Stone Rider

Stone Rider

by David Hofmeyr

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"Intense, original, compelling . . . bristles with attitude. So cool. Just read it."—Michael Grant, New York Times bestselling author

In the vein of the cult classic Mad Max series, crossed with Cormac McCarthy's The Road and S.E. Hinton's The Outsiders, this inventive debut novel 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 life.

Adam 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 survive.

The prize? A one-way ticket to Sky-Base and unimaginable luxury.

And for a chance at this new life, Adam will risk everything.

More Praise for Stone Rider

“Hofmeyr constructs a bleak futuristic world and a landscape both sublime and unforgiving...[in his] novel about self-preservation and reclaiming one’s humanity amid brutality."-Publishers Weekly

"A dangerous race is run with everything on the line in this gritty dystopian thrill ride."—Kirkus Reviews

"Gritty nonstop action."-School Library Journal

"A truly gripping dystopian novel."-VOYA

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780385391337
Publisher: Random House Children's Books
Publication date: 07/14/2015
Sold by: Random House
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 336
File size: 10 MB
Age Range: 12 Years

About the Author

DAVID HOFMEYR was born in South Africa and lives in London and Paris. In 2012 he was a finalist in the SCBWI Undiscovered Voices competition and in 2013 he graduated with distinction from Bath Spa University with an MA in Writing for Young People. He works as a Planner for Ogilvy & Mather in the UK. Stone Rider is David Hofmeyr’s first novel. He also wrote the companion novel, Blood Rider.

