Stone Rider

stone-riderWritten by David Hofmeyr

The importance of the setting is huge. It paints the picture for the hostile and dreary environment that Adam has to race, the hardest race in the world. First place gets a one way ticket to sky base. In a post-apocalyptic world where the air and water is full of poison, people need to wear air filters and masks when riding. The environment is always changing and keeping the reader on their heels with no chance of getting bored. Sky base is a utopia where people live to old age where there is food and no sickness.

One of the major characters in this book was Kane. He is an emotionless outsider that everyone feels they know but do not understand. He has wolf like amber eyes with a body full of battle scars. Kane is always there when Adam needs help and comes out of nowhere like he is Adam’s guardian.

The chapters were short, making the settings change and different problems or conflicts keep coming up. The author was very good at keeping the reader interested.

A weak character in the book was Frank, Adams brother. Frank did not seem of any importance in the book other than he was Adam’s brother. Frank used to race and got shot with an arrow and Frank lost his leg. Frank did not want Adam to ride in the race since it was the hardest and most dangerous race ever.

The people living in the world do not live past thirty, and they have two choices: to ride or work. If they choose to ride they race motorcycle-like machines to get a ticket to sky base. Adam races because he nothing left to lose and all to gain.

Did the end fit? I think the end was emotionless but noticeable. Leading up to the end was emotional and intense.

Do you recommend this book?
Yes

Language
PG

Sexual Content
PG

Violence
PG-13

Drug and Alcohol Use
PG-13

Review by Warren Child, Cyprus High Media Center
Rating: ★★★★★ (5 stars)
Interest Level: YA

Stone Rider
Written by David Hofmeyr
Penguin Books
326 pages
Release Date: July 14, 2015
A review copy was provided by the publisher.

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