The Running Man Book Summary and Study Guide

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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.
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The review of this Book prepared by Rob

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.
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Plot & Themes

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    -   Yes Repressive because:    -   has game where people are hunted Is this an adult or child's book?    -   Adult or Young Adult Book

Main Character

Identity:    -   Male Profession/status:    -   unemployed Age:    -   20's-30's Really unusual traits?    -   Super sensitive soggy jelly muffin


Terrain    -   Domed/Underground City Earth setting:    -   near future (later in 21st century) Takes place on Earth?    -   Yes

Writing Style

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?    -   Yes What kind of sex:    -   vague references only    -   description of breasts How much dialogue?    -   significantly more descript than dialog

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