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Riders

Gideon Blake’s life revolved around baseball games, friends and making his family --- his dad in particular --- proud. All of that changes the day Gideon’s father dies right before his eyes. Now 18, Gideon is in training to become a U.S. Army Ranger. Driven by the traumatic incident that haunts him, he will not stop until he feels like he has made his father proud. But when a freak accident befalls Gideon during training, his plans crumble. Now known as War, one of the four horsemen of the apocalypse, he must join together with the other horsemen to defeat an ancient evil threatening the existence of humanity.
 
In one lethal attack, they are defeated. Fearful for the fate of Daryn, the girl tasked with aiding them in their task, and his fellow horsemen, he cooperates with the government officials interrogating him. But the events of the past week are confusing even to him as he holds onto the hope that they can still defeat the monsters warring against the Earth before it is too late.

RIDERS by Veronica Rossi is a highly imaginative novel crafted with an intriguing hero and a fast-paced plot that promises excitement.

RIDERS by Veronica Rossi is a highly imaginative novel crafted with an intriguing hero and a fast-paced plot that promises excitement. Veronica Rossi did an excellent job of modernizing the legend of the four horsemen of the apocalypse in a realistic way. Each horseman is given a unique backstory that fits perfectly with the roles they are given to play. Of the four horsemen, Gideon, the main character, is War. Characterized by a hot temper and a strong mentality, he is both frustrating and endearing. The other horsemen --- Death, Famine and Conquest --- follow in like pursuit and the diversity each character brings adds depth to an already complex novel. Thrown in with the horsemen is Daryn, a strange girl whose mission is to unite them against the evil that threatens them. None of the characters are there just for show; they all add a new element to the story and readers will not be able to help but love each one of them.
 
Veronica Rossi does not stop at wonderful characters. The plot line itself is told in present tense, but Gideon is recounting the events as he is interrogated. It is clear something went wrong in the horsemen and Daryn’s plan, but readers are left in suspense until the very end. The combination of diverse characters with an exciting and suspenseful plot creates an unforgettable story for all readers.

Reviewed by Kate F., Teen Board Member on March 2, 2016

Riders
(Riders #1)
by Veronica Rossi

  • Publication Date: May 16, 2017
  • Genres: Adventure, Fantasy, Fiction
  • Paperback: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Tor Teen
  • ISBN-10: 0765382555
  • ISBN-13: 9780765382559