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"A neuroscientist turned fiction writer, rising author Vera Brook attacks her literary craft like she has been at it for years. In the telling of Kai's heart-stopping adventure, Brook presents a teenager who is willing to pay the highest price for love and a chance of a better future. ... Designed for YA readers, yet reaching for a broad audience, Sand Runner is a top-notch read, especially for those dedicated fans of The Hunger Games and The Maze Runner."
From Kirkus Indie Reviews
"A young man must brave exceedingly treacherous courses and fierce, deadly competitors to win a popular footrace in Brook's YA dystopian sci-fi debut. ... This book's swift pace and passionate characters make up for a familiar premise."
From the Author
Sand Runner (Book 1)Cage Runner (Book 2)Ghost Runner (Book 3)
- ASIN : B06XF6LD1R
- Publisher : Vera Brook; 2nd edition (June 2, 2017)
- Publication date : June 2, 2017
- Language : English
- File size : 2093 KB
- Simultaneous device usage : Unlimited
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 314 pages
- Lending : Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #1,634,378 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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Once again, the gods of books blessed me with a gem just when I was thinking I was never going to give out those 5 sparkling stars!
This book reminded me of Hunger Games as well as LEGO Racers 4D (those in the know would understand!). Hunger Games because it’s about new world set in the future where live games of competitors trying to out-win one another no matter what is prime time viewing. LEGO racers because it is about a race and because of the terrain used in the book. Then that’s about the extent of the comparison because Sand Runner is a marvel in its own right.
The story is set in a dystopian world where everything can be made by 3D printers from food, clothing, furnishing - anything a designer imagines can be printed…as long as you have enough credits to pay for it.
And that includes human parts.
We follow Kai, a vibrant young man who likes to run. In fact, he loves it so much that he runs in their local racing competition dreaming that one day he would win and get the girl of his dreams, Sara. Never in his wildest dreams had he imagined that he would be picked as a contender for the biggest racing competition, the No Limits Race.
Then one day, he got all three.
A mysterious agent named Emily recruited him using a rather unconventional approach. But Kai knew the stakes and accepted without batting an eyelid.
What followed next was like a whirlwind of activity it took my breath away! From Kai’s physical preparation for the Race, the rigorous training, the drama caused by the competition and even a budding romance for our unlikely hero.
I was so gripped by this story that I read it at every opportunity I could get. The excitement kept building and didn’t let up until the very end. The target readers are young adult. I’m young at heart and felt that did not matter at all. I was right there with Kai from the word go sharing his hardship, hunger, triumph and sorrow.
I loved Emily. She was the perfect agent. I would want somebody like her by my side had I been Kai. Andy and Neen were the best team mates and looked after Kai from the start.
Seriously, I can’t find any fault in this story. What’s more, it ended as a complete book without a cliff-hanger even though it said “Book 1”. I would definitely be looking forward to the next instalment in this series. Highly recommended.
I was astonished and blown away by every element of this book. It engulfed my every waking moment. When I wasn't reading this book I was thinking about it consumed me. The character development was amazing and these characters were easy to love. I can't wait to read the next book in the series. It is a perfect mix of laughter, determination, overcoming obstacles, love, and human nature. It is the perfect dystopian for any young adult readers.
It has multiple points of views but the main focus was Kai our Sand Runner. It is impossible to not fall in love with the kid from the beginning. He was easy to connect and relate to. It seems like his smile could easily melt my heart. I loved his sense of humanity and his eagerness to do the right thing. I just can't get over this book. I loved it so much.
My favorite moments were while Kai was training. You could see him change and evolve. It was quite the treat to watch him interact with the different characters and watch each relationship evolve.
It is going to be agonizing waiting for the next book. I just don't want to miss these characters. I will be recommending this book to all of my friends. I'm going to actually going to be screaming it from rooftops to anyone that might listen. I want to thank Goodreads and the author for offering the giveaway because I may have just found my new favorite series.
But Kai's running makes an impression on more than just the girl next door. He impresses Emily, a mysterious Agent, a scout and representative for a life-changing Race that reaps huge cash rewards; she brings him to the training center where his legs are replaced with the best prosthetic legs that science can design. Kai's training and the growth that follows are filled with intrigue as he learns to work the Race system and develops a complicated relationship with his mysterious agent, Emily. I particularly enjoyed the Emily character and we do get little insights into her life through a dialogue with the mysterious "Mentor" figure - although I would have happily read a whole book about her (and with a sequel on the horizon, my fingers are crossed). The secrets of the race, Emily's past and Kai's challenges as he attempt to beat the system will keep you turning the pages and you'll root for his win against the odds. Sand Runner has a strong premise, a vivid original world, great writing and memorable characters - I can't wait for the sequel!
Note: I received an advance copy of this book in return for an honest review.
I enjoyed the writing style of the author and Kai was a fabulous hero with his skill, courage, and determination. The secondary characters were also well-depicted and integrated perfectly in the story line. The fast pacing worked well with the events occurring throughout the story, keeping the reader “pumped up” and excited at where the story would plunge next. Grab your copy and enjoy the thrill and danger! This book is well-written, and I'm looking forward to Book 2.
Top reviews from other countries
The race sequences were fabulous – real heart-in-my-throat stuff. And the ending wasn’t what I’d assumed it was going to be, with a little twist that made it gloriously satisfying.