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Wow! Just... Wow!,
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This review is from: The Running Man (Kindle Edition)
Stephen King said he wrote this little beauty within a weekend and, to me, it did stand out slightly as the story rolled from one scene to another quite quickly, some of the descriptions were too tedious to understand at one glance and it was quite a short read, which I wasn't expecting, but all that being said, this book is one of the best I have ever read.
Ben Richards is a twenty-something, out of work nobody who lives in a rundown apartment in a rundown part of the city with his wife and desperately ill baby daughter, who they cannot afford medicine for unless the wife prostitutes herself. The world Ben lives in is dominated by the fat-cat who run the free-TV stations that the population has nothing else to do but watch and the only thing that is ever on are reality and game shows. People can earn big bucks signing themselves up for one of these shows, which mostly result in the participant's death, and after a bad night listening to his daughter crying out in pain, Ben decides to follow suit in order to pay a real doctor to treat her. After a short selection process to see which show Ben would be most suited for, he is chosen to become a contestant in the biggest game show there is, The Running Man. Ben has to either get as far away from the city as he can or find a place secure enough to hide in because, in 24hrs, a team of specially trained Hunters will be coming after him and if they catch him, he will be killed live on air for the nation's entertainment.
The Running Man is a gritty tale of greed, love, survival and sacrifice, and it has a very real feeling to it, so real in fact that I couldn't get the idea of this fictional world becoming a reality some day in the not too distant future out of my mind. The story keeps you hooked, moving from action-filled scene to action-filled scene quite quickly, and Ben, our protagonist, was someone I liked and could relate to easily - I laughed with him, cried with him and, on more than one occasion, I was genuinely devastated for him. Stephen King might have wrote The Running Man in a weekend and yes, that might become apparent a few times within the story, but he is strikingly unmerciful with his execution of it and I seriously doubt that anyone who reads this will be thinking about anything other than the ending for a long time to come.