Breath (Review)

Book cover for "Breath" by Jackie Morse Kessler.Title: Breath

Author: Jackie Morse Kessler

Publication Year: 2013

Pages: 336

Genre: Fiction, Young Adult, Fantasy

Source: E-book version purchased from Kobo Books

From the cover:

Contrary to popular belief, the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse aren’t just harbingers of doom — they actually keep life in balance. But what happens when their leader and creator, Death, becomes suicidal?

Before the first living thing drew its first gasping breath, he was there. He has watched humanity for millennia. And he has finally decided that humanity is not worth the price he has paid time and again. When Death himself gives up on life, a teenager named Xander Atwood is the world’s only hope. But Xander bears a secret, one that may bring about the end of everything.

This heart-pounding final installment of the Riders of the Apocalypse series looks at the value of life, the strength of love, and how a small voice can change everything . . . forever.

(This is the fourth and final book in the Riders of the Apocalypse series, after Hunger, Rage, and Loss.)

This book felt a bit different than the other three. Okay, actually, it felt a lot different. For starters, the “problem” that the main character/narrator was having wasn’t obvious right from the beginning like in the others. In fact, it took almost until the very end of the book until we realize exactly what’s going on with him. Plus, he’s not being tapped to become one of the Riders, so it’s a much different dynamic between him and Death than the narrators of the other books.

I think what I liked most about Breath was that we got to hear a bit from the perspective of each of the Riders, so it was a sort of meshing together of all the other stories. The main focus was on Death, which is usually not the case, but the others all had some time to narrate their opinions. Plus, we got to learn way more about the background of the Riders and of Death than we had in any other book in the series. It was sort of a tale of origin, even as it was a tale of how things might end.

Breath maybe wasn’t quite as adrenaline-fueled as the other stories, but it was an appropriate ending to the series. I’m really glad that I followed through to see what happened.


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