White Horse by Alex Adams

59%

36 Critic Reviews

Its “stream of consciousness” style and alternating timeframes sometimes made it feel choppy and confusing.
-Layers of Thought

Synopsis

The world has ended, but her journey has just begun.

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 defined not 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.
 

About Alex Adams

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Alex Adams was born in Auckland, New Zealand, and currently lives in Portland, Oregon, with her family. Visit her website at AlexAdamsBooks.com.
 
Published April 17, 2012 by Atria/Emily Bestler Books. 336 pages
Genres: Horror, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Science Fiction & Fantasy, Literature & Fiction, Action & Adventure, Biographies & Memoirs. Fiction
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Critic reviews for White Horse
All: 36 | Positive: 23 | Negative: 13

Kirkus

Excellent
Reviewed by Kirkus Reviews on Apr 10 2012

Adams has an excellent sense of timing, delivering gasp-inducing moments that punctuate her nightmare with verve.

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Oregon Live

Excellent
Reviewed by Oregonian on Apr 14 2012

It draws to a compelling pause, with a pair of revelations in the final pages that should spur readers to a sequel.

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S. Krishna's Books

Good
Reviewed by Swapna Krishna on Apr 30 2012

It’s beautiful and haunting, with a surprise around every corner.

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Jenn's Bookshelves

Good
Reviewed by Jenn on Apr 18 2012

The intensity of this novel carries, unrelenting, throughout the entirety of the novel, the last few lines leaving me breathless.

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Dark Faerie Tales

Below average
Reviewed by Kristie on Apr 10 2012

The world-building is a bit much combining disease, war, weather, Pandora’s Box and genetic manipulation,

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Devourer of Books

Good
Reviewed by Jen on Apr 19 2012

Adams has created a fascinating apocalyptic world.

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A Bookworm's World

Below average
Reviewed by Luanne on Apr 16 2012

While I find her a strong lead character, I never felt fully engaged with her, despite cheering for her to beat the odds.

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The Book Smugglers

Below average
Reviewed by Thea on Apr 19 2012

I have a hard time swallowing The Swiss’s descent into madness and the cause for his sadistic cruelty and misogyny.

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My Bookish Ways

Good
Reviewed by Bookish Ways on Apr 20 2012

White Horse moved me on many levels, and is frankly one of the best books that I’ve read this year.

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The Guilded Earlobe

Good
Reviewed by Guilded Earlobe on Apr 27 2012

White Horse shares many elements with The Road, the darkly beautiful landscapes, the character’s journey both physically and introspectively.

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Book Chick City

Below average
Reviewed by Cassie Alexander on May 22 2012

I found WHITE HORSE very interesting but irritating at first.

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My Shelf Confessions

Good
Reviewed by April on May 11 2012

White Horse has one of the most distinctive writing styles of any book I’ve ever read.

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The Australian Bookshelf

Good
Reviewed by Jayne Fordham on May 10 2012

The world is quite vividly painted without any info dumping or need to over-describe as the author tells it as it is simply and on an as-needs-basis.

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Layers of Thought

Below average
Reviewed by Shellie on Apr 28 2012

Its “stream of consciousness” style and alternating timeframes sometimes made it feel choppy and confusing.

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Darlene's Book Nook

Below average
Reviewed by Darlene on Apr 11 2012

There are graphic scenes of rape and incest, as well as violence, which took me by surprise because I incorrectly assumed this was a Young Adult dystopian.

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Fang-tastic Fiction

Good
Reviewed by Fang-tastic Fiction on May 15 2012

This is a terrific story, with its intricately structured interweaving of the two strands and an elegantly written, metaphorically rich narrative.

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No More Grumpy Bookseller Blog

Good
Reviewed by Becky LeJeune on May 04 2012

White Horse is both horrific and poetic and is utterly amazing!

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Waiting for Fairies

Below average
Reviewed by Kiara on Apr 16 2012

I didn’t hate it, but I did find it disturbing and depressing.

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Feeling a Little Bookish

Good
Reviewed by meags222 on Mar 26 2012

I really enjoyed Adams' writing style and I couldn't put this book down.

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Hooked on Books

Good
Reviewed by Christa on May 01 2012

This is a great example of quality dystopian lit.

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Tara Calaby

Below average
Reviewed by Tara Calaby on Apr 23 2012

The vast amount of metaphor, simile and personification meant that I struggled a little to get past the language to the plot.

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The Qwillery

Good
Reviewed by Qwills on Apr 17 2012

White Horse is a horrifying look at a post-apocalyptic world that shows us that our humanity is a reflection of our inner landscape and how we act.

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Fiction State of Mind

Below average
Reviewed by fictionstateofmind on Apr 16 2012

Gorgeous writing and a solid lead character but some clunky story directions that I couldn't get past.

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Janicu's Book Blog

Good
on Apr 16 2012

Zoe’s tell-it-like-it-is voice and my curiosity about what happened and what will happen kept me flipping the pages.

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An Adventure in Reading

Below average
Reviewed by raidergirl3 on Apr 05 2012

It's pretty gruesome in parts, but I read a little fast over those parts, sort of with my fingers covering my view.

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Leafing Through Life

Good
Reviewed by Megan on Apr 20 2012

White Horse is packed with vivid characters, disturbing visions of a planet in the throes of a slow apocalypse, and twists that readers won't see coming.

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Stephanie's Written Word

Good
Reviewed by Stephanie on Apr 15 2012

The best part of White Horse was the protagonist Zoe, who still holds on to her belief in humanity in this most inhumane world.

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BookBound

Good
Reviewed by Myckyee on Apr 10 2012

I will go so far as to predict that this book will become a huge best-seller. It certainly deserves to be.

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Damian Daily

Good
Reviewed by Damian on May 31 2012

It is gritty and powerful, emotionally intense, and at times a nail-biting thriller.

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Books & Reviews

Below average
Reviewed by Books Reviews on May 19 2012

It took me some time to get use to reading this book and even longer to like the main character, Zoe.

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JM Cornwell Review

Good
Reviewed by JM Cornwell on May 15 2012

There are few serial novels that have sparked my interest as much as Alex Adams's White Horse.

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Buried in Print

Good
Reviewed by Buried Print on May 08 2012

Raging and retching, gnawing and snarling, bruising and beating, hysteria and, yes, hope: White Horse is a horrifying gallop of a read.

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Author Scoop

Good
Reviewed by Jamie on Apr 25 2012

This isn’t for the squeamish. But what apocalypse really is, if we’re being honest? Highly recommended.

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Beautiful Life

Below average
Reviewed by Kelly Exeter on Apr 24 2012

I found myself having to re-read paragraphs several times over trying to get my head around exactly what the author was trying to communicate.

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Something To Write About

Good
Reviewed by Valerie Geary on Apr 22 2012

Devoured all 292 pages in 1 day. Expectations met and exceeded.

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Scrinanbbles

Below average
Reviewed by Nancy on Apr 21 2012

There is so much about this book that doesn’t work for me.

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