Loss (Riders of the Apocalypse #3)
Jackie Morse Kessler
Release Date: March 20, 2012
Rating: 4.5 stars
Fifteen-year-old Billy Ballard is the kid that everyone picks on, from the school bullies to the teachers. But things change drastically when Death tells Billy he must stand in as Pestilence, the White Rider of the Apocalypse. Now armed with a Bow that allows him to strike with disease from a distance, Billy lashes out at his tormentors…and accidentally causes an outbreak of meningitis. Horrified by his actions, Billy begs Death to take back the Bow. For that to happen, says Death, Billy must track down the real White Rider—who is lost in his memories.
In his search, Billy travels through White Rider’s life: from ancient Phrygia, where the man called King Mita agrees to wear the White Rider’s Crown, to Sherwood Forest, where Pestilence figures out how to cheat Death; from the docks of Alexandria, where cartons of infested grain are being packed onto a ship that will carry the plague, to the Children’s Crusade in France—all the way to what may be the end of the world. When Billy finally finds the White Rider, the teen convinces the man to return to the real world.
But now the insane White Rider plans to unleash something awful on humanity—something that could make the Black Death look like a summer cold. Billy has a choice: he can live his life and pretend he doesn’t know what’s coming, or he can challenge the White Rider for his Crown. Does one bullied teenager have the strength to stand his ground—and the courage to save the world?
Despite the shaky start this series had for me, this series seems to just get better and better with each book. Loss just builds more upon this intriguing world Jackie Morse Kessler has crafted, and was one heck of a read.
I love that Jackie Morse Kessler always writes teens who are so easy to relate to. In the case of Billy, I think everyone has gone through a similar situation at some point in their lives, which made it super easy to connect with him and his story. I just love Jackie Morse Kessler‘s portrayal of Death – I think he’s one of my favorite characters in all of YA lit. He is such an interesting character – so charming and witty.
The plot of Loss was quite a bit different from the other two books in the series, which was really neat. I loved following the story, and seeing where characters from the prior two books might pop up. I could barely put this one down, I just flipped page after page to try to put together the puzzle that was Loss. I just love the idea of the Riders of the Apocalypse. The idea is so unique and original, and I like how it ties in with prominent issues for teens today.
Loss by Jackie Morse Kessler is one of those must reads. I found this book to have an addicting quality, and I did not want to put it down. I am so excited for book 4, Breathe, to see where that story leads the characters of the word of the Riders of the Apocalypse.
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