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Stone Rider 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
JessabellaReviews More than 1 year ago
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 writing...his 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 much more suspenseful. All in all this is one of my favorite books ever, and though I don't know yet whether a sequel is coming...I 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 suspense...I just can't recommend Stone Rider enough!
Marta Paraschiv More than 1 year ago
Full review : 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 expectations were quite exceeded, this book turning out to be quite entertaining. This book presents us a very desolate version of our world, most people moved to a Sky Base that is described as a paradise, while the others are down on earth with few resources and their only way of survival is by working in the mine or joining in a very dangerous ride where the winner could obtain a ticket to the Sky Base and therefore, to a better life. I would describe it as The Hunger Games meets Mad Max Fury Road. THE PLOT I think the biggest plot line was the race and that was also what kept things thrilling. I kept on reading to see whether they will pass the obstacles or not, who they will meet in the adventure and who will die next. It was quite fast-paced and I enjoyed it very much, it made up for quite a lot of other things that weren’t as developed. I also really liked the world-building, I thought it was an interesting idea to make this dystopian world and mix it up with motorcycles competitions. I don’t think I’ve ever seen it done before in YA, so props for that! There were many plot twists along the way and some big reveals. There was this funny instance when a guy said he doesn’t like a girl in a romantic way and Adam (the protagonist) was a bit shocked and the other guy (Kane) is like : “you really don’t know??” – I thought this was a love confession and Kane admitting he was gay. Apparently, it wasn’t. It was something more dramatic than that. I was a bit shocked, here I thought I’m getting a f/m/m love triangle, only to have a rather weird explanation thrown in my face. Besides that, I really loved how there was this freaking amazing tribe – they had such cool healing abilities and I was so sad that the heroes didn’t spend more time there. I would have loved to see more of them as there were some future-telling involved there, which I usually hate – because wow, the hero is getting a prophecy, so original. But this time, it actually worked because I couldn’t guess what would happen based on that prophecy. THE CHARACTERS I feel like the characters were quite one-dimensional, at times. There are so many things that I still don’t know about those characters and I’m sure if the author wrote Stone Rider with a sequel in mind, but their development was meh. Sadie is probably the best example, she’s the only woman in a cast full of men and at times, she seems to be just hot and brave. She has the “not-like-other-girls” syndrome written all over her and that’s because of how she’s portrayed, not because of anything she says. Adam was also kind of the special snow-flake, but he was also the underdog type and I don’t know about you, but I usually root for the underdogs, misfits. I would have loved to see more explanations concerning his fainting – there was absolutely none. But that’s probably understandable since they don’t have many resources, including medical ones, but he was in a dispensary at some point, I was really expecting then to find out what’s causing them since it would have been a pretty good representation.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
(audiobook) This book as great however very violent which isn't bad just something to be aware of. I was very grossed out listening to some parts. Adam made me cringe, mad, tense and feel so sad at times yet it was good going through these motions with him in his journey. I understand why it had the end the way that it did and it wasn't a bad ending just a realistic one in this book in his world.
AsDreamsAreMade More than 1 year ago
Original Review Link: I really enjoyed this one and you can too if you enter my giveaway! The description is pretty accurate in describing it as The Outsiders meets a Westerner meets Mad Max meets The Road. Adam Stone wants nothing more than to leave Blackwater and join the elite at Sky-Base, where one lives in luxury. The only way to get there however is to win a ticket on the Blackwater Trail with his byke. A dangerous ride that almost half of those who compete don’t make out alive. When tragedy strikes, he has nothing left to lose and competes in the race, alongside two other loners–the mysterious Kane and the only girl he loves, Sadie Blood. Along the ride, they face hardships and tragedies nobody could imagine, but it’s all worth it for a chance at a new life, right? The best way I can describe this book is if a Western movie met a dystopian version of Earth. I loved the whole premise because it felt really original. It’s definitely not something I’ve come across lately. The earth is now toxic, with many not living past their thirties. The rich elite were able to leave Earth and go to Sky-Base, leaving those who couldn’t afford it to the harsh devastated planet with it’s sulfuric storms and lack of growth. They’re left to mine the only thing useful to those on Sky-Base–Voddenite. A mineral used to make protective suits for riders, among other things. Adam is one of those MC’s that becomes a man in this book. His journey is ripe with suffering, tragedy, but also growth, self-discovery, and love. His ability to care for others is considered a weakness in the harsh Earth environment, but proves to be his greatest strength in the end. Sadie seemed the least developed out of the three main characters. A bit one-dimensional for me and their love story seemed abrupt, but I guess it would have to be in that environment. We know Adam was in love with her since forever, but her side seemed a bit out of the blue. Kane was one of my favorite characters. You never know what he’s thinking or what he’s going to do next. His unpredictability makes you question if he’s good or bad. The plot moved much in the way of a Western action movie. It was more of a “boy’s” book than anything with the action as it’s driving force. At times it reminded me of The Hunger Games in the way it was a “fight to the death/finish” type of race, along with the drive and complexity of some of the characters. The twist toward the end of the novel will make you be like WHAT??? The end will leave you a bit torn as to how you feel. I’m assuming there will be a sequel since some major questions were left unanswered. The ending itself was satisfying, if a bit abrupt. Overall, this was a great, original story. I just wish some of the characters had a bit more dimension to them, but I think they will be further developed in forthcoming installments. I’m not a Western kind of gal, but I really enjoyed this one. If you’re into some tire squealing adventure, pick this one up.
MorrisMorgan More than 1 year ago
“Stone Rider” is an excellent book that can fit into many genres at one time. It’s like a western met a dystopian and then decided to create a West Side Storyesque production. I’ve never read anything like it. 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 to, when you need to, and the rest of the book is devoted to the action. This could be seen as a flaw, but I appreciate that the book is designed to be as sleek as the “bykes” used in the race around which the plot centers. The flow of the book is amazing. The beginning is a little slow, but only by comparison to the rest of it. That is because Part I takes the time to set up pretty much all you will learn about the world. Once you begin Part II it becomes something of a marathon read. There is never time to take your breath. Do not begin it if you have something else to do in the next few hours. There is quite a bit of violence, but that is to be expected in a mostly lawless society. In short, “Stone Rider” is a fun and exciting read. In spite of the streamlined storytelling, there are many challenging words to help expand vocabulary for younger readers. Since this a book well-suited for reluctant readers, that is a huge plus. Highly recommended for any upper middle-grade reader through to adults. This review is based upon a complimentary copy provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review.
DownrightDystopian More than 1 year ago
**Thank you to Delacorte Press for allowing me to read this book in exchange for an honest review!** 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 order to go there, you have to win enough points from winning races, which is why so many people compete in these deadly races. Adam's older brother used to compete in the races until he injured himself badly, so Adam takes over the racing since he was given his brother's byke. He signs up to participate in the Blackwater Trail race, which is the hardest race there is. The winner will automatically get to go to Sky-Base because of how many points the winner gets. Sadly, so many people don't even make it to the finish line in this race because of how deadly and scary it is. I loved this book! Adam was the best main character because he kept persevering even when things got hard for him. Sadie Blood was a cool character too. Her father owned the local byke shop and also ran the races for Sky-Base, so she decided to participate in the race and so did her brother, Levi, who was a fan favorite. However, Levi isn't the nicest person. Adam also makes two other friends: Kane, who nobody knows much about because he just claims he's from the other side, and then there's also Nate, who is a young boy who I instantly loved. He was incredibly innocent and just kept talking about his father and how he was hoping to win the race as well, so that he could go to Sky-Base. Even though I absolutely loved this book, I wish that there was more information about how the world got to be the way that it was. I didn't exactly know much about Sky-Base except for the rumors that the characters had all heard about, so I wish there was more about that as well. There was a lot of information on the bykes that everyone rode though, and that was incredibly interesting. There was even a lot of information in the back of the book, which was a super cool element! I'd definitely recommend giving it a read.