14 de junho de 2018
PESTILENCE (The Four Horseman #1)
• ⭐️: 4,5/5
💬: // “You’re a good man, Pestilence,” I admit.
And therein lies my problem. He’s not a nice man, he’s not a peaceful man,
but he’s good man. //
(some spoilers, maybe?)
The four horseman of the apocalypse came to earth and as people evacuated to places where they know Pestilence won’t pass through, Sara Burns stays behind to probably die trying to kill this creature that has been killing so many people with the Fever. Things are not that easy when after trying to kill it, she find out he’s actually impossible to kill.
Pestilence takes Sara as his prisoner as a way to make her suffer for not having shown mercy to him when trying to kill him before, and Sara finds herself next to this horrible creature/man for the rest of his task.
Their relationship, from enemies to lover, was interesting to see it forming and developing because even though we knew they would fall in love I wasn’t that sure how. I was very skeptical because at the beginning I wasn’t sure I could see them as a couple, he is killing people ok? Sara has the same mentality as me because she also struggles with having to hate him and also caring about him, somehow I think it’s a way for us readers to sympathise with the situation. She questions herself a lot before letting her feel whatever she’s feeling, and it’s not like she only sees his pretty face and forgets about the rest, nooooooo. She actually hates his pretty face in the first half of the book. And seeing her journey of going from prisoner to someone who shows him how humans can also be good, was truly beautiful.
// I take some solace in the fact that whatever this is that I’m beginning to
feel, Pestilence is experiencing it as well. And we might each be bulldozing
our morals, but at the very least, we’re doing it together. //
This book talks a lot about humanity, how people act regarding the world and how horrible human beings can be, how people can turn into monsters. Pestilence is there to eradicate the humans knowing they are slowly killing of what God gave them, with their greed and tainted hearts. His task is the only thing moving him forward, but of course everything changes when he mets Sara Burns, the girl who tried to kill him.
He starts to dwell with human things as his time with Sara continues and it makes him have a glimpse of what makes people, people. Sara loves to make him try new things, even if he keeps saying he doesn’t need them she wants him to understand her to see what it is to be a human.
// His lips brush my ear. “You forget, I am no man, Sara.”
A laugh escapes me. “Fine. You are a good harbinger of the apocalypse.”
“I am the first horseman,” he continues, “the one who was tasked with
toppling your old way of living. You and your foolish brethren believed you
could outpace God. You built and innovated, and in your quest you robbed the
earth of its purity and forgot that you all had another master.
“You all turned your backs on God—yes, even you, dear Sara—and I am
here to make you remember.
“I am your mortality. I am the ugly truth that your bodies are impermanent,
feeble, corrupt. I am the reminder that all men must face a great and fearsome
reckoning.” The rain thunders with his voice. “This is who I have always been
and will always be—undying, unchanging.” //
His task is something that is constantly deal with, seeing as Sara struggles to understand how much he likes Pestilence and how much she hates what he is doing with the world. She doesn’t know what is his true self and that is something that she is in denying most of the time, but then something always happens that makes her remember who he actually is.
// “If I am such a monster,” Pestilence finally says, “then what does that
make you, who have willingly fallen into my arms?”
“A fool and an idiot,” I say, “but that’s nothing new.” //
One of my favorite scenes of the book is when Sara realizes how capable humans can be curel, how capable they are of being a monster. They named Pestilence a monster without thinking that they could also be one. And her clashing with that reality was powerful and sad, I could put myself on her position and I cried. It’s ugly to change our concept about something, especially when you seek comfort in turbulent times.
// ”So it’s all the more shocking to me to see this side of human nature. The
cold, cruel side of it. So shocking that the only word that comes to mind is
Both characters are intense and loving, but at the same time one grew around love the other one never had that. So even if they have a lot of similarities, they are hunted by their different lifestyles., which, of course...one is human and the other Pestilence the Conqueror.
In conclusion, this is a must read to all people who enjoy a sexy romance and also the thrills of a first love. I adored meeting both of these characters and can’t wait to see more of them on “War” hehe
There are some interesting discussion about moral and how people are not evil or good, making me understand how much people don’t look at themselves before judging someone, after all we all have good and evil inside of us. The romance was slow build because they keep denying whatever they start to feel for each other and they had their priorities. I had some issues with the amount of curse words I read but later I realized that I would say those things while in an epidemic crisis, so I got used to it and enjoyed how unfiltered Sara’s sentences are. Oh! And her humour is the best, I laughed so many times during this book, especially when she is confused by Pestilence not knowing what some things are.
Maybe people will think that the last chapter was cliche but I liked! It was the perfect “ending” for them and I’m so glad to not have DNF this book on the first thirty pages, when I wasn’t enjoying that much.