Do you ever read a book, enjoy it, yet feel unsatisfied? Do you ever find yourself pausing every couple of pages and thinking- ‘I wonder why this is’ or ‘Did they ever mention that?’ It’s a weird feeling, because you never know if the author mentioned it and you didn’t pick up on it, or if the author never actually mentioned it. This tends to happen to me once or twice in most books, while reading Riders, it happened constantly. This review parallels the book- it jumps all over the place, without fluidity. Oops? 😉
The way that Riders is written is very interesting. The main character alternates between flashbacks and present day. But, that’s not why it’s strange. The reason why it’s strange is that present day isn’t normal. It’s actually very difficult to explain. Let’s see…have you heard of unreliable narrators? Well, the present day of Riders is something like that, except instead of the narrator being unreliable, it’s everyone else surrounding him. I can’t say more than that for fear of spoilers, but let’s just say that not everything is as it seems. Be careful…very careful.
The actual story was told through flashbacks from the main character, Gideon. I loved that Veronica Rossi decided to have a male POV as the main focus, because to be honest, I don’t see it often. Of course I love a badass heroine, but sometimes seeing an uncertain male main character is just as fun. The main female character was an enigma. Her name was Daryn, and she was a Seeker. You could think of her as the ringleader of the group, but there wasn’t a true leader. Daryn just happened to be the one who knew the answers to most of the questions.
The main premise behind Riders was that there was a group of people known as horsemen who had to unite together in order to defeat the demons. But, here was one of my major problems with the book. One of the demons was able to read everyone’s mind, except for Daryn, and so Daryn wasn’t able to share important information with the horsemen, aka the main characters. While this provided for some suspense, it also lead to a lot of confusion. After all, if the main character doesn’t understand what is going on, neither will the reader. And with so little information at my disposal, it was hard to connect to the characters.
I feel like Riders is a YA fantasy version of The Scorpio Races, so maybe that’s why I had some issues with it. After all, The Scorpio Races is one of my all time favorite books, so any book that I compare to it won’t look as good. So, overall, I give it 3 stars.