Night Runner: A Novel

Night Runner: A Novel

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by Max Turner
     
 

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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

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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.

Editorial Reviews

VOYA - Walter Hogan
Zack Thomson has been living quietly in a Canadian hospital for nearly all of his fifteen years. Both of his parents died when he was quite young, and because of his allergies to sunlight and to most foods, he has remained a hospital resident. But one night, his boring routine is shattered by the violent intrusion of a wild man on a motorcycle who warns the boy that his life is in danger. Zack is soon on the run, discovering that he is a vampire and that he is being hunted by powerful enemies. Zack is an appealing narrator, with a genuine adolescent voice. His ignorance of the ways of the world after years of confinement enhances the drama and makes for occasional humor. The novel is fast paced and action filled, but it is also a bit cluttered, with several mysterious adults taking turns kidnapping Zack from one another. Like most vampire novels, this one features romance without explicit sexuality; however, the throat-biting scenes do not avoid blood and gore. The conclusion is a bit open-ended, perhaps inviting a sequel. With occasional exceptions such as M. T. Anderson's Thirsty (Candlewick, 1997) and Robin McKinley's Sunshine, (Berkley, 2003/VOYA December 2003), few successful vampire novels have resisted the lure of serialization. Although not in the class with Anderson's or McKinley's brilliant takes on vampirism, Turner's debut effort is promising. It will be hard-pressed to stand out from the overabundance of contemporary vampire fantasies in which the bloodsuckers are presented as fascinating and dangerous but not irredeemably evil. Reviewer: Walter Hogan
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“NIGHT RUNNER is a fast paced, page turner, full of surprising twists and clever turns that'll have you on the edge of your seat wondering what could possibly happen next! Max Turner had me from the very first paragraph and is definitely one to watch!” —Alyson Noel, #1 NYT Bestselling author of EVERMORE

Night Runner is a fast-paced struggle against fate that had me cheering for Zack at every turn of the page. As an ordinary boy in extraordinary circumstances, Zack Thomson must decide whether or not to succumb to the temptations of a powerful thirst for blood that lives inside him, or fight his destiny to choose good over evil. Along the way, he is helped by friends, betrayed by family, and driven by a force beyond his control. Max Turner has created an exciting addition to the vampire genre that left me guessing and hoping every step of the way.” —Brian James, author of ZOMBIE BLONDES

“Night Runner is a fast-paced adventure with a funny, winning hero who is both your average teenage guy and something far more extraordinary. Max Turner has written a gothic fantasy full of surprises and bite!
” —Katherine Marsh, Edgar-award winning author of The Night Tourist

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781429929240
Publisher:
St. Martin's Press
Publication date:
09/29/2009
Series:
Night Runner Novels , #1
Sold by:
Macmillan
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
272
Sales rank:
320,698
File size:
240 KB
Age Range:
13 - 17 Years

Meet the Author

Max Turner is the author of the young adult vampire novel End of Days. He is a high school science teacher and lives in Ottawa with his wife and children.


Max Turner is the author of the young adult vampire novels Night Runner and End of Days. He is a high school science teacher and lives in Ottawa with his wife and children.

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