Wednesday, May 14, 2014

Book Review: Hunger by Michael Grant

(Gone Series Book 2)


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.


My Review

Hunger is an intense exploration into the unique madness of desperate human beings. A bunch of kids on their own, scared and starving, turn into a deadly mob in the blink of an eye after a 'normal' kid is killed by one of the 'freaks'. Only a few are strong enough to stop the madness, but with too many catastrophes happening all at once, a potential lynch mob has to take a backseat.

This book is full of emotion and charged with drama. Sam, the unwilling leader of the Perdido Beach kids, finds himself pulled in far too many directions as he tries to play out the role of father figure. Astrid, burdened with her handicapped brother, tries to help, but finds herself caught in the middle of a dangerous confrontation between the 'normal' kids and the 'freaks'. Cain is struggling with a kind of madness fueled by The Darkness, the evil creature lurking beneath an old mining town. All of them are being pulled into a confrontation with an otherworldly intelligence bent on wiping them out. A struggle some of them may not survive.

Danger hangs on every page of this gripping, fast paced sequel to Gone. Lives waver in the balance between good and evil. Each and every character faces a test. Some will falter. Some will fail. And some will make the ultimate sacrifice for what is right. Can light destroy the darkness? Can two brothers who nearly killed each other in the past work together against a common enemy? Can anyone survive?

If you're looking for a different take on YA dystopia and love a book jam packed with thrills, chills, and heart, you should definitely give Hunger a try.


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