Have you read any of Rossi’s work? I really enjoyed her Under the Never Sky trilogy. If you like YA sci-fi/fantasy, it is definitely worth a read! I think Rossi must have a great sense of humor because of the wit infused in that trilogy as well as in Riders.
Riders is written in first person from Gideon Blake’s point of view. It has been a long time since I’ve read first person from the male point of view, and I think Rossi pulls it off well. I enjoyed Gideon’s wise cracks and tendency to shoot off at the mouth in general yet, on the other hand, the leadership and bravery he can exhibit.
The storyline is extremely unique. Gideon dies in a parachuting accident and wakes up with a mysterious cuff on his wrist. Soon he meets Daryn, a girl he immediately likes. She tells him what his cuff means and what his mission is. He is a horseman, as mentioned in the book of Revelation in the Bible. Daryn and Gideon need to track down the other three horsemen and bring down the Kindred, an evil group of dissenters from Satan who are seeking power of their own.
I really liked this book! I immediately connected with Gideon and enjoyed the relationships he establishes with Daryn as well as with the horsemen. I think the descriptions of each horsemen’s abilities, weapons, and (most importantly) their horses are really cool. I like the strength exhibited by the only prominent female character, Daryn. She is an important piece of the puzzle and is respected by the guys. I also enjoyed how the story is told…It begins at the end, with Gideon being questioned about what in the world has happened, and is told through flashbacks.
I recommend this book to anyone wanting a good read that is different than other recently published YA. Plus, we get a sequel next year! The very last page of book 1 (don’t go read it!) 😉 and the book 2 title give me an indication of where it might be going. And it’s something I’m excited to read about!
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