Book Review: The Secret Runners of New York by Matthew Reilly

Published in 2019 by Macmillan Australia, an imprint of Pan Macmillan.

Genres: Young Adult Adventure Fiction, Suspense, Thriller.

Page Count: 328 pages

My Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

Sypnosis from Pan Macmillan Australia:


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.

But this is no ordinary clique – they have access to an underground portal that can transport them into the future.

And what Skye discovers in the future is horrifying.


As society crumbles, Skye and Red race to figure out how to use their knowledge to survive the impending annihilation, they soon discover that the chaotic end of the world is perfect time for revenge…

My Review:

Uncorrected proof copy provided by Pan Macmillan Australia in exchange for an honest review, all thoughts are my own.

You know those books that you start reading and then you’re instantly filled with wonder and intrigue and timey wimey goodness and mystery? And then you are pulled more into the story and shocked and excited and CANNOT possibly envision where it might take you next? You thought you knew who to trust in the book, but now you’re not too sure? That the writing is filled with such admirable, impeccable detail, that you feel like you are right there along with the main character, navigating your way through joining a new school, trying to put past disappointment behind you, all while possibly facing the end of the world?

All these feelings and so much more was how I felt whilst reading this book, it was my first Matthew Reilly and it definitely won’t even be close to being my last! This story of Skye and The Secret Runners of New York has hands down, been one of the most adrenaline pumping, invigorating, goosebump enducing reads I have EVER read!

Every aspect was brilliant, from the description of Skye’s bedroom, her bookshelf filled with Stephen King books (arranged in publication date, of course), to the very fine beam of purple light that shine when Skye discovers a portal to…Well, you should really read the book and go on the adventure yourself and find out!

What an adventure it was! I honestly feel like I’ve read nothing like this before, I was constantly glued to the pages, going through the story as Skye, wondering if the end of the world truly was nigh, lamenting at her brother hanging out with the cool kids and feeling distant from her beloved twin, to bonding with a fellow social outcast, Jenny. I loved her as a secondary character, she’s just so fearless and it’s brilliant!

The mystery though, the disappearing girls, the snobbish, think they’re so hot and perfect popular girls, lead by Misty, who definitely is an enigma and a half, definitely had me wondering throughout who I should trust and who I should be suspicious of, but I found the twists to be so plentiful and all of the wicked, I stopped trying to piece things together and went through the story again as Skye, feeling her shock, sadness and bravery as things were coming together for real!

Hands down, a new favourite from me and I hope to earnest that this world is revisited! I cannot get over the mesmerising detail that Matthew Reilly put into this story, not only putting myself in the characters’ shoes and making me think how I would feel if the end of the world would come and society would crumble, but just thinking about the past, the present, the future, how it all twines together!

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