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Stone Rider Intense, original, compelling bristles with attitude So cool Just read it Michael Grant, New York Times bestselling author of Gone andBZRK In the vein of The Outsiders and the early Western novels of El Leonard, this inventive debut novel, a cross between the cult classic Mad Max movie series and Cormac McCarthy s The Road, blends adrenaline fueled action with an improbable yet tender romance to offer a rich and vivid portrayal of misfits and loners forced together in their struggle for a better lifeAdam Stone wants freedom and peace He wants a chance to escape Blackwater, the dust bowl desert town he grew up in Most of all, he wants the beautiful Sadie Blood Alongside Sadie and the dangerous outsider Kane, Adam will ride the Blackwater Trail in a brutal race that will test them all, body and soul Only the strongest will surviveThe prize A one way ticket to Sky Base and unimaginable luxuryAnd for a chance at this new life, Adam will risk everything The beginning of this book was so intriguing that i couldn t help but be pulled into its pages I kept having flash backs of Mad Max which made me appreciate Adam s journey evenHe s one fierce character and it was always an adventure, filled with action and danger where he was concerned I fell completely in love with the world that David created I couldn t imagine being in Adam s shoes and it s no wonder he did everything in his power to escape Blackwater Seeing life through his eyes w The beginning of this book was so intriguing that i couldn t help but be pulled into its pages I kept having flash backs of Mad Max which made me appreciate Adam s journey evenHe s one fierce character and it was always an adventure, filled with action and danger where he was concerned I fell completely in love with the world that David created I couldn t imagine being in Adam s shoes and it s no wonder he did everything in his power to escape Blackwater Seeing life through his eyes was downright fascinating and I felt like I was on a never ending roller coaster with non stop action I can t forget to mention Sadie and Kane and how I enjoyed delvingandinto their characterizations as the story progressed.I was completely caught off guard at how much I enjoyed this book The time and pages just flew by as I gobbled up this story I would without a doubt pick up the next book that this author publishes 3.5 starsI find the distinction between boy books and girl books to be discriminatory and a tiny bit offensive, and yet Stone Rider undeniably aims towards young adult boys as its intended audience Heavy on the action, violence and technical description and very light on any kind of emotional development, it often reads as a videogame on paper But by no means is it a bad thing whatever it tries to do, this book does exceptionally well, and the end result is an unusually written story tha 3.5 starsI find the distinction between boy books and girl books to be discriminatory and a tiny bit offensive, and yet Stone Rider undeniably aims towards young adult boys as its intended audience Heavy on the action, violence and technical description and very light on any kind of emotional development, it often reads as a videogame on paper But by no means is it a bad thing whatever it tries to do, this book does exceptionally well, and the end result is an unusually written story that has a lot to offer to its readers Stone Rider paints us a horrible picture of Earth a barren, bleak environment with very little mercy for its inhabitants The smallest possibility of survival comes from two sources mining or byke racing, and our hero Adam chooses the latter The races themselves are extremely dangerous with very low survival rates, but the battles begin even earlier The rivalries are often deadly and the bykes themselves are no joke, but for most people in Blackwater, they re the only hope for a better life Hofmeyr s writing stands out with its sharpness and simplicity The short, clipped sentences truly emphasize the sense of imminent danger and the pacing seems even faster thanks to the author s style The no nonsense tone took some getting used to, but it suited the story perfectly The fortunately secondary romance leaves a lot to be desired Mostly it s a young boy s admiration for a cool, untouchable girl, a dystopian version of manic pixie dream girl with a pixie haircut and heaps of attitude There is some development between them, but always at the worst possible moment, and the relationship wasof a burden to this story than anything else.Oddly, my favorite part were the bykes although I truly resent the spelling and their connection to the riders The technical parts were very well done and it was obvious to me that a lot of thought was put into them While the romance and the worldbuilding left some room for improvement in future installments, the bykes and the races are pretty much perfect as they are I have high hopes for the second book Asolid worldbuilding and stronger character development will make a world of difference for this series I received a copy via the publisherShort review I couldn t put this down It wasn t exceptional, but it was a lot of fun It wasn t perfect, but it made for a great summer read.There is an issue, however, that I ve noticed regarding