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Rage of Aquarius (Zodiac Chillers) Paperback – July 25, 1995


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Product Details

  • Age Range: 11 and up
  • Grade Level: 6 and up
  • Series: Zodiac Chillers (Book 1)
  • Paperback: 169 pages
  • Publisher: Random House Books for Young Readers; Sprinter ed edition (July 25, 1995)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 067987304X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0679873044
  • Product Dimensions: 0.5 x 4.2 x 7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 0.3 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,405,125 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Grade 6-10-Eight friends stand at the edge of a high cliff, about to jump into the ocean on a lark. Becky is terrified and doesn't want to give in to the intense pressure to join in, but she's pulled over against her will and dies. Then, one by one, friends receive notes in her handwriting before they die in freak accidents. The survivors suspect that she is getting revenge from "beyond," but in the end it turns out that Brad, Becky's boyfriend, has orchestrated everything. This first book in a new series is not distinguished in any way. The characters are bland, the plot is predictable, and even ardent fans of the horror genre will be disappointed.
Jacqueline Rose, Lake Oswego Public Library, OR
Copyright 1995 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on August 16, 1998
Format: Paperback
A young girl and her friends thrill seek and jump off a cliff. The girl struggles and lands twisted on the rocks below. Her friends land safely in the roaring ocean below. Her death is mourned greatly but soon after strange notes are found written in her handwriting. They portray her friends death. Her love of astrology is seen in the notes by her star sign at the bottom.The friends die in the ways she tells of.Is she bringing them to her? At first they believe it is her killing them but is it? Who else would be cruel enough to throw a boy up against live wires? With a great plot and twists at every corner the killer isn't known until the very end! Enjoy reading it, I certainly did.
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And so my fascination with Carol Ellis' work continues. This is the first Ellis novel that I have read where the supernatural is featured. Or is it?

Alex, Brad, Diane, E. J., Trish, Tony, and Kara are spending the summer together and they decide to do a group dive off of a cliff into the ocean, but they want their friend Becky to jump with them. Becky is afraid of heights and doesn't want to do it, but she bows to group pressure, jumps, and drowns. Six months later while the survivors are going through some of Becky's stuff, Diane gets a strange and cryptic note that seems to be written in Becky's handwriting and uses Becky's Aquarius Zodiac sign as her signature. Diane is the first of Becky's friends to feel wrath of this suddenly appearing mysterious stalker. Unfortunately, Diane has just had quite a blowout with her boyfriend Alex, and it is he who immediately comes under suspicion from Kara as the culprit behind her "accident".

Then one-by-one each member of the group of friends start getting notes and one-by-one they start to feel the vengeance of their mysterious stalker. Yet, nobody but Kara seems to think that there is nothing but coincidences behind the sudden rash of accidents.

One problem that I had with "Rage Of Aquarius" was that like all of the novels of hers that I've read there seems to be a noticeable absence of adults to be found. C'mon, people are dying, and there are no police, and no parents take any part of what is going on with their kids, even though some of them ARE dying. Another thing is that except for two or three of the teens, none of the characterss have any real depth.
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By gbv4me on October 21, 2014
Format: Paperback
I read this book when I was 12 and just finished re-reading it as a (gasp!) 31 year old...and I loved it. A lot of these chiller-thrillers for kids back in the day ended up being pretty lame: either no one would get killed off or they would trick you into thinking characters were dying just to find out they were alive and unrealistically hiding out somewhere. Dull. Rage of Aquarius was great because A LOT of the main characters get knocked off - in creative ways with fun foreshadowing messages sent from a ghost thrown in the mix! Props to Carol Ellis for actually making this "young adult chiller" a REAL chiller.
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