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White Horse by Alex Adams
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Jun 10, 12

did not like it
bookshelves: fiction, apocalypse
Read from June 05 to 08, 2012

As a fan of apocalyptic writing and apocalyptic stories, I'm always eager to pick up a new book imagining the near and awful future. White Horse, unfortunately, didn't cut it for me. Something of a feminized version of Cormac McCarthy's The Road, the main character, Zoe, leads a series of women on an implausible journey from America to Greece, via a life-shucked Italy. Along the way Zoe must protect herself and her unborn child from rapacious men and mutated humans that, zombie-like, desire the fresh flesh of the unafflicted.

The novel is lazily (or hastily) written apocalyptic fluff, probably pushed through the publishing sausage-machine to capitalize on interest in The Hunger Games. The background of this book's apocalyptic scenario is both cliched and riddled with holes, and the apocalyptic referent she calls out most heavily--White Horse, the name of the mutation/sickness that wipes out 90 percent of humanity, and a clear nod to the four horsemen of a certain Christian telling of the apocalypse--was criminally squandered. Finally, the protagonist/lover relationship is as subtle as a Kate Hudson rom-com.

I suppose that this is apocalyptic beach reading, something to let you imagine the depths of depravity the human soul will sink to in the face of disaster while you curl your toes in white sand. Probably uninteresting or frustrating to anyone who has more than a passing interest in dystopian fiction. If you make it through the book, though, the last line of the novel is clever as heck.

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