Book Review: Riders
Nothing but death can keep eighteen-year-old Gideon Blake from achieving his goal of becoming a U.S. Army Ranger. As it turns out, it does. While recovering from the accident that most definitely killed him, Gideon finds himself with strange new powers and a bizarre cuff he can’t remove. His death has brought to life his real destiny. He has become War, one of the legendary four horsemen of the apocalypse. Over the coming weeks, he and the other horsemen—Conquest, Famine, and Death—are brought together by a beautiful but frustratingly secretive girl to help save humanity from an ancient evil on the emergence. They fail. Now—bound, bloodied, and drugged—Gideon is interrogated by the authorities about his role in a battle that has become an international incident. If he stands any chance of saving his friends and the girl he’s fallen for—not to mention all of humankind—he needs to convince the skeptical government officials the world is in imminent danger. But will anyone believe him?
(Blurb taken from the back of the book. All credit and rights to the author and publisher)
This book was better than I expected. The reason being that my hardcover copy had a $6 clearance tag on it, which led me to believe the book didn't sell well. However, I loved Rossi's Under The Never Sky trilogy and had to try another book by her. In the end, I loved this story. The characters were real and likeable and the plot was full of action and twists. I was a bit put off at first by the way the story was told. The main character was recounting the events of the book to a government official, up until he catches up to the present time. This I felt took some of the suspense from the plot, because you know they all live through the story he is telling. The other thing I didn't like as much was the ending. It felt very fast and too easy. All in all, I enjoyed Riders and will be picking up the sequel, Seeker, soon.