Far superior and not much like the film adaptation. Yes it is a game show and yes the lead character is being hunted but that's where similarities end. The stakes are high, in the future there are few jobs and people living in complete filth and depravation, the games are the only way for a lot to make money. The higher the risk the greater the reward. The ultimate game, The Running Man, promises to give the winner untold riches and good living forever. But the odds are slim to none. You have to stay away from the trackers for 30 days, send tapes in to the studio to prove you are still alive, avoid being recognised and each day an amount of money becomes yours in the end. So the whole world knows your face, the tapes you send in are post marked with the area from which you have sent them and failure to send them results in forfeit and elimination on sight. The lead character Ben Richards has a sick child at home and a wife who has to sleep with strangers for the cash to pay for their daughters treatment, a desperate scenario which makes him ripe for the corporate picking. He makes a few grand escapes and the whole story culminates in a bitter sweet pseudo tragedy which leaves you bemused.
It isn't a long read but certainly an enjoyable one.