Jan 28, 2013

Book Review: White Horse

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.

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I don't usually read books that are set after the end of the world as we know it and after reading WHITE HORSE I am wondering why that is.  I particularly enjoy books that cause me to question and this book delivers in spades.  I think that one reason that it hits home so hard is that I have become rather fed up with the pharmaceutical companies and WHITE HORSE is a 'what if' scenario of some of their practices.

But it is so much more then that.  It shows how quickly some people will throw off their humanity while others work hard to maintain theirs.  Zoe happens to be one that attempts to be good to others to the extent that she picks up people and animals along the way that need care.  Some would ask why she would bother with a blind girl when she was having trouble keeping herself alive but that just goes to show what kind of person she really is.  

WHITE HORSE is not an easy read and there were times when I found it slow but I am very happy that I stuck with it as the ending is so worth it.  It's not very often that I run across one that leaves tears in my eyes.  I do recommend it and not just to folks that enjoy reading the dystopian genre.  I rate this book a 3.5.

*** I received this book at no charge from NetGalley in exchange for a fair and honest review.  All opinions expressed within are my own.


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