Review: HUNGER by Jackie Morse Kessler

Hunger (Riders of the Apocalypse, #1) 
Jackie Morse Kessler
177 pages
Publisher: Harcourt
Release Date: October 18th, 2010
Source: Borrowed from Library
Rating: LIKED

“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).

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November 7, 2010



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    November 7, 2010

    I suffered from anorexia and EDs for many many years, so this book resonated with me on many levels. I thought it was an awesome perspective and idea to connect the role of Hunger with this disease.

    Awesome, honest review, Hafsah! :)

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    November 8, 2010

    I've seen a lot of good reviews of Hunger, and the premise sounds really interesting. I'm looking forward to reading this one. I love the cover as well!

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    November 8, 2010

    I liked this one too & I'm looking forward to the sequel. Great review!

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    Chapter Chicks

    November 8, 2010

    I want this book! I haven't read it yet but I love the concept.

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    Ashlie Swainston

    November 8, 2010

    Hi Hafsah! I have been wanting to read this book so badly but I can't find it anywhere! I hate ordering books because I have to wait, even though it would sit on my shelf for at least a week before I got to read it (failed logic, I know :). Thanks for stopping by my blog! I'm following ya back! The Scorch Trials was SO good! I loved it!

    Ashlie@Page Turners Gone Wild

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    November 9, 2010

    Very informative review :)
    This sounds like an interesting series; something out of the ordinary for YA..

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    Nicole@The More the Merrier

    November 23, 2011

    The cover was also the reason I picked up this book. It was so different from other books that I had to see what it was all about.

    I liked the story and thought that it had a positive message and that change takes time it just doesn't happen over night.

    Nice Review!

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    November 8, 2012

    Def been wantint this! Very creative using the four hoursemen!