White Horse is the first book in an absolutely unique debut trilogy - a postapocalyptic 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 Pope Pharmaceuticals. 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 arrives and 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 disappearing. 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 - and 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.
“Adams’ fantasy is brilliant! It’s McCarthy’s The Road on hope steroids. Adams’ narrative is the prose of the world’s destruction, beautiful yet horrible. Her amazing characters are full of both hope and hopelessness in the face of death - and worse. This is what apocalyptic fiction will aspire to be from now on.” (Urban Fantasy)
“Adams has an excellent sense of timing, delivering gasp-inducing moments that punctuate her nightmare with verve.” (Kirkus Reviews)
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Like a Graphic Novel Turned Into an Audiobook
- Rob Prindle
I don't think I'd buy an audio book just because Ms. Durante was the narrator. She didn't bring much to the table, so far as I could tell.
Maybe I'm just getting old and cranky, but I do enjoy a well written book. I am 2 chapters into White Horse and once again I find I have bought a very poorly written book. My gut feeling is to walk away from it. So far it's been listening to the main character talking to herself in her head and then cutting to an incredibly unrealistic action scene where she grabs some rapist in mid-thrust by the scrotum to stop him.
Uh, yeah. Right. I'd like to know the self-defense class the author took to learn that particular move.
I will attempt to read on, but I am holding out very little hope.
I made it about 2 more chapters into the book, but found the whole thing so ridiculous that I just stopped. Life is too short for dumb books. How did it get such good reviews out of Kirkus & Huffington Post, I haven't a clue.