Riders

Riders

Book - 2016
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After regaining consciousness from a seemingly fatal accident, eighteen-year-old U.S. Army Ranger Gideon Blake discovers that he is War, one the legendary Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse, and together with Conquest, Famine, and Death, must save humanity from an ancient evil.
Publisher: New York :, Tom Doherty Associates,, 2016.
ISBN: 9780765382542
0765382547
Branch Call Number: TEEN FICTION Rossi Veronica
Characteristics: 368 pages ;,22 cm

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lgmosher Jun 05, 2020

I can say in absolute certainty that the one thing I DONT like about this book is the layout.

The paragraphs are thick, when they could be broken up to give a smoother flow. The chapter breaks start at the very top of the page, making it feel like there is no break. If there was some white space left behind the book would look and feel cleaner to the reader. Despite the layout, I ended up in love with this book.

I wouldn't say that the beginning was slow going, because that would be an incorrect statement.... Yet it was quite, compelling either.

I didn't open the book and after the first two or three chapters want to eat through it.

If I had to pick a word for the beginning of this book it would be... Alluring...

The way that the story is told is something different. Its not written in the normal forms. How we follow along with the characters through what is happening right then in real time. No, this book was written as Gideon retelling the events that transpired. You go in and out from Gideon's real time to his story mode.

Okay, correction... I didn't fall in love with Riders specifically. More like I fell in love with Gideon. For the very start I was like "okay, I can hang with this hot head".
By the end of the book I was feeling the same things he was. It was like what he was retelling had happened to me and I was right there, in his head, helping him relay all of the information... and feeling everything that was chasing him down.

It was by far one of the coolest books I have ever read. I thought the topic was going to be "Apocalyptic" with the four horsemen and that it was going to be a lot of screaming and ITS THE END OF THE WORLD garbage. But it wasn't!

and truly I think that is what kept me reading. It is what drew me in even more...

Honestly, no.

Lets face it... it was the fact that I now have an unhealthy attachment to Gideon.

If you haven't picked up riders because you didn't want another apocalyptic book... then you should push that from your mind and pick up this book. You wont be disappointed (though you might come away heartbroken and with some strange attachments to fictional characters).

I could read it over and over again and never become bored. I would fall in love with Gideon all over, every. single. time.

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sarathcv
May 07, 2020

I just adored this book. I read it again and again. But, I feel like there should've been more character development with Daryn. She just seems so tight. Unfortunately, I already read Seeker before this book, so I knew how the ending would be like. But, either way, it's a must-read.

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Futuregohangurl
Nov 14, 2017

people who like supernatural the show or books about supernatural things should read this book. this book and the sequel seeker are sure to please

ArapahoeCatherine Sep 02, 2016

Fans of Supernatural longing for more of the Four Horsemen plot, need look no further! Fast-paced and compelling reading here, friends!

ArapahoeBridget Aug 10, 2016

Great premise, and super readable. I really liked the characters and the framing device of the story worked for me. If you can get past the weirdly tone deaf cover, this is an action packed read with excellent world building.

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samcmar
Jul 04, 2016

I seem to have a weird love-hate relationship with Veronica Rossi's writing. I remember reading Under the Never Sky on the recommendation of my friends and not being impressed by it. Then I read the sequels that followed, adored them, and was still confused why I didn't connect with that first book. I feel like this might be the same thing with Riders.

That's not to say Riders is a bad book, but once again I feel insanely distanced by the writing, and I really didn't like our hero, Gideon. I just found him to be such a flat protagonist, someone whose thoughts didn't always feel that engaging or interesting to read about. Worse off is the fact that we meet tons of other characters, but they are barely developed in any way. I just didn't feel like I knew them very well, and part of that really steams from just only being trapped in Gideon's mind.

However, I loved the concept of this story, and when the action was on, it was fantastic. I just found myself turning pages, needing to know how things were going to go. I'll also give this to Rossi -- the ending of this book is quite the cliffhanger, and despite all my problems with Gideon as a character, she left this book on such a mean note that I STILL will likely end up reading the sequel because I need to know.

But this book is both interesting as it is frustrating. There's so many ideas being thrown about, there's a lot of world-building, it almost felt like too much at times. With Gideon's perspective not always being engaging, I found it hurt the experience for me somewhat and Rossi's writing didn't always carry it for me the way it did in the Under the Never Sky series.

Still, I don't think this is a bad book, but I just didn't have the same level of engagement that I was hoping for. I do think, like with Under the Never Sky that I am going to check out the sequel, just to see if it's the same kind of situation or if it really is the case that this series doesn't work for me.

Also, not enough horses. Needs more horses!

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sarathcv
May 07, 2020

sarathcv thinks this title is suitable for between the ages of 12 and 17

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Rubilil
Nov 25, 2018

Rubilil thinks this title is suitable for between the ages of 10 and 15

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