The Secret Runners of New York Paperback – 26 March 2019
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- Paperback : 352 pages
- ISBN-13 : 978-1760559076
- Product Dimensions : 13.7 x 2.2 x 20.8 cm
- ISBN-10 : 1760559075
- Publisher : Macmillan Australia (26 March 2019)
- Language: : English
- Best Sellers Rank: 1,409 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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About the Author
Born in Sydney in 1974, Matthew Reilly was not always a big fan of reading. It was only after he read To Kill A Mockingbird and Lord of the Flies in Year 10 that he realised reading could transport you to another world. Following this revelation, Matthew soon began creating stories of his own and set about writing his first novel, Contest, at the age of 19 while still at university studying law.
Following rejections from all the major publishers, Matthew self-published Contest in 1996, printing 1000 copies. He produced a big-budget-looking novel which he sold into bookshops throughout Sydney, one shop at a time.
In January 1997, a Commissioning Editor for Pan Macmillan Australia walked into Angus & Robertson's Pitt Street Mall store and bought a copy of Contest. The editor tracked Matthew down through his contact details in the front of the book. Interestingly, those original self-published editions of Contest have now become much sought after collectors' items. One recently sold on eBay for $1200!
Matthew Reilly is now the internationally bestselling author of the Scarecrow novels: Ice Station, Area 7, Scarecrow, Scarecrow and the Army of Thieves and the novella Hell Island; the Jack West novels: Seven Ancient Wonders, The Six Sacred Stones, The Five Greatest Warriors, The Four Legendary Kingdoms, and The Three Secret Cities; and the standalone novels Contest, Temple, Hover Car Racer, The Tournament, Troll Mountain, The Great Zoo of China and The Secret Runners of New York.
His books are published in over 20 languages with worldwide sales of over 7 million copies.
Since Seven Ancient Wonders in 2005, Matthew's novels have been the biggest selling new fiction title released in Australia for that year.
Matthew has also written several short stories, including Roger Ascham and the King's Lost Girl, a special free prequel to The Tournament which is available online. Other short stories include Time Tours, The Mine and the hyper-adrenalised romp, Altitude Rush.
He owns and drives a DeLorean DMC-12, the car made famous in the Back to the Future movies. He also has a life-sized Han Solo in carbonite hanging on the wall of his office! When not writing or penning a film script, Matthew can be found on the golf course.
Matthew Reilly is currently living in Los Angeles.
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Reilly claims this is not a YA novel and yes as a 30 something I didn't mind it but I can't help feeling that a female voice would have bought something differant to the character of Skye. The book is violent almost too much for any YA and not because of the action. Reilly almost relishes the personalised torture of the characters in a way The Circle never did. Some squeamish second half details are visceral in their execution.
The "time travel" is functional logical and well established whilst not being overbearing.
I cringed as a male reading another male try and explain what a period was in any sort of seriousness but on the whole TSRoNY very almost becomes a great allogry of the Animal Farm that is the 1% being overthrown by the rest of society.
Only Matthew Riley could find the adventure in running back and forth through Central Park...
Written from the viewpoint of a 16 year old girl, from within a rich family, she has some social difficulties in her life and when she ends up at a new school, she finds a place in where she doesn't have to not disturb the social structures. It's then she gets introduced into a time travel world and things start to happen with her new friends. You learn more about the time travel idea and slowly find out the fate of humankind. It's thrilling and fast paced as always from Matthew Reilly.
Recommend it for a rainy day. Or sunny day for that matter.
My personal rating system
1 Star Couldn't finish the book
2 Stars Didn't really like the book, but was interested enough in the story to finish (Skipping great chunks)
3 Stars The book was okay, finished it and will consider reading more from the author
4 Stars Really enjoyed the book, will check out others by this author
4 1/2 Stars Loved the book, will immediately check out others by author, if asked will recommend book
5 Stars LOVED the book, will immediately check out all others by author, will pre-emptively recommend book to ALL my book friends
I thoroughly enjoyed this book and will be checking out the authors other books looking for more of the same.
TSRofNY is an original story that explores wealth, privilege, cliques, and time-travel. It centers around an exclusive college in New York City that is only accessible to the extremely wealthy. Imagine Mean Girls on steroids in New York with a time travel twist.
The first half focuses on building characters, revealing the status levels of ‘rich’ society, and of the power plays that are in place. Where one stands in that society depends solely on dollars and parentage, and the status of those families. Skye Rogers is the main protagonist who has moved to the big apple from out of town. We follow her as she becomes integrated into the social machine of the uber-rich. New friends and new frenemies abound. Reilly captures the complexity of these relationships and shows how precarious they can be. Where a simple gesture can bring friendship and loyalty one day … and on another, brutal reality rears its head to show that ‘friendship’ has its limits.
As we meander through the pressures of Skye’s new NYC life, there is an obvious but understated (and important) plotline evolving before us. Mixed in with talk of a doomed future and entitlement of the elite, we learn of previous students who have mysteriously vanished. And given the lower social status of the missing, their disappearances remain unsolved and seemingly swept aside. But, of course, with something so sinister, you can be sure there’s more to these events than first meets the eye.
I’d rather not go into detail about New York’s bleak future or the time-travel aspect, as that’s all part of underlying thread that pulls things together. Let’s just say …. New York is more than New York, it exists in more ways than one. Twists are revealed that ultimately build to a terrifying and thrilling climax. This book will teach you to be careful of who you trust and to keep your enemies closer.
The Secret Runners of New York is a great new release from Matthew Reilly that’s different to anything he’s written before. Great plot. Great story-telling. Great read. This is New York city with a twist.
As always I loved this story. The pace of the story is as usual for his works...superfast!
I highly recommend this for both young and old alike.
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The ‘running parts’ are told, at his usual, breakneck speed, with in-depth description that draws the reader into the plot, making them feel they are experiencing it too. The rest is pure drivel and such a disappointment.
Unfortunately, you end up not caring for or identifying with, any of the characters.
Perhaps a re-write, based on just the time travel aspects, with their ultimate consequences, would have made a much better plot.
Even Hovercar Racer, is better than this piece of indulgent whimsy.
Stick to Scarecrow and Jack West Jr please and leave teenage angst to other authors more qualified in that genre.
The book leaves you wondering and guessing what will happen next. Thoroughly enjoyable read