Title: Rat Runners
Author: Oisin McGann
Publisher: Open Road Media
Pub Date: 01/13/15
Top 25: Yes
Convince us to read the book: I would recommend this book for a variety of reasons. First of all, the world is both inventive and exciting. The reader is caught up in the paranoia of constant surveillance, and the presence of security cameras and other detection systems lead to adventure. Secondly, the characters are very well developed. You become attached to each of the four unique thieves and their distrusting interactions feel very genuine. Thirdly, the plot races along at a quick, exciting pace, leaving no time for boredom.
Memorable or Forgettable: The book was memorable to me mainly because of the unique world. The novel is set in the near future, and there seems to be just the right combination of relatable facts and sci-fi technology. Moreover, every consequence of the constant surveillance that is part of the book's premise is explored, leading to elements such as networks of underground mobster's lairs/speakeasies, a secret trade in George Orwell's 1984, and reality shows depicting real people from around the city.
Cover: The cover of this book turned me off slightly. While it does somewhat reflect the contents of the book, I would prefer a cover that focused on the four thieves or one of their heists.
Age Range: Under 12 through 15
Quality: 4Q - Better than most
Popularity: 4P - Broad general teen appeal
Annotation: Four young thieves are caught up in an intricate criminal plot that threatens to take their lives. In order to save their own skins, they must navigate a city crawling with surveillance and outsmart both the police and the scheming mobsters who seek to control them.
tags: dystopian / action / suspense / science fiction / ya lit