Monday, July 27, 2015

Review - Stone Rider

Stone Rider by David Hofmeyr

* Provided by the publisher for review

3 gnomes and a gnome hat out of 5 gnomes

This is a crazy ride of a book, with the characters and the actual race they partake in. These characters live in a brutal world on an earth that’s pretty much a wasteland except for one thing voddenite which gets mined and used for a bunch of cool stuff. The haves all live on Sky-Base and the have nots are stuck on earth either racing or mining.

It’s pretty great how the first chapter at first doesn’t make a lot of sense but later it loops back to where it does.

The race and bykes they use are fascinating. The bykes actually have an echo of all the Riders who have ridden it that the current Rider can access. The whole culture of bykes and the different gangs that form around them show how insane the world can be.

The romance was more than a little hurried and seemed to come up out of left field. I guess it could work because of the whole crazy atmosphere they’re in but it could have used a lot more context (I kind of thought he was dreaming about it at first.)

Sky-Base does sound great but like any futuristic dystopia/apocalyptic world you get the feeling things might be more than a little weird up there too.

There are a plethora of mysteries to solve about the characters and things that they’ve seen. I’m looking forward to seeing what’s next from this world.

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