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Stone Rider Hardcover – July 14, 2015

4.8 out of 5 stars 36 ratings

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From School Library Journal

Gr 9 Up—Fifteen-year-old Adam Stone inherited his biomechanical bike from his brother, who inherited it from his father. His family has escaped working in the mines by riding the race circuit, providing entertainment for the Watchers. The Blackwater Trail will be his first race, and unlike most of the other racers who ride with fellow gang members, Adam plans to do it alone. It is a vicious race over treacherous terrain, riddled with deadly booby traps and fellow competitors who'll stop at nothing to be among the first three across the finish line. The grand prize is a one-way ticket to Sky Base, the only refuge from the toxic planet they call home. Second and third place win cash and points toward buying their way into the sky. Shortly into the race, Adam is joined by three unlikely allies, whose presence helps and hinders his progress. From the privileged Watchers, who place bets on race participants to the catchphrase spoken to start the race, "May you live to see the sky," there are numerous undeniable parallels to Suzanne Collins's "The Hunger Games" (Scholastic). But there is also the feel of the old Westerns, but with bikes instead of horses, slingshots instead of guns, vigilante justice, and, of course, a beautiful girl. The gritty, nonstop action and violence will appeal especially to reluctant readers. VERDICT A dystopian title that is worth adding to already packed shelves.—Cary Frostick, formerly at Mary Riley Styles Public Library, Falls Church, VA

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“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

"Intense, original, compelling . . . bristles with attitude. So cool. Just read it."--Michael Grant, New York Times bestselling author

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  • Lexile Measure : HL560L
  • Grade Level : 7 - 9
  • Item Weight : 1 pounds
  • Hardcover : 336 pages
  • ISBN-10 : 0385744730
  • ISBN-13 : 978-0385744737
  • Product Dimensions : 5.8 x 1.05 x 8.5 inches
  • Publisher : Delacorte Press (July 14, 2015)
  • Reading level : 12 and up
  • Language: : English
  • Customer Reviews:
    4.8 out of 5 stars 36 ratings