Thursday, March 31, 2011

Review: Rage by Jackie Morse Kessler

Rage by Jackie Morse Kessler
Published: April 8th, 2011
Publisher: Harcourt Graphia
Pages: 228
Challenge: 100+ Reading Challenge, 11 from 11 in 11 Challenge
Source: ARC via publisher on NetGalley
Other: Second book in The Horseman of the Apacolypse series. Hunger was released last year. There will be a total of four books in the series.
Buy the book: Bookdepository

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 . . . different.

That’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: control.
A 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.

In Rage we meet Missy, a sixteen year old girl, who has problems with outing her feelings and therefore cuts herself. One particular bad night, Missy makes a mistake and Death offers her the sword of War in exchange for her life.

Rage is darker than Hunger, but I had no difficulty identifying with Missy. She was insecure, ridiculed by everyone in her school and her exboyfriend makes a complete idiot of her. She doesn't talk about her feelings, but instead she cuts. I can't identify with the cutting, but I can identify with the insecurity, the feeling to want to let the bad thing escape you. I usually cry my eyes out until I have a headache that's almost as bad as facial vascular pain, but I can understand that there are people that are not able to do that.

I could feel the humiliation that Missy goes through during and after the party and I could relate to what she must have been feeling.

Cutting is a subject that is taboo and the people I know personally who cut themselves, were called emo's, attentionseekers, losers, gothics. All kinds of labels just to give it a name - to humiliate them even more. Morse Kessler did a great job in describing what must have been going through Missy while she was feeling sad, mad, disturbed, humiliated. We get a close look into her mind, and yes, it's confronting. 

In my opinion,
Rage is a great sequel to Hunger and personally I think that the second book is better than the first book. Hunger left me confused, where Rage gave me all the answers I needed. Maybe it is because I have no experience with eating disorders that I had difficulty dealing with the first book. I don't know. I do know that if Morse Kessler keeps this up, that I will be thrilled to read the next book, Loss - a feeling that I didn't have as much after finishing Hunger.

My overall rating: 

This book shows the darkness and depth of a character that has difficulty outing herself and I think Morse Kessler did a wonderful job in writing it in a way, which made it confronting and explanatory at the same time.  

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