Sunday, March 27, 2011

Review: Rage by Jackie Morse Kessler

Book two in The Horseman of the Apocalypse: The Rider's Quartet

Publication: April 8th 2011


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.

Source: Goodreads


This book continues The Rider's Quartet series and the story takes on just as serious a tropic as the first book in this series.
This story is about a girl’s fight for control over her life and about finding and accepting who she is.

This time we follow Missy who is a cutter, every mental pain she feels she makes physical with help of a racer blade, that way she feels she can contain her pain better.

I have a very good friend who hurt herself too and I really tried to understand her problems but you can never fully understand how someone else feels inside.
After reading this book I feel like I'd gotten a glimpse of what is happening inside someone who has this kind of problem.
My friend got help and today she's living a normal life.

Through the book Missy is chosen to become War and she finds out how much rage there are in the world and in how many forms rage can show itself.
She has to learn how to control her new powers to help people and to do that she has to have control over herself.

The ending is very surprising and I like how it's not a she-lived-happily-ever-after fairytale ending, it made the book feel more realistic. It really shows that there's no easy way to deal with a problem like this but it is possible to get better.

I’m excited to read the next book in this series and I’m very interested in seeing how Jackie Kessler will portray Pestilence.

I give Rage 4 out of 5.

[Thank you Elise from Bookish Delights for sending me an ARC of this book]

Other books in this series:
1# Hunger
3# Loss (2012)
4# Breath (2013)

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