Rage is the second book in Jackie Morse Kessler's Horsemen Of The Apocalypse series, the first book being Hunger, which I admittedly read after Rage, but since the books have different protagonists, there were no spoilers.
Initially, I couldn't really feel for Missy. I didn't see what had happened to her prior to the beginning of the novel that was so bad she would take up self-harm. Traumatic things happen during the book that cause her to resort to the blades she keeps in her closet which are almost understandable (as understandable as wanting to hurt yourself could ever be), but not before the book begins.
Her becoming the Red Rider Of Apocalypse, War, felt like a metaphor for her being at war with herself constantly about her self-mutilation and a catalyst for her to learn control. The contemporary theme of self-harm seems more important in the story than the paranormal aspects.
Furthermore, the plot is more focused on Missy's internal struggle with War and with her self-destructive tendencies than on any real action or conflict. The book was more focused on the psychological than the physical, which I'm not sure if I liked or not. It was interesting, at least.
It was written in honest, spare prose and was straight to the point. It kept the book short and engaging.
The ending, to me, though realistic, felt kind of cheesy. Not in what happened, but more in how it was told through the epilogue. I prefer finishing a book with something left to the imagination.
I give Rage a 3 out of 5, and plan to read the next book in the series, Loss, when it comes out next year.