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!Download Pdf ☥ Rage ♃ Missy Didn T Mean To Cut So Deep But After The Party Where She Was Humiliated In Front Of Practically Everyone In School, Who Could Blame Her For Wanting Some Comfort Sure, Most People Don T Find Comfort In The Touch Of A Razor Blade, But Missy Always Was DifferentThat S Why She Was Chosen To Become One Of The Four Horsemen Of The Apocalypse War Now Missy Wields A New Kind Of Blade A Big, Brutal Sword That Can Cut Down Anyone And Anything In Her Path But It S With This Weapon In Her Hand That Missy Learns Something That Could Help Her Triumph Over Her Own Pain ControlA Unique Approach To The Topic Of Self Mutilation, Rage Is The Story Of A Young Woman Who Discovers Her Own Power And Refuses To Be Defeated By The World Melissa Miller is not okay For starters her home life is sort of a joke Her parents are hardly ever available, emotionally or otherwise, because of their demanding careers so they think all is well on the home front They have no clue that Melissa and her sister loathe each other, want nothing to do with one another They don t know that Melissa is deeply troubled, in desperate need of help School is no better Melissa s been a social outcast ever since her ex boyfriend told everyone her big Melissa Miller is not okay For starters her home life is sort of a joke Her parents are hardly ever available, emotionally or otherwise, because of their demanding careers so they think all is well on the home front They have no clue that Melissa and her sister loathe each other, want nothing to do with one another They don t know that Melissa is deeply troubled, in desperate need of help School is no better Melissa s been a social outcast ever since her ex boyfriend told everyone her big secret she s been cutting herself for years As she drifts from class to class she hears the lowered voices, the laughter The name calling Melissa Miller is an emo dyke Cutterslut Freak The cherry on top She somehow caught the attention of Death himself During their first meeting he brazenly informs Melissa it s only a matter of time before she really messes up cutting herself too deep and in the wrong place, bleeding out He tells her the act will look intentional Horrified by this revelation Melissa battles with the urge to cut and is successful for a few months despite the temptation It is when she is targeted by her peers, becomes the victim of a mercilessly cruel prank, she loses her resolve to not cut herself, accidentally taking things too far In her most desperate moments Death appears to her once , offering a deal die or wield the sword of war become a horseman of the apocalypse.Sounds dark, heavy and a tad bit silly, no Before I go ahead and answer that I want to explain my feelings about YA books that deal with serious issues.I d be lying if I said I haven t purposely been avoiding YA novels that deal with hard hitting issues like eating disorders, drug addiction, rape sexual abuse, prostitution, suicide, and drunk driving Don t get me wrong, it s not that I find such topics offensive because I don t It s because I don t want to submit myself to whatmightamount to a novel length public service announcement.I grew up in the 80s and 90s I saw every Very Special Episode of Growing Pains, Different Strokes, Family Ties, Saved By the Bell, and Full House Every single one of those Very Special Episodes were ridiculous and entirely too heavy handed in their delivery Besides I already did my time I survived adolescence That s why, for the time being, I ve chosen to forgo reading most YA novels dealing with hard hitting issues, regardless of how good they may or may not be That said, I ve always wanted to understand cutting Understand why people do it, what the fascination is Cutting wasn t a common practice while I was a teen, or and I think this is most likely wasn t ever talked about There were no After School Specials about cutting for us Gen Xers, thank you very much.So, back to the original question is this book dark, heavy, and a little silly My answer is yes And no Horseman of the apocalypse storyline aside, the subject matter is quite dark but it s honest, it s real Jackie Kessler holds nothing back, doesn t sugarcoat a thing It s clear she did her research and I appreciate it How do I know After I finished reading Rage I did a little research on cutting Far too often cutting is downplayed in the media, made to look like it s just a thing teenagers do to get attention and or fit in Another common misconception all cutters are emo or goth Kessler s character, Melissa, isn t emo or goth She s just a girl who feels entirely too much but doesn t have a healthy way of dealing with her emotions Melissa turns to cutting because it s a release of sorts Though I was somewhat skeptical at first, I ended up liking the whole horseman of the apocalypse storyline Gimmicky or not it s a new, interesting and creative way to write about some of the serious issues teenagers deal with It does not take away from the positive messages within the story Rage is the second book in the Horseman