Breath By Jackie Morse Kessler

Title: Breath (Riders of the Apocalypse #4)

Author: Jackie Morse Kessler

Publisher: Graphia

First Publication Date: April 16th 2013


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. (From Goodreads, 21st May 2013)


This is the the fourth and last book in the Riders of the Apocalypse series by Jackie Morse Kessler. I have reviewed the first three books (Hunger, Rage, and Loss – links will take you to my reviews).

I love this series. I find it such and inventive and unique way of discussing mental health issues for a young adult audience. A series which everyone with an interest in mental health or ‘issues’ novels must read!

In this novel we deal with the topic of suicide. But to make it more ironic Death is the one whom is suicidal. We meet Xander, who is having blackouts, but also may be going ‘crazy’ because Death is sitting on his balcony. So Xander begins to speak to Death, finding out why he is suicidal, whilst Death questions Xander. Why is Death suicidal? And what is Xanders secret?

I can’t really say much more because I may give things away. But I love this series, and this book is amazing! An amazing conclusion that keeps you thinking right up to the end!

5 out of 5!