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Fifteen-year-old Billy Ballard is the kid that everyone picks on. 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, and stop him from
unleashing something awful on humanity--something that could make the Black
Plague look like a summer cold. Does one bullied teenager have the strength to stand
his ground--and the courage to save the world?
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Product details

  • 12-17
  • Paperback | 258 pages
  • 137 x 206 x 20mm | 272g
  • Boston, United States
  • English
  • 0547712154
  • 9780547712154
  • 334,778

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PRAISE FOR THE RIDERS OF THE APOCALYPSE SERIES 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."
--Bulletin "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."
--SLJ "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."
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About Jackie Morse Kessler

Jackie Morse Kessler is the author of two other young adult novels about the Riders of the
Apocalypse, Hunger and Rage, along with several paranormal and dark fantasy books for adults.
She lives in upstate New York. Visit her website at www.jackiemorsekessler.com.
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Rating details

846 ratings
3.76 out of 5 stars
5 28% (240)
4 33% (280)
3 27% (228)
2 9% (79)
1 2% (19)

Our customer reviews

Billy's always been the kid that gets picked on by the biggest, stupidest bullies around. All the poor kid wants is to walk home without getting beaten to a pulp... Then Billy meets Death - literally, not figuratively - and learns he is set to become the White Rider of the Apocalypse. Now, armed with power beyond his comprehension, Billy lashes out at the people who made his life a living hell (pun intended). But things don't go as planned, and the after-affects of Billy's actions spread further than he ever dreamed they would, leaving him only one option: he must find the real White Rider and give up his power. You guys have no idea how happy I was when I opened up my mailbox and found Loss waiting for me. I loved the first two books in the series - they were amazing - and I knew this third installment would not disappoint. First off, Billy was a great character. I loved his growth throughout the novel, and that he learned to stand up for himself after his whole ordeal. Although I will admit, I was a little confused in the beginning as to how Billy's story fit in with the theme of Pestilence. What I also really enjoyed was the adventure-like aspect of the book when Billy tries to track down Pestilence and ends up chasing him around the world. That element definitely made the book more surreal and helped pull me into the story. I definitely recommend this series to anyone who is a fan of darker paranormal YA and anything to do with angels and demons. My fellow Supernatural lovers will definitely enjoy it!show more
by Stephanie
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