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Run Paperback – March 19, 2011
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About the Author
BLAKE CROUCH was born near the piedmont town of Statesville, North Carolina in 1978. He attended the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and graduated in 2000 with degrees in English and Creative Writing. Blake is the author of five novels and numerous short stories. He lives with his family in southwest Colorado, where he is at work on a new book. His website is www.blakecrouch.com.
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This book starts off in the middle of a story, introduces some intriguing questions... then it proceeds to NEVER ADDRESS THEM! What the hell is going on in this book? Some radio show is calling off names (which the characters take as an invitation to kill them... why?), the whole country has turned into crazed killers (not mindless, mutilated zombies that you can see coming, they are normal, just crazy and want to kill everything), and for some reason the main guy in this story is perfectly fine with the fact that his wife has been cheating on him. The chase scenes were well-written, but I don't know these people enough to really care about them yet and I don't know why they're running for their lives. I had to force myself to open the book back up each night to continue reading.
Finally, I broke down and went back to Amazon to read the lower reviews (surprisingly, this book has a lot of glowing reviews) to see if the author ever explains how we got to the beginning of the book. Shockingly, right away the book description told me more than I knew at almost 100 pages in. The reviewers confirmed that the author does not slow down to catch the reader up on the world events. And not only that, but the book doesn't even have a satisfying conclusion. So, I skipped 150 pages to find the characters reeling from another attack (pretty much what was happening on the last page I was on). The ending did come ridiculously quick; with the only explanation being that their son "sensed that it is over". Seriously!? (picture John McEnroe yelling) Then they have a lame epilogue that rambles on about natural selection, a test from God, and auroras being the catalyst. That is just lazy writing to justify things quickly.
There were a lot of references to Stephen King in the reviews. I can see the similarities, but he usually starts out with the outlandish plots. That way by the time the story ramps up, you've had a chance to accept the premise or move on. This book does it all wrong by making you go through the entire story completely lost, then wrapping the present up in a paper bag with a used bow on it.
The book quickly becomes repetitious & disjointed with characters which are pretty well one dimensional. Add to that the writing. I don't understand why many sentences are so fragmented. They're not written in a vein you would expect from an author. One wonders if the book was even edited.
Jack and his family consistently run into good people and evil murderers page after page. It would have been refreshing had the author given a bit more detail throughout the book. How did the world become this chaotic murdering mess? There are slight references to the Aurora Borealis, as in "seeing the light", but it's just not expounded upon. How is his son an exception to those who have seen the light?
The family gets through one nasty scrape after another. Situations which are not plausible. Not falling from your first, very harrowing sheer mountain climb? Not freezing to death on far more than one occasion?
I kept going with this since the plot had promise. The air quickly escaped from the balloon when I came to the end. As implausible as the entire book is, the end promises more of the same; only years in the future. Nothing ever comes together fully in this novel.
The biggest complaint with RUN is the ending. It literally just ends, almost like Crouch got tired of writing, there is no reason or explanation for the conclusion. I actually said out loud, "That's it. You have got to be kidding."
I was sucked into RUN then left frustrated and disappointed. It's a work I have a hard time recommending.
The premise of this book had me very intrigued but once you start flipping the pages you begin to realize that every page is nearly the same. Family on the run, bad guys, they escape. Family on the run, more bad guys, they escape. It just became so tedious that I couldn't even bother to finish. Not to mention I had some real issues between the husband and wife, Jack & Dee. She's been carrying on an affair for 6 months and he is well aware of it yet they seem to carry on like not a thing has happened. Not incredibly realistic but not much in this book is.
Many people complained about the ending so I figured why bother to even continue if I'm only going to be left more frustrated.
* Note * I really enjoyed Mr. Crouch's Wayward Pines series and would highly recommend you start with that.