I received this book for free from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.Riders by Veronica Rossi
Series: Riders #1
Published by Tor Teen on February 16, 2016
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Nothing but death can keep eighteen-year-old Gideon Blake from achieving his goal of becoming a U.S. Army Ranger. As it turns out, it does.
While recovering from the accident that most definitely killed him, Gideon finds himself with strange new powers and a bizarre cuff he can’t remove. His death has brought to life his real destiny. He has become War, one of the legendary four horsemen of the apocalypse.
Over the coming weeks, he and the other horsemen—Conquest, Famine, and Death—are brought together by a beautiful but frustratingly secretive girl to help save humanity from an ancient evil on the emergence.
Now—bound, bloodied, and drugged—Gideon is interrogated by the authorities about his role in a battle that has become an international incident. If he stands any chance of saving his friends and the girl he’s fallen for—not to mention all of humankind—he needs to convince the skeptical government officials the world is in imminent danger.
But will anyone believe him?
I had been eagerly awaiting Riders, so I was so happy to hear that I had won it from Veronica Rossi PH. Rossi’s concept of the Four Horsemen sounded so interesting to me, and I got started on it right away after getting it on my Kindle app.
And then I got started on it, and I absolutely loved the way Veronica Rossi framed the story. It’s told through the recounting of the main character, Gideon, which was so different, especially since as the story went on, there were also things happening in real time. But as the book went on, it got worse, and as I had time to think about the book when I wasn’t reading it, it got even worse.
And from the summary, you should know Gideon dies and gets resurrected, along with an armband and the ability to make others angry. And then he’s told that he’s War by this girl who shows up out of nowhere, Daryn. Guess what also shows up out of nowhere? Instalove.
And then I don’t even know why Gideon would follow Daryn, because she gives the vaguest reason why it’s important to find the other three, and I personally was not convinced over why I should trust this person I had just met and go around America risking my life looking for three other people.
The other characters didn’t have much development either. Seriously, Gideon and this other guy somehow ended up hating each other at first and I have no idea why. I seriously do not understand how the two ended up hating each other so quickly, but all the other relationships were rushed too.
The relationships are all flimsy, and there’s such a rushed feel to everything. Most things definitely weren’t developed enough, and if you never spot those, then you’ll be okay with the book because the plot is entertaining enough. But if you’re picky about the depth of relationships in books, take a pass on Riders.