Wednesday, October 13, 2010

My Selection for Waiting on Wednesday: Rage by Jackie Morse Kessler

Waiting on Wednesday is a terrific meme started by Jill over at Breaking the Spine. It's a wonderful opportunity to learn what other bloggers are looking forward to reading as well as spreading a little book love of your own. This week, I can't wait to read RAGE by Jackie Morse Kessler. She's writing these connecting, issue-driven books that utilize magical realism. The protagonists in each of the stories become one of the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse. Lisabeth in Hunger, releasing 10/18/10 is anorexic and she becomes the Horseman known as Famine. In the next installment,  RAGE, Missy self-mutilates via cutting and becomes one of the other Horseman, War. Check out the amazon description...

She brought the razor to her inner thighs again and again and again, but with each sting came no release, no comforting numbness that dulled the horror of her life.
It wasn’t enough. So she cut again—swiftly, mercilessly.

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 Apocalypse: War. Now Missy wields a different 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. A unique approach to the topic of self-mutilation, RAGE is the story of a young woman who discovers her own power, and refuses to be defeated by the world.

I read the arc of Hunger and found it to be a very unique and thought-provoking book. I'll be posting my interview with the author on release day as well as giving away some swag. Jackie Morse Kessler is amazingly accessible and a joy to communicate with.  I can't wait to see what she has next with RAGE.

Releases April 18, 2011.


Toodles!

21 comments:

  1. Wow this sounds like a really powerful book. NetGalley offered this for a really brief time. I managed to snag it so maybe if you head over there you might find it :)

    Here's my WOW this week

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  2. Oh I heard from that book! And it does sound super intense! Great choice!

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  3. I am anxious to see what readers will think of this one. There are some new books about that are dealing more with subjects that are considered "taboo" by many. I'm reading one of those myself right now. I think it is good for people to be able to look into the mind of someone else who may be suffering with something. It allows insight that can lead toward compassion versus shunning. Great wow! Mine is at:
    The Delusional Diaries

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  4. I haven't read Hunger yet, but this sounds awesome! Thanks for stopping by. New follower now!

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  5. Ii have Hunger on TBR shelf, but have not read it yet. Rage sounds like it will be a terrific book too. Great pick.

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  6. June glad to know you and I are still in tune! I am wishing to read Hunger and will at some point, Rage is on the radar as well and when you say the author is a joy you are not kidding!

    Thanks for stopping by my post earlier, we need e-readers soon!

    jackie >_<

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  7. You know, I really want to read this book but I had no idea it was so graphically violent!
    Still reading it though XD

    Check my pick out HERE!

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  8. Eeek this book might be too much for me. Even the blood on the cover made me feel a little squeamish. But it is important that there are books to talk about these issues, so I'm glad it's out there! Check out my pick here!

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  9. Totally agree! This series sounds awesome and totally unique! The covers are really understated yet striking too!

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  10. Wowzers. Those books sound intense.

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  11. OMG This books sounds amazing! And a title with *that* cover... someone did a wonderful job. Sounds like a great anticipated read.

    Ragan's WOW at Location 2571

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  12. Ohh I received an arc of Hunger, too. Although I haven't had a chance to read it yet, I'm super excited about Rage as well! :D (does it make sense that I can't wait for a novel to be released when I haven't read its predecessor? :P)

    Btw, I love your blog. :D I'm a new follower. <3

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  13. I've been seriously thinking that I need to pick up a copy of Hunger. I really want to read both books.

    Check Out what I’m waiting for here.

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  14. This one sounds really intense. I haven't read Hunger yet, but it's definitely on my list.

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  15. Ohhh this one looks very dark and intense!

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  16. Thanks so much everyone for stopping by and leaving your thoughts about RAGE. It seems to be pretty popular...for those who can take it...LOL...until next week...

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  17. I think I just Kindled this...I have so many books now I am getting confused...it was either this one or her other one...have you read or heard of Dust City...

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  18. No Patty. I never heard of Dust City. Who wrote that?

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  19. I really need to read Hunger. It's in my TBR pile. Grrr. I've heard pretty good things about it. I saw below in about your post for Let Me In. That movie sounds awesome! Thanks for sharing :)

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  20. I loved Hunger and I look forward to Rage.

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  21. Julie and Sharif,thanks for stopping in girls!

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