Monday, February 7, 2011

Book Review: Hunger by Jackie Morse Kessler

Author: Jackie Morse Kessler
Title: Hunger
Pages #177

Author Website

Book #2 coming in excited.

 Amazon summary:

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 fight her own inner demons?

My Thoughts

I have found another wonderful author who has moved up in ranks of being on of my favorite YA authors. I am reading many new authors for the first time and Kessler has snagged herself another fan of her writing.

I am always hesitant at first to read books about eating disorders. Some play up the drama too much, others completely miss the point of what is going on with the issues at hand. This novel did not do either one. It was fair and accurate. It took a snapshot of a girl with some issues. 

What I liked even more than the concept of an eating disorder is the reason behind it. Lisabeth is Famine, one of the four horsemen of the apocalypse ( in case you are not familiar with this). What a clever connection. I loved it. I mean I LOVED IT!!! So smart. Duh! Why had I never thought of bridging these two ideas together?

Lisa now has to see,learn, understand all about famine as one of the horsemen and then continue to deal with her own issues of eating. This really forces her to open her eyes and make some decisions.


This book reads fast. It does not get all caught up in pages of unnecessary drama and details that can kill a story. Rather it hits on what is important and moves on.

Yes, this book is moving on to my favorite reads of 2011 list. I cannot wait for April to read RAGE, the next book in the series.

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