Rage By Jackie Morse Kessler

Title: Rage

Author: Jackie Morse Kessler

Publisher: Harcourt Graphia

UK Publication Date: 4th April 2011


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.  (From Goodreads, 5th February 2013)


As with Hunger we see a teenager who is struggling with her life, to deal with the bullying and segregation she receives at school causing her to self harm. After going to a party and being horrifically humiliated she cuts too deep, but death comes and gives her a choice. Now wielding the sword of War Missy beings to release the anger she has been feeling. We are taken on a journey where Missy learns about herself and learns about destruction and war. This is a lesson in control. The one thing Missy has lost. Can she work through her pain without cutting? Can she learn to control her feeling and control the powers she now wields?

Another excellent novel from Jackie Morse Kessler. I read it almost back to back with Hunger (first novel in the series) and they both have similar themes, but both dealt with in a novel way. This series links the Horsemen of the Apocalypse with mental health issues and some of the pains many teenagers face today. It brings together myth and fantasy with today’s issues which I have never seen done before. It is a fresh breath into the world of mental health novels and a twist on some of the often similar novels focused on death and the horsemen of the apocalypse.

A series I recommend to all young adults and those interested in mental health.

4.5 out of 5


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