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3.87  ·  Rating Details ·  7,513 Ratings  ·  773 Reviews
For fans of Stephen King, Dean Koontz, and Thomas Harris...

Picture this: A landscape of American genocide...

5 Days Ago

A rash of bizarre murders swept the country…
Senseless. Brutal. Seemingly unconnected.
A cop walked into a nursing home and unloaded his weapons on elderly and staff alike.
A mass of school shootings.
Prison riots of unprecedented brutality.
Mind-boggling acts o
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Published February 24th 2011 by Smashwords Edition
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Lee-Ann That's a tough question to answer. I'm 26% in and I like it, but the Wayward Pines series was amazing (read Dark Matter too if you haven't already,…moreThat's a tough question to answer. I'm 26% in and I like it, but the Wayward Pines series was amazing (read Dark Matter too if you haven't already, so, so good. Probably his best one, in my opinion). If you're a Crouch fan, you will probably enjoy Run. Very fast paced and intense:)(less)

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Feb 14, 2017 Zoeytron rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Too dark. Too quiet. Everything wrong.

This one grabbed me right by the nose hairs and would not let go. What you have here is a helluva of a thriller. Is it particularly believable? Maybe not. Did I care? Nope.

The world has gone completely crazy. Cities are burning, people are being shot en masse. There's nowhere to go, but you can't stay where you are. Get food, water, gas . . . and RUN!

Not sold on the ending, but the ride getting there was a real trip.
Kelly (and the Book Boar)
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3.5 Stars

On page six of Run you learn that . . . .

“There’s no decent place to stand in a massacre.”

It was about that point I remembered I was reading a Blake Crouch story and that . . . .

Because I am a baby.

If you’re an avid Goodreader there’s little chance you have been able to avoid this summer’s barrage of reviews for Dark Matter or last year’s flood regarding Wayward Pines. At this point I think it’s safe to say that I’m a Cro
Sh3lly ✨ Bring on the Weird ✨

Survival. It's basically what this book is about. Running, trying to find food and shelter. It starts strong. A man and his family discover that because of some crazy aurora borealis lights in the sky, people are going psycho. So, man and family have to run away from the crazy psycho people.

I listened to the audio version of this book and I was quite interested for about the first half. There are some fantastic, edge of your seat scenes where some crazy shizz goes down. Brutal, graphic. But then
Jun 23, 2012 Matthew rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Positively putrid. I have no idea how this book is garnering so many 5-star reviews. It was tedious and boring and poorly written and had cardboard characters, but the premise was intriguing, so I kept reading. I kept waiting for it to get better, to change, to become something different, something other than simply getting in the car and running from one hiding place to the next, but it didn't. It just kept on going that way, and then -- suddenly -- it ended. The problem sorted itself out. No e ...more
Omg this book is a high-adrenaline thrill ride of humanistic horror!
I'll explain soon.

My favorite quote:
It’s cake from here on out.” “Honestly?” “Maybe cake is too strong a word. It’s shortbread. How’s that?” “I hate you so much.”
Nikki Wilde
Feb 27, 2011 Nikki Wilde rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Well damn. I don't think I can even put into words how much I enjoyed this book. I'm still reeling from it. All I have to say is that I'm so glad I started this on Saturday because had it been during the week I probably would not have made it into work.

This book has definitely usurped Intensity for the most intense book I've read. I swear my stomach was in knots from beginning until end. Even now after having finished it I'm still trying to settle. I think you can tell a good book from just an a
Edward Lorn
Apr 17, 2012 Edward Lorn rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Many people have a problem with Crouch's stilted half sentences. I take it for what it is, just the author's style. With that being said, this was one of my favorite books of the past five years.

The plot is unlike anything else I've ever read. Crouch is brutal and unapologetic in this book. The scenery is always changing and you never know where you'll end up next.

I've heard complaints from people that some of the last minute rescues in the story got on their nerves. I didn't mind so much. Crou
I have seen lots of good reviews and lots of bad reviews for this one.

I thought it was excellent, exciting, interesting, suspenseful, mysterious, etc., etc., etc.!

I think what hit home with me is that a lot of it took place in places in Wyoming and Montana where I used to live, work, and travel. Because of this I could see what the characters were seeing very well.

