Review: Sand Runner by Vera Brook

Running Man meets the Hunger Games!

About the book:

Welcome to the No Limits Race.

In the near future, 16-year-old Kaiden Reed makes a bold and dangerous decision to enter the most brutal sports competition on the planet. One in which he will undergo a radical upgrade and become a new kind of athlete and a new kind of hero.

Part human. Part machine.

All Kai wants is a shot at a better life and to impress the girl of his dreams. But the stakes in the Race are higher, and the choices tougher, than Kai ever imagined. The physical challenges are just the beginning.

Ten days. Ten contenders. One winner.

Does Kai have what it takes to compete? How far will he go to win? And should he trust the person who recruited him in the first place – or is she using him to carry out a bold and dangerous agenda of her own?

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Review by Katy Haye:

I found another smasher in Vera Brook’s debut, Sand Runner. This was a very convincing, tremendously unsettling future world. It wasn’t over the top dystopian, which made it all the more realistic – I could quite see the western world reaching this point.

Kai was a fabulous hero, a little bit spikey and stubbornly determined to win The Race. I liked his emotional arc, too, which was satisfyingly different from what I’ve been reading recently.

The race sequences were fabulous – real heart-in-my-throat stuff. And the ending wasn’t what I’d assumed it was going to be, with a little twist that made it gloriously satisfying.

Sand Runner is out on June 2nd, and is available to pre-order for just .99. Grab your copy now!

Katy Haye is reading (and reviewing) her way through the alphabet. Sadly, she’s run out of planned books and is now scrambling around to find a “T” book. We all know what happened last time she didn’t have a book lined up, so check back next week to see what sort of chaos has been unleashed on her bookshelves!

When not reading, Katy writes speculative YA fiction. Discord “The Matrix meets Planet of the Apes” is currently available for just .99.

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