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Better Than I Expected
Reviewed in the United States on February 27, 2013
When I decided to give "The Runner" a chance, I did so with very low expectations. I do not read fan-fiction, and I knew that any perception I had would be based on the fantastic work of Hugh Howey and thus knew any attempt to write a story in this universe that Mr. Howey created would no doubt come short and be found wanting.
It was morbid curiosity that caused me to give this rather short book a chance, and while I did have a few issues with the book, I will say it wasn't as bad as I had expected.
The bad: The story felt incredibly rushed, the characters flat, and dialogue a bit on the painful side.
The good: An enjoyable story, the final chapter of the book is excellent, and the story-telling was good enough to pike my interest into possibly reading the first novel by WJ Davies coming out next month called "Binery Cycle".
In truth, this is a pretty decent first book by an author who shows some promise. While I couldn't help but compare this story to the masterful writing and storytelling of Hugh Howey, I will say that even Howey's first book "Molly Fyde and the Persona Rescue" was a bit lacking in several of the same areas that this book was also lacking in. I am not an avid reader of Science Fiction, but I will say this book is worth a read even if it's just to satisfy your curiosity or stifle your hunger as you wait for Hugh Howey to release the next "Wool" book. I think Mr. Davies could have a great career ahead of him and am looking forward to giving "Binery Cycle" a chance when it comes out.