It's the 23rd Century and at age 21... your life is over! Logan-6 has been trained to kill; born and bred from conception to be the best of the best. But his time is short and before his life ends he's got one final mission: Find and destroy Sanctuary, a fabled haven for those that chose to defy the system. But when Logan meets and falls in love with Jessica, he begins to question the very system he swore to protect and soon they're both running for their lives. When Last Day comes, will you lie down and die... or run!
©1967 William F. Nolan and George Clayton Johnson (P)2012 Audible, Inc.
"[T]he story of a reluctant rebel fighting back in a computer-run world in which people voluntarily submit to death at the age of 21 is a fascinating adventure. Narrator Oliver Wyman's excellent vocal performance guides listeners into this harsh world where children rule. He does a credible job imitating children's and women's voices. When he speaks as Jenny, Logan's running mate, one can clearly see the character in one’s mind. The book differs from the popular film of the same name—and has a far superior ending." (AudioFile)
I enjoyed the story and seeing how it differed from the movie/tv show.
Enjoyed a good old 1968 popcorn sci-fi romp in a dystopian future, even though its pretty sexist.
Logan, the hero!
The book does not have a nuclear war, this is one difference from the tv/movies.
Also people are not locked in one dome but can travel freely all over the world.
Also people know they will die at 21, in the movies/tv show people are tricked into thinking they will be reborn, and some other differences, enjoy!
In the end, I was quite pleasantly surprised by this book! I didn't come into it with any preconceptions as I've not seen the movie and I only know that the book is "a classic" so I didn't have anything to be disappointed or surprised about. The only thing I really knew was that it was rather short.
This is one of those stories that just throws you in the deep end and doesn't waste time explaining what's going on or why. I didn't expect it to bother with explanations at all and I was quite pleasantly surprised when the author delved into some of the history that shaped the world that Logan lives in. I have a sneaking suspicion that the real reason for this is because Mr Nolan was trying to justify, or at least vaguely explain, the crazy shennanigans near the end of the book but hey, it was nice to get the backstory!
Given the length of the book, the character development (for the major characters at least) was quite good. In the end I really wasn't sure what Logan was actually going to do (in fact, to be honest, I'm still not really sure what happened at the end there).
Gripes? The book almost reads like a screenplay (I wonder if that's more the effect of George Clayton Johnson than William Nolan?). It's action-heavy and moves very fast (I was put in mind of Mathew Reilly's Contest in fact.) This isn't necessarily a bad thing, but the authors seem to get soooo excited about one-upping themselves for the dire straits that they can navigate Logan into that, about three-fifths of the way through, they just give up on explaining how he gets out of them again and we start the next chapter with everyone safely ready to face the next round of crazy.
Overall, a quick, fun, sneakily-thought-provoking story. I might even check out the sequels!
music nut, history buff
It delivers the complete original text. I'm glad they went with that instead of a movie tie-in, because the movie had key differences with the book.
The scene with the ice creature. You got the feeling that the heroes might not make it out of there.
The point in which Logan decides that the only thing he can do is escape. He realizes the community around him is not a pleasure palace but a sham.
Although it was a fantasy vision of the future, it did make you think that you would have to do the same to obtain freedom in that world. You wondered if all the other people would ever have the courage to escape.
I expect the other books in the trilogy will be just as good. This one was very exciting. I miss science fiction which is not just war stories in space.
Great Adventure story!
The adventure elements, its just like I remember it, when I read it as a kid.
Wow. I can't believe how different the novel is from the 70s movie. It's incredible and deserves to be remade today to follow the original plot. The greatest aspect of this production is the narration -- Oliver Wyman -- who delivers a spectacular and captivating performance. Looking forward to getting the remainder of the series.
Run Logan Run
Logan. He had all of the best parts of the story.
Traveling through the maze and visiting the Florida Keys.
The audio book was okay. I have seen the movie a couple of times, years ago. I figured I should "read" the book.
It is always fun to listen to or read the book that inspired the movie. Visualizing the movie as I listen to the book it was interesting to see the change in characters and scenes. You could almost hear the writers. say well we can't do it the way they did it in the book but we can do it this way. This is a case where at this point in time the movie is definitely better than the book. The plot loses its way considerably And the ending is a letdown. But the author indulges himself in some fantastically described scenes that make up for that loss. All in all, a fun listen.
The book/story itself is a good example of 60's sci-fi, a bit campy by modern standards but well worth reading. Compared to the movie, the book is a much more expansive world that tells a richer story.
The narrator was absolutely horrible, he reads it in a tedious monotone that makes it impossible to enjoy the story. I just gave up after about an hour, and only finished it a month later when I ran out of books on my device but still had this one. It doesn't improve.
I would have been better off getting a text version and having the computer read it to me in its monotone, I think that would still have more expression than Mr. Wyman.
I rate as follows: 5 Stars = Loved it. 4 Stars = Really liked it. 3 Stars = Liked it. 2 Stars = Didn't like it. 1 Star = Hated it.
Having always heard of this story, but never having read the book or seen the movie based off of it, I took advantage of it's newly available status on Audible to bring myself up to date with the rest of the world.
The first issue that arose was that I had trouble picturing the places and situations the characters were in. The descriptions weren't clear, and I just couldn't visualize the story most of the time.
As the story went on, the subject matter become an issue; especially when it came to the place where the main characters run into strange gypsies (who spoke in such a bizarre way I had no idea what they were saying) that kidnapped them, poisoned one, and then forced the other into unwanted group relations in order to get the antidote for the other - and then progressed into forcing one to mutilate the other with a knife. Not for me.
Through the whole story I felt like I was missing some sort of reference guide I was supposed to have, or that I'd jumped into a series part way through; it was hard to follow, and unenjoyable.
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