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Product Details

  • Series: Horsemen of the Apocalypse (Book 2)
  • Library Binding: 228 pages
  • Publisher: Turtleback; Reprint edition (April 4, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0606247262
  • ISBN-13: 978-0606247269
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 8.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (58 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,484,875 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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.


On the Care of an Apocalyptic Warhorse

In Jackie Morse Kessler’s Riders of the Apocalypse series, teens are transformed into the four horsemen of the apocalypse. As Riders, they’ve got many things to learn—including how to care for the horses they’re given. If you happen to find yourself a newly-minted equestrian of the end times, here’s some advice. . . .

By Melissa Miller (a.k.a. "War")

So you got yourself a warhorse! First, congratulate yourself, because I guarantee no one else on the block has one.

Next, invest in a good pair of leather gloves. Preferably, ones that horses can’t bite through.

Okay, so consider yourself lucky that you don’t have to deal with mortal warhorses. No worries about things like stabling, or brushing, or feeding your new friend. Bonus, right? Of course, your horse still needs things from its Apocalyptic rider.

1. Introduce yourself to your steed. What, you think that your warhorse is going to just make nice to you because you’re its new rider? Please. This is a warhorse. It’s got attitude to spare. (Which is good; if you want something that’s going to just roll over and let you rub its tummy, get a dog.) Walk around it in a slow circle, giving it a very wide berth (especially by those hind legs). Slowly make the circle tighter until you’re finally arm’s length away from its muzzle. And then show it who’s boss and make it bow its head. (Note: it’s very helpful to wield the Sword of War for this purpose.)

2. Name your steed. Hey, would you like to be called "Horse"? Doubtful. So pick a good name, one that reflects your horse’s personality. I’ve heard that calling it after a god might inflate your horse’s ego, but that never really was a problem for me. Your mileage may vary.

3. Take your steed for a ride. The best way to bond with your warhorse is to go riding. Just don’t fall off; the fall to earth could be a doozy. (Note: Apocalyptic warhorses fly. Very high. And very fast. Those reins are there for a reason; I suggest holding on. Very tightly.)

--This text refers to the Paperback edition.


Praise for Hunger:

An ALA Quick Pick for Reluctant Young Adult Readers

* "Realistic and compassionate. . . . the writing is never preachy, and it allows an interesting exploration of both intensely personal food issues and global ones."
SLJ, starred review

"Jackie Morse Kessler does a fine job of taking a critical issue that has been explored in writing no small number of times, and putting a new and thought provoking spin on it. . . . Sheer genius."
New York Journal of Books

"Powerful, fast-paced, hilarious, heart-wrenching. . . . This story will grab the reader and never let go."
Romantic Times Magazine

"Hunger is not just a good book. It is a great book. It is funny and sad, brilliant and tragic, and most of all, it speaks truth. . . . I adore it."
—Rachel Caine, author of The Morganville Vampires

"A fantastic and gripping read that never shies from its difficult subject matter. . . . This book is a knockout."
—A.S. King, author of Everybody See the Ants


Praise for Rage:

A Junior Library Guild Selection

An ALA Quick Pick for Reluctant Young Adult Readers

"Rage is raw and real, a truly dark, honest look at self-harm and the teenage psyche. Kessler left me breathless."
—Heather Brewer, author of the New York Times bestselling series, The Chronicles of Vladimir Tod

"The elegant mix of dark humor, brilliantly developed characters, and just enough moral threads to lead readers to make their own conclusions is impressive."

"Raw, visceral, pulling no punches, this story strikes home like a razor blade. It’s unforgettable, heart wrenching, and enlightening."
Realms of Fantasy


Praise for Loss:

"Kessler blends fantasy, history, humor, and hard reality into a gripping tale."

"Jackie Morse Kessler has a keen eye for capturing the awkward uncertainty of adolescence, which she wraps quite deliciously in a coating of mystery, fright, and suspense. Loss is a treat for readers, a one-of-a-kind, twisty turny carnival ride. . . . I loved this book."
—Andrew Smith, author of The Marbury Lens

"Whip-smart and elegant."
—Saundra Mitchell, author of The Vespertine

"Gritty and raw with powerful truths. An addictive read."
—Sophie Jordan New York Times bestselling author of Firelight


Praise for Breath:

A Junior Library Guild Selection 

"A riveting read."
—Kirkus Reviews

"The series is a strong and unique attempt to encourage troubled teens to consider their options and accept the help they need, while exposing all readers to the pain their friends may be experiencing."
--This text refers to the Paperback edition.

More About the Author

Some kids want to grow up to be doctors, or movie stars, or political assassins. Me, I wanted to draw comic books. Not Archies, either--superhero comic books. Maybe it was all the heavily muscled guys in spandex...

Around the time I was 15, I realized that as much as I enjoyed drawing (note that I'm saying nothing about the quality of those pics), it was a lot of fun putting words in the characters' mouths. I didn't know the term 'fanfic' back then, but I started writing stories about the X-Men, Alpha Flight, and the Teen Titans. Didn't do anything with those stories, other than horrify my mother. She asked why I couldn't write nice stories, you know, about bunnies. Nope--me, I wanted to write about power. About magic. About hot guys in spandex. And about beating those guys bloody and senseless. (In retrospect, maybe I really did want to horrify my mother. Hey, not my fault. When I was a kid, I busted her doodling on the cover of New Teen Titans Number 6. Argh!)

