The Secret Runners Of New York by Matthew Reilly

Book Review #254

Title: The Secret Runners Of New York

Author: Matthew Reilly

Publisher: Hot Key Books

Genres: YA, Dystopian

Format: ARC (Pansing)

Publication Date: March 26, 2019

Pages: 329

Gossip Girl meets Mad Max in this breakneck thriller where the divide between rich and poor is the line between life and death.

‘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 . . .


Most dystopian books that I read are either in a series or that the apocalypse part of the story has already happened. Yet this book is a standalone that is so packed with mind blowing events and reading this book has really given me a real insight on what could be happening of the end of the world in the form of the gamma cloud but it comes with a twist. It was like if Gossip Girl and 2012 had a child together with all the high school drama including of popularity and the world at the brink of destruction. But that’s not even the extent of it because one will need to read this book to totally get exactly what I’m talking about.

I went into this story totally with no expectations and zero idea of what it’s about. To say that I’m surprised and happy by the outcome would be an understatement. So many things were happening throughout the story and there was never a dull moment to the point that I couldn’t put the book down. It was just so interesting.

The first they ever talked about an alternate New York and how to go there, it really felt like it was a fantasy. The setting of the place also reminds me Stranger Things, the Upside Down but the more I read about it, the similarities end there. It was something that I would never have imagined a book of 300 pages could be packed in with all that action, drama and conflict.

I really do truly love this book a lot. I didn’t think that it could get any better but it did. Building up to the ending was so much fun. The ending was so bittersweet and it couldn’t have gone any better than it did. It was just the most perfect ending to a really jam packed thrilling scenes of a book.

Those who are looking for a dystopian YA book set in New York City with a mixture of high school drama and even where there is a way to see a glimpse of the future and so much more than that, this is the one for you. I highly recommend everyone to read this book.


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