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Night Runner

(Night Runner #1)

3.52  ·  Rating details ·  1,742 ratings  ·  214 reviews
For Zack Thomson, life in the Nicholls Ward wasn't so bad. After his parents died, he developed strange allergies, and the mental institution was the only place where he could be properly looked after. As strange as it was, it was home. But that all changes the night a stranger on a Harley crashes through the front doors and tells him to run. Along with his best friend Cha ...more
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Published September 1st 2009 by St. Martin's Griffin (first published August 9th 2008)
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Aug 17, 2009 rated it it was ok
Shelves: read-2009
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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 -
Sarah Gonzalez
Oct 24, 2010 rated it really liked it
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.

Aug 11, 2009 rated it did not like it
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Aug 16, 2009 rated it liked it
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 reads t
Kaycee Looney
Jun 11, 2011 rated it did not like it
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
Ginger Woods
Jun 16, 2017 rated it liked it
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
Beagle Lover (Avid Reader)
3.5 stars

Read this book years I would not feel at ease with myself offering a full review.
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
Mar 13, 2010 rated it really liked it
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
Nov 05, 2010 rated it really liked it
Shelves: ya, urban-fantasy
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
Jul 21, 2009 rated it liked it
Shelves: own
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
Dec 26, 2010 rated it it was amazing
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
Jennifer Wardrip
Aug 27, 2009 rated it really liked it
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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'
Jun 26, 2010 rated it really liked it
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Jan 06, 2011 rated it liked it
Shelves: ya
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 (Booksforbreakfast)
Jun 28, 2010 rated it it was amazing
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
Feb 27, 2010 rated it liked it
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. ...more
Mar 21, 2012 rated it liked it
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.
Jul 29, 2013 rated it liked it
Interesting twist on the vampire theme. Curiously satisfying though.
Aug 01, 2018 rated it liked it
Ok, so writing a review without giving away the main crux of the story is going to be tricky, but let’s see how this goes...

For a teenager horror story, this one is easy to get into. A simple plot, even the most reluctant or struggling reader would catch on to the protagonist’s dilemma. Zack, living in a Mental Institution (seriously, I’m not joking) has the weirdest of lives but tragically accepts it all as normality. It didn’t take long for me to realise what was going on, before the ‘Big Reve
Emmalyn Carlise
Jan 06, 2018 rated it liked it
I enjoyed this book quite a bit. It does suffer from some first-time author problems, but it was still a good novel that kept my attention. The slow pacing was not a problem for me because I don't need or require novels to have constant action. Some of my favorite parts were the scenes most people consider "slow". The main character Zack was a pretty cool protagonist. There is a sad lack of male protagonists in vampire stories so I am always happy when I find one in a decent book.

Some things I
Dec 10, 2019 rated it really liked it
Night Runner is a book about many things of adventure, mystery and action it has many themes throughout the book. This book’s audience is guided towards younger people more or so teenagers as many of the book’s characters are teens to give examples would be the main character Zachery and his friend.

The book’s about Zachery Thomson, he’s a very interesting character with many interesting traits like his unique allergies which restrict his diet to only strawberry smoothies which he oddly calls “br
Hannah Belyea
Jul 19, 2018 rated it liked it
Zack is slowly growing accustomed to his life in the Nicholls Ward, where his strange allergies can be monitored - but when a stranger attempts to force him out and warns him to run away, he finds his peaceful life thrown out the window as he and his new friends race for answers. Turner will have fans of mystery and action pleasantly pleased with this entertaining adventure. What more could there be about his life that Zach doesn't know!? ...more
Jan 19, 2017 rated it it was ok
Shelves: fantasy
This book was just bad. Poor dialogue. Mixed metaphors. A dumbass for a main character. Here's just one example of how poorly written it is: "I'd never been in an airplane cockpit before, but I'd seen them in movies, and I'll bet you this car had more dials, buttons and screens than a space shuttle."

And on top of that, I knew almost ever "twist" before it even happened.
Jul 07, 2018 rated it did not like it
Shelves: own
Without a doubt the worst book I’ve ever read. The actions of the characters in this book were so infuriating I felt physically angry.
Jon Pendragon
Feb 08, 2020 rated it liked it
Great besides the insta love -.-
Olivia Rose
I loved this book, I remember reading it when I was young and still remembered bits of it. I don't think I'll be reading the sequels though ...more
Nov 17, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Max Turner. Night Runner. New York: St. Martin's Griffin, 2008.

If I asked you to think of a vampire, odds are you would think of two things. First you would think of two shirtless men with washboard abs fighting over a decent looking girl. The other image popping into your head would probably be a Dracula-type figure. He is somewhat old, very threatening, sucks blood for survival or even amusement at times. He can control people with just a bite or a look into their eyes. He cannot be seen in a
Oct 23, 2009 rated it liked it
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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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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