Jackie Morse Kessler
Release Date: October 18th, 2010
Source: Borrowed from Library
“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?
When I started reading Hunger by Jackie Morse Kessler I realized that I haven’t read any stories written in the third-person point of view in a long time. Not that I don’t like that particular point of view, its just that I haven’t read from that POV in a while. I don’t prefer a specific POV over the others, but it was nice for a change.
The concept of the story was different too. Hunger, the first in a trilogy (I believe), focuses on anorexia. Although I don’t know anyone with this issue, it is a big problem amongst teens. The book doesn’t drag on with the main character, Lisa, dealing with her anorexic problems. Kessler weaves an interesting, though short, story about seventeen year old Lisa Lewis becoming Famine. She doesn’t use her new power to destroy people’s lives, however, she uses it to destroy hunger and help people in distant parts of the world. Overall, Hunger is a very unique and interesting read.
I love the cover, its what drew me to read the book. The Scales on the cover represent Lisa’s symbol of office as Famine. The ending was sweet, and in the author’s note, Kessler tells us a little bit about her own experience with Bulimia years ago. She also mentions that if you happen to purchase a copy of Hunger, a portion of the proceeds will be donated to the NEDA (National Eating Disorders Association).