One thing that I thought was weird, though, was that even though he referred to many cities, roads, and national parks by their name
Dec 31, 2011 Marvin rated it liked it
Shelves: horror
This is the first solo work and first novel I've read by Blake Crouch. He is a no-frills but effective action writer and he kept me interested in his novel about a family running from a apocalyptic-styled event and from the people affected by it. It is imaginative and fast-paced. I liked it mainly for the interaction between the family especially in the sense of how a disaster brings them together. I kept having flashbacks to the great Corman B-movie, Panic in the Year Zero with Ray Milland. Tak ...more
Jun 04, 2012 Bill rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
A pretty good and thriller from Blake Crouch. I have read a few of his works and have for the most part, enjoyed them all. He can definitely tell a heck of a story. This one was no different, but was missing something for me and I can’t exactly put my finger on it. The characterizations were good and the pacing was solid, however, it felt a little repetitive in content around the middle to mark. Not a bad story by any means, but ultimately just better than good for me. ...more
May 14, 2011 Megan rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2-stars, fiction
Blake Crouch writes really good scenery. Usually, descriptions of places just bore me, but he has some real talented at bringing landscapes to life, making them engaging and unique. I don't see that in many novels, and I quite enjoyed the passages about the various settings employed by this book.

That's the bulk of my praise. Otherwise, this book wasn't for me, and I found it unconvincing and unsophisticated. I'm trying to read more digitally self-published novels, and I chose this due to its pop
Sep 03, 2011 Lori rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
**Takes a HUGE drink of water; wipes sweat from brow**

Whew! THAT was an adventure! Those match my feelings exactly after blowing through the swift read, Run by Blake Crouch. As noted in my last book review on The Land of Painted Caves by Jean Auel, I spent much of the summer slogging through the entire Earth’s Children’s series. Run, was the PERFECT antidote to that exercise in perseverance.

The premise is simple, what would happen if for some inexplicable reason a large segment of the US popula
Mar 04, 2016 Bandit rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I'm becoming such a fan, Crouch just continues to impress with his consistently and genuinely thrilling thrillers. This time it's the Walking Dead sort of apocalypse minus zombies and with a considerably smaller cast of characters. So basically one family surviving the insurmountable odds in the face of a peculiar apocalypse of sorts caused by an aurora, localized and only affecting those who saw it. And not right away, but eventually Crouch makes you really care about his survivors that he proc ...more
Mar 16, 2011 Mihir rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

Full Review over at Fantasy Book Critic

ANALYSIS: Not only was I fascinated by RUN’s blurb, but previously I had read Serial Uncut which was a collaborative effort between Blake Crouch and Joe Konrath. I very much liked the book’s mix of horror and thriller genres and therefore contacted the author for a review copy. Mr. Crouch gladly obliged and I immediately dove in wondering how the book would measure up against such a tantalizing blurb.

RUN begins with an unnamed female arriving at an unknow
Feb 27, 2011 Edward rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Wow. Been 2 or 3 months since my last five star read (a lot of solid 4 star ones though), but this one qualifies. started it last night, stayed up way too late, then finished it today when I should have been spending time with my family. I expected the book to be good - I didn't necessarily expect it to be great.

It's fast-paced, relentless, just the right balance of simple and rich writing. A compelling conflict, compelling characters, and numerous twists. Basically, a large portion of Americans
Lisa Eirene
Jul 23, 2014 Lisa Eirene rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Where do I start? This book was a wild ride from beginning to end. Heart pumping action.
I would describe this book as a combination of The Road and how I imagine The Walking Dead to start--the downfall, essential. No, this isn't a zombie book, but it's a book about society completely breaking down and what one family does to survive.

I love survival type stories like this. I constantly think, what would I do in this situation? And I also constantly remind myself that I need to take some basic s
Jul 24, 2015 Javi rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Horror fans
Well, if you take into account that the original name of this book was " American Genocide", you probably have a good idea of what's going to happen once you start reading.

The premise is absolutely terrifying: for some reason ( you find out at the end) large portions of Americans are turning against each other and killing people in droves. At first it's just a slightly elevated number of shootings, then double the usual, then...the power goes out and they start reading the names of those who ar
Adam Light
Another mile a minute, face melting, pulse-pounding action suspense novel from Crouch. I was glued to my Kindle from the first page to the end. This one was my second from him after reading Pines and, while I loved the non-stop breakneck pacing of the plot, it was not quite as cohesive. Some reviewers are dettered by the unbelievable scenarios that are presented in Crouch's novels but he executes these impossible scenes with bravado and style which, for me anyway, means hellaciously fun reading. ...more
May 18, 2013 Rose rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Try to imagine you and your family in your car. You're driving as fast as you can because people are trying to hunt you down to kill you. Not just some specific people but everyone. They are everywhere and they want you dead. You hear that there could be safety up north in Canada, but you're in Albuquerque, New Mexico. What choice do you have...the world as you know it has gone mad. You head north but no matter where you go, be it a mountain, the middle of a wilderness, an abandoned building, th ...more
Mar 07, 2011 Lou rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is a story of a family on the run for survival where anarchy and mayhem has struck, end of days sort of stuff. I received this copy as an arc to review, it's my first reading of Crouch's solo work, I loved Draculas a collaborative work. I have not read but i think his other works like Abandon are better. There is some elements missing that make this on the run for survival story just a bit more thrilling. I suppose when I read these type of themed storis I try to par them alongside 'I am Le ...more
Blake Crouch's stand alone novel Run, is quite similar with his previous Wayward Pine trilogy. The story focuses on a married couple who are having relationship issues and how this couple reacts to a society-breakdown emergency, and how they struggle to get themselves and their children to safety.

