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Data Runner

(Data Runner #1)

3.64  ·  Rating details ·  192 ratings  ·  50 reviews
In the not-too-distant future, in what was once the old City of New York, megacorporations have taken over everything. Now even the internet is owned, and the only way to transmit sensitive information is by a network of highly skilled couriers called “data runners” who run it over the sneakernet. It is a dangerous gig in a dirty world, but Jack Nill doesn’t have much choi ...more
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Published June 25th 2013 by Diversion Books (first published May 16th 2013)
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Jul 01, 2013 rated it really liked it
I’m not a fan of sci-fi movies or sci-fi books, but the combination of this book’s title, cover and blurb intrigued me to no end and I just had to read it to see what it’s all about. Admittedly, I have watched a couple of terrific sci-fi movies (think I, Robot and The Fifth Element to name a few memorable ones), and have recently finished a techno-thriller with tons of sci-fi elements by Boyd Morrison. So I’m no stranger to this genre and won’t shy away from reading it as long as the story stays ...more
Apr 23, 2013 rated it really liked it
I got a copy from NetGalley for review in exchange for an honest review

The Data Runner is certainly an unique book in it's genre. There is lots of action, which in this case mean lots of running around. The story is the most important part in this book.

The story starts off a bit strange, the prologue is actually a scene from later in the book, but when I started the book I didn't realize that and it left me a bit confused. Then when the story really starts it starts with a conversation full of t
Brigid ✩

You can also read this review on Flying Kick-a-pow! Reviews.

Thank you NetGalley for providing me with an ARC of this book!

Actual rating: 2.5 Stars

Red Tail turns her attention back to her thin screen, and we walk in silence for a few minutes, giving me a chance to take in everything she's just told me. But soon her expression changes, seemingly from some disturbing piece of information she's just received.

"What is it?" I ask.

"Look, you've come into this at a very awkward time. This is going to s
Experiment BL626
Hipsters versus evil corporations and their hired thugs. The book read like an action movie but without the plot holes and indigestible contrivances.

+ the characters

The good guys were a bit full of themselves. Parkour was cool. Community was cool. Staying in school and going to college, cool. Hacking and beating the man, guess what? Cool, too. (They never used the word “cool” but the sentiment was apparent.) While I liked that the characters had passion and goals, they went a bit overboard with
S.M. Blooding
May 28, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: sci-fi, young-adult
This isn’t a book for the people who want an easy, brain candy experience. You’re gonna have to pay attention, and you’re gonna have to think. With that said, there wasn’t a single time when I was ever lost. I’m in Editing Hell, which means long hours, long days, constant work, no play. Basically a brain DRAIN. All the information was presented in a way that I was able to pick it up as he was putting it down.

I devoured this book! It was exactly what I was looking for. Okay. Not exactly. We’ll ge
May 16, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Seventeen-year old Jack Nill and his father Martin Baxter live in the not-too-distant future in a city what was once New York. Many things have changed since Martin Baxter’s childhood: a small number of mega-corporations have taken control of the country and they are striving for more. Those mega-corps have a finger in every pie, they operate the army, manipulate the water market and of course, the independence and neutrality of the internet is part of a bygone halcyon era. Today, you cannot sen ...more
May 30, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This review originally published in Looking For a Good Book. Rated 4.0 of 5

Set in the not-too-distant future, Data Runner is a an action-packed thrilling ride.

A few giant mega-corporations own nearly everything - including the internet. The only way to transmit sensitive data is to employ runners to carry the data from one location to another. They do this by getting the digital information injected into a special device inside the runner and it is extracted when the runner reaches the rendezvou
May 08, 2013 rated it really liked it
The text may contain spoilers!

There are no limits. Only plateaus...

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I received this book via email by Diversion Books in exchange for honest review. The title reminded me of PK. Dick classic Blade Runner, but soon after i start reading i realised there is nothing in common /except the cyber punk anti utopian w
Jenny - Book Sojourner
Apr 22, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: e-arc, read-in-2013
Dual mom and teenage son review
3.5 to 4 Stars

My Review (4 Stars):

I admit I'm probably not the target audience for this book. I got it because I thought my teenage son would like it and I wanted to read something alongside him. I admit in the beginning, there was so much new information - new cities and corporations, lots of techy and Parkour jargon to take in - that I was worried it would either overwhelm me or bore me. I started highlighting passages hoping I'd remember everything. But once I
Braxton Cosby
Jun 18, 2013 rated it really liked it
(Original Article)

I’m running. I’m running. And I can’t stop. As an ex-track athlete who spent most of his time doing the exact same thing in high school and college, I can appreciate a good run. I was a hurdler. Leaping over a 42 inch barrier, running full speed, with multiple adversaries in the adjacent lanes next to you is no small feat. It takes a great degree of focus and energy. More than that, there is an unwritten importance of keeping your eyes ahead of you on the
Oh my god. This is such a brilliant book. Insta-fave.

