Star Runners is a quick and enjoyable read, aimed mainly at the YA age range, but with enough going on within its pages to appeal to many a science fiction fan. The first half of the novel focuses on Austin, building his character and defining what he stands for, but it is a little slow to really get going. However, this background and scene-setting ultimately helps once events are moved off-planet with the revelation that Star Runners is anything but a simple video game. It is here that the meat of the story lays, with Thomas doing a thorough job of bringing the reader up to speed with events on a galactic scale, and bringing a video game to life through Austin’s eyes.
Not without its faults, Star Runners is a book that can be picked up and read quickly, letting the story and characters carry you along in that ‘just one more page’ way. When events finally climax, we’re left with a sense of satisfaction, but also of unfinished business. Recommended.