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Loss (Riders of the Apocalypse) [Library Binding]

Jackie Morse Kessler
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  • Library Binding: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Turtleback Books; Reprint edition (20 Mar 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0606247424
  • ISBN-13: 978-0606247429
  • Product Dimensions: 2.3 x 14 x 21 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)

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Jackie Kessler lives in Upstate New York with her husband, two children, two cats, and about 9,000 comics. Visit her at www.jackiekessler.com

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2.0 out of 5 stars Not for me 14 Nov 2013
By Jenjen
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Bought the whole series thinking Yes, Horsemen of the apocalypse. Should not have bothered, not at all what I was expecting. Seller is good though, delivery was quick and the book was in pristine condition.
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By Ginny
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See my review of this book, and many more, at TalesfromtheGreatEastRoad.wordpress.com

Life for fifteen year old Billy Ballard is not easy. He's the kid who everyone picks on, the one who the teachers either overlook or "make an example" of. He doesn't even get a break at home, living with his single mother who's always working to make ends meet, and his Alzheimer's suffering grandfather, who can sometimes be worse than the school bullies. If it wasn't for his friend, Marianne, he'd probably go mad - though never working up the courage to ask her out might drive him to madness anyway.

Then Death visits Billy. He wants Billy to stand in as Pestilence, one of the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse, as the original White Rider has gone missing. Billy agrees, thinking this could be his chance to get back at his tormentors, and takes the Bow which allows him to strike disease. But when he accidentally causes an outbreak of meningitis, Billy realises he can't handle this kind of power, and must hunt out the previous White Rider, who is hiding in the memories of his long, strange life. After years of causing death and disease, the White Rider has become insane, and plans on an outbreak more terrifying than any the earth has seen before...

Loss is another excellent book in the Riders of the Apocalypse series, which deals with teenagers struggling with different problems who then become one of the riders, and their experiences with their new powers and responsibilities. Though all part of a series, each book can be read as a stand alone, and nothing is lost by reading them out of order. This book's protagonist, Billy, is a very sympathetic character. Watching his life of abuse and pain is moving, especially if you (like myself) have experienced bullying in the past.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Engaging series 10 May 2013
By gr8english - Published on Amazon.com
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I had not heard of the series, but a student requested one of the books. It got passed around so much, I ordered the rest of them and I can't keep them on the shelf!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Highly recommended 21 Jun 2012
By April M. Steenburgh - Published on Amazon.com
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Kessler again tackles a rough topic while still delivering a story that will appeal to young/teen readers, as well as adults. While not as strong a book as the initial Horsemen offering, 'Hunger' (which will stick with me until the end of my days), 'Loss' is still a spectacular read. This is a series that needed to be written, and I am happy Kessler is tackling these topics with enough emotion and knowledge to do them justice. Nothing is glossed over, but it is never unnecessarily rough just to spice up the reading. Every bit of prose is there because it should be, because it needs to be. Highly recommended reading.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Got this series for my daughter and she loves it! 3 May 2013
By Kimberli West - Published on Amazon.com
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My daughter is 13 years old and an avid reader. She loves all of the books in the series. She couldn't stop reading any of them, and just finished another book that made reference to the "Riders of the Apocalypse." Not necessarily this book, but the characters in general. She loved that it paralleled.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Another stunner in a fantastic series 3 Mar 2013
By Tiffany A. Harkleroad - Published on Amazon.com
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Billy Ballard is the school punching bag, the running joke among a group of boys. He is weak, he is powerless, and he will never fight back. His whole life he has had nightmares about a mysterious man and horse from his childhood, not knowing that those dreams would lead him to his destiny. Billy Ballard is Pestilence, but will he fight for his destiny? Will he fight to become the White Rider?

Very few series are as gripping and imaginative as the Riders of the Apocalypse series. As with the previous two installments, this book captured me from the opening lines. With bullying being a problem of national scale, I found this book to be very timely and appropriate. So many children are bullied as Billy is, and so many people turn a blind eye. So many of us have felt this pain, which really allowed Billy to be relatable. I found him well developed as a character, one with whom I deeply sympathized.

In terms of the storyline, I did find the plot slightly less clear than the previous books in the series. The concept of the White Rider being divided into two entities seemed out of tune somewhat with the feel of the series. Also, the author mentions that her original ideas for the story focused on Alzheimer's and Robin Hood, shades of which still appear in the eventual incarnation of her story. I found both those aspects of the story quite confusing and out of place. It was if the story was battling itself, which may have actually been intentional, much like the two aspects of the divided White Rider battle each other. I loved the extreme symbolism surrounding the colors of white, black and red, this was much more intense than it had been in the previous books.

I think this is an incredible series. While this book is not my favorite of the series so far, it is certainly worth the read.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Nothing to Lose in reading Loss. 9 Feb 2013
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Loss takes on the life of Billy Ballard in the form of bullying and Alzheimers. Billy Ballard has spent his life experiencing loss of more than one kind - loss of self, loss of family, loss of wellbeing. He meets "The Ice Cream Man" at the age of 5 who is, in reality, Pestilence ... one of the four riders of the apocalypse. Pestilence gets 5 year old Billy to agree to take on the crown and become Pestilence when he is older. Move forward 10 years. Billy's father left him at 6, Billy started to be _seriously_ bullied by classmates shortly after and shortly after that he lost his grandfather to Alzheimers and became his caretaker. Billy doesn't stand up for himself in the slightest and the book is mostly about finally coming to grasp with the idea that he has value/he has worth/he is important while at the same time telling the story of Pestilence - one of the Four Riders. I loved reading his story, meeting the love of his life (his best friend) and watching him morph into a kid willing to stand up for himself - to realize his value. There is a lot of loss (but you were warned with the title), a lot of heartache, a lot of emotion ...but there is also hope, promised love, romance and a happy ending.
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