Sand Runner by Vera Brook (Book Review #164)

This review was kindly requested by Vera Brook. 

Sand Runner is a Young Adult, Science Fiction novel written about a boy named Kaiden Reed. Kai enters a running competition only to get a kiss from Sara, a girl he is infatuated with. He finishes first and receives his prize but then is invited to compete in the No Limits Race, a race featuring ten runners on ten various tracks in as many days as possible. The prize this time is much grander than a kiss. It provides a life of luxury. Kai is sure that if he wins that race, then he can impress Sara enough to be with him.

Emily Starr trains Kai for the race. She is an agent. Kai has to give up his human form by going through an operation becoming half human and half machine. The two follow a journey where many unpredicted events occur and things become not what they seem.

I particularly enjoyed the teenage factor in the story. The author did not miss the element of understanding that above everything else, the dialogues and the nature of the personalities have to remain true to the age of the characters. Many authors miss this factor and so I was pleasantly satisfied with Sand Runner.


I could not help myself but think how some aspects of the book was similar to The Hunger Games, where it is like a reality show and people do not see what goes on behind the scenes.

The literature standard was perfectly suited for the genre and the layout of the chapters, paragraphs and the format structure for the book was very well thought through.

I believe that everything set aside, meaning his backstory; Kai, in particular, was a very well written character. I also enjoyed how twisted Emilie’s character was portrayed. The fact that the contenders had to choose and risk their lives transforming their own nature to something else just to participate in a race, fully knowing that they may not even win was very intriguing to me.

I believe this book is a very well suited story for the young adult readers and anyone that enjoys dystopian novels.

Written by Jeyran Main

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