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Sharon Sant was born in Dorset, the oldest of four children, and now lives in Staffordshire. She grew up in a rather eccentric family, with a diverse cultural heritage and collective itchy feet. As a mature student, she graduated from Staffordshire University with a first class honours in English and creative writing. Her career to date has included singer, newspaper promotions, paper plate stacking and almost everything in between. She currently works as an editor for Immanion Press and continues to write her own stories. She has eclectic reading tastes across many genres and when not pretending to be a domestic goddess, can be found lurking in local coffee shops with her head in a book. She has a particular passion for young adult fiction, along with fantasy and magical realism. As a child, she suffered from insomnia and spent many sleepless nights making up adventure stories in her head. She still makes up adventure stories, but these days old age makes her wait until she is awake and then she has to type them out straight away before she forgets them.
on Sep. 16, 2013 :
I'm a bit torn on this book. I really dig the premise and Sharon Sant's done a fantastic job painting an unsettling future that lies quite close to the bone, but I admit I felt a fair amount of disconnect while reading. Part of me *wanted* ... no *needed* the author to go deeper into Elijah's voice.
At most I felt like I was only skimming the surface which at times got a bit frustrating. I wanted to feel more what motivated Elijah and the others.
Pacing wise, things move along fairly slowly and there's a gradual build-up to the climax. I wasn't gripping the edge of my seat or anything but I'd have liked to have garnered more of a sense of urgency.
I want to like Runners a lot. Really. And I love settings redolent with urban decay as this one is. But suspect the fault lies with the reader – I really couldn't relate to the characters. Tessa showed a lot of pluck but we don't really get to see much of her, while Elijah's impulsiveness often has him acting without thinking – and suffering the repercussions. And I find that I didn't really *get* him.
Still, this is an enjoyable read for those who're into their YA lit, and does a good job capturing the frustration of youngsters who're trying to find their place in the world.
(reviewed long after purchase)