EDIT: 5/29/13

I absolutely LOVED this book. It's rare enough to find good sci-fi books that guys can enjoy, but even harder to find books that have parkour in it. Usually it's called something else, like SILENT SHADOW FLOWS OVER LAMP or something equally cheesy and kung fu-y.

I found the beginning a little bit disorienting, because Patel just decided to throw all this new "future" vocab at you, and literally, it's introduced like this--

Jul 17, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2013, ebooks
Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book via to review.

Data Runner, the name alone makes me think of Shadow Run, with shadowy hackers breaking into corporations and taking their data for fun and profit. There is a bit of similarity in this book but it's of a different nature. Patel creates an interesting vision of the future where "data runners," or people who load up data into their bodies and currier it from location to location, help form the culture of our world. Our protagon
May 02, 2013 rated it really liked it
This book focuses on Jack Nill who is a data runner. When I first began reading this, I was ver confused. Nothing made sense and I felt like starting a new book but I'm glad I decided to read this to the end. The first 3 chapters or so will confuse you because of all the terms the author uses and goes straight into the story which made no sense because I knew nothing about data runners and what they do.

Jack's job is to get data and run to another point to transfer the data without getting caught
Mandi Kaye Ottaway
Jul 05, 2013 rated it really liked it
Reviewed at (7/8/13)

This book had a very very slow start to it. I wasn't sure I was going to finish it, to tell you the truth. It's a very different sort of book than I normally read, and it opened with an information dump to acclimate the reader to the unique world of the story. It was confusing and difficult to follow at times.

And then when I realized how much of the story relied on the fad of parkour, I definitely almost put it down. That trend went vi
Jun 07, 2013 rated it really liked it
I received an advanced copy of this book from NetGalley to review.

I thoroughly enjoyed this book. It was full of action and had a realistic rendering of the future. I liked the addition of parkour to the story. It was integrated well and made sense. The sport was explained well for those who were unfamiliar with it. There aren't a lot of YA books about it so that was nice. The philosophy behind parkour was explained well. The sense of community the boys had was relatable. Some of the hacking stu
Tellulah Darling
May 15, 2013 rated it really liked it
Yay for this book! It's been a while since I read such fun sci-fi. What I love about the best sci-fi is not aliens or futuristic technology but how it illuminates important social, political and cultural issues in our world. And Data Runner does not disappoint.

It touches on timely issues like fraking, water rights and combines it with great world building, fun data running, engaging conflict and great characters. Data Runner reminded me of the storytelling I enjoyed so much in early William Gibs
Annabelle Heath
There was a lot I was ready to love about this – cool sci-fi concept, check, computers and hackers, check, youngster taking down super mega corporation, check. And in a lot of ways these elements were all portrayed with a degree of realism that made Data Runner not any old YA Sci-Fi Lite. It had big ideas, and a level of technical accuracy that made it challenging and realistic.

But that, unfortunately, also came with a level of technobabble that at times made it close to unreadable.

I have a fair
Arra Abella
Jul 11, 2013 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Young Adult, Science Fiction
First of with the cover, it was very futuristic. You'll know from there what will be the focus of the book. It screams technology and how it will be twenty or thirty years from now. The numbers also reminded me of the Matrix.

Anyway, I've always wondered how the internet really works, how it goes straight to our computers, tablets, etc. It made me think if it's tangible, if it goes through wires like electricity. Then I read about fiber optics. So it made me think where these "coils" can be found
Anirudh Jain
Dec 11, 2016 rated it really liked it
4.5 stars only because of the orignality of concept.
Being an avid science fiction reader I have seen nearly all the subgeners and combinations. Be it detective+ science fiction, action+ science fiction or video games coming to life I have been through the whole nine yards.
This is the first time I am seeing the elements of parkour and science fiction come together in a novel. The description of the parkour moves being performed by Jack Nill and the other characters are extremely vivid. Kudos to S
Apr 26, 2013 rated it liked it
Shelves: netgalley
Data Runner, the debut novel by Sam A. Patel is, in a way, my favorite kind of sci-fi. It's a tale set in the near future which serves as a critique of current day practices and policies. We meet Jack, a 17 year old techie/parkour practitioner. He lives outside what used to be New York City, except now America has been split into a number of nation-states and free cities tightly entangled with megacorporations. Jack becomes a data runner, sort of like a bike messenger for data - without the bike ...more
Jun 19, 2013 rated it liked it
Shelves: science-fiction
Data Runner is a fast-paced YA debut novel by Sam A. Patel. Data runners are couriers who transmit information securely by means of chips implanted in their arms. The job is risky as interceptors or destructors are often after that same sensitive information.

