Reading time: 3 – 4 minutes
Title: Night Runner
Author: Max Turner
Synopsis: (Taken from Amazon)
For Zack Thomson, living in the Nicholls Ward isn’t so bad. After his parents died, he developed strange and severe allergies, and the mental institution was the only place where he could be properly looked after. As strange as it was, it was home. He could watch as much television as he wanted; his best friend Charlie visited him often enough; and Nurse Ophelia–the prettiest no-nonsense nurse ever–sometimes took him bowling. Of course, that didn’t mean he had it easy. His allergies restricted his diet to strawberry smoothies, and being the only kid at the hospital could get lonely. But it never once crossed Zack’s mind to leave…until the night someone crashed through the front doors and told him to run. Now he’s on a race for answers–about his past, his parents, and his strange sickness–even as every step takes him closer to the darkest of truths.
There are a few things for certain that I did not know when I received this book.
- I had no idea it was a Young Adult Novel upon receipt.
- I had no idea it was a vampire tale.
To be honest, I really didn’t know what to expect – but this wasn’t it. That’s not a bad thing, though. Even so, I loved it. Absolutely loved it. I love any novel that has some sort of psychological aspect. Starting out in a mental ward was incredibly interesting to me, although the novel didn’t truly discuss the other patients. Fortunately, this book starts out pretty quickly and before you know it, Zack is on the loose and running to find out the truth – and to live undead.
Night Runner was a highly suspenseful, yet quick read. It definitely had a different take on Vampire-ism, and more from the “virus” aspect rather than paranormal. It almost made Vampirism believable as a true disorder. The only part I did not like about this, was the ending. It felt jumbled up and quick. I hate to go into it, so I won’t.. but the ending wasn’t believable for me. Almost too good to be true, in a way. Also – I know he’s 15 and all, but he falls in love with this girl in 24 hours. That bugged me.. but I guess most 15 year olds do, at least their idea of love. Considering he’s been locked up in a metal ward for 8 years, I guess that can be semi-believable.
Before this, I had never read anything by Max Turner.. but after this, I will definitely read something else of his. I really hope he develops more Zach books because Zach was a truly likeable character and I would like to find out how he is further coping with his new realized identity.
Disclaimer: I received this book from the publisher company, and in no way did that alter my view on the book itself.