April, 2016:
"Logan's Run" by William F. Nolan, George Clayton Johnson

Book cover, Logan's Run by William F. Nolan, George Clayton Johnson

Essential data

Author: William F. Nolan, George Clayton Johnson
Genre: Science fiction
Published: 1967
Pages: 168
Reading started: February 8th, 2016
Current progress: Page 168 of 168 (100%)
Reading ended: February 17th, 2016. "Logan's Run" was successfully finished in 9 days.
Review score: 3 of 5

Description

Wikipedia: In the world of 2116, a person's maximum age is strictly legislated: twenty one years, to the day. When people reach this Lastday they report to a Sleepshop in which they are willingly executed via a pleasure-inducing toxic gas. A person's age is revealed by their palm flower crystal embedded in the palm of their right hand that changes color every seven years, yellow (age 0-6), then blue (age 7-13), then red (age 14-20), then blinks red and black on Lastday, and finally turns black at 21.

Runners are those who refuse to report to a Sleepshop and attempt to avoid their fate by escaping to Sanctuary. Logan 3 is a Deep Sleep Operative (also called Sandman) whose job is to terminate Runners using a special weapon called the Gun, an unusual revolver which can fire a number of different projectiles. Runners are most terrified of one called the Homer which homes in on body heat and deliberately ignites every pain nerve in the body, killing the target. Sandmen practice Omnite, a hybrid martial arts style. On his own Lastday, Logan becomes a Runner himself in an attempt to infiltrate an apparent underground railroad for runners seeking Sanctuary - a place where they can live freely in defiance of society's dictates.