RIDE ON by Gwen Cole


Age Range: 14 - 18
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In a gray Texas landscape decimated by natural disasters, two teens come together to find a way—and a reason—to survive.

White teen Seph isn’t an outlaw, but he’s not sure if he’s a cowboy either. He’s been on the road since he witnessed his father’s murder at age 9. Now he makes his way toward the ocean with his beloved horse, Cade, as his only companion. Seph’s never seen the sun or a blue sky—but he still has a chance of finding open water. Meanwhile, white teen Avery lives in a coal town with her twin brother, Finn, their parents both dead. But the mine is no longer producing enough coal, so when the Lawmen show up for their share, they end up taking five boys as payment instead. One of the boys is Finn. As Avery flees, lost and desperate to save her brother, Seph is captured elsewhere; but it isn’t long before their fates become entwined. Told through Seph’s and Avery’s distinct, alternating perspectives, a brutal saga unfolds. In the beginning, the blood and despair are almost too much to take, but once Seph and Avery team up, the darkness recedes just enough for their story to play out. Amid the chaos, a tender romance begins to spark, shedding a much-needed beam of hope onto the ruthless landscape.

A starkly violent Western with surprising turns of tenderness. (Western. 14-18)

Pub Date: May 1st, 2018
ISBN: 978-1-5107-2993-3
Page count: 240pp
Publisher: Sky Pony Press
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Kirkus Reviews Issue: April 1st, 2018


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