lo They are runners people whose very survival the government has outlawed As they move west, trying to find family or somewhere they can call home, they must work out which of the people theAs mankind strives to rebuild society in the wake of climate change, over population and global food shortages, every day is a struggle for people like Sid and his younger sister Lo They are runners people whose very survival the government has outlawed As they move west, trying to find family or somewhere they can call home, they must work out which of the people they meet on the way can be trusted, and which want to cut their adventure short Encountering people on both sides of the law, as well as those who seem to exist outside it, Sid and Lo make and lose friends as they fight for their lives and each other.

    1 thought on “Runners

    1. Another book I read for book club. I have some mixed opinions on it, but first of all - can I say THIS BOOK LIED TO ME!!??? It looks like a really short book when you pick it up - yes, I thought it would be a quick read. BUT THERE ARE SO MANY WORDS ON ONE SINGLE PAGE!! And the pages are really thin! So you think you've made progress but in reality you haven't. WHAT IS THIS TRICKERYKES - Kelley paints a bleak but honest image of the future world in this book. It is based around the idea of extrem [...]

    2. Upon reflection, I'm giving this 3.5 stars. Firstly, it's not an easy read. Horrible, horrible things happen to children in this book. This is a common thing in current YA fiction at the moment.cially post-apocalyptic type stuff. Much of that sort of fiction is sanitized to some degree, though. Not Runners. Runners is harsh. Harsh in a way that seems very very possible and very very chilling.Essentially, the world is in rough shape. Global warming required that drastic measures be taken to reduc [...]

    3. Not really for me. Book Trust have identified it as a future classic for children. Yet another futuristic society with persecution between those in charge and those not. Only the best specimens are permitted to survive; population numbers are unsustainable due to global warming and rising sea levels. The main protagonist, Sid, is quite an endearing character and has to be admired for his sense of responsibility towards his young sister. The decisions he makes may not always be the best ones but [...]

    4. Seeing that so little has been said about this book, I felt compelled to voice something in celebration of its engaging and very frightening narrative. This book, out of all the dystopian novels I've read so far has to be one of the most realistically scary. The main character Sid, charged by his mother before their separation, to take care of his five year old fairy dress wearing sister, is just brilliant. His weighty responsibility for Lo is depicted forcefully, but at the same time, thier sib [...]

    5. Runners is another dystopian novel, based in Cornwall and Devon; after the apocalyptic climate change (that seems to be a central feature of so many of these novels), people are ‘reduced’ unless they are in the age bracket 8 to 14. Our hero is Sid who is 14 but looks after his 5 year old sister Lo. They are runners because Sid promised his parents he would take care of Lo who is in danger of being reduced due to her age. I liked this novel. The central characters and the people they meet are [...]

    6. A dystopian future in Cornwall – global warming has resulted in too little food, water and resources. As a result the old, infirmed, the too young or too useless are exterminated to reduce the population. People who do not fit into the wanted category become runners to survive. Into this comes 14 yo Sid and his 5 yo sister Lo who are attempting to find their Grandparents who live somewhere near a town with a ‘z’ in it. They have adventures, survive when many others don’t. A not too origi [...]

    7. A short book but one that gives you a lot to think about. There are people called 'Reducers' running around - these people reduce anyone not aged between 8 and 14!. Sid promised his parents that he'd take care of his younger sister - a daunting task for a 14 year-old. It is about how he survives and the relationships he builds with others.

    8. This book was devastating to read - I had to read it in one sitting so that I wouldn't have to think about the horrible things that happen to these kids for any longer than necessary!

    9. Very emotional story. Had me laughing and crying. Fell in love with little Lo. Great characters.

    10. Very thoughtful story; makes you think about the way humans treat the environment and the consequences of that. Overall, an average read- there is much room for improvement.

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