So maybe it's ironic that the book I wound up writing had nothing to do with overly muscled men and everything to do with scantily clad women. (Well, temporarily scantily clad.) Oh, right, and demons.

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Missy was a great character.
I think there's a lot of teens who will find Rage a source of empowerment in helping them overcome the things they struggle with.
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I am looking forward to reading the next book in this series, which I hope is about Pestilence.
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Kris on April 25, 2011
Format: Paperback
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, I am left concluding that while this is being presented as a series, there is no overall story arc. The books within this series are related, as in the books share some characters, but there is no overriding goal to the set of books, just a goal within each book.

The plot here is that we have a teenager who is terribly misunderstood; she thinks no one can understand. Death comes to appoint her as War (since the last incarnation of War was killed in Hunger) because of all the rage that is inside her (go figure, given the title). She expresses her rage through cutting. She battles the idea of becoming War - but she feels the power that comes with it. And control seems to be a big element of the decision/expression as War, and as a cutter.

Then things get kind of crazy. She is pranked. In an awful, awful (let me say it again - AWFUL) way. And, understandably, she freaks out. The girls on the soccer team punish her even further by peeing on her clothes and bag (yep, you read that right). And, to boot, when the soccer coach finds out she's a cutter, he cuts her (definitely no pun intended there) from the team. And again, she freaks.

But, here's where I get lost. She is so very angry she could kill. But she doesn't.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Leila on June 20, 2012
Format: Paperback
This book takes realism and accuracy in fiction to a new level. It highlights all the things that give Young Adult fiction the name of being "too dark" but it does that because its real; these are things that teens face in the deep recesses of themselves and hide from the world. I was unsure of how deep and true Hunger could have been but this book clarified that Jackie Morse Kessler is gifted and dedicated to true storytelling.

As part of the series, this book can still function as a stand alone for someone who wanted to reach out for something their experiencing. In this book, we have our Kurt Cobain rocker, Death who is the one resounding connection through the books. It is his task to replace the Horsemen of the Apocalypse as the rider position opens. Missy's adventure is unrelated and irrelevant to the story in Hunger though it is lightly referenced and gives background to why War is vacant.

When Death enters the scene, we find Missy holding her family's dead cat in her hands, "You have blood on your hands". The mood is instantaneously set to be dark, brooding, and quite appropriately raged. Missy's life is a disaster in her eyes. Love gone wrong, family gone wrong, life is wrong and the only way to fix it is to bleed the bad out. Driven by such intense emotion, Missy wars within herself at the things she has been forced to face. Humiliated by her ex, estranged from her sister, and now empowered by the sword, she really is just trying to sort out the straight path for herself but it is messy and heartbreaking.

These books are incredibly short reads that pack an incredible punch and I would recommend them for anyone who needs to know they are not alone. As a previous self-injurer, all I wanted to do was tell Missy she wasn't alone and I want you to know it, too.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Tiffany A. Harkleroad TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on April 5, 2011
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Missy releases her pain by cutting herself. Her body is covered with scars, and she is shamed by those scars. She thought when she fell in love, the pain would go away, but now, her pain runs deeper than ever. She is filled with anger, and in some ways not at all surprised to learn that she is the embodiment of War, a horseman of the apocalypse. Will she learn to channel her power, or will she simply walk around cutting down all those who contributed to her pain? And can she survive without the cutting?

This book, like it's predecessor, leaves the reader feeling battered, raw. And yet, I absolutely loved it, and was sad to see the book end. Missy's character is so real, and I think many of us have a little piece of of Missy in our souls.

The topic of teen girls cutting themselves is one that rarely discussed as frankly as it is in this book. We see the sad, scary world of cutters as clearly as day. There is no sugar coating here, and the book may be a little disturbing to some teen readers, but I think this book is really important for teens. They need to know that there is hope for them.

The storyline in this book is truly unique, and I really love this series. I can only imagine what will come next, and wait this baited breath.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Jesi Lea Ryan on March 18, 2014
Format: Kindle Edition
Rage is the second book in Kessler's Horsemen of the Apocalypse series. The premise of this young adult series revolves around the four horsemen--Death, Famine, War and Pestilence. These beings work to purge the world--a type of supernatural catharsis.

Missy Miller is a troubled sixteen year old in the midst of personal crisis. Her ex-boyfriend told the whole school about her scars. Missy is a cutter. Her love affair with the razor blade is the only way she has of coping with the relentless teasing and bullying at school. When events at a party end in a humiliating trauma, Missy rushed home to the comfort of her blade. Unfortunately, this time she goes too far and nicks an artery. While uncontrollably bleeding out in her bedroom, she is paid a visit by the Horseman of Death, a man who bares an uncanny resemblance to a certain dead alternative rock star. Death gives her a choice. Die...or open a box and accept the gift which he presents. In accepting the gift, Missy becomes the embodiment of War.

The rawness of this book captivated me. The world of cutters is foreign to me, but Kessler's description of the emotional release brought about by the blade opened my eyes. I think teens who know cutters or are cutters themselves will be able to achieve a level of understanding and healing from reading this book. The emotional prose cuts you down to the quick before it builds to a triumphant release.

Overall, I give Rage...

Plot - 4 1/2 bookmarks
Character Development - 5 bookmarks
Supernatural Elements/World Building - 4 1/2 bookmarks

Dream Cast (otherwise known as who I pictured while reading) - Gia Mantegna (Missy), Hunter Parrish (Adam), Kurt Cobain (Death), Christian Serratos (Famine), Christopher Heyerdahl (Pestilence)
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