After reading “The Long Walk”, it was recommended that I read some of the other Bachman books. I happened upon “The Running Man” at the library and decided to check it out. I have heard of the movie version but have never seen it, I am not a Schwarzenegger fan. From reading about the movie version, it seems quite different from the book, and I am glad that it was so.
The Running Man is the tale of Ben Richards, a man struggling to keep his family afloat in a dystopian world. Pollution, poverty and crime run rampant. Desperate people can approach the Games Network in the hopes of getting cast on one of their programs. These include “Treadmill to Bucks” in which heart and lung patients answer trivia questions while running on an escalating speed treadmill, “Swimming with Crocodiles” and of course the titular “Running Man”.