Monday, April 23, 2012

Loss by Jackie Morse Kessler -- a DNF post

Summary (courtesy of 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.

If this book sounds interesting to you, I'd recommend checking out the other reviews from readers on GoodReads.


The Insouciant Sophisticate said...

I'm sorry you didn't like this one. Although I preferred the first two books, I appreciated Kessler's trying something different in this book.

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