Monday, March 14, 2011

Rage by Jackie Morse Kessler

Missy Miller is one of those girls you see walk down the hallways at school dressed in all black with goth makeup and a scowl on her face. Beneath all that, however, lies a sensitive girl with real feelings. There are the emotions surrounding her ex-boyfriend Adam, and the struggle to keep from cutting herself with a razor just to watch herself bleed. Oh yeah, there's also the small fact that Death came to visit and wants Missy to be the next War Horseman of the Apocalypse. In one whirlwind weekend, Missy is going to have to shed her carefully constructed image and do some deep soul-searching in order to survive.

I liked this one more than Hunger. Perhaps it was because Missy's voice was so raw and honest. Perhaps it was due to the fact that her struggle was with rage and anger instead of food and body image issues. Whatever it was, Rage was an excellent, short read. These books are about such heavy topics, and are executed very well. Kessler took care to make Missy's voice sound different from her character of Famine, and I appreciated how solid she kept the other characters of Death and Pestilence from book to book. My only complaint would be that I didn't think the kids who tormented Missy so terribly should have gotten off as easy as they did. Seriously, those guys were CRUEL! This book is short, and an easy read. I would recommend it to teens out there with anger issues, but also to readers who are looking for something a little off the beaten path. Will there be another book in the series? I am still waiting to read from sexy man Death's point of view!

Overall Rating: 4 Stars

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