If The Hunger Games has left you hungry for a grittier vision of our post-apocalyptic future, then the solution arrives this April. White Horse, by debut novelist Alex Adams, is as dark as they come, featuring mutant abominations, rape, murder, plenty of gore… and that’s just for starters. There are no ball gowns or Mockingjay brooches here.
In case you’re worried that White Horse may sound a little too bleak, it also manages to weave an unexpected story of love and hope into its disaster narrative. Zoe’s career has reached a dead end when she starts cleaning floors at Pope Pharmaceuticals, but there’s much worse to come. As a mysterious pandemic starts sweeping the globe, causing mankind’s own genes to turn against them, it would appear that Zoe is one of the lucky few who remains unaffected. Luck is always relative, however – and as she battles her way across Italy and Greece in search of the one person who might offer her redemption she has to endure unspeakable horrors, and face her own role in the global crisis that has brought humankind to its knees.
White Horse may be earning comparisons with The Hunger Games, but its dark tone and literary ambitions have more in common with Cormac McCarthy’s The Road and Justin Cronin’s The Passage – and it’s far too graphic to be read as a young adult novel. For those who have a stomach for something stronger, it’s another welcome addition to the recent canon of post-apocalyptic literature, and a stunning debut from a writer who will surely be around for years to come.
Look out for our interview with author Alex Adams, coming soon to the CultureMob site… but in the meantime, why not get your hands on a free copy of White Horse to see what all the fuss is about?
We have three copies of White Horse to give away to three lucky readers. To enter, simply leave a comment below before Monday April 23, 2012, telling us what you think the apocalypse will look like. Three people will be chosen at random from the comments to receive one copy of White Horse each.
(The winners will be chosen at random on Tuesday April 24, 2012. This giveaway is open to residents of the US and Canada only.)
UPDATE: This giveaway has now closed. Our winners are Tadd Ottman, Cndylab and queerbec – please contact us to claim your books! You can find more giveaways on our giveaway page.