Saturday, February 12, 2011

Review- Hunger by Jackie Morse Kessler

  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 192 KB
  • Print Length: 180 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0547341245
  • Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt; Original edition (October 18, 2010)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0045Y24E2
Suicidal and anorexic teen Lisabeth Lewis' life changes drastically when a strange delivery man comes to her door and hands her a package containing a set of scales and proclaiming "Thou art Famine" Lisa learns that, as Famine, she has an innate understanding about food and hunger that has little to do with why she's been starving herself. As one of the mythical four horsemen, Famine's steed, which Lisa christens Midnight, accompanies her on several adventures into lands that have felt the touch of Famine. Lisa learns about hunger, herself and meets her fellow horsemen along the way.

Hunger was a fascinating young adult fantasy that strongly reminded me of Piers Anthony's Incarnations of Immortality series, which I loved. A lot of the subject matter discussed was a bit shocking and disturbing but ultimately very realistic. I truly enjoyed the very candid way they author tackled issues like anorexia, bulimia, as well as world hunger. But this wasn’t simply a book trying to make a statement about the issue of eating disorders, this was a very entertaining read with a well developed plot and a very unique story.  Once I read a couple paragraphs of the first chapter, I was hooked, and I never once lost interest.
The characterization in Hunger was great. Death was mysterious and intriguing, he seemed to be the leader of the Four Horsemen and there was just enough of him in the book to make me really want to read more about him as the series continues. I hope he gets his own book in the series eventually. The horses themselves were entertaining and seemed to have their own individual personality. Lisa was both a character that I pitied as well as cheered on.  The gradual changes Lisa made throughout the book showed her growth in a way that was believable. I would highly recommend Hunger to anyone looking to read something unusual and outside the norm in young adult fantasy.

Rating 4- loved it and look forward to continuing the series



Skye (In The Good Books) said...

I think the last book in the series is about Death. Can't wait for that one!

Great review!


Great review! Jackie Morse Kessler was on a blog tour in October where the authors went around to different blogs for 16 days and talked about their books and other things. She was so great to get to know. She's got a wicked sense of humor and according to her blog she's a bit of a daredevil. She told us Death was the first one to come to her and he looks exactly like Kurt Cobain. She also had been thinking about writing these books for years but didn't think anyone would want to read them. Boy was she wrong.


Jamie said...

I read this one too and really liked it a lot! Awesome review :)

Penguin One Way Links site info said...

I highly recommend this book. It's an original mix of fantasy and modern issues, that I'm sure you won't find at another YA book.

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