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Review, Synopsis, and Summary of The Running Man

Science fiction thriller novel by Stephen King, The Running Man, was first published in 1982. The story revolves around a man who took part in a game show known as The Running Man, where people can go anywhere in the world to hide from the hunters who aim to kill them.

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Author:  Stephen King (as Richard Bachman)

Genre: Science fiction

Pages: 317

Good reads rating:  3.86/5

My Rating: 7.63/10

Published: 1982

Publisher: Signet Books

Language: English

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Review and Summary of Science Fiction Novel The Running Man

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The book starts in the year 2025 where the economy of the world becomes messed up and America is going into a totalitarian dystopia. Ben Richards a local of a fictional Co-Op city cannot find a job for himself. They blacklisted him from his trade. Cathy, his daughter, is severely ill, and she needs medicine for her treatment. His wife Sheila becomes a prostitute to bring in the money for her daughter’s treatment.

Richard is desperate to earn some money, hence he joins a government-operated television game network and after multiple physical and mental tests, he gets selected into a game. The Running Man is a violent and most popular game of the network. Dan Killian is the executive producer of this game. He explains to Richard about the challenges of the event.

In this game, contestants may go anywhere in the world but declared as an enemy of the state. They experience release and they comprise 12 hours to hide, after which it sends hunters after them to kill. For every one hour, a contestant remains hidden from the hunter, he earns $100. He gets an additional $100 for killing a hunter. If he can survive 30 days, then he will get a grand prize of $1 billion.

Viewers of the show can also get a cash prize by informing the hunters of whereabouts of the runners. They give the runners an amount to run. They give them a video camera with which they make two video messages a day and mail them to the studio.

Many events followed, and Richard found out the murder of his family before he even started the game show. Later events took place, taking the life of Richard and many other people too.

Final Say on Science Fiction Novel The Running Man

This novel receives my rating of 7.63/10 because it fulfils all the needs of a thriller and mystery. The author Stephen King covered a very debatable topic. The novel offers an enjoyable read. Would I re-read this novel? Yes. Am I glad I read it? Yes.

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