Jack Nil needs money to clear his father's debt and decides to take an offer from a company that runs data. Jack's parkour skills and keen intelligence are the reason he has been recruited, and he will need those qualities in this hazardous
Fraser Simons
Jan 20, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: cyberpunk
4/5 Data Runner, I really enjoyed this book.

“There are no limits, only plateaus.”

In a not too distant future Jack, a young high school student with a lot of tech know-how, finds himself in a predicament. His father has lost 50,000k and the only way he knows how to make enough money by the time he needs it, is to become a Data Runner.

Megacorps reign supreme and although it is a dystopia, it instead focuses on people in a community without running water (drawing on a lot of Flint coverage) due t
Jul 25, 2013 rated it liked it
Shelves: arc, for-review
Originally posted at The Cozy Armchair.

I’ve been on a sci-fi binge recently (i.e. since the summer of Star Trek, as I’ve taken to calling it), so I’ve jumped at every opportunity to read YA sci-fi whenever I can. Data Runner presented an interesting concept because it’s set in a future where megacorporations have taken over the nation and own everything, even the Internet, so the only safe way to transmit information is in the bodies of couriers called “data runners”. Enter Jack, our main charac
Kayla D
A free digital copy of this book was procured via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

Originally seen at: The Bookish Owl

Data Runner was the very definition of riveting. I was on tenterhooks while reading it. I will never regret the day that I requested this from NetGalley.

Data Runner had a very fascinating concept, which was expertly delivered by Sam Patel. The dystopian world would have been better if it weren’t written in such confusing terms. I thought that the different layers of the
Philip Hoffman
Aug 20, 2014 rated it really liked it
Data Runner is Johnny Mnemonic plus Speed; a world where data is physically downloaded into a person, and then that person delivers it at breakneck speeds without ever stopping. It is like a Tom Cruise chase scene from beginning to end; arms and legs pump at a furious rate, it's full of intensity, and you have a smile on your face the whole time. It's a Parkour exhibition, with a dash of cyberpunk mega corporations as its playground. And a fun, enjoyable romp through that playground it is.

It's a
Apr 22, 2013 rated it it was ok
* Review copy c/o Netgalley

Data Runner centres around a rather unique premise which combines the idea of hand delivering important information with the intriguing art of parkour. In this version of the future important information is carried by ‘data runners’ via chips embedded in their skin. But being a data runner is no easy job, with people out to intercept the information at any cost – including cutting off the arms of the runners – it’s a dangerous world to be a part of. Our protagonist, ma
May 26, 2013 rated it liked it
So, are you looking for something that is derivative of Gibson's "Johnny Mnemonic" or the movie "Wanted," but not as well-written?
Bully for you-you have found just such a place.
I usually don't do 'synopsis,' but as this was an advanced reader edition I will do a brief: Boy in dystopian future runs data in a chip stored in his arm. What's this? Data that could bring down the evil megacorporation? And it has been entrusted unto me?! Forsooth!
Yeah, yeah. You've heard it before.
But still...
After get
Cheree Smith
Jun 19, 2013 rated it really liked it
This is definitely a unique book with an interesting concept and that's what drew me to it. Jack is a free runner, an expert in parkour, in a not-too-distant future where megacorporations rule and even the internet is owned by someone. The only way to transmit data is through the use of data runners, which is a dangerous job in itself. Jack is pulled into the world of data running to get his father out of a serious gambling debt and is recruited by one of the top and most secretive data running ...more
Lucie Paris
Dec 01, 2013 rated it liked it
3.5 stars

Lively, absorbing and super interesting!

A mixture between races by the Yamakasis, a hint of the atmosphere of "Jumper" and the tv show Dark Angel.
It's futuristic while being very contemporary at the same time. This story really blew me away. If at first, I frowned to understand the complexity of the different organizations, as soon as the action is taking place, the story becomes a really fast pace and addictive.

The reader finds himself running in the middle of the city to get rid of
Wayne McCoy
Apr 23, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: young-adult
'Data Runner' takes the old computing concept of sneakernet and updates it into a pretty good futuristic YA novel.

Jack Nill lives with his father in what used to be part of New York. Things have been been better for the two of them and they've had to move into a poorer neighborhood to make things meet. Jack's dad is pretty clever with technology, but he's got a gambling debt. Jack runs in a parkour club with friends. This brings him to the attention of a group of data runners. Data runners use h
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