this book Stone Rider may be look at as a boy book, but honestly, there s not a lot of those in Young Adult fiction As a bookseller, it s a tough time finding male narrated novels for teenage boys to read, because while a lot of them don t mind reading from a fe I received a copy via the publisherShort review I couldn t put this down It wasn t exceptional, but it was a lot of fun It wasn t perfect, but it made for a great summer read.There is an issue, however, that I ve noticed regarding this book Stone Rider may be look at as a boy book, but honestly, there s not a lot of those in Young Adult fiction As a bookseller, it s a tough time finding male narrated novels for teenage boys to read, because while a lot of them don t mind reading from a female perspective, they also have the right to read from a male s perspective As a result, whenever a male narrated novel comes along, I m pretty content I find that it s a huge double standard when people complain about a book being a boy book, then turn around and complain about boys not wanting to read girl books Why is it okay to accept the thousands of female narrated books, that are admittedly looked on as girl books, and expect both genders to read it, yet when a male narrated book comes out, it feels too much like a boy book If it were up to me, every gender would read both gender narrated novels, but that can only work if we stop judging books based on the gender of the narrator Okay, rant over The portrayal of the girl in this story was awesome She was badass and knew her stuff However, she then kind of changed suddenly and inexplicably It was a little hard to believe the love story, but I wasn t really reading this for the romance The storyline was occasionally predictable, but it was still such a unique idea that I didn t really mind I didn t think I would enjoy this as much as I did, but I was completely into it There were moments where the writing was lyrical and times when I could completely see what the author was trying to say I will probably read whatever David Hofmeyr writes next, simply because his writing was so engaging I would recommend this novel to anyone looking for a light, adventure filled read happy reading The first thing that caught my eye was the cover for Stone Rider I loved the cracked look of the cover that depicts the hardened landscape of the books setting The title stands out beautifully in stark contrast of color and texture This is such a great cover and so unique compared to the many YA books out there Now on to the story.Well let s just say that I read this book in one night, in one sitting It grabbed my attention immediately, and didn t let go until the last page was turned T The first thing that caught my eye was the cover for Stone Rider I loved the cracked look of the cover that depicts the hardened landscape of the books setting The title stands out beautifully in stark contrast of color and texture This is such a great cover and so unique compared to the many YA books out there Now on to the story.Well let s just say that I read this book in one night, in one sitting It grabbed my attention immediately, and didn t let go until the last page was turned The world that David Hofmeyr has created in Stone Rider is extremely unique and well wrought This setting of the old west meets a futuristic burned out world where the people try to win a pass by winning the Vodden Circuit or earn enough points by winning other smaller races to earn a ticket to Sky Base This is supposedly a man made paradise above earth where the air is clean and the people live MUCH longer It is where everyone left on earth wants to go, though no one who has ever earned a ticket has ever come back, so the people on earth don t REALLY know what it s like up there.Hofmeyr has even included parts of The Rider s Code at the back of the book, which I loved, as I could refer to that anytime I needed a bit of explanation as to the working of the bykes , these incredible biomechanical entities that are passed down from parent to child The way the swing is preformed, a kind of deadly sling shot and weapon of choice in this world and during the circuits or races I found it to all be so fascinating and unique, and yet completely believable This leads to the writing Hofmeyr has a way of writinghis world building, characterization, and those edge of your seat moments that I really feel made this book work so well I don t think another author could have taken this same concept world and made it seem like it actually exists somewhere, which is how I felt while reading I loved the characters Adam, Sadie, and especially Kane As I knew so little about him and he was such a mystery They each have their own struggles and secrets, which made the book that muchsuspenseful All in all this is one of my favorite books ever, and though I don t know yet whether a sequel is comingI honestly feel that it works so perfectly as a stand alone Though as I am a greedy reader of this amazing world that Hofmeyr has built, I would most definitely pick up a sequel, companion novel, or ANYTHING that he writes next I truly believe that everyone should give this book a chance It is so surprising in its depth of emotion and suspenseI just can t recommend Stone Rider enough

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