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Breath (Riders of the Apocalypse #4)

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Contrary to popular belief, the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse aren’t just harbingers of doom—they actually keep life in balance. But what happens when their leader and creator, Death, becomes suicidal?

Before the first living thing drew its first gasping breath, he was there. He has watched humanity for millennia. And he has finally decided that humanity is not worth the
Paperback, 336 pages
Published April 16th 2013 by Graphia
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Jackie Kessler
This book was very bittersweet for me to write - the last of a series can be like that. :) This is Death's book, and all the big questions from the Riders of the Apocalypse series are answered in it. BREATH hits the shelves on April 16, 2013! As with RAGE, a portion of proceeds will be donated to the nonprofit organization To Write Love On Her Arms.
Apr 21, 2013 Liviania rated it really liked it
I have enjoyed the Riders of the Apocalypse story more with each book. Jackie Morse Kessler has brought her series to a fitting, stirring conclusion, albeit one that won't make sense to readers who haven't read the three previous books in the series. BREATH is not only the story of Death, but also the end of the stories of each of the Horsemen.

Death is not like the other Horsemen and never has been. He is older and more powerful and never human. But that doesn't mean he can't become suicidal. An
the golden witch.
4.5/5 stars!

While a little slow to start, "Breath" is a fantastic end to one of my favorite YA quartet/series in the last five years - utterly original and unforgettable. I think I can honestly say that this book is my favorite in the quartet - everything has been building to this book, and boy, was the wait worth it. If you've started your journey with "Hunger", you simply must end it with "Breath".

While a little slow to start with Xander's story grounding us as to how he's important as more t
Nov 26, 2013 Alice rated it really liked it
Shelley Daugherty
Dec 09, 2015 Shelley Daugherty rated it it was amazing
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Can I give it 10 stars? Please?

So if you were a fan of the first three books, you will be blown away by the final installment of the Riders of the Apocalypse. During all the other books, I desperately wanted to know Death's story and this book was everything I hoped for and more.

This book is a combination of biblical history, mythology, current events, and the history of the four horsemen and Death himself. True to the other books, the story of Death focuses on depression and suicide. These bo
Throughout history, Death has been there. Watching. Waiting. He created the Horsemen and fought with them to keep the world in balance. But lately something has changed, and Death doesn't see any reason to go on any longer. It is time for the end of Death - the end of life as we know it.

Xander is an average kid with everything going for him. So why does the fate of the world rest with him of all people? Why is it his job to keep Death from ending the world? Because Xander has a secret - one that
Chapter by Chapter
Apr 20, 2013 Chapter by Chapter rated it really liked it
I absolutely loved reading the first three books in this series by Jackie Morse Kessler. All three blew me away, and every time I finished one book, I craved to read the next. I feel like I’ve been waiting forever for Breath to come out! I was so excited to read the book that was Death’s story. And omg I was not disappointed at all!

While reading Hunger, Rage, and Loss by Jackie Morse Kessler, I always wanted to know more about Death who looked like Kurt Cobain, who was the front man for Nirvana.
May 15, 2013 Jennifer rated it it was amazing
I'm forgoing my usual summary because this is the fourth book in the series and I really think you should read them all in order to understand the amazing world building that has gone into this series. I'm a huge fan of character and setting. If you draw me into one of the two of them, I'm going to finish the book, even if the plot sucks (which this plot does not).

The first three books talk about the stories of each horseman, where this one focuses on Death. Death is an intricate character in ea
Aurora Dimitre
He arched an eyebrow and looked pointedly at Death's face. "Here we are now - entertain us."

When I first started this series, it was a few years ago. I knew about Nirvana, of course, because I hadn't been living under a rock for my entire life, but when Death was described in Loss, I didn't put much stock into it. It was basically a, "Oh, so like Kurt Cobain type of deal" and I moved on with my life and read the book and you know, whatever.

Fast forward to 2015. I'm in my first year of colleg
Apr 05, 2013 Jennifer rated it liked it
My favorite of this series since "Hunger." I liked seeing all four horsemen get together, and thought the end was a very interesting and unexpected twist.

