by B. R. Collins
In BriefWelcome to the Maze: a virtual-reality online world so compelling that most of the world’s population is addicted. When Rick’s father Daed asks him to venture into the Roots of the Maze to assassinate another player, Rick has no idea that his life is about to change forever. When Daed falls out of favour with Crater, the ruthless corporation that runs the Maze, Rick is faced with difficult choices and dangers he could never have imagined as he struggles to escape his gilded cage.
Why you should read itAn exciting plot and fast action sequences, combined with themes of truth, reality, pride and the misuse of power, make Gamerunner a compelling read. Allusions to the classical myth of Daedalus and Icarus provide a fascinating sub-text that complements the themes and ideas of the book. An atmospheric, gripping and thoughtful young adult novel.