|Plot Summary of The Running Man|
|"A near future society is controlled by big buisness corporations who maintain orded by brainwashing society with sadistic game shows. The main character, Ben Richards enters for the deadliest game show, the running man, in order to feed his starving wife and child. The contests gives Richards some "running money" and a head start to go and hide. Thereafter, he is hunted by professional bounty hunters. Richards needs to stay alive for 30 days in order to win a million dollars. The book is a good hunt and chase novel, with themes of corruption in society and unjust treatment of socal classes. "
James Xavier, Resident Scholar
|"In a decadent, overpolluted future, the most popular game show is The Running Man, where a volunteer is hunted by bounty hunters, police, and viewers. When found, they are killed. An unemployed factory worker volunteers so he get money for his dying daughter."
Rob, Resident Scholar
|Review Analysis of The Running Man|
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Ratings are on a 1-10 scale (Low to High)
Composition of Book
Descript. of chases or violence - 20%
planning/preparing, gather info, debate puzzles/motives - 40%
Feelings, relationships, character bio/development - 20%
Descript. of society, phenomena (tech), places - 20%
FANTASY or SCIENCE FICTION?
- science fiction story
Repressive society story
- has game where people are hunted
Is this an adult or child's book?
- Adult or Young Adult Book
Really unusual traits?
- Super sensitive soggy jelly muffin
- Domed/Underground City
- near future (later in 21st century)
Takes place on Earth?
Accounts of torture and death?
- moderately detailed references to deaths
- explicit references to deaths
scientific jargon? (SF only)
- none/very little science jargon needed
- a moderate amount of scientific explanation
Sex in book?
What kind of sex:
- vague references only
- description of breasts
How much dialogue?
- significantly more descript than dialog
Note: the views expressed here are only those of the reviewer(s).
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