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The plot here though is fairly straight forward...something wildly baffling has occurred to mankind that has caused a seemingly large portion to start killing others who have, somehow, been unaffected. With no sense or logic, these vigilante groups and their killing sprees grow and spread to the extent that "normal" people must now run, to escape these growing gangs before they and their cities become torched wastelands. With power out nation-wide and cell phone coverage discontinued, it only becomes by sparse communication and chance encounters with others that the Colclough's learn that there is a safe haven just over the Montana border into Canada. Reaching there, however, becomes a nightmare of survival hell...exhaustion, near death injuries and starvation are but a few of the obstacles that Crouch expertly integrates into our family's plight. We feel the horror, frustration and anger right along with them as they seemingly find safety, only to have it thwarted again.
If there is any criticism here, and it is criticism that has been pointed out rather viciously by other reviewers I must say, there are points in the book where the narrative does tend to drag a little...I myself found a few of them an actual place to catch my breath but admittedly there were many others that could have been edited down. I will say to the critics who chastise this work for "repetition," yes our guys do escape some rather harrowing episodes but each of these episodes are explicitly different...there is no repetition here at all, just more that adds to the angst of the story.
So if you're looking for a fast, thrilling and page turning work that also doesn't disappoint on the literary end, I'd highly recommend "Run" by Blake Crouch.
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What I like about the story is that if you had to collect your family with little or no time to plan and get out of Dodge fast, this could easily be what happens to you. You try to get your SUV packed with as much food, water and camping gear that you can in spite of confused children who act just like children, in spite of a wife who prefers denial rather than action, not knowing where the heck you are going to go, and not even knowing what the ZTs are up to, and all you encounter is bad news everywhere. I can sure see it panning out the way Blake Crouch imagined it.
The heroes have to leave Albuquerque with whatever they can quickly stuff in the back of their Range Rover because roving gangs of ZT are killing people on a list that they are announcing over the radio and the heroes discover they are on the list, too. Woefully under-prepared, the family sets out northbound, heading for the Canadian border. On the way, they must kill or be killed, hide, travel by night, avoid small groups and long caravans of ZT who immediately pursue them if they are spotted, scavenge for food and supplies, abandon the SUV and go overland by foot, and encounter good guys and guys who are not ZT but are not all that good either. It is fast-paced, breathless, even.
Crouch writes very well. The story flows and it is hard to put down, except that I had to so I could catch my own breath once in a while. My only little issue is that adventure stories like these so often have the characters performing at such super-human levels of endurance that it pushes past the boundaries of credulity. I prefer stories where the characters are actually real people, not supermen. I know that will-to-survive heroics make for good reading, but this reviewer prefers realism in these kinds of stories. People who have not had a drink of water in three days are really not going to perform such feats against the enemy when, in reality, they would be unable to even move much. But that is my only problem. Otherwise, it was a great read.
The action begins after a short prologue and does not let up until the short epilogue ties it all together. It can be exhausting to read; and sometimes the action does seem a bit far-fetched. That does not get in the way of the enjoying this book.
It's not great literature. It doesn't pretend today. It's just good fun.