Run, by Patti Larsen

Due to exhaustion, I’m going to be doing ‘quick’ reviews to clear my backlog. Not as in depth, but hopefully still helpful 🙂

Run is a quick read. Written in the present tense, this action packed book sucks you in from the beginning and keeps hold of you until the end. There is barely a moment for poor Reid to catch his breath as he runs for his life, and my heart was pounding with his.

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.

This is the first book in a trilogy, of which the second (Hide) and third (Fight) parts are already available. Patti Larsen has a strong voice, and it pulls you right in.

While I’ve been a bit ‘meh’ about a lot of YA lately, I thought I would give this one a shot as someone likened it to The Hunger Games. That same sense of urgency is definitely present, though in Run, we’re kept in the dark (along with the characters) about what the situation is, which lends a different level of threat and creepiness to the story.

There is some fantastic imagery in the novel, and despite the constant movement, Patti never seems to overuse descriptions of that movement – it would be very easy in a book like this to get repetitious. The writing is vivid, and intense. I found it easy to get caught up in this, to feel the characters emotions as they are picked off one by one.

I really enjoyed Run and will be picking up Hide to see what happens next.

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