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Daylight Runner

3.42  ·  Rating Details  ·  101 Ratings  ·  19 Reviews
Asking questions in Ash Harbor can get you killed.

Sol Wheat is asking a lot of questions . . . especially after his father vanishes and is accused of murder.

Outside the huge domed city, an Ice Age has transformed Earth into an Arctic desert. But inside, the Machine, protected by the Clockworkers—a fearsome police organization—has become the source of the city's energy and
Hardcover, 352 pages
Published September 23rd 2008 by HarperTeen (first published 2008)
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Apr 24, 2015 LiA rated it liked it
Shelves: kids-youth
I liked the setting, a horror vision of a post climate change world where humankind has almost mnaged to wipe itself out. Only few human beings are left, living a life in near darkness under a glass dome. Nature is extinct, and violence and corruption rule. 16 year old Sol tries to find his father and gets entangled in a lethal web of the secret police. Survival seems impossible. it is a rather blood-soaked story, though, which is kind of realistic, but an extremely and sometimes also a bit bori ...more
Jerry Ding
May 10, 2011 Jerry Ding rated it really liked it

Daylight Runner is a fictional storyline based on hardships that the human race has to endure in the future. The futuristic dystopian society is in an ice age, beyond the thick glass that surrounds the tiny city of Ash Harbour lays a desolate desert of snow. Sol Wheat is the main protagonist, along with his mentor Maslow. The beginning of the book starts off slow, and does not capture my interest, but from page 50 and on, I started developing a connection with Sol, as I could reflect myself in h
Jennifer Wardrip
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Asking questions in Ash Harbor can get you killed.

Sol Wheat is asking a lot of questions . . . especially after his father vanishes and is accused of murder.

Outside of the huge domed city, an Ice Age has transformed Earth into an Arctic desert. But inside, the Machine, protected by the Clockworkers--a fearsome police organization--has become the source of the city's energy and a way for industrial leaders to wield enormous power. When a rogue org
Oct 07, 2009 John rated it liked it

CAUTIONARY NOTE: I'm not 100% sure, but I think this was sent to me by the publisher as a freebie. I declare this because I'd not want to be fined $11,000 by some acne-packed bureaucrat.

It's not so long in the future and what's left of humanity is living in an enclosed environment called Ash Harbor; outside is not the arid desert environment we can in reality expect but a world in the grip of an ice age. Young Sol Wheat and his friends reveal that Ash Harbor is being run by corporate fascists wh
Daylight Runner was like a lite/young Jason Bourne type story. While I liked the setting, it needed better description. The author spent too much time telling about it instead of showing it. The plot is definitely recycled, but still something that stirs emotion and reaction anyway. Toward the conclusion of the story it began to drag on (maybe that was me wanting to get it over with so I could start another book), and many of the story elements seemed disjointed or unnecessary. There were many e ...more
Oct 29, 2008 MountainLaurel rated it did not like it
Definitely a boybook. Mostly action, long chase and fight scenes that I found confusing, and on top of that the emotions were so random and inconsistent that I never would've believed them! Oisín McGann seemed to be trying to make the book believable and interesting and more than just a crummy action novel, but he pretty much failed. It took me a long time to read and for the last 50 pages or so, I was just trying to finish it and didn't care very much about the conclusion. Maslow was the only ( ...more
Jan 05, 2009 Patricia rated it really liked it
In a future world where a new ice age has taken over, people live in a domed city and things are breaking down and wearing out, when Sol's father disappears. As Sol tries to find out what happened, he discovers that there is a group called the Clockworkers, who are making people disappear, sabotaging factories and apartment buildings, etc. in the huge city. This is a thriller with lots of action and violence, some drug use- "stem". Good story!
Nov 09, 2009 melissa1lbr rated it it was ok
Shelves: young-adult
I had a hard time getting into and enjoying this dystopian book. Not enough action and not enough explanation. Full review at One Librarian's Book Reviews.
Rebecca Heywood
May 13, 2013 Rebecca Heywood rated it really liked it
It was a very interesting read. It was very creative, if not a little unbelievable. It took me awhile to figure out who were the good guys and who were the bad guys. When I found out, I was slightly surprised, but it made sense. I did enjoy it.
Dec 02, 2008 Alex rated it liked it
When Sol's dad goes missing, Sol moves outside of his normal return to track down his father and he keeps running into the mysterious Clockworkers.
Good fast paced action but with a confusing world set up that is neverly fully clarified.
Dec 02, 2008 Jenni rated it liked it
Shelves: quick-reads
Okay, sometimes the futuristic things can be fun--this one's about how people survive through the ice age (the one that's supposed to be coming) and all of the betrayal, murder, and conspiracies that go along with a milling people in a small space.
Dec 09, 2009 Julie rated it liked it
This is quite Orwellian and a little dark, but it's full of adventure and intrigue. I enjoyed reading it and was absorbed into this future world where only pockets of humanity struggle to exist.
Jul 10, 2009 Maren rated it really liked it
Despite what I felt was a little too much language for a teen read, the story itself was very interesting and gripping. Very enjoyable alternate reality.
Jan 29, 2009 Samantha marked it as to-read
I loved this book even though I had a hard time getting started after the first 10 pages I was flying through it!
Keith Istre
Aug 24, 2013 Keith Istre rated it really liked it
Great novel about a colony that is a machine that is powered by the activities of its people's everyday motion of life.
Aug 22, 2009 Sarah rated it it was ok
Shelves: scifi, teen
A creative, original world, sadly ruined by paper-thin characters.
Michael Baker
Jan 24, 2010 Michael Baker rated it it was amazing
Great book! A wonderful look at a utopian future. :)
Lorynne Machado
It was superb! Filled with tons of action.
Good book.
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Born in Dublin in 1973, Oisín spent his childhood there and in Drogheda, County Louth. He started writing and illustrating stories in copybooks when he was about six or seven, setting himself on a path that would steer him well clear of ever obtaining of a proper job.

Despite his writing habit, he spent most of school convinced he was going to become a zoologist, an aspiration he lost after taking
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