Rage (Riders of the Apocalypse #2)

 
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Rage (Riders of the Apocalypse #2)
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14+
Release Date
April 04, 2011
ISBN
978-0547445281
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Missy didn’t mean to cut so deep. But after the party where she was humiliated in front of practically everyone in school, who could blame her for wanting some comfort? Sure, most people don’t find comfort in the touch of a razor blade, but Missy always was . . . different.

 

That’s why she was chosen to become one of the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse: War. Now Missy wields a new kind of blade—a big, brutal sword that can cut down anyone and anything in her path. But it’s with this weapon in her hand that Missy learns something that could help her triumph over her own pain: control.

 

A unique approach to the topic of self-mutilation, Rage is the story of a young woman who discovers her own power and refuses to be defeated by the world

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I'd heard tons of great things about this Apocalypse series so when I found the book Rage in the box of books MG sent me to review, I knew I had to read it. First though I downloaded book one in the series: Hunger.

I was hooked.

What I love about this series is how Kessler takes sensitive subjects like cutting and food disorders and weaves in a paranormal element. In Rage's case it's a girl who cuts herself. She's visited by Death who takes on the appearance of deceased rock legend Kurt Corbain who gives her the job of War. Death is not only hot but has a dry sense of humor too. Even the horses assigned to each apocalypse rider has it's own personality.

Missy feels by cutting herself. The descriptions at times are graphic and rather intense but help the reader get into the mind of Missy. I can see how Death would want to give Missy this job or rather why the sword would chose her. Missy is standoffish and doesn't want to be noticed. Then something happens at a party with Adam, her ex-boyfriend, which sets off a string of events. What happens is horrific and I couldn't help but really feel for Missy.

Another huge plus in this series is how the wounded characters not only have to deal with their new 'jobs' but have to come face to face with their deepest fears. They find they have the choice to either embrace destruction or use their new found ability for another purpose. Missy goes on her own journey which is dark and very real. She has to figure out exactly what her role is as War and whether or not she wants to have complete destruction or have balance.

Dark but very real, Rage shows us a character who needs to face her own demons. This story isn't sugar coated at all and at times some of the scenes are uncomfortable. Still I felt this tale is shown in a raw and very honest way. Also it shows that yes, things can be hard but there also can be compromise. I especially loved the very last paragraph of this book. I won't tell as that would spoil it but for sure I was satisfied and can't wait to read the next book which comes out in 2012.
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Unique tale that takes a sensitive subject like cutting and weaves a paranormal element to it.
Though vivid and at times graphic, the story doesn't speak down to teens but rather shows that Missy has the choice to either use her new ability for destruction or for good.

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