- Title: Stone Rider
- Author: David Hofmeyr
- Genre: Action
- Series: Sequels are possible, but as of October 2015, none have been released.
- Would recommend to: teenage males, action fans, fans of Mad Max.
- Available in library?: Yes.
Stone Rider is the debut novel of David Hofmeyr and was published just this year. It has received generally favourable reviews. It draws bits and pieces from a diverse range of sources, including Westerns, car chase movies and dystopian novels. He then mashed it all together to form this post-apocalyptic racing epic.
The story follows our protagonist, Adam Stone. He rides bykes, a common interest and profession in the book’s world. Every year a big byke race is held near his town, the Blackwater Trail. A massive track that takes many days to complete and is always full of blood and treachery. Adam’s brother once rode in it, but was wounded during it and in the process lost an arm. Due to this, Adam is always reluctant and has never entered the race. That all changes this year. When Adam’s brother is killed by Adam’s rival and his gang of thugs, Adam swears revenge on them and enters the race. And so he joins forces with the mysterious stranger, Kane, and Adam’s love interest, Sadie Blood. Together they all take on the Blackwater Trail.
This was an enjoyable enough book. It’s essentially just endless action and thrills and doesn’t aspire to be all that much more. And I’m fine with that. The pacing really fits the story, with it being fast-paced. The prose fits too, with its short, clipped sentences that always cut right to the point. The bykes were also a really cool idea. There’s this bond between the man and the machine that allows the driver more control over the bike. They also have habits ingrained into them from previous riders. They’re almost like living creatures.
Don’t expect too much in the way of characterisation however. None of the characters are anything special and they don’t develop much as the story goes on. The protagonist is your typical teenage boy. The love interest has no personality and you could honestly just remove her from the story and not really affect it all that much. The deuteragonist is your usual mysterious stranger with a dark past. The only character who experiences any amount of change is the main character.
Despite this, Stone Rider was still a solid book. It was an easy read, clocking in at only a few hundred pages, and if you have some time, I’d recommend checking it out.
For more information on David Hofmeyr and his other works, check out his website here.