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  • Paperback: 258 pages
  • Publisher: Graphia Books; 1 edition (20 Mar. 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0547712154
  • ISBN-13: 978-0547712154
  • Product Dimensions: 14 x 1.7 x 21 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
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Praise for "Hunger" "The storytelling is both realistic and compassionate....the writing is never preachy, and it allows an interesting exploration of both intensely personal food issues and global ones."--"School Library Journal, "starred review
"[The author's] ear for dialogue, fluid prose and dark humor elevate this brief novel above other 'issue books.'"--"Kirkus Reviews" "Powerful, fast-paced, hilarious, heart-wrenching, vivid, sad and most of all real, "Hunger" is a breathtaking portrayal of a difficult topic that also deftly ties in with the interesting and scary apocalypse. Though short, this story will grab the reader and never let go." --"Romantic Times Magazine" "Kessler offers a refreshingly new approach to the YA eating-disorder genre that reinforces the difficulty of conquering these diseases."--"Booklist" "Jackie Morse Kessler does a fine job of taking a critical issue that has been explored in writing no small number of times, and putting a new and thought pro

"I lost sleep to finish this, and I'm not sorry at all. Jackie Morse Kessler's prose illuminates an ancient, disintegrating king as poignantly and effortlessly as it does a bullied teen; it's easy to see ourselves reflected in Mita's grief and Billy's desperation. LOSS is whip-smart and elegant, a truly worthy companion to HUNGER and RAGE."--Saundra Mitchell, author of "The Vespertine" "Gritty and raw with powerful truths. An addictive read."--Sophie Jordan New York Times bestselling author "of Firelight"

Praise for "Hunger" "The storytelling is both realistic and compassionate....the writing is never preachy, and it allows an interesting exploration of both intensely personal food issues and global ones."--"School Library Journal, "starred review
"[The author's] ear for dialogue, fluid prose and dark humor elevate this brief novel above other 'issue books.'"--"Kirkus Reviews" "Powerful, fast-paced, hilarious, heart-wrenching, vivid, sad and most of all real, "Hunger" is a bre

"Jackie Morse Kessler has a keen eye for capturing the awkward uncertainty of adolescence, which she wraps quite deliciously in a coating of mystery, fright, and suspense. "Loss" is a treat for readers, a one-of-a-kind, twisty turny carnival ride through Billy Ballard's struggles and triumphs. I loved this book."--Andrew Smith, author of "The Marbury Lens""I lost sleep to finish this, and I'm not sorry at all. Jackie Morse Kessler's prose illuminates an ancient, disintegrating king as poignantly and effortlessly as it does a bullied teen; it's easy to see ourselves reflected in Mita's grief and Billy's desperation. LOSS is whip-smart and elegant, a truly worthy companion to HUNGER and RAGE."--Saundra Mitchell, author of "The Vespertine" "Gritty and raw with powerful truths. An addictive read."--Sophie Jordan New York Times bestselling author "of Firelight"

Praise for "Hunger" "The storytelling is both realistic and compassionate....the writing is never preachy, and it allows an inter

"Kessler again succeeds in telling a great story with difficult topics. . . readers will easily be pulled into this fascinating world. . . . "Loss" is the best in the series so far."--"Romantic Times" "Jackie Morse Kessler has a keen eye for capturing the awkward uncertainty of adolescence, which she wraps quite deliciously in a coating of mystery, fright, and suspense. "Loss" is a treat for readers, a one-of-a-kind, twisty turny carnival ride through Billy Ballard's struggles and triumphs. I loved this book."--Andrew Smith, author of "The Marbury Lens""I lost sleep to finish this, and I'm not sorry at all. Jackie Morse Kessler's prose illuminates an ancient, disintegrating king as poignantly and effortlessly as it does a bullied teen; it's easy to see ourselves reflected in Mita's grief and Billy's desperation. LOSS is whip-smart and elegant, a truly worthy companion to HUNGER and RAGE."--Saundra Mitchell, author of "The Vespertine" "Gritty and raw with powerful truths. An addictive read."--Sophie Jordan New York Times bestselling author "of Firelight"

