Stone Rider by David Hofmeyr
Published by Penguin Books Australia
Combine Mad Max with The Hunger Games and what do you get? The Stone Rider.
Vivid images of the harsh and deadly landscape of Mad Max 2 and the psychological and voyeuristic aspects of The Hunger Games were going through my mind whilst I was reading this exciting debut novel from David Hofmeyr.
The story takes place in a mining town called Blackwater which is owned and controlled by Colonel Blood and his mechanical helpers. The only employment in the town is in the dreaded mine and everyone aspires for something better. That something better is a place called Sky-base and with enticing rumours of ‘unimaginable luxury’ there everyone wants a chance to go. The quickest way to get there is to win the notorious Blackwater Trail race, essentially a motorbike race across Mad Max landscape but with ‘bykes- biomechanical entities’ made from Voddenite from the mine.
In 42 hours the race will start and Adam Stone dreams of winning, but with little money, lack of confidence and embarrassing blackouts his chances are not good.
So begins the countdown to the deadliest race imaginable. With harsh landscape, insurmountable obstacles and unknown enemies winning is everything.
While every thought and action is observed by The Watchers from Sky-base in their airships, Adam is put to the test many times. From his reluctance to team up with a young rider, his wariness of Kane the outsider, his vindictive fight with Levi Blood and his awkward love of Sadie, the Colonel’s headstrong daughter Adam shows many sides to his troubled character.
The underlying tension between the characters and the fast paced action make it a page turner and with imagery driven language I found myself riding on the trail with Adam, Kane and Sadie wishing them to survive.
Anyone who likes adventure mixed in with a bit of fantasy and sci-fi will enjoy this book and I can’t wait for the next one in the series.
CKT Book Reviewer
Author: David Hofmeyr
Title: Stone Rider
Publisher: Penguin Books Australia
Published: June 2015