White Horse (Hardback)
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Short Description for White Horse Working at an animal testing laboratory to pay her way through college, Zoe discovers that she is pregnant at the same time the world is shattered by an apocalyptic viral outbreak that wipes out everyone she loves and genetically mutates humanity's survivors.
- Published: 17 April 2012
- Format: Hardback 320 pages
- ISBN 13: 9781451642995 ISBN 10: 1451642997
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Reviews for White Horse
A bleak story, but every page worth reading
To say this post-apocalyptic dystopian story is bleak is putting it mildly. This is not a tale for anyone looking for light entertainment, but it is an extremely well-written piece that really sneaks up on you.
When I started reading, I was impressed with Adams' prose, which draws you in and establishes the scene and characters without being flowery or wordy. The offshoot of this is that it takes a while before you really process just how dreadful events are and that, I think, is what makes this book: the way it sucks you in first, establishing your interest, before launching the horrors on you.
I loved how the story was told by alternating between past and present. It really helped maintain the tension and revealed new elements of the story and the history of White Horse gradually, always giving you new things to think about. You could also see how the past influenced Zoe's actions in the present when you saw them presented side by side.
When my copy arrived, I was in the middle of another book and my husband happened to pick it up, asking what it was. After a brief flick through, he retreated to the sofa with it and I realised I wouldn't get it back until he had finished it. He read it over two days and told me he'd enjoyed it and would want to read the next book in the series.
The same is true for me. I was captured by both the story and characters and I am keen to see how Adams will continue the tale and what is in store next for Zoe and her companions. This truly is a startling debut from a very talented writer.
I would recommend this book to dystopia fans (older teens and adults) and literary fictions fans who love a well-crafted and beautifully presented story. This is not for the faint-hearted, though, as it is a very bleak tale - more so than any of the YA dystopia currently around. But it is not entirely without a sense of hope, so all I can say is: Read and discover this book for yourself.
I received this book as a free ARC from the Publisher in exchange for an honest review. by Nicola Markus
- Top review
A must-read for lovers of dystopian novels!
Zoe is just a normal girl who wants to make something more of herself. She works as a janitor at a lab, cleaning the cages and polishing floors. She knows that if she can just make enough money to put herself through school, she'll be able to make a better life for herself.
But when a pandemic breaks loose and Zoe's boyfriend flees the country - leaving her pregnant and alone in a world were humans are a dying breed - she knows what she has to do: follow him to Greece to ensure her baby will have a real family.
But Zoe's trip changes her outlook completely, leaving her wondering: what does it really mean to be human?
First off, I'd like to say thank you to S & S Canada for allowing me to read this book. It was amazing and so different from anything I've read in a really long time!
The writing was gorgeous. I think Alex Adams could write about trash blowing in the wind and it'd still sound poetic and beautiful ... and if you don't believe me, I suggest you pick up a copy of White Horse and find out for yourself. I loved the plot as well! The entire thing was gripping and terrifying because you could definitely see something like this happening in the world today. I seriously couldn't put this book down until I'd finished, and even then I wanted to flip back to the beginning and re-read it.
I definitely recommend you add White Horse to your to-be-read list (and pre-order it as well if you can)! I know anyone who likes dystopian (YA or otherwise) novels will really enjoy it. I can't wait for the second installment! by Stephanieunder review