Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read.
Start by marking “Rage (Riders of the Apocalypse, #2)” as Want to Read:
Rage (Riders of the Apocalypse, #2)
Enlarge cover
Rate this book
Clear rating
Open Preview


(Riders of the Apocalypse #2)

3.86  ·  Rating details ·  1,877 ratings  ·  372 reviews
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 ...more
Paperback, 209 pages
Published April 4th 2011 by Harcourt Graphia
More Details... Edit Details

Friend Reviews

To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.

Reader Q&A

To ask other readers questions about Rage, please sign up.

Be the first to ask a question about Rage

City of Fallen Angels by Cassandra ClareClockwork Prince by Cassandra ClareForever by Maggie StiefvaterSilence by Becca FitzpatrickPassion by Lauren Kate
YA Novels of 2011
1,154 books — 7,118 voters
City of Fallen Angels by Cassandra ClareClockwork Prince by Cassandra ClareForever by Maggie StiefvaterDead Reckoning by Charlaine HarrisSilence by Becca Fitzpatrick
Can't Wait Books For 2011
1,217 books — 6,814 voters

More lists with this book...

Community Reviews

Showing 1-30
Average rating 3.86  · 
Rating details
 ·  1,877 ratings  ·  372 reviews

More filters
Sort order
Start your review of Rage (Riders of the Apocalypse, #2)
Nov 26, 2011 rated it liked it
Shelves: why-yes-i-ya
on the surface, yes, i gave the second part of this series the same three stars as the first part, hunger, but know that this three stars is a shinier three.

this one also starts with a clever premise: if an anorexic girl was chosen to be famine for the first volume, who will be the incarnation of war for the second? ohhh a cutter. makes sense. someone with a lot of pent-up aggression who uses bloodshed as a coping mechanism.

the author says that, unlike the eating disorders from the first book,
usagi ☆ミ
This was a very difficult book for me to get through. And when I mean difficult, I don't mean in the "poorly written, oh god do not want" sort of way, but more in the way of "hitting too close to home".

I am a former self-injurer, and I knew that the second book in the Horseman Quartet was going to have War as a cutter, but I hadn't prepared myself mentally and emotionally for the extremely well-written and almost graphically vivid imagery contained therein.

Continuing in the vein of "Hunger", "Ra
Jackie Kessler
Thank you, everyone, for reading RAGE and for sharing your thoughts about it. I'm donating a portion of proceeds to the organization To Write Love On Her Arms, so to those of you who have bought the book, thank you for helping to make a difference. :) ...more
Mar 17, 2011 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: young-adult
Where to start? The author has a wonderful way with words. The turns of phrase are so often beautiful. The dialogue between Death and Missy or Death and the other Horsemen reflect this so often. I found myself sometimes reading the same phrases agin, not because I needed to, but because the sentence was so wonderful I wanted to.

But… (and here it comes) I kept hoping as I read this that the purpose of the series would become apparent. That the overall story arc would reveal itself. Unfortunately,
Mar 10, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley
Melissa Miller is not okay. For starters her home life is sort of a joke. Her parents are hardly ever available, emotionally or otherwise, because of their demanding careers so they think all is well on the home front. They have no clue that Melissa and her sister loathe each other, want nothing to do with one another. They don't know that Melissa is deeply troubled, in desperate need of help.

School is no better. Melissa's been a social outcast ever since her ex-boyfriend told everyone her big
Sep 06, 2012 rated it liked it
Shelves: young-adult, fantasy
War, who rides the red horse, is a cutter. At least, she is here, in the same way that Famine is a teenage anorexic. Two books in, I guess I know what I expect out of this series. A book in two parts, half mediocre fantasy and half absorbing problem novel. The fantasy aspect hasn't improved at all from the first book. There isn't anything inherently wrong with it, it just feels like an underdeveloped concept. And two books in, it's become a pattern that the white American kid learns valuable lif ...more
First, let me remind you two things:

(1) There're a lot of awful things in this wide wide world: murder, rape, hunger, diseases, abuse, war, injustice, massacre, death, meaningless death. You name them, they are all there.

(2) At anytime, a great deal of awful things can happen to anyone and everyone, for no good reason at all.

So why would the author of this book thinks a middle classed, well-fed but emotionally unstable teenage girl who has a obsession with self-cutting, had actually suffered ba
Ashley Marie
I've only read two of the four books in this series but I really feel like EVERYONE should read these because they have such an important message. I've had my mind blown by both of these books now. Trigger warning in case you didn't read the blurb or are unfamiliar with Rage, but the MC is a cutter. I can't recommend this enough, whether you've ever self-harmed, thought about it, or never done either of those things before. ...more
Tatyanna ☾
Nov 22, 2020 rated it did not like it
Just wasn’t my cup of tea.
Jessica Bierschied
Jan 02, 2011 rated it it was amazing
RAGE, by Jackie Morse Kessler instantly draws you when main character Melissa “Missy” Miller confronts Death, and slams the door in His face. Missy has a fate that she must accept or she will surely die. Missy being a self-injurer she cuts, shallow and deep. Painful always. Bleed out the bad as she puts it, but one night after an ex-boyfriend tricks her into a mortifying situation she cant take it anymore and she cuts too deep. Only Death's voice can coax her to push through and open a white pac ...more
Feb 16, 2011 rated it it was amazing

Just wow.

