Saturday, October 23, 2010

Hunger, by Jackie Morse Kessler - A Quick Review

Title: Hunger
Author: Jackie Morse Kessler
Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy
Page Count: 180 Pages
Rating: 5/5

*Received from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review*

Lisabeth Lewis has a black steed, a set of scales, and a new job: she's been appointed Famine. How will an anorexic seventeen-year-old girl from the suburbs fare as one of the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse?
A wildly original approach to the issue of eating disorders, Hunger is about the struggle to find balance in a world of extremes, and uses fantastic tropes to explore a difficult topic that touches the lives of many teens.

My Review:

I was captivated by the premis of this story when I read the synopsis, and I have to say that it didn't disappoint. It was a true and honest look into the mind of a girl with an eating disorder set in a fantasy world. A fellow reviewer worded it best saying, "The concept of someone starving herself on purpose being forced to see people starving because they have no choice really pulled me into this story, and I couldn’t wait to see how the author was going to tackle it." TO

Lisa was believable and engaging, a character that I was able to connect with and easily enter into her world. The writing style was fantastic. There were lots of funny moments thrown in with the serious ones, and I found myself feeling hungry many times while reading the book just from the realism in her words.

Quick read and a great start to what will be a great series!

My Rating: 5/5

You'll like this series if you liked:

I don't know if I've read anything quite like Hunger, but maybe the same feel as Hush, Hush by Becca Fitzpatrick. Amazon has it paired with books such as: Beautiful Darkness by Kami Garcia, Annexed by Sharon Dogar, and Crazy by Han Nolan

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