Author(s): Matthew Reilly
THE COMING END 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. CAN YOU KEEP A SECRET? 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. RUN! AS FAST AS YOU CAN! 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...
Skye and her twin Red have moved to Manhattan to live with their mother, whom they despise, and her Wall Street titan husband. At their new elite school for rich kids Red is soon invited to join the in-crowd, controlled by the devious Misty, while Skye just hopes to survive under the radar in this social jungle.
Meanwhile, scientists are debating whether the end of the world is nigh as Earth is due to pass through a gamma cloud in a few months time and the radiation could wipe out most of the population instantly. The rich listers have been buying space in an exclusive fallout bunker just in case, but they are still happy to carry on their hedonistic lifestyles.
However, Misty’s exclusive gang has a secret – access to an underground portal under Central Park that transports them into the future and back again. When Skye is invited to join the Secret Runners of New York, as they style themselves, she discovers a horrifying scenario. Some people will survive the gamma cloud, but can she alter the fates mapped out? And what will happen once Misty finds out about Skye’s relationship with Bo, the boy she claims for herself?
Reilly is a superstar author of the adult Scarecrow and Jack West series and in this YA thriller he has created an exhilarating and terrifying apocalyptic drama that mixes anarchy, time travel, romance and revenge.
A huge fan of time travel stories (he is a self-confessed Back to the Future superfan), Reilly has had fun “planting clues in one time and revealing them in another”.
“I wanted to write a story set in the present and also in a very peculiar future, one that is both uncertain and ugly, so that readers will be concerned about what happens to our lead characters.”
Fast-paced and with multiple plot twists, Secret Runners is a brilliantly imagined read for age 14+
What would you do if you could step into the future? What might the world look like in twenty years' time? If you left now for then - and got stuck - would anything even change at all? Matthew Reilly turns your brain into spaghetti and sets your heart racing with this new thriller! -- Adam, staff member