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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