This is the third book in the Riders of the Apocalypse series. In this book we meet the last of our riders Pestilence. Billy Ballard is like our other riders. He is a loner, he is bullied, he doesn’t have a very good home life, his grandfather has Alzheimers. But he is also different from the other riders in that Death does not choose him. He was selected by the White Rider (Pestilence) when he was 5 years old. He was tricked by the Ice Cream Man into agreeing to be the White Rider by a promise of a rider on a horse…a ride he never got. Now Death is here to collect on that promise. It seems the old Pestilence has gone missing; lost in his memories. It is up to Billy to find him and bring him back. But bringing back an insane rider has its own issues.
This book is different in a way from the other books. Billy is a different rider in that he has to earn spot and there is already a rider. But Billy does become Pestilence. He grows the backbone he needs to standup to the bullies, to overcome his fears, to become who he is supposed to be.
Kessler’s books are more than paranormal books about the four horsemen of the apocalypse; they are modern day problem novels. Each of her riders has to deal with some issue whether it is anorexia or cutting or bullying or grandparents with anorexia. She deals with these issues in a very real way. They are not sugar coated or exaggerated for the sake of her book.