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.
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