I seriously am speechless here. Given that I didn't like the book at the beginning, actually, given that I didn't like the book until I read the end and sat to think about it for a little while, I am seriously stupefied at my grade, but this book definitely deserves it.

I live in a community that doesn't deal with self-injury and those types of problems. I mean, there are people out there that need help, but the topic of self-injury is not something that is an opened theme, or actual
Greta is Erikasbuddy
Its possible this might SPOIL Hunger for you.. just a tiny little spoiler... So be warned!

This book deals with a cutter who gets the job as WAR.

If you remember we OFFed the other WAR in HUNGER and well... it kinda repeated itself... but instead of WAR attacking FAMINE it was FAMINE attacking HUNGER.

I am looking forward to the next book... ok... really I want the book after that because it will be Death's book.

I'm still loving the idea of a Kurt Cobain look-a-like as Death.

Sure there was some sel
Stacia (the 2010 club)
Oh Death, how I love thee. You are quite possibly my dream man (at least for this week anyway).

Just finished Rage and was happy to find this installment to be much better than the first one. Maybe War just happened to be a more interesting character than Famine (who was sort of one note), but I think there's more to it. Something about this book felt more polished to me. I cared more about the character Missy's struggle this time around. Her story felt like the real story of a cutter. Every bit
Jul 31, 2012 rated it did not like it
You can't not like this cover, especially if you're inclined to villainy like yours truly. You just can't. It has a freaking bloody sword on it which looks awesome, and its title is just Rage. It just screams villainy darkness and evulz.

Now this book is a girl named Missy, who, after being humiliated in front of the school, almost kills herself. But in the passing moments of life, Death comes along and names her War, one of the Riders of the Apocalypse. Sounds pretty intense, right?

Wrong. Wrong
Feb 25, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: ya
I liked this addition to the series. i felt for the main character and in the end, it was a good plot that the writer constructed. she avoided the loopholes that would have lessened the impact of the story. I will read more in the series.
Dec 29, 2010 rated it really liked it
This is the second book in the Horsemen of the Apocalypse series by Kessler. I got an advanced reading copy of this book through netgalley. I really enjoyed the first book in the series, Hunger. This book was a good addition to the series. I really enjoy how Kessler ties the mythos behind the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse into teen social disorders. You don't need to read Hunger to read this book; it features a separate story and different characters.

Missy is a cutter; she cuts herself to deal
Steph Su
Oct 04, 2010 rated it it was ok
I was really impressed with Hunger, the first book in this new series that combines mythological influences with serious modern issues. However, I have to be honest and say that the second book, RAGE, didn’t work for me quite as much.

I cannot say anything bad about this series’ intentions. These issues—anorexia and self-injury, body image and bullying—should be taken with the utmost seriousness, and yet Kessler uses such a wonderfully unique way to talk about these issues, which might have been
Christian - Curious Quill
"Thou art war. Go thee out unto the world."
"Rage" continues the Riders of the Apocalypse series. It is the second book, but did not have much of a connection to the first, besides a fairly similar plot line.
Here's a short synopsis of the story:
Missy Miller is portrayed as a strange and misunderstood teen in high school. She always wears black and is thus automatically labeled as the goth and emo chick. She also harbors a secret-she is a cutter. Through the drawing of her own blood with a small b
Oct 18, 2010 rated it it was ok
So I gotta admit, anticipation of this book (an ARC, btw) was another wash for me. I enjoyed Hunger, and was eagerly looking forward to some expansion on its world and characters, but wasn't sure I could sympathize with a heroine who cuts. Even more than anorexia, cutting was something I did not understand, but I thought perhaps Rage could do for cutting what Hunger had done for anorexia to me, and plus, there would be more development of the Horsemen, and that interesting take on Death, since h ...more
Brandi Kosiner
Oct 09, 2010 rated it really liked it
This is a gritty and dark novel, but it drew me in and didn't let go. Missy was in a lot of pain, and she deals with pain and anger by cutting (self-mutilation). It gets pretty graphic, but it is an accurate representation of what a cutter feels and why.

