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The Secret Runners of New York

3.90  ·  Rating details ·  3,306 ratings  ·  505 reviews

When Skye Rogers and her twin brother Red move to Manhattan,
rumours of a coming global apocalypse are building.
But this does not stop the young elite of New York from partying without a care.


And then suddenly Skye is invited to join an exclusive gang
known as the Secret Runners of New York.

But this is no ordinary clique - they have access
Paperback, 341 pages
Published March 26th 2019 by Macmillan Australia
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Lucas Peters This all depends on what they are capable of understanding and taking in, due to explicit descriptions of suicide and depression i would say around 16…moreThis all depends on what they are capable of understanding and taking in, due to explicit descriptions of suicide and depression i would say around 16 and older, but it can change depending on the individual
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Kylie D
Another fantastic book from the pen of Matthew Reilly, this one is truly amazing. We follow the story of Skye, who, with her twin brother Red, move from Tennessee to live among the wealthy elite in the apartments surrounding New York's Central Park.

Skye and Red are enrolled at the elitist school The Monmouth, and Skye soon encounters the 'mean girls'. As Red finds himself in the popular crowd, Skye becomes an outsider, with few close friends. Then one day that changes, a chance encounter in the
Trigger warnings: slut shaming, homophobia, antisemitism, ableism, self harm, racism, drug use, murder, suicide, truly godawful mental health rep, vomit, violence, gore, misogyny.

I've been super excited about this book since it was announced. So believe me when I say I am a deeply unhappy camper right now. I wanted so desperately to love this because it ticks so many of my boxes - it's Matthew Reilly, there's Mayan stuff, and there's time travel. And yet this was a clusterfuck of epic proportio
Twin siblings, Skye and Red Rogers had no choice but to move to Manhattan when their father became unable to care for them, (plus an incident from Skye’s past had bearing on the decision) but to move in with their mother and step-father was not what Skye wished for. She and her mother had never seen eye to eye; but going to a new high school was even worse to comprehend. Red immediately slotted in with the cool kids – that was his way – but Skye was awkward and uncomfortable. It was Jenny who ma ...more
April (Aprilius Maximus)
Jun 20, 2019 rated it did not like it
Shelves: dnf, 2019
HOOOOO BOY. I was warned going into this that it was bad, but boy oh boy was this BAD. And I only read the first 37 pages!!
Here is a list of things that made me DNF this piece of trash:

- it is clear from the get-go that this is is full of telling, not showing (seriously, just read the first few lines and you'll get what I mean)
- so much slut shaming (and it's just SO obvious that this is written by a dude)
- referring to black girl's skin as 'cappuccino'. UGH, JUST... NO.
- TERRIBLE mental health
This is the perfect novel to introduce YA fans into the action-packed world(s) of Matthew Reilly.

It's not a traditional YA novel, nor is it the fast-paced, explosive thriller that most of Reilly's work is. It blends the two to create something totally unique and for that it's going to attract a wide variety of readers.

Naturally, this is my JAM.

✓Love action.
✓Love YA.
✓Love MR.
✓Love rich kid drama.

This was always going to be a win for me.

It's so strange to read Rich Kid Drama written by t
Mar 11, 2019 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: dnf
I was sent this via Netgalley for an honest review.
I'm only 5% into this book and it's already so problematic - has it not been edited?

YEP. The trifecta.
This isn't the first time a very popular male author has tried his hand at a YA novel, only to make these mistakes (I'm looking at you, Killer T).
From the girl who has Down Syndrome and is described as 'moon faced' and is part of a little sister program that is only there to SHOW THE OTHER STUDENTS HOW FORTUNATE THEY ARE.

