Book Review – The Secret Runners of New York by Matthew Reilly

69507931-4C7E-4C07-8085-790D2535F42A The windows on all the skyscrapers are smashed…
No power, no lights, no people…
It’s a parallel New York of some kind.


When Skye Rogers and her twin brother Red move to Manhattan, rumours of a coming global apocalypse are building. But this does not stop the young elite of New York from partying without a care.


And then suddenly Skye is invited to join an exclusive gang known as the Secret Runners of New York.
But this is no ordinary clique – they have access to an underground portal that can transport them into the future. And what Skye discovers in the future is horrifying: the rumours about the coming apocalypse are true…


As society crumbles and Skye and Red race to figure out how to use their knowledge to survive the impending annihilation, they soon discover that the chaotic end of the world is a fine time for revenge…


My rating: Cyan-Full starCyan-Full starCyan-Full starCyan-Half starNo-Star

I received this book from the publisher via Net Galley in exchange for an honest review.

I’m going to preface this by saying that I am a HUGE Matthew Reilly fan. Have been for years. And I was therefore super excited for this book!

The trailers really worked to set up the book too – they gave a good hint of the atmosphere and the glimpses into the future. And the time travel element is classic MR – possibly Mayan temple portal? It could have come straight for the Jack West series, or even Temple! Hehe. I loved that, as much as a couple of the descriptions were a little off for a teen.

However, it did take a little too long to get there, and focussed too long on the high school life. I did like that part, don’t get me wrong, but it made the transition between the two parts a little clunky. The first part is very Gossip Girl-esque, and I think it felt a little heavy handed in places. And while Reilly has said it’s not intended specifically for the YA market, given the age range of the characters, I think it could have used a little more attention to fit it to the audience.

That said , the bullying felt spot on, as did Skye’s fears. I also loved her relationship with Red, and would have liked a little more exploration into that.

When the action kicked in, I loved it. Future New York was just so creepy, and what they find in the future is so well done. There’s no way not to spoil that, so I’m leaving it there, but I loved it.

I also quite liked the concept of the world ending and the poor rising up. It did feel a little unlikely though, and I felt that it needed a little more to kick it all off – especially on a world wide scale.

Skye and Red are great characters, but a lot of the rest of the teens felt a little flat – Jenny felt two faced, and Misty a poorly disguised bully. And especially the adults – it felt a little like they’re ignored for plot, which is fine, but we need a better reason for all of them to be so rubbish haha. Except Skye’s dad, she doesn’t like any of them, and that rubbed off on me!

Overall I did really enjoy it, and bits are flat out great. I was a little let down on characters and the modern day parts (which is a shame as I usually love Reilly’s characters!) which is why I have rated it 3.5 stars. But it’s still a super easy and fun action read! And honestly, who doesn’t love time travel? 😉


Buy The Secret Runners of New York from Amazon UK.

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