Alone, Reid gasps in one deep breath, another. It hurts his ribs, his lungs. He manages to roll over on his right side and regrets it. His shoulder screams in protest. Still, he is finally able to wriggle his numb hands loose from what holds him and claws at the cloth around his eyes.
Darkness. But not complete. The moon is up. Trees loom over him, the smell of spruce and fresh air so sharp it almost hurts. He jerks at the plastic ties around his ankles while. his vision swims through a veil of pain-laden tears. He manages somehow to force his screaming hands to work the ties loose and he is free.
Sixteen-year-old Reid thinks life is back to normal. His sister Lucy pulls herself together and cuts him free from a year of foster care. She promises to take care of him, that her new boss and her new life are what they both needed to start again. Until Reid is taken in the middle of the night, dumped in a wild stretch of forest far from home with no idea why he is there. Lost and afraid, he learns to run from the hunters who prowl the darkness, their only pleasure chasing down kids like him. And killing them.
Run is the first in a quad series and a roller coaster of a story. Parts were fast paced and filled with tension and others were filled with promise of speed. I found the first 2/3 on the slow side. Reid was figuring out how to stay alive and monologing through the whole thing. I found myself often theorizing and Larsen would have supported or debunked my guess in the next sentence. The sparse backstory helped break up the non-stop pace and left me begging for more answers. Run is NOT a stand-alone novel. You will be chomping at the bit to get the sequel, Hide. Once secondary characters were introduced (and survived), the pace REALLY picked up. I did find a few choppy spots in the Kindle version that I read, seemed like I was missing words or sentences between page ‘turns’. We live-stream chatted with the author and now I am even more driven to read Hide and get a few answers to all my burning questions!