There are a few things that are generally tedious about Kessler's writing (overuse of parentheses) but they are (sentence frags) pretty easy to overlook and go with the flow of the story.
Page (One Book At A Time)
Mar 14, 2015 Page (One Book At A Time) rated it really liked it
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I think this one was easily the best out of the four. And that's saying something but I really enjoyed this series.
Death is an amazingly complex character. All that he has seen as he has managed death throughout humanities existence. He reminded me a tad of death in "The Book Thief" Humans fascinate him. But, he knows he can't get attached because our life compared to his is but a speck in time.
I found it interesting that he created the 4 horseman and how he did it. Despite all that he has wi
Eric Juneau
Apr 23, 2014 Eric Juneau rated it did not like it
When I got this book, I left the library thinking "how is she going to screw this one up?" This is the last book of the series, dealing with Death, who Kessler has portrayed as Kurt Cobain.

And of course, it's all exposition. Talking, talking, talking. Explaining, more talking, and then existential nonsense which has nothing to do with the protagonist. Nobody wants anything. I'm shouting at the book DO SOMETHING. There's no conflict. The big plot twist for the protagonist, where what he thought
By far, BY FAR, the best book in the series.

Longer than the others (probably by dint of necessity), far more twisted, far more complex, far harder to skim over because every single line and plot point is intriguing and strange.

Very much Neverwhere meets I love You, Beth Cooper , but creepier, if that makes sense. And also the Truman Show. The funny thing is, I'm pretty sure Kessler acknowledges both Neil Gaiman and the Truman Show...which is amazing and self aware and basically she's giving
Apr 14, 2013 Alicia rated it it was amazing
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May 06, 2013 Darcy rated it liked it
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This book was a little different, mostly because as much as the book was about Xander, it was about Death too. I really liked how Xander seemed to be counseling Death and even got him to see things differently. It was too bad that he couldn't listen to his own advice. I was sort of stunned with what was happening with Xander, I knew something was up, but didn't expect that. I was glad that Death was able to turn what Xander said to him, back on Xander. I think that the ending is one that gives e ...more
Apr 27, 2014 Camila rated it really liked it
this book is beautiful! it spoke to me on an emotional level and made for alot of crying. I love the intricately woven plot and how everything is not what it seems. The characters made me cry like a baby, but also managed to make me laugh out loud.
Overall, it was a good book BUT...there are still a few questions left unanswered: if Death did meet up with Xander what point in time did that happen(where did that happen, was it all just in Xander's head?). and it is implied that Susie loves Xande
Jeanette Diaz Michel
Talk about deep, and talk about all that foreshadowing and symbolism. Definitely a satisfying conclusion to the quartet series, and definitely the best out of all four books. And the books seriously just got better, this is the best, the third is better than the first two, and the second is better than the first book. The first book was a solid beginning to the series.

This book has closure and resolution to all the characters. It was good to see all the Horsemen together as well. The one and onl
Rose Marie
Feb 04, 2015 Rose Marie rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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May 30, 2013 Abstractelf rated it it was amazing
I'm so sad it's over. I don't want it! I want more books and and I don't know. It's just so sad I had to say goodbye to this series. :(
Though I loved it! It was beautifully written - seriously, I almost sobbed by page 19!
I just want to thank for this amazing series and books, I'm so glad I read it.

So, apart from the last bit, this was amazing. The last ten pages or so weren't my favourite, but I really did enjoy this book. I think the pacing was right, I love her writing, and though the book was extremely confusing, I liked the pace.

I'm ignoring the final part of the book and keeping it before that because I don't know what happened in the end, or what to do. This book did make me cry, and I think it was a decent end to the entire series.

I like how we got to see the characters from the pr
Mar 30, 2016 Heather rated it liked it
I think Death is a yummy character. I'm glad he was given background- his background reminded me of The Mysterious Stranger by Mark Twain- and I can totally see that for him .. The books overall were not so amazing to me. Better than mediocre but nothing to do with her writing, it all flowed nicely to me maybe it is because they are 400 page books and I didn't like some of the characters, since this is particularly about Breath the thing that bothered me was what happened?? Did Death admit he 'l ...more
Leah Anderson
Mar 16, 2014 Leah Anderson rated it really liked it
So as far as this series goes, I absolutely love it. I was really disappointed though with Death. In the previous three, he's spunky and sometimes morbid but I mean, I suppose we can say that even Death has his off days. I wasn't sure if I could categorize his "off day" as a complete change of character or just the ultimate Debby Downer. I really liked the way it was set up though.

