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Rat Runners


Rat Runners

I was never a fan of futuristic and action-packed novels, but RAT RUNNERS by Oisin McGann truly spoke to me. Set in a dystopian future, the story focuses on Nimmo, FX, Scope and Mankin, four extremely skilled criminals. Among the themes of murder, mystery and darkness, this fast-paced novel was beautifully written. This novel was full of creativity and I thoroughly enjoyed its plot.

In RAT RUNNERS, the main characters must steal a mysterious box from the daughter of a dead scientist. Seems simple enough, right? But they are being followed by “Safe Guards,” who are essentially humans armored in a technology which allows them to perform X-Ray scans, analyze one’s voice, and know if a person is nervous by their body temperature and heartbeat. These “Safe Guards” are part of a larger corporation or army called “WatchWorld,” which is used to control the population and keep an orderly society.

In addition to this, Nimmo and the others must face other gangs who also want to take the box for their own. I also thoroughly enjoyed the addition of Move-Easy, a somewhat underground criminal who deploys thugs to wreak havoc throughout the story. I thought Move-Easy really added some depth and action to the story and he was probably one of my favorite characters.

Everything in this book flowed marvelously, and the lack of grand words made it easier to read. All the characters had distinct personalities, ways of talking and skills, which was a quite nice addition to the story, and by the end of the novel, they learn to work together to complete their mission.

Before reading this novel, I didn’t know what to expect, but I was left wanting more and was definitely more than satisfied with my general reading experience. It was obvious McGann put a lot of effort into this book and although it was a rather quick read, I enjoyed every second of it. Everything from the technology to the characters was written in magnificent detail and I could tell the author was really passionate when writing this book. Plus, RAT RUNNERS was a giant eye-opener; it left me thinking for days!

I know that any fans of the Divergent and Hunger Games series will definitely enjoy this book, and I have already recommended it to several of my friends.

Reviewed by Rachel D., Teen Board member on January 8, 2015

Rat Runners
by Oisín McGann

  • Publication Date: January 13, 2015
  • Genres: Fantasy, Thriller, Young Adult 12+
  • Paperback: 326 pages
  • Publisher: Open Road Media Teen & Tween
  • ISBN-10: 1497665809
  • ISBN-13: 9781497665804