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The Secret Runners of New York

Narrated by: Jacqui Duncan
Length: 8 hrs and 17 mins
Categories: Young Adults, Ages 13 & Up
4.5 out of 5 stars (338 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

'The windows on all the skyscrapers are smashed....

No power, no lights, no people....

It's a parallel New York of some kind.'

The coming end.

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.

Can you keep a secret?

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 to an underground portal that can transport them into the future. 

And what Skye discovers in the future is horrifying.

Run! As fast as you can!

As society crumbles, Skye and Red race to figure out how to use their knowledge to survive the impending annihilation. They soon discover that the chaotic end of the world is the perfect time for revenge....

©2019 Matthew Reilly (P)2019 Pan Macmillan AU
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Just Okay..

Enjoyed the book but not something I could ever re-read. The story had some good twists and character development but not overly compelling.

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Fun book from exciting Australian author

I love Matthew Reilly books. I found myself about an hour and a half from the end when I had to wait over the weekend to finish. I woke up one night wondering how he was going to finish the story.
Good to see him try a female protagonist. The school scenes initially seemed a bit long, but I saw the point as the book went along.

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Pretty good

Interesting storyline and concept.

The ending left me a bit cold and I didn't enjoy it as much as I thought I would, but worth buying.

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  • Gav
  • 01-10-2019

Great! fast paced and very entertaining.

loved this book - not what I expected at all. typical fabulous Matthew Reilly. Hope there is a sequel.

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exciting, mysterious and a thriller

this audiobook was very well narrated, a voice suited to a story told by a 16 year old.
the story was thrilling, a little chilling at times, but an all round success suited to teens (and adults who enjoy a lighter tale every now and then!)
some of the story felt a bit obvious or familiar (other tv/movies/books) but in all a very exciting story, as I've learnt to expect from Matthew Reilly.

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Excellent addition to the Reilly catalogue

A well thought out story that is ckassed as a Young Adult novel based on the main protaganist but in truth an adult read

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Usually a fan

I am usually a huge Matthew Riley fan, but I didn’t enjoy this book at all. Was not his usual style.

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Light on and slow to get going

Great concept but disappointing execution from this author. Lots of details about nothing (high society) for the first half before finally the story gets going, and then it lacks depth. It really is a pity this concept is wasted on this book.

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Absolutely fantastic story - spoiler free

Although centred around teenage characters, this book is for adults as well.

Matthew Reilly gifts us a well researched novel with an intricate, twisting plot. The writing style is well paced, links between events flow beautifully and the characters feel real.
Jacqui Duncan did a wonderful job of bringing Matthew Reilly’s world alive, her accent, pauses, pace and tone made for an easy and thoroughly enjoyable listen.

I often found myself so caught up in the story that I had finished my chores and actively searched for more dishes to wash so I would have an excuse to keep listening. I have been a fan of Matthew Reilly’s work since I opened Ice Station while still in high school in the early 2000s and I feel privileged to have had my formative years enriched by his work. I could not recommend this book more highly to anyone looking for an engaging and fast paced story about the prelude to the end of the world and beyond, and especially to those already fans of Matthew Reilly.

You will not regret it.

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cliche

Shallow stereotyped high school drama, so annoying i nearly didn't finish the book.
Doesn't really go anywhere until about half way.
None of the characters are likeable, complex or deep so it's very hard to get invested.
If you like spoilt cheesy American high school drama, then this book is for you.
it may make a good apocalyptic film one day.... if only for the visuals.
(the narrator only makes it worse)
Recommended for teens.

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  • Andrew
  • 09-02-2020

Another romping Matthew Reilly adventure

Loved it. Was glad to see another story from the female voice. And time travel as well, win!

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  • Dona
  • 24-05-2019

A time travel book for teenagers

I chose this book because my favorite genre is time travel and I enjoy most of Matthew Reilly’s books. It took me awhile to get into it because the time travel element took awhile to come about. Also it is really geared toward teenagers.
Once I finally got into the story I enjoyed the book.
During an interview with the author, Reilly stated that this was a stand alone book but I wonder if that is true as there seems to be clues to the possibility of more to come.
One thing I DID NOT like about the book was the use of the “f” word. Now I was a high school teacher/librarian so I know that some teenagers use profanity but not all, so I don’t know why authors have to include this type of language. I currently volunteer in a library at a Christian school and would have recommended this book it it hadn’t used the profanity.

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  • Darrell
  • 28-03-2019

Great book

Not only for ya even though characters are teens, very enjoyable, highly recommend it for adults. 😊🐾🐾