I don't want to say it was bad because it wasn't. Had I read this without reading the previous three where Death wa
It was hard to get through because of how frustrating the storytelling is. It's frustrating to go through 4 novels, all of the characters coming together for this last one, and not be able to connect with any of them. Granted, in this one, we gain a bit of an inside look on Missy, but Tammy and Billy; knowing who they are deep down is not something I know, even after hearing their stories. With Xander, it's a bit better because the story of him is played out for the audience, but in the end, his ...more
Jan 24, 2014 Becky rated it really liked it
I am just not quite sure how to feel about this book.

I like Xander; I thought he was better developed as a character than the previous protagonist, Billy. And I LOVED getting to spend time with Death as the protagonist. Seeing the character of Death develop was super cool and I love the way Kessler handled his backstory.

I also really enjoyed seeing the other Riders again. As a conclusion to the series, BREATH is absolutely what it needed to be.

I just didn't quite like Xander's story. Riley is ne
Apr 06, 2013 Bookworm1858 rated it really liked it
Source: Received an ARC from Amazon Vine in exchange for an honest review.

After devouring the previous books in this series (Hunger, Rage, and Loss), of course I had to read Breath and find out how everything wraps up. We've previously visited the Horsemen of Famine, War, and Pestilence which leads us to the most-feared one: Death who has proved to be an intriguing figure common to all the books. Although I think you could read Hunger or Rage to start, you definitely need to have read all three
Finally! The last book in the Riders of the Apocalypse series, wherein we get to see what things look like from the perspective of Death! We've already met War, Famine and Pestilence and the humans who took up their mantles. Death has been a constant throughout, but we've never really gotten to know him. Guess I didn't see it coming when this book's main crisis is the fact that Death has determined that it is time for it to end. And by "it", I mean "existence". Which is bad, particularly if you ...more
May 11, 2013 Shiku rated it really liked it
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Xander Atwood is a teenager like any other else, the usual worries and wishes included: is my crush going to go on a date with me? Will I even dare to ask her? What will I do when I finish school? Add to that a newborn brother and you can imagine that Xander has enough on his mind. Nonetheless, it’s Death himself who is one day suddenly on Xander’s balcony – ready to jump. Without death there won’t be any life, but what can Xan
Apr 14, 2013 Poppy rated it it was amazing
I have read all three of the previous books of this series and have liked them to various degrees. Some more than others but in general I’ve enjoyed the series. This book tops all the rest. BREATH is Death’s book but it is more than that. It is also a teenage boy named Xander Atwood’s book and the book also visits the perspectives of the other three Horsemen of the Apocalypse and tells the origin of Death and the Horsemen which I found very imaginative and liked very much.

BREATH is a well told s
Aug 14, 2015 Angie rated it really liked it
Death...the final rider of the apocalypse. Breath is the story of Death, but also the story of life. Death has never been like the other riders. He isn't human even though he takes a human shape. He doesn't feel things like we do, but today he is feeling like the end is near. He is ready to say goodbye to the world and the world needs to get ready to say goodbye. The other riders are concerned of course. What happens when Death dies? He is the source of all life not just death so can the world c ...more
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Today's review is hard because I'm talking about not only the final book in a series, but also the most complex. BREATH is on another plane of existence, both figuratively and literally, when compared to its predecessors. In HUNGER, RAGE, and LOSS, we watch the horsemen step into their new roles. In BREATH, we discover just how different the Pale Rider is from his companions. He created them; they wouldn't exist without him. They are him. Death is
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Jackie Morse Kessler grew up in Brooklyn, NY, with a cranky cat and overflowing shelves filled with dolls and books. Now she’s in Upstate NY with another cranky cat, a loving husband, two sons, and overflowing shelves filled with dragons and books (except when her sons steal her dragons). She has a bachelor’s degree in English and American Literature, and yet she’s never read any Jane Austen (with ...more
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  • Hunger (Riders of the Apocalypse, #1)
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