by Jackie Morse Kessler
Riders of the Apocalypse, book three
Fifteen-year-old Billy Ballard is the kid that everyone picks on. But things change drastically when Death tells Billy he must stand in as Pestilence, the White Rider of the Apocalypse. Now armed with a Bow that allows him to strike with disease from a distance, Billy lashes out at his tormentors...and accidentally causes an outbreak of meningitis. Horrified by his actions, Billy begs Death to take back the Bow. For that to happen, says Death, Billy must track down the real White Rider, and stop him from unleashing something awful on humanity—something that could make the Black Plague look like a summer cold. Does one bullied teenager have the strength to stand his ground—and the courage to save the world?
This is such a great series. The author's idea is just amazing. They are short reads, but they are packed with SO much punch! Each book not only tackles a teen becoming a Rider...yes one of the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse(!!!), but also some kind of issue that teens can face.
This book did a GREAT job blending the concept of Pestilence (disease, ick!) and bullying. Kessler managed to write a phenomenal story about a boy who finally fights back for himself and stops a bully from destroying the world. We also got some more great hints about what's coming for Death...one of the coolest characters, ever!... and the Horsemen in the final book.
Though short, I get so much satisfaction reading each book in this series, and I cannot wait for the big finale!