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Night Runner (Night Runner #1)

3.52 of 5 stars 3.52  ·  rating details  ·  1,362 ratings  ·  188 reviews
For Zack Thomson, living in the Nicholls Ward isn’ t so bad. After his parents died, he developed strange and severe allergies, and the mental institution was the only place where he could be properly looked after. As strange as it was, it was home. He could watch as much television as he wanted; his best friend Charlie visited him often enough; and Nurse Ophelia -- the pr ...more
ebook, 256 pages
Published August 24th 2010 by HarperTrophy (first published August 9th 2008)
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MissM
*Advanced Reader Copy*

Ok, so this book wasn't awful but it wasn't really great either. I'm not a "Young Adult" but I don't discriminate against books that are written for that market. Many are still solid stories. Some YA books are YA because they write from a teenager character perspective. Some are YA because they tone down the sex/violence to suit a younger audience. And this book definitely does both. But what it unfortunately also does is try to write prose and dialogue in a "hip" manner -
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Bry
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Kristi
Three words; adventure, betrayal & surprising

Night Runner is a full on high speed action, adventure, thriller! Excellent story and an even more so enjoyable male MC. The whole initial set-up is very unique. Living in a mental institution because of his special "needs." Very different!

The plot is really action packed and fast paced. There are a few slower moments too, but that's expected when an author is setting up a story. From what I can understand this is the first of a series, and it rea
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Kaycee Looney
The book begins with the MC, Zack Thomson, living in a mental hospital. Sounds intriguing. . .

Unfortunately, it devolved from there. It ended up being another vampire book that brings in Vlad Dracula as a character - under a psuedonym of course, until near the end. I think that the back cover "praise" was written by people who hadn't read the book. Both mention "twists" that kept them guessing.

I found it predictable, and overwritten. Honestly, I put my new speed-reading skills to use in order to
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Athira (Reading on a Rainy Day)
After months, I finally finished this book. (Yeah, months! I feel so guilty about that.) I started this book a long time back, but sorry to say, each time, I gave it up as a bad job. I finally put this book on my TBR challenge for 2010 and finished it last night. I'm sure this book was not meant for me. I did get into the story after about a 100 pages. But it still failed me, especially the ending, which I just found too ridiculous and awful.

My thoughts
Firstly, I didn't find this book gripping o
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Carol(ina)
This is yet another 'V' book. Yup. Max Turner does make it a bit different from the other YA 'V' books in the market. For one, Zack doesn't know what he really is; he believes that he is just sick. Two, Zack's condition is a virus, a sickness. There's nothing magical about it; it's just scientific.Those two things made the book stand out a bit.

Zack was a very good character but he was a bit too naive. He had a hard time putting things together.He was two-dimensional at times which was not good
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Tonya
I picked up this book at the library knowing nothing about it. I am glad I did.

I know, I know, you all have had enough of vampire books lately. When I began to read it, I didn't even realize that's what it was.

I really enjoyed this book. Teenaged Zach is a patient at a mental ward for the last eight years; both his parents are dead. He enjoys his life there, sleeps during the day being alergic to the sun, alergic to food, and his favorite nurse, Nurse Ophelia, in the ward fixes him special smoot
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Theresa
Max Turner has created a wonderful and exciting novel. Involving Vampires and other Creators, but created differently. Not like Twilight or any other Vampire book, Turner has made it a twist in the story, which makes so much more than just a story. Five stars and two thumbs up!!
Zack isn’t an ordinary teenage boy. He has a weird allergy against the sun and had to be medicated since he was seven years old. His father died that day, and his mom died when he was two years old. Living at a mental war
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Danielle
Well Max Turner you have done well thus far. And the front of the book quote by Alyson Noel is not wrong “Full of surprising twists and clever turns that’ll have you on the edge of your seat”. I agree that it has many surprising twists and turns but the edge of my seat, not so much. I did have a few times where I stopped, looked at my boyfriend (who was reading some boring political conspiracy lawbook) and said OH MY GOD this isn’t going to be good and dived back into the book! But I have been M ...more
Stacy
Err, I thought I was on a diet. (If you read my reviews you will know what I mean!)


