Stone Rider

Stunted bikes

SFX: The Sci-Fi and Fantasy Magazine - - Rated / Books -

Re­lease Date: OUT NOW!

305 pages | Pa­per­back Au­thor: David Hofmeyr Pub­lisher: Pen­guin Books

Dirt bik­ing is

un­doubt­edly ex­hil­a­rat­ing for riders and thrilling to spec­ta­tors, but it doesn’t re­ally trans­late to the writ­ten word. In this YA book, the only way for dare­devil teens to es­cape a life­time of drudgery is to take part in the Races – ar­du­ous trails packed with booby traps and hordes of mur­der­ous com­peti­tors also fight­ing for that ticket to a bet­ter life.

Though the bike stunts are the selling point, the de­vice that makes Stone Rider more than a ba­sic Hunger Games clone, they just come across as sort of flat on the page. The book’s other ideas – a valu­able and mys­te­ri­ous new min­eral, an off- world par­adise, sen­tient ve­hi­cles – are in­ter­est­ing, but un­for­tu­nately not very well ex­plained. Sadly, then, it’s not worth sad­dling up for. Sarah Dobbs

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