Publisher: Simon & Schuster
Format: Paperback (ARC)
My Rating: 5 out of 5 stars
Summary (from Goodreads): "White Horse" is the first book in an absolutely unique debut trilogy--a post-apocalyptic thriller chronicling one woman's quest to nurture those she holds dear against the backdrop of a shocking, new world.Thirty-year-old Zoe wants to go back to college. That's why she cleans cages and floors at GeneTech. If she can keep her head down, do her job, and avoid naming the mice she'll be fine. Her life is calm, maybe even boring, until the end of the world when the President of the United States announces that humans are no longer a viable species.
Zoe starts running the moment she realizes everyone she loves is gone. Her boyfriend Nick, fearing he's contracted the virus, leaves for Greece. When Zoe discovers she's pregnant--and entirely alone--she treks across the world to find Nick and reunite her growing family. On the way she encounters characters both needy and nefarious--some human, some monster, and some uncertain beings altered by genetic mutation. On her journey, Zoe comes to see that humanity is defined not by genetic code, but by soulful actions and choices.
Told in alternating before and after chapters, "White Horse" is a terrifying and romantic story that readers will be unable to put down.
Disclaimer: I received a copy of this novel from the publisher in exchange for an honest and unbiased review.
My Summary: 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?
My Thoughts: 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.
Final Thoughts: 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!