of the Apocalypse series The first is Hunger, about a girl with a severe eating disorder who becomes Famine In Rage the main character becomes War At first I was unsure exactly what the connection was, why a cutter was chosen to become War Why not a crazy violent rageaholic instead Now all is said and done I believe Kessler made the right decision and was successful in making the connection In fact I d say she pretty much hit it out of the park As far as Kessler s writing goes it s good, solid I quite like Kessler s style of writing It s clean Every word has a purpose Though this story deals with serious subject matter it doesn t take itself too seriously example Death looks an awful lot like a certain deceased alternative rock star Everything plays out rationally, there are no cop outs Rage ends on an honest note, something I appreciate in YA fiction farthan anyone could imagine.So, yeah, I m going to go ahead and recommend Rage by Jackie Kessler Four stars My advanced copy of Rage was provided by Netgalley Thank you, everyone, for reading RAGE and for sharing your thoughts about it I m donating a portion of proceeds to the organization To Write Love On Her Arms, so to those of you who have bought the book, thank you for helping to make a difference. Where to start The author has a wonderful way with words The turns of phrase are so often beautiful The dialogue between Death and Missy or Death and the other Horsemen reflect this so often I found myself sometimes reading the same phrases agin, not because I needed to, but because the sentence was so wonderful I wanted to.But and here it comes I kept hoping as I read this that the purpose of the series would become apparent That the overall story arc would reveal itself Unfortunately, Where to start The author has a wonderful way with words The turns of phrase are so often beautiful The dialogue between Death and Missy or Death and the other Horsemen reflect this so often I found myself sometimes reading the same phrases agin, not because I needed to, but because the sentence was so wonderful I wanted to.But and here it comes I kept hoping as I read this that the purpose of the series would become apparent That the overall story arc would reveal itself Unfortunately, I am left concluding that while this is being presented as a series, there is no overall story arc The books within this series are related, as in the books share some characters, but there is no overriding goal to the set of books, just a goal within each book.The plot here is that we have a teenager who is terribly misunderstood she thinks no one can understand Death comes to appoint her as War since the last incarnation of War was killed in Hunger because of all the rage that is inside her go figure, given the title She expresses her rage through cutting She battles the idea of becoming War but she feels the power that comes with it And control seems to be a big element of the decision expression as War, and as a cutter.Then things get kind of crazy She is pranked In an awful, awful let me say it againawful way And, understandably, she freaks out The girls on the soccer team punish her even further by peeing on her clothes and bag yep, you read that right And, to boot, when the soccer coach finds out she s a cutter, he cuts her definitely no pun intended there from the team And again, she freaks.But, here s where I get lost She is so very angry she could kill But she doesn t Instead, she simply decides she s not going to let War destroy There s a leap there that I missed At least in Hunger, the catharsis came when the character almost killed her mother Here, we just see the character go from being as angry as one could be to not accepting the anger in the same heartbeat I was left thinking how the heck did that happen What did I miss And she beats War but takes up the post anyway scratches head I have not read any of the author s other works besides the two in this series so far I hope that she isn t as repetitive in her other works Having just finished Hunger, I often felt like I was re reading the same book There are a few minor plot differences here she takes up the post where in Hunger the character rejects Famine yet, we have a woman who is Famine in this book, but we know nothing about her, and yet he reminds us that her prior incarnation killed the prior War Again, confused But, so very much is similar In both books the horses, and Death, are surprised that the character names the horses in fact, the dialogue here gave me deja vu the horses themselves are puzzled when the character s thank the horsesboth characters think about the physics of Death s bagboth are met by another Rider who sort of tells them what to do, but doesn t really eitherboth characters comment on the horses lack of grooming needsboth, at one point, think everything that s happened so far is a dreamboth have absentee, albeit loving, parentsboth have a battle with WarDo I need to go on The sense of deja vu when reading this was overpowering I had urges to look a the books side by side to see if the dialogue was identical in places which