Praise for "Hunger" "The storytelling is both realistic and compassionate....the writing is never preachy, and it allows an interesting exploration of both intensely personal food issues and global ones."--"School Library Journal, "starred review
"[The author's] ear for dialogue, fluid prose and dark humor elevate this brief novel above other 'issue books.'"--"Kirkus Reviews" "Powerful, fast-paced, hilarious, heart-wrenching, vivid, sad and most of all real, "Hunger" is a breathtaking portrayal of a difficult topic that also deftly ties in with the interesting and scary apocalypse. Though short, this story will grab the reader and never let go." --"Romantic Times Magazine" "Kessler offers a refreshingly new approach to the YA eating-disorder genre that reinforces the difficulty of conquering these diseases."--"Booklist" "Jackie Morse Kessler does a fine job of taking a critical issue that has been explore

"Kessler's third book in the Riders of the Apocalypse series stays true to the initial premise of exposing a teen affliction--this time bullying--by providing an allegorical analysis of its effects and offering hope to its sufferers."--"Booklist"

"Kessler again succeeds in telling a great story with difficult topics. . . readers will easily be pulled into this fascinating world. . . . "Loss" is the best in the series so far."--"Romantic Times" "Jackie Morse Kessler has a keen eye for capturing the awkward uncertainty of adolescence, which she wraps quite deliciously in a coating of mystery, fright, and suspense. "Loss" is a treat for readers, a one-of-a-kind, twisty turny carnival ride through Billy Ballard's struggles and triumphs. I loved this book."--Andrew Smith, author of "The Marbury Lens""I lost sleep to finish this, and I'm not sorry at all. Jackie Morse Kessler's prose illuminates an ancient, disintegrating king as poignantly and effortlessly as it does a bullied teen; it's easy to see ourselves reflected in Mita's grief and Billy's desperation. LOSS is whip-smart and elegant, a truly worthy companion to HUNGER and RAGE."--Saundra Mitchell, author of "The Vespertine" "Gritty and raw with powerful truths. An addictive read."--Sophie Jordan New York Times bestselling author "of Firelight"

Praise for "Hunger" "The storytelling is both realistic and compassionate....the writing is never preachy, and it allows an interesting exploration of both intensely personal food issues and global ones."--"School Library Journal, "starred review
"[The author's] ear for dialogue, fluid prose and dark humor elevate this brief novel above other 'issue books.'"--"Kirkus Reviews" "Powerful, fast-paced, hilarious, heart-wrenching, vivid, sad and most of all real, "Hunger" is a breathtaking portrayal of a difficult topic that also deftly ties in with the interesting and scary apocalypse. Though short, this story will grab the reader and never let go." --"Romantic Tim

"Kessler blends fantasy, history, humor, and hard reality into a gripping tale. Although it is part of a series, it stands on its own as it addresses the issues of bullying, having a relative with Alzheimer's, and finding the power within yourself to do what is right."--"School Library Journal"

"Kessler's third book in the Riders of the Apocalypse series stays true to the initial premise of exposing a teen affliction--this time bullying--by providing an allegorical analysis of its effects and offering hope to its sufferers."--"Booklist"

"Kessler again succeeds in telling a great story with difficult topics. . . readers will easily be pulled into this fascinating world. . . . "Loss" is the best in the series so far."--"Romantic Times" "Jackie Morse Kessler has a keen eye for capturing the awkward uncertainty of adolescence, which she wraps quite deliciously in a coating of mystery, fright, and suspense. "Loss" is a treat for readers, a one-of-a-kind, twisty turny carnival ride through Billy Ballard's struggles and triumphs. I loved this book."--Andrew Smith, author of "The Marbury Lens""I lost sleep to finish this, and I'm not sorry at all. Jackie Morse Kessler's prose illuminates an ancient, disintegrating king as poignantly and effortlessly as it does a bullied teen; it's easy to see ourselves reflected in Mita's grief and Billy's desperation. LOSS is whip-smart and elegant, a truly worthy companion to HUNGER and RAGE."--Saundra Mitchell, author of "The Vespertine" "Gritty and raw with powerful truths. An addictive read."--Sophie Jordan New York Times bestselling author "of Firelight""""Kessler blends fantasy, history, humor, and hard reality into a gripping tale."--"School Library Journal"

Praise for "Hunger" "The storytelling is both realistic and compassionate....the writing is never preachy, and it allows an interesting exploration of both intensely personal food issues and global ones."--"School Library Journal, "starred review
"[The author's]t

"""Kessler blends fantasy, history, humor, and hard reality into a gripping tale."--"School Library Journal"

