Published by Penguin / ISBN 978 0141354439

Not yet published – 16th July 2015

I wasn’t going to review a book today. I had a dental appointment in London, and thought I’d take the opportunity to do some shopping and purchase things I had forgotten to buy for my trip to Madagascar.

I started Stone Rider a week or so ago, along with at least two other volumes – Circus Mirandus / Cassie Beasley was finished first, so I reviewed that and have just spent the last 48 hours with Adam Stone.

This book reminds me of my youth. For a while I was a biker’s moll, (if I may claim such a status), travelling on the back of a Harley Davidson though never in quite the way Adam Stone rides – and I have never forgotten how glorious that was. I never did learn to ride a bike, but I am very aware of the special relationship bikers have with their bikes – and this is used to perfection in Stone Rider.

It made me want to find someone with a bike again, to ride behind him, with my arms wrapped around his waist and my legs around his – it was a superb time.

The plot and story line does have some semblance to the Hunger Games Trilogy (Suzanne Collins), but it still has its own colour and there are some very important differences. The race is fundamentally a race, it is true many riders die, (actually, most of them)…including two important characters near the beginning of the competition, but there isn’t the darkness that I found in the Hunger Games. Not all the characters were necessarily out to kill each other, some were just trying to survive, (the organisers had made the race particularly treacherous), which gave this book hope and removed some of the violence. Though there is plenty of it…

It has two twists, that I didn’t see coming. One of which resulted in a lady in the train catching my eye to ask if it was a good book. I explained that something had just happened in the story I hadn’t expected, and she said she guessed as much from my face…

The English too was a pleasure to read, ‘A flash of coruscating light. A booming clap of thunder.’ really pleased me and it was good to read a book for teenagers/young adults that was well written and included small pieces of detail (mice and owls, in particular), that made the plot more believable…

The film rights have already been ‘optioned’ – so it seems a film will be on the way. Try and read it before you go and see it – as always the book will be so much more than the film, however, well produced it will be.

There is a question and answer section in the back of the book, and I am so pleased I read it, (as I have to admit I usually don’t), because I wasn’t sure if this was to be a stand-alone title, but it seems there may well be a second book about the characters to be published. I hope they send me a copy of that too…

It is due out on the 16th of July – you will want to read it – so get your orders in now.

Should someone called Paul Tilley who used to ride a Harley Davidson read this post, then I hope he reads it, if only for old times sake…

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