I resisted for lots of reasons So, having read one, I felt that there wasn t really a need to have read both.Despite those flaws, however, I give credit to the author She didn t shy away from things that other authors in the YA category often do Let s face it, society knows teen sex happens So why are most of the books filled with teens who don t even know how to spell the word s e x Here, we get the harsh truth that sometimes it happens and then doesn t work out We get a good look inside how awful clicks and teenagers can be to one another It s not sugar coated The prank, while it made my stomach turn, was something I could totally believe happening We ve all heard about kids committing suicide because of hateful facebook posts and bullying so this felt very real.The one element that didn t feel real to me was how weak she was trying to make Missy out to be, and coupling that with Missy s love for and ability as, a soccer goalie As a very long time soccer player, I have never encountered a weak goalie or one that is so hated by teammates Despite any oddities, quirks, or differences, the goalie on the team is always loved and supported At least in my experience Because when it comes down to it the goalie can make or break the team So, I had a little trouble picturing her as the weakling and total outcast at the same time But, that s just me There s no way for me to prove that my experience istypical than what the author wrote.And the opening scene where Missy thinks she killed her cat Wow It was so well written it was hard to read I can t begin to express how relieved I was to read the conversation with Death later where we learn she didn t actually murder her cat More kudos for not shying away from something hard to read.I am finding it hard to balance yes, that s a nod to Famine how I feel about this book The author can write prose wonderfully and beautifully The book needs some work on the plot front however I wouldn t claim victory based on the plot of the book, or the lack of a story arc for the series.I will read the next one, I m sure If for no other reason then I want to see if the author can turn things around and find a purpose for the series And I did so thoroughly enjoy and appreciate her ability to craft a beautiful sentence But, this is definitely just a 2.5 star book for all the other reasons I noted First, let me remind you two things 1 There re a lot of awful things in this wide wide world murder, rape, hunger, diseases, abuse, war, injustice, massacre, death, meaningless death You name them, they are all there 2 At anytime, a great deal of awful things can happen to anyone and everyone, for no good reason at all.So why would the author of this book thinks a middle classed, well fed but emotionally unstable teenage girl who has a obsession with self cutting, had actually suffered First, let me remind you two things 1 There re a lot of awful things in this wide wide world murder, rape, hunger, diseases, abuse, war, injustice, massacre, death, meaningless death You name them, they are all there 2 At anytime, a great deal of awful things can happen to anyone and everyone, for no good reason at all.So why would the author of this book thinks a middle classed, well fed but emotionally unstable teenage girl who has a obsession with self cutting, had actually suffered badly enough to earn her the terrible honor of becoming War, one of the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse To be fair, it s a quick read and the concept beyond the story is refreshing, but the writing and the plot and the characters leave many things to be desired 1.5 stars War, who rides the red horse, is a cutter At least, she is here, in the same way that Famine is a teenage anorexic Two books in, I guess I know what I expect out of this series A book in two parts, half mediocre fantasy and half absorbing problem novel The fantasy aspect hasn t improved at all from the first book There isn t anything inherently wrong with it, it just feels like an underdeveloped concept And two books in, it s become a pattern that the white American kid learns valuable War, who rides the red horse, is a cutter At least, she is here, in the same way that Famine is a teenage anorexic Two books in, I guess I know what I expect out of this series A book in two parts, half mediocre fantasy and half absorbing problem novel The fantasy aspect hasn t improved at all from the first book There isn t anything inherently wrong with it, it just feels like an underdeveloped concept And two books in, it s become a pattern that the white American kid learns valuable life lessons by witnessing, at a distance, struggles in third world countries And again, there s no reason that she couldn t get these same valuable life lessons in America.But the contemporary, problem novel aspects are still strong Kessler doesn t have the experience with self harm that she does with eating disorders, but she evidently did her research To me, it felt very real, and looking through reviews, those who know better than I agree that she portrayed a teenager with self harm issues in a realistic