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Author: Michael Grant
Genre: Science Fiction
Rating: 3.5 (possibly 4) out of 5 - I rated this book the same as Gone because I feel they were the same book just different themes.
Synopsis From Amazon
"It's been three months since all the adults disappeared. Gone. Food ran out weeks ago and starvation is imminent. Meanwhile, the normal teens have grown resentful of the kids with powers. And when an unthinkable tragedy occurs, chaos descends upon the town. There is no longer right and wrong. Each kid is out for himself and even the good ones turn murderous. But a larger problem looms. The Darkness, a sinister creature that has lived buried deep in the hills, begins calling to some of the teens in the FAYZ. Calling to them, guiding them, manipulating them. The Darkness has awakened. And it is hungry."
What I Thought
It's clear within the first chapter what the kids in the FAYZ are dealing with in this book. You'll also never forget why the title is Hunger. I think, at minimum, there's a mention of someone being hungry 10 times in each chapter. I'm not saying he overused the hunger theme because, as the title suggest, it was necessary but I think Grant could have toned it down just a little bit.
If you read my Gone review you'll know that, through the middle of the book, I found the reading a little tedious. It was all too similar with Hunger. The back stories are generally something I quite enjoy and I did understand the need for the descriptiveness but, for a few hundred pages, the book lacked excitement. After getting through those pages, however, I noticed that the book read quite quickly.
Also, what is the deal with all the girls being "cute" or "pretty" or even "a little cute"? There is a real lack of a heroin. It's not that I think Grant as misogynistic, and I am in no way a feminist, but what happened to women being strong and self sufficient in their roles in a book? It seems that the women in Hunger are always being saved.
The ending, again just like Gone, was over extremely quick. The true hero in Hunger was a character that we barely got to know. A hero who didn't truly want to be a hero until it came right down to the wire.
You might think, reading what I've just written, that I didn't like the book. You're wrong. I liked it a lot. However present these issues were I still enjoyed reading Hunger and will be reading on. Gone and Hunger both have that "I want to know what happens next" aspect as well as a million other questions that I need answered.
Have you read the Gone series? What did you think?