In Night Runner we are introduced to Daniel Zachariah Thomson. Both parents dead, no relations and has lived the past 8 years in a mental ward because of his strange allergies. The only people that seemed to care for him was Nurse Ophelia and his childhood best friend Charlie who visited once a week. Doesn’t it just break your heart?

Then one fateful night, his whole world comes crashing down. From that night on he
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Jennifer Wardrip
Reviewed by Steph for TeensReadToo.com

Zack Thompson is different. Instead of living in an orphanage, he lives in a mental ward and that's because he's basically allergic to everything - from specific foods to even the sun. Zack lives a nocturnal life - running, reading, and eating at night and sleeping during the day.

Zack thinks nothing of his lifestyle until an old man crashed a motorcycle into the mental ward. Suddenly, Zack is thrown into an extraordinary adventure.

Along for the ride is Zack'
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Jenna
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Miriam
Voice is the strong point of this twist on the teen vampire thriller. The main character has lived in near-isolation in a medical facility since age eight, and Turner does an excellent job portraying a fairly normal but highly sheltered boy. Zack has standard teen interests -- books, movies, sports, the opposite sex -- but because of his lack of contact with his peers or the world in general his reactions and speech are often off kilter, sometimes without him noticing, since he has little experi ...more
Laura (Boundless Bindings)
Going into this book. I really didn't know what to expect. I believe this book is going to be one of those that you either really like or really hate. I thought I wouldn't like it but boy I was wrong. The story picks up right away and doesn't stop until you're finished with the novel and even then you're on the edge of your seat begging for more.

Many people I've looked through didn't like it but I really want to ask those of you to give it a try, especially you male readers out there. The suspen
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Michelle
Night Runner is quite entertaining book and I would have given it 5 starts except three things bothered me.

1. Are you telling me that in the 8 years he has been at the mental hospital they have not brought a tutor in for him to continue his schooling? In what world is this even possible? Zach is not living in a third world country. From what I can gather he's in Canada. They have school there, I'm pretty sure of it, and they even have it in some of the most rural places there.

2. Vampires are not
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Suzanne
This was a super fast, light and easy read. I didn't love it, but I also didn't hate it. It did exactly what a decent book should do, provided a good distraction from my real life stress. I wish there would have been more focus on Zack's life in the mental institution because I thought that was an interesting angle, but all in all it was still pretty good. I recommend it to anyone looking for a fast paced, light weight supernatural story.
AnnMarie
3.7 Stars

I really enjoyed this vampire story. The plot twist near the end was surprising and fun. I felt the foreshadowing was a little heavy handed, but overall this was an amusing read. I think I will pick up the sequel, too.
Natalie
I really enjoyed Night Runner, a teen vampire story geared towards guys as well as gals. As I was reading it I felt like the author read Twilight and then set out to write a vampire story that guys could enjoy. So there's less romance, more action and definitely no sparkling. My favorite character was Mr. Entwistle, a 600+ year old vampire who is introduced in the story right from chapter 1. The main character, Zack, says about Mr. Entwistle: "He was a little weird. But then again, so were the r ...more
Cassie Morris
I first read this in grade nine. Being that it was an introductory book for my time in the school book club, I was quite excited to dive right into it.

The book is fairly fast paced though there are no major plot twists to speak of. Right from the beginning you realize there is something fishy about the so called strawberry smoothies. It was a fun adventure though the characters are not the most memorable and only after happening upon this book on my shelf did I remember that I had indeed read it
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Erin
Night Runner is a book filled with lots of potential, but that reads much like one, long preface. Obviously the first in an intended series, author Max Turner spends much of the book setting up the premise of the story and providing world-building, filling lots of pages with dialogue and the internal musings of the narrator. The real action of the story is confined to the last 50 pages or so, and even that receives the classic cliffhanger treatment.

