In the vein of The Outsiders and the early Western novels of Elmore 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 ...more
I 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 ...more
Short 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 ...more
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. ...more
Stone Rider was my first dystopian read in a while, and I have to say, the read was completely worth it! It follows Adam Stone, who I immediately loved as a character since the first page. He's been through a lot in his life and he's currently living with his brother, Frank. Basically, in this future world, there's a place called Sky-Base that is like a haven and everyone wants to go there. In ...more
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I will start off by saying that this book is probably more of a 3.5 stars for me. When I first started this book, I had doubts about whether I’d like it because of the subject – it seemed like it would be too focused on motorcycles and technical stuff, which aren’t my cup of tea, usually. But my ...more
The characters are all interesting and surprising. At the beginning they may appear to be stereotypical, but as the story goes on their depth is revealed. However, that is not to say that they are extremely well-developed. The book is written like the old westerns. You learn what you need ...more
I don’t usually pay too much attention to the comparisons that publishers make when describing books, but in the case of Stone Rider, Mad Max meets The Road is a very accurate description. With a bare bones narrative style, Stone Rider tells the story of three riders who take on a no holds barred race across a dessert wasteland for a chance at a better life. This is the premise that you understand going in, but what I found as I read the book was that the motivations of each rider ...more
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 ...more
And you'd need it. There were outlaws in the waste lands, cannibals, wolves, and the other contestants.
Adam Stone didn't plan to race originally. He had a byke, one his brother had rode until the accident had taken a leg. He wanted to stay for his brother. Then an enemy, Levi Blood, son of ...more
It's the first time I've ever read a fictional book written by someone I know and I was surprised at how quickly I stopped hearing David's voice as I read and got immersed in this fantastic, violent world. The economy of his language is impressive as the characters and race are so vivid. I don't usually read YA fiction and was surprised that it's bleak yet ...more
Stone Rider isn't normally the type of book I would choose for myself, but when I had the opportunity to read and review an advance copy, I decided to take a chance based on the completely intriguing summary. It's a complete understatement for me to say that I am SO glad I decided to read this book.
From the very start, I got a seriousMad Max vibe from this book, and because of that, I was totally hooked. I absolutely loved the crazy intense and weird landscape ofMad Max: Fury Road...more
'Stone Rider' is a gripping and fast paced novel that will have readers eagerly turning each page to see what will happen next! The story follows main character, Adam Stone, who dreams of leaving his desert hometown for the luxurious Sky-Base. The only way for Adam to have a chance of going to live on Sky-Base is to race the Blackwater Trail - and win. He's not alone in his determination to beat the course - the dangerous Kane is racing against him, along with Sadie Blood - Adam's ...more
Protagonist: Adam Stone wants to get out of Blackwater and the only way to get out is to ride the Blackwater Trail, but there are a few things holding him back, things like his brother, the girl he wants more than anything to be with, and his own low self-esteem. A series of events lead to Adam needing to enter the race, and with a resolve to win he heads out in the most dangerous race of his life. For the most part I liked the character of Adam, at first he's a bit self-deprecating, he's ...more
David Hofmeyr’s Stone Rider is ...more
Adam Stone is not your typical character. He is a tough cookie to crack. Life as an orphan hasn’t been ...more
In a decrepit future world, Earth is barren and those left living on its surface are poor and left to struggle for their meager existence. Humans living on Earth are stuck mining (and dying) for the benefit of those ...more
I really enjoyed this book, which is surprising because I wasn't expecting to, it didn't seem like my type of book at all. The characters really made the book. Adam was great, he's your average ...more
There are, though, some really weird things which I found hard to take in:
First, the dystopian futuristic setting of this is reasonable, but the main weapon used throughout is a sling. ...more
Cover Love: I like how it is simple but eye catching. Appealing to many readers.
Why I Wanted to Read This:
This one actually flew under my radar until I was offered a chance to participate in the blog tour. I looked up the synopsis and decided I wanted to give this one a try.
Romance?: Not really, although Adam does have a crush during the book.
Dystopian books used to be my absolute favorite genre. There have been some great ones--The Giver, The Hunger ...more
Bykes and bonding in a desert race setting makes this an exciting read with a wild west vibe. There's even a couple showdowns to spice things up.
Loved the three main characters, each heroes in their own special and unique ways.
The snappy and snarky dialogue (or lack of) was so amusing. It had me chuckling at times.
David Hofmeyr's gift is balancing the 'human touch' inherent in his lead character, Adam Stone, with the brutal savagery he must face.
The pace is taut, unrelenting and physical.
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In 2013, David graduated from Bath Spa University with an MA in Writing for Young People. His first book, Stone Rider, was published in 2015.
His books are published by Penguin in the UK, Australia and the Commonwealth, Random House ...more