Review: White Horse by Alex Adams
Title: White Horse
Publisher: Atria/Emily Bestler Books
Genre: Apocalyptic, Post-Apocalyptic
Series: White Horse #1
Publication Date: April 17, 2012
Copy Provided By: Netgalley
Thirty-year-old Zoe leads an ordinary life until the end of the world arrives. She is cleaning cages and floors at Pope Pharmaceuticals when the President of the United States announces that human beings are no longer a viable species. When Zoe realizes that everyone she loves is disappearing, she starts running. Scared and alone in a shockingly changed world, she embarks on a remarkable journey of survival and redemption. Along the way, Zoe comes to see that humans are not defined by their genetic code, but rather by their actions and choices. White Horse offers hope for a broken world, where love can lead to the most unexpected places.
I love pandemic stories. Call it morbid fascination but to me pandemics really are the most likely scenario for global breakdown of society. The author Alex Adams paints a world slowly being ravaged by a disease called White Horse. This isn't your normal plague, no this one attacks at a genetic level. For those not immune from white horse they are left with two options either die miserably or suffer mutations that range from growing second hearts, scales, or even fins and that's if your lucky. Needless to say White Horse is unique all its own and is a disease I hope to never encounter in this lifetime.
One of the things I really appreciated about White Horse was the incredible world building. Through a series of flashbacks and flashforwards we get to see Zoe's life before, during, and after White Horse takes hold. While I could of done with less time jumping (sometimes it would happen 2-3x per chapter) I definitely appreciate all the details we get to see because of it. Now as much as I loved the world building it would be nothing without the incredible writing. To say this book was beautifully written wouldn't do it justice. Ms. Adams fine tuned the art of playing with emotions. I laughed, I cried, I raged in horror even but to her credit I couldn't stop reading. Like Zoe and the jar, I felt ominous tidings gnawing at the back of my brain demanding I read this in one sitting.
Speaking of the characters I love Zoe!! She is compassionate, smart, brave, and an eternal pillar of hope and goodness in a world that is quickly filled with much cruelty and depravity. Zoe is one of the nicest characters that I've had the pleasure getting to know in a long time and I truly hope this isn't the last we see of her in this series.
On the flipside I hated The Swiss probably as much or if not more than Zoe even did. What an awful human being he was which you know bad for the characters but a great villain for us to hate on. That being said OH MY GOODNESS the twist at the end involving his character took me by complete surprise, like damn I didn't see that one coming at all. Well played Alex Adams, well played indeed.
Overall I have to say that I loved this book. White Horse is one of the best pandemic based apocalyptic books I've read in a very long time. I will definitely be picking up Red Horse when it releases in August that's for damn sure!
I suppose the question that remains is Would I recommend White Horse? Yes, yes, I would. In fact, go buy it now I promise you won't be disappointed. In the end, I will be rating White Horse by Alex Adams ★★★★★. White Horse is definitely worth a read, worth your time, and completely worth the price!
Now for my questions:
Have you heard of this book? If so, Do you plan on reading it?
If you had to suffer mutation from White Horse, What type would you want?
Let me know your answers in the comments below, I love reading all your responses!