The story is action paced and thrilling, it is also an effective page-turner. You can easily fit yourself into the main characters' shoes and share their panic and suffering when they are enduring a cri
Giovanni Gelati
Feb 25, 2011 Giovanni Gelati rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I like my sleep, but some of this horror stuff has been intruding on it. Take this novel for instance, Run, by Blake Crouch. I found it hard to put down; it was an intense, taunt read. This is my first read on a Crouch novel (as a solo author), I read Draculas a collaboration with a few of his buddies, check the archives), and I was totally mesmerized from the get go. People keep asking me to read horror novels; I never thought I would like it, but hey, the Kindle is fully charged and the virtua ...more
Clark Hallman
Run by Blake Crouch immerses the reader in a dystopian US society, where a large portion of the population suddenly begins to kill other people after viewing a cosmic event. The experience changed those people into murderous maniacs that are compelled to kill all people who did not witness the event and were not affected by it. The crazed killers can recognize those who were not changed by the event, and they work together to kill them all, even their neighbors, friends, and family members. The ...more
Jan 22, 2012 kent rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Well there went my day, blew off everything and finished the book.
Blake Crouch is good when he writes the thrillers. When he joins up with his partner in crime J.A. Conrath/Jack Kilborn the resulting stories are dark and horrible beyond all imagination.
Crouch writes this book on his own and it is a page turning thriller about a family that escapes Albuquerque and flees a populace that has become over run with mass murderers acting out terrible acts of violence against people who haven't been eff
Angel Gelique
Sep 28, 2012 Angel Gelique rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I don't know what made me decide to read this book from my very lengthy "to-read" list, but wow...I'm so, so glad that I did. This book was amazing--well written and suspenseful. It's the story of a family of four trying to survive in the midst of chaos and danger following a bizarre cosmic phenomenon. I read this book in two days, neglecting my responsibilities just so I could find out what would happen next. I would love to see this book made into a movie.
Apr 17, 2011 William rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Tressa
I think this is the best book I have read this year. It is one of those stories that you hate to put down and then itch to return to once you do stop. WARNING: THIS IS A VIOLENT BOOK. That said, I think the story is well told. There is a new group of authors out there that I am really starting to appreciate. Blake Crouch is one of those!
Alessandra Torre
May 11, 2013 Alessandra Torre rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: a stephen king fan
Recommended to Alessandra by: bookbub
I will never be able to speak as accurately about this book as Amazon Reviewer RandyColo, who said:

"With all the great reviews, I was intrigued to read this book. The story starts out strong and pulls you into a plot that really never develops. About a quarter way through the book, I thought there would be some redeeming twist introduced that would form more plot substance and stronger characters. I was wrong. If this were a shampoo bottle, you would read the following 1) get in the car, 2) driv
Epic {n}: an episode in the lives of men in which heroic deeds are performed or attempted

Don’t look into the light…..but if you didn’t…..RUN!

Good thing the kid was in school and the house was reasonably clean, and my work was caught up..I wasn’t getting to anything else until I finished.
RUN is more than a horror/thriller story, it’s what happens to a family when all hell has broken loose in their environment. Some people are affected by the lights and others aren’t..the unaffected are the ones w
My first impression while reading this book was that a bit of editing would have been a great improvement. There were awkward transitions, ambiguous speakers, and places where it was just dialogue when it would have been nice to know what was going on outside of the bare bones words. Once it got to the middle of the book, it did exactly what I didn't want it to: the whole banding together, surviving in the wilderness borefest that always lasts too long. It got better after the whole "bonding" th ...more
May 10, 2013 Kerry rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: horror, apocaplyse
This book grabbed me by the throat and held on. Wow! About 1/4 quarter I felt that icy cold sensation of fear along my spine. This book is that good!

This is a story of one family's race against madness, fighting to stay alive as they face brutality, extreme deprivation, and isolation. Crouch doesn't provide much backstory for the events that cause neighbors, relatives, and friends to suddenly turn on each, but people become horrifically violent to those who are not like them.

I liked all the ma
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Blake Crouch is a bestselling novelist and screenwriter. He is the author of the forthcoming novel, Dark Matter, for which he is writing the screenplay for Sony Pictures. His international-bestselling Wayward Pines trilogy was adapted into a television series for FOX, executive produced by M. Night Shyamalan, that was Summer 2015’s #1 show. With Chad Hodge, Crouch also created Good Behavior, the T ...more
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