"Kessler's third book in the Riders of the Apocalypse series stays true to the initial premise of exposing a teen affliction--this time bullying--by providing an allegorical analysis of its effects and offering hope to its sufferers."--"Booklist"

"Kessler again succeeds in telling a great story with difficult topics. . . readers will easily be pulled into this fascinating world. . . . "Loss" is the best in the series so far."--"Romantic Times" "Jackie Morse Kessler has a keen eye for capturing the awkward uncertainty of adolescence, which she wraps quite deliciously in a coating of mystery, fright, and suspense. "Loss" is a treat for readers, a one-of-a-kind, twisty turny carnival ride through Billy Ballard's struggles and triumphs. I loved this book."--Andrew Smith, author of "The Marbury Lens""I lost sleep to finish this, and I'm not sorry at all. Jackie Morse Kessler's prose illuminates an ancient, disintegrating king as poignantly and effortlessly as it does a bullied teen; it's easy to see ourselves reflected in Mita's grief and Billy's desperation. LOSS is whip-smart and elegant, a truly worthy companion to HUNGER and RAGE."--Saundra Mitchell, author of "The Vespertine" "Gritty and raw with powerful truths. An addictive read."--Sophie Jordan New York Times bestselling author "of Firelight"

Praise for "Hunger" "The storytelling is both realistic and compassionate....the writing is never preachy, and it allows an interesting exploration of both intensely personal food issues and global ones."--"School Library Journal, "starred review
"[The author's] ear for dialogue, fluid prose and dark humor elevate this brief novel above other 'issue books.'"--"Kirkus Reviews" "Powerful, fast-paced, hilarious, heart-wrenching, vivid, sad and most of all real, "Hunger" is a breathtaking portrayal of a difficult topic that also deftly ties in with the intere

""PRAISE FOR THE RIDERS OF THE APOCALYPSE SERIES Praise for" Hunger: " An ALA Quick Pick for Reluctant Young Adult Readers * "Realistic and compassionate. . . . the writing is never preachy, and it allows an interesting exploration of both intensely personal food issues and global ones."
--"SLJ, "starred review "Jackie Morse Kessler does a fine job of taking a critical issue that has been explored in writing no small number of times, and putting a new and thought provoking spin on it. . . . Sheer genius."
--"New York Journal of Books" "Powerful, fast-paced, hilarious, heart-wrenching. . . . This story will grab the reader and never let go."
--"Romantic Times Magazine" ""Hunger" is not just a good book. It is a great book. It is funny and sad, brilliant and tragic, and most of all, it speaks truth. . . . I adore it."
--Rachel Caine, author of "The Morganville Vampires" "A fantastic and gripping read that never shies from its difficult subject matter. . . . This book is a knockout."
--A.S. King, author of "Everybody See the Ants"

Praise for" Rage: "

A Junior Library Guild Selection An ALA Quick Pick for Reluctant Young Adult Readers ""Rage" is raw and real, a truly dark, honest look at self-harm and the teenage psyche. Kessler left me breathless."
--Heather Brewer, author of the New York Times bestselling series, The Chronicles of Vladimir Tod "The elegant mix of dark humor, brilliantly developed characters, and just enough moral threads to lead readers to make their own conclusions is impressive."
--"Bulletin" "Raw, visceral, pulling no punches, this story strikes home like a razor blade. It's unforgettable, heart wrenching, and enlightening."
--"Realms of Fantasy" Praise for" Loss: " "Kessler blends fantasy, history, humor, and hard reality into a gripping tale."
--"SLJ" "Jackie Morse Kessler has a keen eye for capturing the awkward uncertainty of adolescence, which she wraps quite deliciously in a coating of mystery, fright, and suspense. "Loss" is a treat for readers, a one-of-a-kind, twisty turny carnival ride. . . . I loved this book."
--Andrew Smith, author of "The Marbury Lens " "Whip-smart and elegant."
--Saundra Mitchell, author of "The Vespertine" "Gritty and raw with powerful truths. An addictive read."
--Sophie Jordan New York Times bestselling author "of Firelight"
Praise for "Breath" A Junior Library Guild Selection "A riveting read."
"--Kirkus Reviews" "The series is a strong and unique attempt to encourage troubled teens to consider their options and accept the help they need, while exposing all readers to the pain their friends may be experiencing."
"--Booklist"


