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really liked it 4.00  ·  Rating details ·  126 ratings  ·  42 reviews
The law can't help her. But one outlaw can.

In the near post-apocalyptic future, the skies are always gray and people are constantly searching for the sun. For teenage outlaw Seph, it’s the only world he’s ever known. With his horse, his favorite pistol, and his knowledge for survival passed down from his dead father, Seph knows it’s safer to be alone. But after a run-in wi
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Published May 22nd 2018 by Sky Pony
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Sheila Goicea
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DNFing at 30 %

Content Warning: Cannibalism, Death, Murder, Forced services (i.e. young teens forced into working for a gang)
“In the Wild, you don’t start a fire unless you want to risk someone finding you, or you’re stupid.”

...or you are cold...or trying to fend away the critters...

When I first came across Ride On, I w
May 09, 2018 rated it really liked it
I don’t normally do westerns, but I loved Gwen’s other book, so I knew I was going to read this one.

I loved Seph and Avery. They’re both fantastic characters who are fierce and stand up for themselves. They’re both level headed and loyal and the dual POV made it easy to root for them.

Plot wise, it did feel a bit repetitive, even though I was fully invested in what was happening. There is a lot of riding and running and fighting and guns. There were a couple of times that I was surprised at wha
Sarah Glenn Marsh
May 07, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Five well-earned stars. This beautiful book is so full of voice, you'll be instantly transported to a gritty, sunless world of outlaws and horses with Seph and Avery. If you want loads of action and fully realized characters you can really invest in, this is the book for you.

Faith M ✨
I received this eARC from Skyhorse Publishing on NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of this book in any way.

DNF'd at 30%

Honestly, I was getting really tired of this book. I'm not a huge fan of westerns, but I am of post-apocalypses. Unfortunately, this was a western with brief mentions of it being post apocalyptic. Laura Ingalls Wilder could have shown up at any moment and it wouldn't have been much out of place tbh.

The actual cause of this apocalypse is
Julie (Bookish.Intoxication)
Jan 10, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: netgalley, loved
I received this novel from NetGalley in exchange for a fair review.

This novel blew me away, it started off a little slow but quickly picked up the pace. It is a wonderful, original tale of two worlds colliding inside one very messed up universe. I love the originality of blending a Western with this Dystopian world, it works so incredibly well and really gives the book a great feel.
I love the characters, not only for who they are and what they stand for, but their realness. "Seph' is constantly
Cindy ✩☽♔
Aug 05, 2017 marked it as to-read
The cover is boring...
It's simple. I see YA Western. I add it to my TBR lol
Greg at 2 Book Lovers Reviews
I’ve been on a bit of a post-apocalyptic/dystopian ride for the past few months. When I originally saw Ride On, a post-apocalyptic western, I thought, giddy-up!

Cole doesn’t really touch on the how or the why of what happened to create this post-apocalyptic world, all we know for certain is that the sun is forever hidden behind a gray sky. It could be one thing or another that caused it, to me, it really doesn’t matter, what really matters is what the author and characters are going to do with it
Jan 16, 2018 rated it liked it
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To be honest, I was a bit anxious to begin this book. This is my second ARC that I received on NetGalley, and the first one wasn't a really pleasurable experience for me. However, I'm glad that I can say that I really enjoyed this book!

To begin, the story structure was very interesting and quite unique compared to other Young Adult books. The chapters flipped point of views between the two main characters--Seph and Avery. I personall
Jun 11, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Gwen Cole, you have made me a fan for life.

I mean, I kind of basically was after Cold Summer but Ride On just proves that I’m all in.

Seph and Avery are two characters who couldn’t be more different. An orphan versus someone who is family minded. An outlaw versus a law-abiding citizen. But not all is as it seems as we start to peel back the layers on these characters.

See, desperate times can change a person. When you’re living in a post-apocalyptic world that looks a lot like where we are headed
May 08, 2018 rated it really liked it
(Disclaimer: I received this free book from the publisher. This has not impacted my review which is unbiased and honest.)

Ride On is entirely entertaining. Both Seph and Avery have pretty compelling backstories which are established early on. This makes it easily readable because you naturally want to find out more about them. Why is Avery in the Wild? What secrets is Seph hiding? While this is certainly a post-apocalyptic story - the premise being the sky is permanently occluded by clouds - it r
Jun 07, 2018 rated it it was amazing
A freaking awesome post-apocalyptic western! Seph and Avery are awesome characters (although honorable mention has to go to Cade the horse). All the love and all the stars to this YA book!

