Matthew Reilly’s latest offering can be likened to a pseudo-collaboration between Stephen Hawking and Stephen King to give birth to the enigma of The Secret Runners of New York.
Reilly’s foray into time travel is intriguing and yet, akin to Hawking’s futuristic theories, it tests the boundaries of possibilities. The reader is also treated to a thorough explanation of time bending or a time-spiral which leads to the theory of time travel.
And if imitation is the best form of flattery, his portrayal of the macabre provides the necessary suspense and dread that King is renowned for. Reilly himself, admits to being an admirer and die hard fan of Stephen King.
Notable for his writing style of hitting the ground running, Reilly tests his readers for a change by introducing his characters and presenting their background thoroughly, before leading the reader through the time travel phenomena and the menace that lurks behind the unknown future.
Whilst his characters are in the sophomore and junior range of high school, Reilly insists the book is geared for all adults, young and not-so-young. There is little to be concerned about, as Reilly captures his readers with his inimitable style, plot and pace. Juxtaposition all that with the conundrum of time travel and thriller type scenarios and you have another Reilly page turner.
The central theme, without giving away the plot, is of students disappearing without a trace and the heroine, Skye Rogers being drawn into a web of teenage angst, a touch of romance, family loyalties, high school life, the social mores of obscene wealth and the seemingly innocent ‘runs’ taken by a secret, inner circle. Mix in the gloomy prediction of an ‘end of the world’ approaching apocalypse, which is treated with public scorn or the inertia that previous prophesies have endured, and Skye and her twin brother Red, are shown a horrifying glimpse of New York and man kind’s future.
The Secret Runners of New York will hold the reader’s attention until the last page.
© Wendy Robinson
Optimism is a strategy for making a better future. Because unless you believe that the future can be better, you are unlikely to step up and take responsibility for making it so.
Whether you’re a Matthew Reilly fan or not, I recommend this book. Does the review entice you to read the book or does it at least, sound intriguing? I’d love to hear from you.