"" PRAISE FOR THE RIDERS OF THE APOCALYPSE SERIES Praise for" Hunger: " An ALA Quick Pick for Reluctant Young Adult Readers *"Realistic and compassionate. . . . the writing is never preachy, and it allows an interesting exploration of both intensely personal food issues and global ones."
"SLJ, "starred review "Jackie Morse Kessler does a fine job of taking a critical issue that has been explored in writing no small number of times, and putting a new and thought provoking spin on it. . . . Sheer genius."
"New York Journal of Books" "Powerful, fast-paced, hilarious, heart-wrenching. . . . This story will grab the reader and never let go."
"Romantic Times Magazine" ""Hunger" is not just a good book. It is a great book. It is funny and sad, brilliant and tragic, and most of all, it speaks truth. . . . I adore it."
Rachel Caine, author of "The Morganville Vampires" "A fantastic and gripping read that never shies from its difficult subject matter. . . . This book is a knockout."
A.S. King, author of "Everybody See the Ants"

Praise for" Rage: "

A Junior Library Guild Selection An ALA Quick Pick for Reluctant Young Adult Readers ""Rage" is raw and real, a truly dark, honest look at self-harm and the teenage psyche. Kessler left me breathless."
Heather Brewer, author of the New York Times bestselling series, The Chronicles of Vladimir Tod "The elegant mix of dark humor, brilliantly developed characters, and just enough moral threads to lead readers to make their own conclusions is impressive."
"Bulletin" "Raw, visceral, pulling no punches, this story strikes home like a razor blade. It s unforgettable, heart wrenching, and enlightening."
"Realms of Fantasy" Praise for" Loss: " "Kessler blends fantasy, history, humor, and hard reality into a gripping tale."
"SLJ" "Jackie Morse Kessler has a keen eye for capturing the awkward uncertainty of adolescence, which she wraps quite deliciously in a coating of mystery, fright, and suspense. "Loss" is a treat for readers, a one-of-a-kind, twisty turny carnival ride. . . . I loved this book."
Andrew Smith, author of "The Marbury Lens " "Whip-smart and elegant."
Saundra Mitchell, author of "The Vespertine" "Gritty and raw with powerful truths. An addictive read."
Sophie Jordan New York Times bestselling author "of Firelight"
Praise for "Breath" A Junior Library Guild Selection "A riveting read."
" Kirkus Reviews" "The series is a strong and unique attempt to encourage troubled teens to consider their options and accept the help they need, while exposing all readers to the pain their friends may be experiencing."
" Booklist"
"

""PRAISE FOR THE RIDERS OF THE APOCALYPSE SERIESPraise for" Hunger: "An ALA Quick Pick for Reluctant Young Adult Readers*"Realistic and compassionate. . . . the writing is never preachy, and it allows an interesting exploration of both intensely personal food issues and global ones."
"SLJ, "starred review"Jackie Morse Kessler does a fine job of taking a critical issue that has been explored in writing no small number of times, and putting a new and thought provoking spin on it. . . . Sheer genius."
"New York Journal of Books""Powerful, fast-paced, hilarious, heart-wrenching. . . . This story will grab the reader and never let go."
"Romantic Times Magazine"""Hunger" is not just a good book. It is a great book. It is funny and sad, brilliant and tragic, and most of all, it speaks truth. . . . I adore it."
Rachel Caine, author of "The Morganville Vampires""A fantastic and gripping read that never shies from its difficult subject matter. . . . This book is a knockout."
A.S. King, author of "Everybody See the Ants"

Praise for" Rage: "

A Junior Library Guild Selection An ALA Quick Pick for Reluctant Young Adult Readers ""Rage" is raw and real, a truly dark, honest look at self-harm and the teenage psyche. Kessler left me breathless."
Heather Brewer, author of the New York Times bestselling series, The Chronicles of Vladimir Tod"The elegant mix of dark humor, brilliantly developed characters, and just enough moral threads to lead readers to make their own conclusions is impressive."
"Bulletin" "Raw, visceral, pulling no punches, this story strikes home like a razor blade. It s unforgettable, heart wrenching, and enlightening."
"Realms of Fantasy"Praise for" Loss: ""Kessler blends fantasy, history, humor, and hard reality into a gripping tale."
"SLJ" "Jackie Morse Kessler has a keen eye for capturing the awkward uncertainty of adolescence, which she wraps quite deliciously in a coating of mystery, fright, and suspense. "Loss" is a treat for readers, a one-of-a-kind, twisty turny carnival ride. . . . I loved this book."
Andrew Smith, author of "The Marbury Lens ""Whip-smart and elegant."
Saundra Mitchell, author of "The Vespertine""Gritty and raw with powerful truths. An addictive read."
Sophie Jordan New York Times bestselling author "of Firelight"
Praise for "Breath" A Junior Library Guild Selection"A riveting read."
" Kirkus Reviews""The series is a strong and unique attempt to encourage troubled teens to consider their options and accept the help they need, while exposing all readers to the pain their friends may be experiencing."
" Booklist"
"

