Psst. Want to know what will be on the LOSS back cover copy?
Fifteen-year-old Billy Ballard is the kid that everyone picks on, from the school bullies to the teachers. Things change drastically when Billy learns that years ago, he’d been tricked by Pestilence, the White Rider of the Apocalypse. Now it’s Billy’s turn to wield Pestilence’s Bow and spread sickness through the world. He uses his new power to lash out at his tormentors…and accidentally causes an outbreak of disease. Horrified by his actions, he wants nothing more than to be rid of the Bow. For that to happen, Billy must track down the previous White Rider, who is hiding in a place where even Death cannot go.
Billy’s search takes him across the centuries: from ancient Phrygia, where a man called King Mita agrees to wear the White Rider’s Crown, to a mighty forest, where Pestilence plans to cheat Death; from the docks of Alexandria, where plague is packed into cartons of grain, to the Children’s Crusade in France, where the White Rider learns a truth that will break him. By the time Billy finds the man who had tricked him so long ago, the White Rider is completely insane—and is poised to unleash a plague that would make the Black Death look like a summer cold. And only Billy can stop him.
Does one bullied teenager have the strength to stand his ground—and the courage to save the world?
I am so psyched. 🙂
For those wondering, LOSS will have a lot more worldbuilding than either HUNGER or RAGE. And there will be a lot more of Death in the book — including a whole other side of him. **rubs hands gleefully** LOSS is also significantly longer than either of the previous books — almost 20,000 words longer than HUNGER.
And the incredible Sammy Yuen will once again be doing the cover. **happy dance**
Guys. GUYS. I am so thrilled about this book! It’s due to hit the shelves in spring 2012; once there is an actual launch date and preorder information, I’ll blog about it.