GoodReads): 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?
And here's what I thought: I'm calling this a "DNF" post because I just couldn't finish this book. I've read the previous two books in this series and really liked them, but I found myself just laboring to read this one. Kessler took an interesting approach in this book, and gave us not only a main character in the present, but another main character, who lived in the past, to explain Pestilence. However, I found this confusing, and frankly, would have been happier if there had been more focus on our present-time main character. I felt like things were disconnected at times, and I had a hard time following what seemed to be two storylines. I like Kessler's writing style, and I liked what the story was about ---- but I just couldn't get through this one.
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