I m
Dec 16, 2019 rated it really liked it
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Mar 24, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I always have a lot of admiration for an author who decides to try something new; sometimes it works perfectly other times it can result in a massive fail. I am pleased to add that The Secret Runners of New York falls into the latter category and was refreshingly original and hugely enjoyable. It's an all-action adventure with no unnecessary plot padding and the subject of bullying is broached in a sensitive way. I also appreciate that instead of just using time travel as the core concept there ...more
The Cats’ Mother
I adore Matthew Reilly’s books - he’s the only author I’ll buy in hardback - and love action thrillers, time travel and post apocalyptic stories, so why only 3 stars? Well unfortunately I’m just too old for YA fiction now, and this book spends way too long in Rich Mean Girl World before the action gets going, and I don’t think Reilly pulls off first person young female narrator. It was a brave move, and I admire the attempt, but if you don’t believe in the central character, you can’t love their ...more
Feb 17, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Actual rating: 3.5-4 stars. Having never tapped into Matthew Reilly before, this was my introduction to his work. For me the book was easy to follow and very fast paced but the characters annoyed me although the dynamic between the siblings was interesting. I guess I find spoilt rich kids eye roll worthy lol the mystery of missing kids in an elite school, the time travel aspect and societal breakdown in New York was what held my attention to the end. This book took me on an adventure I didn’t ex ...more
Mar 16, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: review-copies, arc
I think it’s safe to say that this was my first dystopian book ever, and it sat quite well with me. When picking up this book, I was a little skeptical, honestly, because the description said Gossip Girl meets Mad Max, and I didn’t really know what to expect. But still I was sold, because it also said it’s perfect for fans of One of Us is Lying. It wasn’t my most favourite book, but I really enjoyed reading it. So I said, why not?

The prologue got me hooked. The first few pages made me curious ab
Connor Franks
Mar 20, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2019
(3.5) If it hadn't been for the first 1/4 of this book, it would have been a solid 4 stars. The book began so slow, it was boring and I didn't think I was going to like it. But, as the story developed it picked up pace and was an amazing story.
I like the use of time travel in this book and the fact that the global apocalypse wasn't zombies but was a gama cloud, I thought this was unique as most apocalyptic books are cliche with zombies. Also, the writing was good and the gruesome, violent descr
Jun 08, 2019 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
One of the worst books that I have read in recent memory.

I have only read one Matthew Reilly book previous to my foray into Secret Runners, Contest, and I remember enjoying it. It was tightly plotted, creative, easy-to-read and fun. Secret Runners is none of those things.

Runners is about the young, rich elite (*cough* relatable) facing a world ending gamma cloud with some teen drama thrown in to keep you (un)interested.

The plot is a predictable mess. The characters are extremely shallow. The tr
This was a fast-paced and gripping story, the plot and characters of which put me in mind of a sort of lovechild of Gossip Girl, Playing Beatie Bow and The Walking Dead, Book One.
Skye and her twin brother Red have recently moved to New York City from the South, following the breakdown of their parents' marriage and their father's committal to a psychiatric institution. They've moved into ultra-exclusive apartment building "The San Remo" on Central Park West, with their mother's new partner, and
Colleen Fauchelle
Apr 04, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2019
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Tricia Rose
Proof copy provided by Pan Macmillan Aus. All opinions are my own. I don’t really know how I felt about this book. The prologue grabbed my attention straight away and I thought YES this is going to be great...but then the next 60 pages or so were so over written - focusing purely on the socialites of New York and how much they spend and how bitchy they are. I honestly felt like a male author was really struggling to write a female character and decided females simply must want to hear about desi ...more
Feb 05, 2019 rated it it was ok
Shelves: 2019-books
Well, this was a smashing disappointment. A truly weird combination of offensive, boring and his usual overly gruesome deaths (which works well in his usual stories, but really sticks out in this book).

It was definitely thrilling and really creepy during the second half of the book and these were the moments that I enjoyed. There just wasn't a lot of substance to the characters or the plot - a lot felt either really under-explained so it skimmed over the science aspects, or over-explained to dum
Apr 15, 2019 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: thriller
I have to say it’s the first time I have not like a Matthew Reilly book. There was just something about this book that grated on my nerves. Firstly, it took FOREVER to actually get going. The first half of the book was so dull and boring, I realise that this book is directed at YA but talk about over kill in that area. I just didn’t like how any of these things , like racism, homophobia, bullying and what other derogatory isms you can think were written about. Totally over it. We know for goodne ...more
Sarah (thegirltheycalljones)
DNFed around 10%. Those 10% deserves one star but there's no point rating it.

Back in the days, when I had a lot of free time, I would have kept going and suffer this book until the last page, clawing at my eyes along the way but knowing I'd get a good rant out of it.
Except the intriguing prologue, it was so bad I'm still not sure it wasn't on purpose, and I guess I'll never know. Nowadays, my daily 30 minutes of free time told me to ditch it in the nearest gutter because even if I sacrificed a w
Sahadat Hossain
Jul 04, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Not bad..not so good as other MR books...
Yet couldn’t Just stop reading..somehow it attracted me to know what happens next. What happend to the missing girls? What's gonna haplen to RED -BLUE??

