Book Review

THE RUNNING MAN by Stephen King

Rating: 3.5 / 5

I read THE RUNNING MAN by Richard Bachman aka Stephen King with a group of friends for April. This was a reread for me, so I picked up the audio from the library.

THE RUNNING MAN is set in a dystopian future. Ben Richards is desperate for money to support his family. His baby daughter is sick and they cannot afford the medicine that would make her better. They’re only option is for Ben’s wife to prostitute herself for money.

In a last-ditch attempt to get the money he needs, Ben signs up for a reality/game show. In the show he must go on the run and evade capture while the entire world has their eyes on him profiting if they can turn him in.

This was a fun reread for me though it’s not a favorite novel from King. At the time King wrote this it was at quite a bit in the future though currently it is only a few years ahead of where we are now. The future pictured is very bleak. The action remains high throughout and I listened to this over the speaker of two days.

I had forgotten most of the novel and really don’t remember anything about the movie adaptation except that it stars Arnold Schwarzenegger. Clearly it was very memorable! I did see that there is talk of a new adaptation which stays closer to King’s original vision and I would definitely want to see that.

I stretched this one a bit to fit under a book that is published anonymously since it was published by King under a pen name so he could remain anonymous in relation to this book. There is a very interesting introduction on the audiobook as well about Kings relation to his alter ego which I enjoyed a lot!

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#PopsugarReadingChallenge – a book that was published anonymously

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