**I did request an eArc from Netgalley and also snagged a physical arc from the bookstore I work at**
Beth Sanmartin
Mar 19, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Do you like intrigue, great character development and horses? YOU FOUND YOUR PERFECT BOOK!

Seph and Avery as the two main protagonists perfectly balance each other in RIDE ON. Avery is such a great female role model as someone who sticks to her guns (sometimes literally) and isn't afraid to do whatever it takes. Seph is troubled, yet wonderful, and thought he only ever wanted to be alone. Both have had dealings with the leading gang in the area, and both lost something (or someone) valuable to th
S.F. Henson
May 29, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Fantastic story. This is the dystopian YA Western that you never knew you were missing. I fell in love with Seph and Avery, and didn't want to leave them when the story ended. Can't wait to read more from Gwen Cole! ...more
Book Info
Hardcover, 240 pages
Expected publication: May 22nd 2018 by Sky Pony Press
ISBN 1510729933 (ISBN13: 9781510729933)
Other Editions (1)
Source:Netgalley EARC

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The law can't help her. But one outlaw can.

In the near post-apocalyptic future, the skies are always gray and people are constantly searching for the sun. For teenage outlaw Seph, it’s the only world he’s ever known. With his horse, his favorite pistol, and his
Jacquie (Rattle the Stars)
Apr 17, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: ya, fiction, fantasy
I thoroughly enjoyed Gwen Cole’s debut novel, Cold Summer, and couldn’t wait to start this one. I nearly missed it on NetGalley and consider myself quite lucky to have been able to read it early. This is a book that you really need to read! It was full of surprises, action and drama.

I really didn’t know what to expect when I went into it. The cover isn’t that imaginative (this book deserves better) made me think it would be a straight up Western (no, I didn’t read the description which clearly
Bill Blume
Mar 11, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Gwen Cole delivers a fantastic post-apocalyptic western with her new novel Ride On. Westerns need to strike a specific tone. Wouldn't be difficult for the sci-fi nature of the book to overpower that tone, but Gwen gets it just right. The world-building is perfect, and the little details are the things that make the setting work. The idea that more people might wear baseball caps instead of the stereotypical cowboy hatwear makes perfect sense (don't worry, there’s some more traditional western ha ...more
Stephanie L
ARC provided by the publisher and Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review!

--3/5 stars--

This book has honestly made me want to pick up more westerns to read, and I don't say that lightly. I've always thought the western genre was very...bland and predictable, and more than a little repetitive, but I feel this book has turned those feelings around. Maybe it's because both the main characters--Seph and Avery--were incredibly well fleshed-out and believable, and you are constantly reminded of
Jan 27, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: e-arc, teen-card
#Edelweiss #RideOn #2018 #Westerns
I am not a fan of westerns, but after reading the synopsis I though what they hey. Seph and Avery rotate as narrators of the novel. Seph has a unsure quality about himself. It plays well against Avery and her temperament. The story is well written and the characters are young and learning about life in a hard world. I think teens will enjoy this book just because its a western.
Apr 08, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: arcs, 2017-debuts
Gwen Cole's second novel, RIDE ON, is a skillfully blended futuristic/dystopian/Wild Western eco-fiction for young adults. Set on the barren dusty plains of Texas - think BLOOD RED ROAD meets TRUE GRIT - Cole celebrates the beauty of alone-ness, of friendships, of sibling relationships and (spoiler alert!) of first love. A thrilling ride! ...more
Kristia Seabolt
Jun 26, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A heart pounding action, futuristic, western adventure, that I didn’t want to put down!

This book is easily a 2018 favorite for me, for a number of reasons; one, I have followed Gwen Cole since our Inkpop beginnings, two, I absolutely LOVE anything Gwen writes, and three, this book is so worthy of love and praise!
I only started this book a few days ago. Between me working and other things, I hardly have time to sit down and read-read, but I found every opportunity to get my nose in this book! It’
Shelby Brynn
Oct 08, 2018 rated it really liked it
I read this for my book club and I thought that it was a really quick and fun read!

