Author: Jackie Morse Kessler
Series: Riders of the Apocalypse #2
Publisher: Graphia Books
Date of Publication: April 4th, 2011
Synopsis: (from Goodreads)
Riders of the Apocalypse
I started reading this book as a breather in between two books of a giant series. It was much needed, especially since I was expecting a lot from Rage as I liked Hunger quite a lot. Rage did most definitely not disappoint me. It gripped me right from the start, since I have a soft spot in my heart for bullied people. I was bullied for the better part of my school years, and I know it as true torture. I have never turned to self harm, but I know that it wouldn't have been entirely impossible.
I was very invested in Missy and truly and honestly wanted to see her succeed. Also I wanted to see her punch Adam's teeth in even though I don't actually have one single violent bone in my body. Some people just have it coming.
Anyway, Kessler excels at describing the struggles a teenage girl might have to deal with. She is able to portray every emotion as gut-wrenchingly real. Still, in my opinion Missy is able to overcome her troubles too easily. Overcoming self doubt and withstanding bullies is not done in a single weekend, believe me. That is the main issue I had with this book. Yes, it is most likely supposed to send some form of hope. But becoming a stronger person is not easy, and trying to deal with bullies is even harder. I wish Kessler would have covered a bigger time span in this novel. If that had been the case, I would gladly have awarded Rage with a full rating.Rating
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