I absolutely loved this book. I'm a big fan of the movie. However, the novel does not have much in common with its movie counterpart. The movie is almost an entirely different story, extremely action oriented. Whereas the novel had a very different approach.I was always rooting for Richards during the movie. Reading the novel I couldn't help but feel a bit afraid thinking about RIchards' situation. Imagining myself being hunted down and cornered left me feeling a tad freaked out. The further I got through the book, the harder it became to put it down. I kept thinking 'how the hell is Richards going to get out of this one?'. And that ending... Just wow.
I am only leaving this review for one purpose, to warn you about a spoiler in the intro. Don't worry I am not going to spoil it for you to. In the intro by King called The Importance of Being Bachman, he quite literally tells you the ending. It took a lot of the fun out of the book, and I just wanted to let others know that the spoiler was in there.
Meet Ben Richards, one of the faceless millions who are supposed to keep their mouths shut, work hard in exploding conditions of filth, disease & pollution and enjoy a brief escape through the government-sponsored game shows, which may give some of those desperate enough a chance for brief fame, before they die chasing the huge payout for their efforts.
Richards washed out of a variety of menial jobs and has a wife & sick daughter to support, so he decides to take his chances at becoming a game show contestant. He is selected to be in The Running Man, where the riches are enormous for the winner; but not one person has survived to reap that glory.
Author Richard Bachman (Stephen King) takes the reader through the violent chase for survival by Richards and the pursuit by professional hunters, with every citizen a possible game show snitch. In this intense story, Richards may be welcomed into the government machine, if he is willing to sell his soul to those who...
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