way And in a way that, for me, was emotionally intense, even suffocating at times Most of the characters are well developed, with the exception of asshole ex boyfriend Adam, who s just inexplicably awful because Honestly, Kessler is so good at writing these contemporary issue novels that I wish she would just concentrate on that The fantasy aspects are unnecessary I ve only read two of the four books in this series but I really feel like EVERYONE should read these because they have such an important message I ve had my mind blown by both of these books now Trigger warning in case you didn t read the blurb or are unfamiliar with Rage, but the MC is a cutter I can t recommend this enough, whether you ve ever self harmed, thought about it, or never done either of those things before. RAGE, by Jackie Morse Kessler instantly draws you when main character Melissa Missy Miller confronts Death, and slams the door in His face Missy has a fate that she must accept or she will surely die Missy being a self injurer she cuts, shallow and deep Painful always Bleed out the bad as she puts it, but one night after an ex boyfriend tricks her into a mortifying situation she cant take it any and she cuts too deep Only Death s voice can coax her to push through and open a white RAGE, by Jackie Morse Kessler instantly draws you when main character Melissa Missy Miller confronts Death, and slams the door in His face Missy has a fate that she must accept or she will surely die Missy being a self injurer she cuts, shallow and deep Painful always Bleed out the bad as she puts it, but one night after an ex boyfriend tricks her into a mortifying situation she cant take it any and she cuts too deep Only Death s voice can coax her to push through and open a white package that will unveil her future as War One of the four riders of the Apocalypse I was sucked into this books almost instantly The cover drew me in, with a fierce sword and beautiful colors Instantly I was drawn to Missy s self injuring personality, I found I could relate to some of her emotional states She seemed like a normal teenager dealing with identity issues and not quite fitting in completely in school, dealing with bitchy girls, and a ruthless ex boyfriend Missy doesn t let cruel nicknames stop her from doing what she wants but when her ex, Adam starts talking to her about missing her, her entire world rapidly spins out of control At a party the very same night, she makes an appearance to keep up any shreds of popularity she has, and Adam makes a move toward her, with her emotions running high she stupidly follows him to an upstairs bedroom and she strips down to nothing but her scar covered skin and then her entire world shatters when Adam signals it is the time for everyone to rush in and snap pictures and videos of her scarred body She rushes home to find Death waiting for her but again she ignores him, she needs to cut, bleed out the bad Over and over she cuts but the bad wont go away I wanted to scream to tell her to stop, tell her that it would end badly, then the words hit and I was ready to throw the book away Death was in her head telling her what to do to save herself My image of Death went from a black robed skeletal guy to a teenage rocker with a white horse He s seems to be pretty hot He gives Missy a choice, and Missy wield s War s sword in the end, and becomes a horseman of the Apocalypse She still fights a war within herself for the dominance of the violent nature of War and her nature where she wants to do whats right and not hurt people Death, the most powerful and most attractive rider, had me wanting to be a rider so bad This books sucks you in and doesn t let go At the end my jaw was left hanging open, practically begging forThis is a perfect mix of the self injury and paranormal genres I am eagarly awaiting Kessler s next book, no matter what it is She has a very distinct voice when writing, and you find yourself feeling like you are there, as a bystander, watching I highly recommend this book This was a very difficult book for me to get through And when I mean difficult, I don t mean in the poorly written, oh god do not want sort of way, butin the way of hitting too close to home.I am a former self injurer, and I knew that the second book in the Horseman Quartet was going to have War as a cutter, but I hadn t prepared myself mentally and emotionally for the extremely well written and almost graphically vivid imagery contained therein.Continuing in the vein of Hunger , This was a very difficult book for me to get through And when I mean difficult, I don t mean in the poorly written, oh god do not want sort of way, butin the way of hitting too close to home.I am a former self injurer, and I knew that the second book in the Horseman Quartet was going to have War as a cutter, but I hadn t prepared myself mentally and emotionally for the extremely well written and almost graphically vivid imagery contained therein.Continuing in the vein of Hunger , Rage explores what it s like to have a self injuring condition as a teenager It s not easy It s not pretty And thankfully, it