Wednesday, 11 December 2013

The Running Game by L.E. Fitzpatrick

Well, this is the first adult novel I've ever read and it was quite an experience. Before I begin the review I'd just like to say that I received a free copy of 'The Running Game' for review from the ARR (authors requesting reviews) program on the Making Connections group on Goodreads.

 Okay, on with the review!
 Short Description- Rachel is in danger, she runs. She meets two brothers with secrets and a dark past. She's not sure if she can trust them but they may be her only ticket to survival.

 This isn't one of my all time favorite book but it is an enjoyable, quick read.

 The World- this novel is set in a Dystopian England and I'll tell you a would never ever want to live in a world like this. In fact, I don't think you'd want to touch it with a 10 foot pole! It's riddled with disease and war and corrupt people, yeah I think you get the idea. It's absolutely disgusting but well built.

 The Story- the tale is told through multiple perspectives and as such we are left trying to fit the pieces together like a puzzle, some of them fit naturally but others we have to wait until the end and then they fall into place. This was refreshing because the writing style was simple and so easy to follow that it felt like I was watching a movie instead of reading a book. I don't think there was too much description but that suited the fast pace of the book. The plot was well thought out and the characters......well, let's leave that to the next section. Oh, and that cliffhanger of an ending was just awesome.

 The Characters- They are all well developed and we get to see through all of their eyes but I have some issues with them. They all annoyed me at some point during the story, except John (one of the brothers). I love John, everyone else not so much. They were all making bad decisions, all of which shaped the story but did nothing for my nerves. Secrets and lies, let's just say there was no shortage of that. The entire story is themed around betrayal but there was also loyalty (not a lot but enough to hope for a happy ending).
 You should also know that the villains' names are really ironic. You'll probably laugh your socks off the first time you see them! Bewarned , however, that though their names are hilarious their viciousness is no laughing matter.

 Taking all of this into account I gave it 3 out of 5 stars. Not in my most favorite of favorites but not terrible either. I'm looking forward to the next book in the series.

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