Book Review – The Running of the Tyrannosaurs

ROTT Overall review:4.95 Stars (4.95 / 5)

Far in the future, on a distant space station, young girls are chosen, trained, emotionally shaped and genetically modified for one purpose and one purpose only: to run and race tyrannosaurs, who have been brought back from extinction.  This is done for one reason – ENTERTAINMENT, on a galactic scale.

I listened to this novella of Stant Litore’s on Audible on a road trip.  First off, I want to say that I was very impressed with Suzanne Collins’ The Hunger Games, which of course is legendary now.  But, Hunger Games cannot hold a candle to the depth and richness of both story and character in The Running of the Tyrannosaurs.

While this novella is a good read at a superficial level, I found it more rewarding for its allegorical nature, which addresses our society’s fixation on the pursuit of beauty and attention at all costs.

The story line was fresh and new and wonderfully portrayed.  Characterization was beyond excellent, with inner conflicts written with a subtle and deft hand.  I can’t really comment on the readability, since I listened to an audiobook, but I am assuming it is very good – his other book I am reading now (The Zombie Bible) is near perfect.  As far as writing craft goes – Litore is a master.  The cover art is beautiful and  accurately portrays the premise of the book.  For the worldbuilding, I had a hard time getting my head around the venue of the race, but I plan on listening to the book again and I think that will help.

Just so everyone knows – one day Stant Litore will be an author that is taught in literature classes, because his writing is as meaningful and significant as Vonnegut, Huxley, Orwell and Clarke.  Litore is also what I consider to be a “writer’s writer” and worth studying for form and content by anyone who is interested in writing fiction.

Very, very well done.  If I can ever be even half the writer Litore is, I will be content.

Story Line:5 Stars (5 / 5)
Characterization:5 Stars (5 / 5)
Readability:5 Stars (5 / 5)
Writing Craft:5 Stars (5 / 5)
Cover Art:5 Stars (5 / 5)
Worldbuilding:4.75 Stars (4.75 / 5)