Monday, 15 February 2016

Review: Riders by Veronica Rossi

by Veronica Rossi
Publisher: Tor Teen
Format: Hardcover
Pages: 384
Release Date: February 16th, 2016
Purchase: [Chapters/Indigo] [Amazon]
For eighteen-year-old Gideon Blake, nothing but death can keep him from achieving his goal of becoming a U.S. Army Ranger. As it turns out, it does.

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?

Veronica Rossi is, put simply, an incredible writer. The Under the Never Sky series was an easy favourite of mine and featured a unique world, fierce characters, and a passionate plot. With that said, I expected very much of the same in her latest, Riders, a tale about eighteen year old Gideon Blake, a young man who dies and finds himself as one of the four deadly horsemen of the apocalypse.

“Everything seemed awesome, now that I wasn't in the mental clutches of a demon.”

Rider's unique premise is beyond anything readers will find on bookshelves this year. Gideon, the protagonist, has a powerful and immersive voice that easily pulls you into his perspective. The relationships, the action, and the budding drama in Riders was a delightful surprise compared to Rossi's previous titles in the Under the Never Sky series. It was a welcome change of pace to Rossi's writing and this year's most recent YA releases, and by far has been the most impressive for me in terms of world building.

Readers with a hankering for mythology, male protagonists, and a delicious change of pace, are highly recommended Veronica Rossi's Riders.

4 / 5 Cupcakes

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  1. This sounds excellent, Wendy. Thank you for sharing an early review

  2. I loved Under the Never Sky, so i'm excited for this!

  3. I wish there was more mythology in YA and not just Greek but all kinds. Thanks for the review.

  4. Pre-ordered my copy and so glad you enjoyed it. This early review has me very excited to read Riders when my copy finally arrives. I need a Tardis! Lol, and I don't even watch Dr. Who.