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Reviewed by Leah Gonzalez for Readers' Favorite
Surface Runners by Pierre Bunikiewicz is an exciting and action-packed science fiction novel that keeps readers on their toes on every page. Humanity has been forced to go underground by the machines, which now own the surface and kill any human found above ground. Only members of the elite group called Runners are allowed to the surface for minutes at a time to salvage whatever they can find amongst debris scattered around the now desert-like surface. After suffering heavy losses from recent attacks by the enemy, Command sends their best Runner to retrieve a special compound from a crashed machine. Though they pay a heavy price, they succeed in retrieving the package and execute an experiment aimed at finally destroying the machines and allowing humans to claim the surface again.
Surface Runners is a quick and exciting read. The story moves at a very fast pace and it seems like there is always something happening on each page. Author Pierre Bunikiewicz holds nothing back. The battles between man and machine are written in graphic detail. Characters are well developed and killed off in varying violent ways. Of course, there is a twist in the story and it hits you as violently as the events leading up to it. Though Surface Runners is fiction, it deals with issues that people can relate to and dives deep into what it means to be human in a time when machines and technology own the world. This book is good science fiction and I really enjoyed reading it.