To be honest, i would stop reading this book after 40% progress if it weren’t written by MR...time traveling is not my fav genre..

Yet, it’s kind of worth giving a try.
Aug 27, 2019 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: hated-it, khs-books
What a load of rubbish. Did Matthew Reilly actually write this? I find that hard to believe. This is full of brand name dropping, vacuous and utterly over the top and unrealistic conversations between characters who are boring. Gahhhh. Gutted that I spent money on this. Avoid!
Oliver Clarke
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‘The Secret Runners of New York’ describes itself as ‘Mad Max’ meets ‘Gossip Girl’. If that sounds like a weird combination it’s because it is, and as a result the book doesn’t work at all. Mathew Reilly’s books have always been a bit silly, but this YA entry takes that to new levels with a completely nonsensical plot, unpleasant characters and some frankly offensive politics. It’s readable for the most part, but a complete waste of time.
I thoroughly enjoyed this, reading it late into the night as I could not bear to put it down. So exciting and full of all of those delicious little time travel twists that I love, with the end of the world thrown in. Irresistible. And what an end of the world it is! I'm a huge fan of Matthew Reilly and this is one of his that I've enjoyed the most, only losing a star because a couple of the young teenage girls are too stereotypical. But I loved our heroine Skye and her brother Red. There are som ...more
Apr 23, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I’ve heard of Matthew Reilly for quite a while and though I told myself I’d give his books a go for ages, this is actually the first of his books I’ve read.

I smashed through this book and couldn’t put it down. Andrew still managed to finish it before me even though we were both stealing it off each other to read over the past couple of days. Highly recommend, it’s incredibly fast paced which is what I needed. To be fair, it’s a bit like having a fast food meal 💁🏻‍♀️but also maccas tastes great.

Mar 26, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was a very conflicting read, I was unaware of the author before coming across this interesting looking cover. As it has been labelled as a young adult book I was instantly intrigued about the novel, as I mostly only read YA. However it soon became apparent that this author was not familiar with YA books or their general audience. At times the writing was frighteningly offensive, which led to the low rating I have given it. The introduction was long and tiring, all manner of high school dram ...more
Apr 21, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Matthew Reilly is one of my favourite authors, his books are always action packed adventures and The Secret Runners of New York is no exception. This was a hell of a ride. 4 stars.
Samantha (Booktiamo)
Skye and her twin brother Red have just moved to New York. They are one of the more wealthy of the city and they are to start at the most exclusive school in Manhattan.

During this time the world is going crazy because some scientist said the world is going to end on March 17th (St Patricks day). With a new school and dealing with the pressures of high school and high society, Skye and her friends are out to enjoy life.

When Skye is asked to join the popular kids for a secret run, little did she k
Mar 03, 2019 rated it it was amazing
As a long time, die hard fan of Matthew Reilly, I was naturally keen to read his new stand alone novel- the secret runners of New York.
Although Matthew doesn't regard it as a young adult novel himself, it does come across as a Young adult read.
Having taken that on board, it is a well written, fast paced novel.
Whilst his Jack West Jr. and Scarecrow enthusiast fans may find it disappointing - (no maghooks ), I can assure you there are plenty of gruesome deaths, nasty characters and a new female pr
Mar 28, 2019 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Before receiving this book for review I had never heard of Matthew Reilly but its synopsis had me intrigued.

Unfortunately, "Gossip Girl meets Mad Max" this is not.

The book starts off painfully slow, with cringeworthy teenage dialogue and cardboard cutout bullies.

When the science fiction aspects of the plot finally kicked in it was actually enjoyable but for me it just felt too little, too late. I feel that if the characters were older and there were fewer YA clichés I would have really enjoyed
Feb 20, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: books-for-review
Matthew Reilly’s latest novel is set in modern day New York in a dystopian setting and includes time travel! As usual, he is always bringing new and exciting stories to life that you never expect. The intro was pretty different to his usual writing style in his novels with an older character, but he pulls the reader into the younger character base with ease as you’re introduced to the latest mystery of what is happening to the new students of this elite New York school? And, on top of missing te ...more
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Born in Sydney in 1974, Matthew Reilly was not always a big fan of reading. It was only after he read To Kill A Mockingbird and Lord of the Flies in Year 10 that he realised reading could transport you to another world. Following this revelation, Matthew soon began creating stories of his own and set about writing his first novel, Contest, at the age of 19 while still at university studying law.


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