Hunger by Jackie Morse Kessler
- Reading level: Young Adult
- Paperback: 180 pages
- Publisher: Graphia; Original edition (October 18, 2010)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0547341245
- ISBN-13: 978-0547341248
“Thou art the Black Rider. Go thee out unto the world.”
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?
Traveling the world on her steed gives Lisa freedom from her troubles at home: her constant battle with hunger, and her struggle to hide it from the people who care about her. But being Famine forces her to go places where hunger is a painful part of everyday life, and to face the horrifying effects of her phenomenal power. Can Lisa find a way to harness that power — and the courage to battle her own inner demons?
Hunger is the story of Lisa, and how she went from having eating disorders to being one of the Horsemen of the Apocalypse- Famine. We see how she shuns every person that was important to her despite her better judgment. After fighting with her boyfriend she decides it is time to end her life, but things take an unexpected turn when Death shows up. She is now Famine and to get out of it and change things for good she must start with changing herself.
Hunger was a very intense read regardless of how short it is. It talks about serious issues that many people try to ignore, and what I really liked is the fact that we can see the troubles it causes and it is not preachy. Quite the opposite actually, we are able to relate to Lisa and feel confused with her about everything that is going on.
I enjoyed Lisa’s character- strong, yet there was also weakness and conflict. The way she managed to carry herself amongst her friends and family even though there were issues deep within here was fascinating and something that drove the book home for me. I cried with her. My favorite character though was Death- so indifferent to everything and even if he just appeared few times, it was always powerful.
Hunger is a MUST read; you learn things as you get into the story. It is a very intense story and beautifully written. It carries a great message of perseverance and change, not to mention values as well. Ms. Kessler has shared with us one magnificent story here, thank you! I sure cannot wait for RAGE, which is coming out next year.
You can visit Ms. Kessler HERE! 🙂