s not glamourized in this book I really have to thank Kessler for that If there are any do overs I could have as a teenager, I d have to choose NOT self injuring myself in order to be emotionally healthy Kessler s book just reinforces that and perfectly I mean really, to the letter describes why I used to cut, and what the end game goal is to be in control of who s inflicting the pain, and how far you re willing to go in order to attain that goal.A side note Death as Kurt Cobain Love it It s just so perfect, so tragic, and so sad but it makes total sense.If you haven t read the first book in this series, please read it before reading this one If you re not familiar or unsure on how self injuring works, I think the first book is where you need to start before moving on to Rage These books are intense, and that s a good thing Kessler makes her heroines survivors, not victims and that in itself in YA fiction is pretty rare in of itself.It takes a long time to quit self injury With all of the chemical interactions involved in the brain, just like anyone who would get addicted to anything else, you have to go through rehab A different sort of rehab, but rehab nonetheless So many YA books that address the topic of self harm be it cutting or eating disorders skip over this part and tend not to differentiate between the different therapies needed in order to get well If anything, it makes them smaller, makes their heroines and less often, heroes victims, and that s something I just can t stand Cutters cut because we need to control the pain and not be the victims but the victors of whatever situation that s driven us to do so in the first place It always makes me see red when I see YA authors that obviously have no experience or who haven t researched the topic enough with self harm write a book with a tragic heroine with a self harm problem Self harm is tragic, but we don t have to be victims about it Thank you, Ms Kessler, for reminding us about this.I have been sober from self harm now for nearly ten years I wish that Rage had been around ten years ago, when I possibly needed the most.To those who still self harm this book will support you, and remind you that there is life beyond the control of the blade crossposted to librarything and witchoftheatregoing.wordpress.com Wow.Just wow.I seriously am speechless here Given that I didn t like the book at the beginning, actually, given that I didn t like the book until I read the end and sat to think about it for a little while, I am seriously stupefied at my grade, but this book definitely deserves it.I live in a community that doesn t deal with self injury and those types of problems I mean, there are people out there that need help, but the topic of self injury is not something that is an opened theme, or Wow.Just wow.I seriously am speechless here Given that I didn t like the book at the beginning, actually, given that I didn t like the book until I read the end and sat to think about it for a little while, I am seriously stupefied at my grade, but this book definitely deserves it.I live in a community that doesn t deal with self injury and those types of problems I mean, there are people out there that need help, but the topic of self injury is not something that is an opened theme, or actually, a theme at all I knew what emo meant, but I never really stopped to think about the consequences of the actions those people do on their bodies, I never really got myself to think why do they do that What is the point in cutting your skin, in bottling up your emotions so much that you feel like a dead shell to the people around you.This book made me pause and think about that a little bit And while it deals with such a heavy topic, it also has a very interesting storyline A win win package, no matter how you turn it.And frankly, until the end, you don t see a lot of sunshine and daisies in this book, but it is all worth it if it gives you something to think about Missy is detached, there is no other way to explain her The life around her goes on, but she is stuck in that place inside of her from where she cannot escape, unless it is with the help of the blade against her skin She is detached from her sister, from her parents and from her friends, and she cannot get out of that enchanted circle she created around herself But there comes Death and there comes Adam, and one makes her let go of her life while the other gives her something to hold on to.She becomes War, one of the Horsemen of the Apocalypse, but this is not where her problems stop and solve themselves with a flick of the wand, this is where her problems really begin.I can t express the depth of this book because that would be like giving you spoilers All I can say that this book is a must read for all of those who are not afraid to face the truth in the eyes and for those who don t have a weak stomach because there are some gory details and very violent scenes After all, to face the problem, you must first understand what that problem means, and this book It explains it all.This review was based on a digital ARC received via NetGalley