Monday, November 9, 2009

Book Review: Daylight Runner by Oisin Mcgann

Daylight Runneris a complex story of a human kind's struggling survival during a vicious ice age. Ash Harbor is one of the last places where humans have survived - a huge domed structure that is kept running by the workings of The Machine. When Sol Wheat's father doesn't come home, Sol is afraid the Clockworkers got to him - the special police force who protect the machine. But, things get a lot worse when Sol's father is accused of murder and Sol himself becomes a target of the Clockworkers.

Daylight Runner

Things I Liked:
The ending was quite well done, full of adventure and lots of surprises. It was hard to put down right near the end. I also liked some of the world-building and the dystopian elements. It was an interesting look at what the world would be like if we had to survive a new ice age.

Things I Didn't Like:
The first half was really quite boring. I had a hard time getting into the story and didn't really like or connect with any of the characters. Some of the stuff mentioned seemed like tangent information - not useful or relevant to the story at all. The action, until the very end, was not every exciting. I thought The Machine was extremely vague - I really never understood what it was or what exactly it did. The dystopian idea was interesting, but not very well developed. And the title annoyed me - I'm not sure it works.

Some better executed dystopia:
Unwind by Neal Shusterman
The Maze Runner by James Dashner
Life As We Knew It by Susan Beth Pfeffer

s-factor: !@#
swearing throughout

mrg-factor: X
implied, not described

v-factor: ->->->->
some of it was disgusting and detailed

Overall rating: **

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