Saturday, July 2, 2011

Alice's Review on Rage

Author: Jackie Morse Kessler
Publisher: Graphia
Release Date: April 4, 2011
Format: Paperback
Pages: 228
Source: Bought
Rating: Escapable
Series: The Riders of the Apocalypse #2
The Other Books: Hunger, Loss
Extras: Death's Talkshow
Seek: Amazon, Goodreads
If you've ever felt a rolling fury bury you alive, if you've ever screamed because the words just wouldn't come, then this one is for you.

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.
This review was updated May 10, 2012.
The cover is showing the weapon of choice for the Horsemen. Brass scales were for Famine, now we get a picture of a sword which is Rage. This is Melissa’s weapon.
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.
I started reading the series because of what I read in the Wall Street Journal commenting on Rage and I wanted to prove them wrong. I really enjoyed Hunger and couldn't wait to continue on with the series.

Jackie’s sequel to Hunger, Rage, is about a girl named Melissa Miller. She struggles with stress and the way she handles it is by cutting herself. I didn’t understand this struggle until I read more of this book. Now, I feel grateful for a book like this.

Instead of information books that try to explain cutting and suicidal thoughts, Rage has realism to it. Missy struggles with something different than Lisa did in Hunger. Missy struggles with control over her life. Missy gets visited by Death after her cat dies. Death gives her the package but never gets a chance to say “Thou art War”, because Missy slams the door on his face.

When Missy goes to a party to meet up with an ex-boyfriend, Missy is only thinking about dissing him. She wants the upper hand of their situation by turning him down. When she thinks she succeeds, he is there behind her never giving up. When she gives in to him, he betrays her by showing everyone her deepest secret. Everyone sees her scars on her wrists.

When she gets home, she goes to her razorblades. This time she cut herself too deep, and is about to die. Death is there encouraging her to take her sword and become War, instead of dying. He gave her a different choice.  When Missy sees what War can do to people, she doesn’t want to be a part of it. She has no choice though because it’s either War or death.  She needs control over her new power.

This book also was a good short read. It helped me understand what my sister was going through. It also showed what kind of effect you can have on people and their lives.

Death, yet again was my favorite character. In this book, he seems more and more real and… still hot.
This is the cover of LOSS, the third book in the series. Coming out in 2012.

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