Fans of vampire YA lit will probably enjoy Nig
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Just Me
If I am correct, this is the same Max Turner who is a New Testemant professor (that's what his wikipedia page says anyhow, and the books listed under his name here suggest the same thing). I have said in some of my other reviews how important my faith is to me. So finding a book of this genre written by a Christian person is really amazing. After reading Twilight, I got hooked on the genre, and some other vampire books have found their way onto my bookshelf. This particular novel will have a VER ...more
Alex
**SPOILER ALERT!**

As his first novel I can see why it was kinda unrelistic . The ending was rushed the writing , though in first person, was kinda odd, writes as if Zach was talking to you the reader. This was a cool thing but I think that during the novel Turner forgot that he was writing it like this and got disconnected from you while your reading it.
Why I say the ending was rushed and kinda bad , was because suddenly there was a fightish scene and then we think everyone is going to die , Za
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Krystle
I had no idea what to expect from this novel, and I certainly didn’t think it would turn out to be about vampires. Yes, that creature of lore I don’t really care for. I guess I must be a dunce because all the clues that led up to the revelation point where pretty clear and obvious.

To be quite honest, I never got the overload of suspense that is hinted at in the premise. Sure, there was a chase throughout the book but it never left me on the edge of my seat. In fact, the majority of the story was
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Amanda
The Nicholls Ward is all that Zack knows. He isn't crazy, but with all his allergies, he never really leaves the mental ward. It's nice enough there, and his nurse, Ophelia, is almost like a mother to him. When a strange man crashes into the ward on a motorcycle and tells Zack that someone is after him, Zack's life is forever changed. Now he's on the run, with only his best friend to turn to and enemies popping out of the woodwork. Can Zack make it out of this alive?

Night Runner is a great vampi
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Karen
Let me first start off by saying that this cover is so very cool....It is so much better in person...the eyes on the cover like glow or something. Anyway... :D

This wasn't a bad book, but there was something missing in it for me and I can't quite put my finger on it. I know there were some places that were a little slow to me or that I just didn't care for, but otherwise the book was good.

This book is about a boy named Zach who is in a psychiatric facility because both of his parents had died and
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Splash Of Our Worlds *Yiota*
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Barbara
This book is about a teenage vampire, Zach Thomson, who does not know he is a vampire when the story begins. His parents are dead, and he is raised in a mental institution by nurse Ophelia. Zach must decide whether he is going to choose good, even though it will be very difficult, or succumb to the evil impulses that try to overcome him. I won't delve farther into his choice so that I do not give anything away. It is Max Turner's first novel, and is the beginning of a series.
I wasn't sure what
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Sarah Snyder
Night Runner by Max Turner held a lot of punch. The entire story is one crazy ride in the newly exciting life of Zack Thomson. For the past eight years he had been living basically in isolation inside a mental ward. He has a plethora of allergies - including an extreme reaction to the sun. Therefore, he sleeps all day and lives at night. He also cannot stomach food, he has to drink special concoctions, which he dubs "brain cocktails". The only two friends he has are Charlie and Nurse Ophelia.

Ch
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Wilson
Night Runner:
Not Your Typical Vampire
Everything changed for Zack Thompson the day the man on the motorcycle crashed into the Nicholls Ward. The man tells Zack to run away with him and to watch out for cops as he retreats into the forest with multiple gunshot wounds. This is all a blur to Zack, until his uncle he never knew he had comes to visit him and explains to Zack that he is actually a vampire who is constantly being hunted. Night Runner, by Max Turner is a fast-paced fantasy novel that te
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Bitten By Books
My Review:
The story starts off by introducing a fifteen year old boy named Zack Thomson. His mother died when he was two and his anthropologist father was killed in a tomb cave-in five years later- while Zack watch it happen. Making Zack a orphaned when he was seven. And to make matters worse- while his father lays dying, Zack was attacked by some kind of wild dog and he ended up with a strange disease. Some people have called his illness “allergies” but whatever his condition, it causes him to
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MAX TURNER has been a high school science teacher for seven years. Night Runner is his debut novel. He lives in Ottawa with his wife and two children.
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