Young Adult Book Review: Stone Rider (Stone Rider #1) by David Hofmeyr

Posted June 11, 2022 by jrsbookr in Sci fi / 0 Comments

by David Hofmeyr
Young Adult Book Review: Stone Rider (Stone Rider #1) by David HofmeyrStone Rider Series: Stone Rider #1
Published by Delacorte Press on June 11, 2022
Source: ARC Trade
Genres: Juvenile Fiction / Action & Adventure / Survival Stories, Juvenile Fiction / Family / Siblings, Juvenile Fiction / Fantasy & Magic
Pages: 325
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Format: ARC
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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



I got this in a random box of older arcs, which sat on my shelf for a long time. The premise is a race with motorcycles to achieve a better life than mining. From what I gather, you gain points and eventually make it to Sky Camp. The book is entertaining and gritty, but it loses effectiveness as it is marketed as a series, but at this point, in 2022, there is no sequel. With the book written in 2015, I was expecting a sequel as it ends with no real solution other than the race ends.
The world-building of the way Earth has become a bleak, barren environment with no mercy for those left behind. The Rivalries and the extreme obstacles faced in the races make for a thrilling story.
I hope to see an ending for this series once.



About David Hofmeyr

David Hofmeyr is the award-winning author of The Between and Stone Rider, which has been sold in 17 territories. He was born in South Africa in 1972 and lives in London.

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 (Delacorte Press) in the US and Canada, Gallimard Jeunesse in France, and DTV in Germany.

He was awarded the prestigious Prix Pepites as well as the 2016 Grand Prix de l’imaginaire. He was also shortlisted for the 2016 Branford Boase award.