Jackie Morse Kessler’s Riders of the Apocalypse series follows teens who are transformed into the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse.
The third book in the Riders of the Apocalypse series, Loss, is about a bullied teenager who's tricked into becoming Pestilence, a Rider of the Apocalypse, and finds himself with the power to infect people with diseases.
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"Loss" is the third book in the Riders of the Apocalypse series. I was definitely glad that the plot was different from the first two books, but it took quite a while for the action to begin. During the first 90 pages I considered ending the series because I felt that it wasn't that great, but I am so glad I stuck through it! The book definitely delved deeply into the mystery of the ...more
Loss is the third book in the Riders of the Apocalypse series by Jackie Morse Kessler. I enjoyed the first book immensely and, while the second book had its flaws it was also an interesting read. This book, however, had problems. In spades.
We follow Billy Ballard as he deals with bullying, Addison's disease, and his Grandfather's Alzheimers. At one point in the story he takes up the bow of Pestilence, a Rider of the Apocalypse. Pestilence has plagued him since he was a child and Billy crumbles w ...more
My Summary: Billy's always been the kid that gets picked on by the biggest, stupidest bullies around. All the poor kid wants is to walk home without getting beaten to a pulp...
Then Billy meets Death - literally, not figuratively - and learns he is set to become the White Rider of the Apocalypse. Now, armed with power beyond his comprehension, Billy lashes out at the people who made his li ...more
The main teen issue was bullying, with Billy Ballard, a kid who is so used to being beaten up he ...more
One of my favourite parts of the book for Kessler's portrayal of Death. He was perfect! Calm, intelligent, uncaring and unbiased. Such an awesome character and definitely m ...more
While Reading: This one started off slow for me. I couldn't quite relate to Billy and honestly did not find him to be an interesting characters, especially compared to the previous main characters in the other books. But when the action picked up towards the middle of the book, I found myself entranced in the plot. I loved the way th ...more
I understand why there was so much with Mita, Billy needed to see that to learn what could go wrong so that he would be able to handle the job. But it made the story a little boring for me.
This series falls a bit short from being fabulous for me, but is still worth reading. I like seeing how each character deals with their problem as well as the same issue on a global ...more
Another great piece from Kessler. She has moved to approaching bullying. She handles, as with the others in the series, with a realistic approach and a developed main character. And of course the presen ...more
This book also seemed darker than the other ones as well as it introduced the idea that Death is different from the other Horsemen; otherworldly.
I didn't mind the smaller scale and more personal stories and journeys of the first two, but getting to know one of the other Horsemen (Pestilence) as so ...more
My heart went out to Billy. It seems that everyone nowadays is wrapped up with his or her own troubles and people choose to look the other way than to ...more
Billy Ballard es por lejos mi personaje favorito de toda esta serie. Como los anteriores jinetes, él tiene sus propios demonios y sus propias debilidades a las cuales debe enfrentarse. Esta vez era el miedo. Un miedo que lo paralizaba y no le dejaba luchar.
Un héroe consumido por el terror que de ...more
Her author's notes say the book went through twenty-two drafts before it ...more
Again, themes of high school bullying, albeit, more of the unexplained "I don't know why, people just like punching me in the face" variety.
I like that the characters are more in depth described than the previous books--we actually get to know what Billy (the main character) looks like, as well as his crush, a ...more
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 realis ...more
Besides enjoying the previous books, I knew that this book would focus on Pestilence, the Horseman of the Apocalypse who we know the least about. He made brief appearances in the other books but he has definitely been very mysterious. Before we meet him ...more
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“Knew you’d come,” Death said cheerfully.
She smiled, and that slow motion of her lips hinted at many things. “The White Rider divided, and the world on the brink of destruction. How could I stay away?”
“I could set my watch by you.”
“You don’t have a watch.” Her smile broadened into a grin. “An hourglass, maybe . . .”
“Please, not another joke about a scythe . . .”
She mimed zipping her mouth shut.
A pause, as they listened to the sounds of the boy healing and the man summoning doom.
“I like him,” War said.
Even though she hadn’t specified whether she meant the boy or the man, Death smiled and nodded. “Me too.”
“You like everyone.”
The two shared a quiet laugh, their voices mingling in perfect harmony.
A longer pause, and then War asked, “What of Famine?”
“What of her? She’s not mine. Not yet, anyway. She will be soon enough.”
The Red Rider slid him a look. “That’s cold, even for you.”
“Eh, just practical.” A shrug. “Everyone comes to me eventually. It’s the journey that makes it interesting.”
“Such a people person!”
He flashed her a grin. “My best quality.”
“Oh,” said War, sliding her gloved hand into his pale one, “I can think of others that are better.”