I really enjoyed the characters in this, Cole did a good job at creating people that represent the different reactions to the "end" or drastic change in the world. Cole included those who sought power and created new laws (for better or worse), those who went seeking that which they lost, and those who just tried to take one day at a time and survive. I found Seph to be the most interesting as the effects of being
Andria Potter
Jun 11, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arcs-i-ve-read
“Ride on, ride on…” His father’s last slurred words before he was killed by ruthless bandits, Seph is a boy on the run with nothing but his horse and his wits to rely on. With the earth nearly too harsh for humans to live on, and the sky a deep cloudy gray almost black all the time, and food nearly impossible to come by…the wild west is a harsh, unforgiving place for those with weak hearts and weak wills. Seph is determined to find someplace safe that he can call his own, and live the remainder ...more
Wes Randall
Jun 07, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I’ve now read both of Cole’s books and loved them both. She does such a good job of developing her characters and the world they live in that it’s not difficult to imagine being there with them. The story is a wild ride through the “Old... new Wild West” filled with gritty characters and the interaction between good, bad, and moral ambiguity. I loved every bit of the story, the characters, and everything in between. I can’t wait to read more by Cole.
Oct 13, 2018 rated it really liked it
The author does a good job of alternating between the point of view of Seph and Avery. You can really tell the difference between the characters. Being a futuristic post-apocalyptic western, it’s different than my normal read but I like a good story and this is a good story!
roxi Net
Aug 31, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: roxiown
Another great western-dystopian book that I really enjoyed. Told from two points of view (teens Seph and Avery), they describe a gray world that's changed from their parent's time of blue skies and green grass. Cannibalistic gangs, gangs of "Lawmen" and other ruthless people make the lives of towns people even harder than the physical climate they all live in. At age 9, Seph witnessed his father's murder and since then, roamed the Wild searching for blue skies. Avery's twin brother Finn is captu ...more
Llyr Heller-Humphreys
Sep 06, 2018 rated it really liked it
This second book from the author is just as good as her first. A western dystopia where a girl must travel with a newly found friend to save her brother. I love these types of travel adventure books!
Oct 15, 2018 rated it it was amazing
As someone who grew up on a cattle ranch riding horses and watching John Wayne movies, I couldn't resist this YA dystopian novel with a cowboy riding a horse on the cover. Yes, I judged a book by its cover. However, I also follow Gwen Cole (@wildgreenskittle) on Wattpad, and I always enjoyed her stories. There are some sample chapters of this story available on Wattpad, I would recommend reading the whole story, of course.
Seph is a classic Western hero: resolute, jaw set, squinting into the suns
Jul 18, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: dystopian
I'd rate more as 2.75 stars.

I saw this book floating around on Instagram and decided to check it out. I thought it was just a Western for some reason, but it's actually a dystopian/post-apocalyptic & Western hybrid. The book is set in 2 POVs- Seph and Avery. (I was confused at first as to whether Seph was a girl or a guy [I tried o avoid reading the synopsis again- I read it once, but decided to try to go in sort of blind when I picked up the book] since his name sounds kind of like Steph, but
Aaron Putnam
Mar 08, 2019 rated it liked it
This book got a solid 3 stars. The story was interesting, and it did keep me interested. However, there were a lot of random events that happened, that didn’t make tons of sense. And the ending was a little ridiculous in my opinion.

This book was good in the sense that it had a generally clear storyline that was fairly easy to follow, and it kept me interested, there wasn’t really a moment where I wanted to set the book down and just leave it to never pick it up again. The book also got a good p
Jun 29, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I loved this book!
It deserves all the stars and I came here with the intention of writing a review that reflects all the reasons why but words fail me. Simply stated:
This book is a masterpiece.

I was bored with what I was reading, actually thinking about taking a little reading break, but reading RIDE ON has rejuvenated me. It has restored my reading drive.
This book offers a perfect blend of everything: strong characters and character development, action/adventure - girl on a quest to rescue her
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Gwen Cole grew up in upstate New York and then moved to Virginia where she did not graduate college. Instead she played bass guitar in a hardcore band and later married the lead guitarist. She enjoys large jigsaw puzzles, playing Xbox and softball, and watching movies. Gwen now lives in Richmond, Virginia with her husband, daughter, and very large dog, where she longs to live in the country again. ...more

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