The Secret Runners of New York, Matthew Reilly


at the school where new girls go missing, I was the new girl

When Skye Rogers and her twin brother Red move to Manhattan, rumours of a coming global apocalypse are building. But this does not stop the young elite of New York from partying without a care. And then suddenly Skye is invited to join an exclusive gang known as the Secret Runners of New York.

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4 / 5

The Secret Runners of New York got weirder and crazier as the book went on until it reached the heights of weirdness and then ended in an absolute bloodbath. It was awesome.

It’s a parallel New York of some kind

Skye Rogers (aka Blue) and her brother Red are ordinary teenagers who move to Manhattan as rumours of the end of the world are building. This book is all about rich kids having rich kid drama and I love it. There’s dresses and parties and an oncoming apocalypse and a fancy Manhattan school is plagued by missing girls. When Skye finally get into the “in crowd” with her brother she discovers a secret: one of the girls owns an ancient necklace and with it she can open a portal into a tunnel under a parallel New York.

The Secret Runners of New York is like a weird mish mash of Gossip Girl and something more apocalyptic with a dash of time travel and it was totally weird but it also worked. It made the book feel very YA but also unique. Books like The Thousandth Floor are my guilty pleasure, full of drama and pettiness, and all of this is fun and then it gets faded out for the intrigue and the mystery of the tunnel and the New York that isn’t quite right. And then after that it turns into a crazy bloodbath.

This book takes a little bit of everything and mixes it all up and it really worked for me. I definitely recommend that people give this one a shot.

My thanks to Netgalley, the publisher, and the author for an ARC of The Secret Runners of New York 

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