About the Author

Jackie Morse Kessler is the author ofthe the Riders of the Apocalypse quartet for teen readers, along with several paranormal and dark fantasy books for adults. She lives in upstate New York. Visit her website at www.jackiemorsekessler.com.

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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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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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5.0 out of 5 stars Engaging series 10 May 2013
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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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4.0 out of 5 stars Another stunner in a fantastic series 3 Mar. 2013
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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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5.0 out of 5 stars This series keeps getting better and better 5 Feb. 2013
By Paula L. Phillips - Published on Amazon.com
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Now as readers of The Phantom Paragrapher will know, I love to read my fair share of Edgy Content and one of the authors that I have come to enjoy in this area is Jackie Morse Kessler , where she has taken edgy issues from Anorexia , Disease, Suicide and mixed it with a bit of mythology to create a series called The Riders of the Apocalypse.
Each of her books focuses on one main character who has suffered a rough time and has been dealt an awful hand in life, but what each of them doesn't realise is that by their suffering they have proven stronger and Death has offered them all a second chance by rising up and taking their rightful places in the Four Horseman of the Apocalypse army to save the world from Armageddon. Loss focuses on a character named Billy who is having a bad time from extreme bullying that makes the reader want to scream and shout as no-one is doing anything about it and on-top of that he has a grandparent with Alzheimers and has to care for him when his single mother has to work to keep the house etc afloat. For years Billy has suffered the same nightmare of the Ice-Cream Man , what will happen though when it turns out that the nightmare is stemmed from a real incident that happened when Billy was five and that the Ice-Cream Man is in fact The Rider of Pestilence and now he has gone and ended in a coma . Now it is time for the crown of Pestilence to be passed on and Billy is next in line, will he accept his new fate and serve as one of the Riders or will obstacles appear in his way and obstruct his thinking?
An amazing book that goes much more in-depth compared to the previous two books in the series which is a new turn for Jackie Morse Kessler as in "Loss' the readers are taken all the way back to the beginnings of the original Pestilence Rider.
Another great book in the Riders of the Apocalpyse series and as we all know that their were Four Horsemen , I look forward to reading when released the concluding tale.

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4.0 out of 5 stars Why I'm Glad I'm No Longer In High School 20 July 2012
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Although it reminded me a lot of how painful high school was, I really enjoyed reading this book. After all, I understand what Billy was going through. High school was painful, and it could be even more painful when you had a crush on someone you weren't sure returned your affections. That's why you were still only friends.

Billy had an even bigger problem, and this is where he and I parted company in our lives. Someone wanted him to become one of the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse. At least for awhile. And if this story wasn't interesting enough already, this is when it really starts to get interesting.

I'm not even sure where to start in telling you about what I liked about this book. I don't read a lot of fiction in this particular genre, and I certainly don't read young adult. Honestly, the cover copy was just too interesting to pass up. That's the reason I gave it try.

The writing is excellent. The author understands how to tell a story, and she really helps you get inside the head of the characters, or at least Billy's head. It's almost like you're there experiencing what he's experiencing. What I mean is that you really feel his emotions and what it's like to be him.

The story itself is really well told too. The author doesn't tell it so blazing fast that you're out of breath reading it, but it's not so slow that you're bored. Although she spends the first five chapters getting you into Billy's life before you have any clue where it's all leading, the author holds your interest. You can't just not watch what's happening here.

One thing I didn't like was that there was some profanity in this book. Although it's not a lot, if you have a problem with your child reading it, then I'd probably pass on this book. Otherwise, it's an enjoyable ride, and it will keep your teenager engaged until the very end. Well done!

There are two other books in this series. You may want to purchase those too so your teenager gets all the stories.

Hunger (Riders of the Apocalypse)

Rage (Riders of the Apocalypse)
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