Missy has a pretty good friend that tries to be there for her, her sister and her fight, but you can see her sister cares, and her parents are clueless and works a lot but they at least try to have some family time. Her ex-boyfriend found out a
Sarah Donovan
Jan 03, 2016 rated it it was ok
I applaud the author in taking on cutting and representing the compulsion in such detail. I think some parts may be triggers for readers, so read with caution. I struggled with the apocalypse horsemen parts and how the author intended to use War as a trope of healing or ambivalence or revenge. I get there is an internal struggle and bleeding can be a release, but the refugee camp scene was not woven in well with the conversations among the horsemen -- it seemed like there was a message about ego ...more
Jun 30, 2011 rated it did not like it
I liked the look of the cover at walmart so I picked it up to check it out. It is SO badly written it was painful to read. My friend and I make jokes on fifth grade writing assignments done from the first chapter and the back of the book. Well that should give you an idea on how it reads, slow, sloppy and inconsistant.
Herp Derpington
Jul 21, 2011 rated it it was ok
A Novel for Your Lovely, Sociopathic Teen

I love reading tacky teen novels, especially the ones that relate to the characters' various emotional problems. It's not that I actually enjoy reading them — it's just that the adult author's portrayal of the problem is oftentimes inadvertently laughable. I got the same sensation from reading this book that I had when I read Ellen Hopkin's Impulse. That's not a compliment.


The Characters:

This is the biggest problem for me.

I found Missy,
This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here.
Janie Johnson
Apr 03, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2018
This is book #2 in the Riders of the Apocalypse. I read Hunger, the first book, the end of last year and then found this one shortly after and knew I had to read it.

In this series the author takes everyday disorders, such as eating disorders, or self harm, and turns them into something a bit more positive, (if you can think of the apocalypse as a positive), without glamorizing it. She shapes and molds each of her characters into decisive and confident people, but it is not and 'over night' achi
Sarah (Workaday Reads)
So good. This book has so many emotions it's almost overwhelming. It feels like the type of book that every teenager should read.

My favourite line is "She had wandered out of the land of Too Much and set up camp in Emptyville." I have struggled with depression off and on since I was a teenager. My depression has always taken the form of overwhelming apathy, of a feeling of nothingness. Emptyville is the perfect name for it. That one line made it perfectly clear to me exactly what Missy was going
Lisa McFeeley
Dec 29, 2019 rated it really liked it
Must like her previous book hunger, rage uses a stereotyped illness and turns it into a tale about battling and over coming yourself. She uses selfharm in a manner that is raw and real to individuals who have suffered this battled, and you can tell she has either had experience with it or she has carefully researched it. She doesn't draw readers in by using graphic depictions of selfharm, but instead uses dark humour and an enlighteninf perspective. Much like the one before, the only drae back f ...more
Jennifer M
Sep 10, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Rage (rj)
a. Violent, explosive anger.
b. A fit of anger.
2. Furious intensity, as of a storm or disease.
3. A burning desire; a passion.
intr.v. raged, rag·ing, rag·es
1. To speak or act in violent anger
2. To move with great violence or intensity
3. To spread or prevail forcefully

Missy has a burning desire to relieve an overwhelming pain. This is a book about channeling pain into purpose. Missy moves against herself with violence and intensity. This is a book about finding balance, and gaining co
Oct 03, 2010 rated it liked it
I started this book with a lot of excitement and a rather healthy amount of trepidation. Excitement because I was expecting a lot of fabulous things considering how much I enjoyed the previous novel, Hunger, and trepidation because I’m not too good at reading these sort of issue books.

Rage was the same hard-hitting story I had been waiting for. A lot of the scenes in the book were very difficult for me to read because I have experiences of my own regarding cutting, so I understand that manic ne
Kassi Tews
May 21, 2015 rated it it was amazing
This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here.
« previous 1 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 next »
There are no discussion topics on this book yet. Be the first to start one »

Readers also enjoyed

  • A Pho Love Story
  • The Realms of the Gods (Immortals, #4)
  • Our Own Private Universe
  • The Nature of Witches
  • Cradle of the Deep: A Crime Novel
  • Hyena
  • Emperor Mage (Immortals, #3)
  • Diary of an Oxygen Thief
  • Wolf-Speaker (Immortals, #2)
  • No Offense (Little Bridge Island, #2)
  • Remain nameless
  • Girl on a Plane
  • Page (Protector of the Small, #2)
  • Squire (Protector of the Small, #3)
  • By Book or By Crook (Lighthouse Library Mystery #1)
  • Big Nate: Hug It Out!
  • Future Perfect: A Skeptic’s Search for an Honest Mystic
  • The Missing Treasures of Amy Ashton
See similar books…
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

Other books in the series

Riders of the Apocalypse (4 books)
  • Hunger (Riders of the Apocalypse, #1)
  • Loss (Riders of the Apocalypse, #3)
  • Breath (Riders of the Apocalypse, #4)

News & Interviews

  If you listen to NPR regularly, you’ve likely heard the voice of Shankar Vedantam, the longtime science correspondent and host of the radio...
17 likes · 3 comments
“Prove it. I'll measure your words against your actions, and from that I will determine your worth.” 14 likes
“If Melissa Miller were an artist, she would have painted the world in vicious streaks of red. Nothing like Picasso's rose period, all soft and cheerful and so optimistic that it made you want to puke. Missy's red phase would have been brutal and bright enough to cut your eyes. Missy's art would have been honest.” 13 likes
More quotes…