Review: Riders (Riders #1)

Riders (Riders, #1)

 

I blame myself for having high hopes for this story. It’s about the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse! How can this go wrong? Oh, it went wrong. It went all kinds of wrong.

I am not even going to do a recap of this because I know what it was supposed to be about, but that’s not what was written.

There is not much in way of a plot so don’t hold your breathe that it will make an appearance. I spent a good majority of the story waiting for something to happen. It never did. It opens with Gideon being held in a room. He ends up spilling his guts on how Daryn (a girl known as a “Seeker”) found him and told him he was War, one of the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse. Yep. The story is told in reverse. GASP. It doesn’t help anything, I promise you. The story gets weird and confusing after that because it is never revealed why the Horseman have been summoned. Here is the big thing to remember because it is repeated a million times: although we don’t know jack about anything happening with these characters, we are told that it’s absolutely definitely important to go hunt down the other three horsemen. WHO CARES WHY, RIGHT?! No reader wants to know why something is happening. PFFT. O_O In a nutshell, that is the entire book. BOOM. Daryn finds these four specific teenagers that are all over the world, drops a bombshell on them and tells them not to question just do…. AND THEY OBEY. Sorry, but if some random girl came up to me on the street and told me I was War, one of the Horsemen of the Apocalypse, I would have some serious hesitations, doubts, questions, and disbeliefs. That’s just me though.

Don’t expect any details to be given on the characters. None. Zip. Zero. Zilch. Instead of being given any backstory or characterization, we are given guys trying to out-guy the others. They spend most of their time doing manly posturing, having a lot of physical fights, and – brace yourself – bragging about who has the best horse. NO LIE. This is where I roll my eyes and groan. Talk about dumbing down characters to make them stereotypical. They had no personalities and I found myself struggling to care what happened to them. Alright, let’s be real, I didn’t care what happened to them. How can I when I know nothing about them.

I went into this with expectations. If there is a story about the Horsemen of the Apocalypse, I expect it to blow me away. This left me with far more questions than answers. I never found out why any of it was happening. What was the point of this story? I didn’t care for Gideon’s narration, I couldn’t stand the instalove that took place between Daryn & Gideon, I couldn’t stand the lack of development (or explanation) for the characters, or the story being told in reverse. None of it worked.

 

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