Wednesday, July 7, 2010

Hunger by Jackie Morse Kessler

Publication Date: October 18, 2010
Summary from Goodreads:

“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? 

My Two Cents: 

Perhaps I've been under a rock for most of my life but I've never heard the story of the four horsemen. Anywho, it doesn't matter because the author does a wonderful job at helping us understand it. The best word to describe this novel is Ironic. What are the odds that the new Famine would actually be anorexic?

Main character Lisabeth, is anorexic and in denial. Besides having weight issues she now keeps seeing these scales everywhere and hearing a voice that's telling her that she's Famine. Freaky.... But I love it. This novel was extremely short BUT I found out everything I needed to know by the time I closed the last page. 

Death was my favorite character. Besides the fact that he was hott, I liked him because he didn't sugarcoat things. Him singing Kurt Cobain was just funny and added to his character. 

Did I like the way this ended? Not entirely. However, it didn't take away from the book. I still enjoyed it. Unfortunately some parts made it hard to continue reading. Anorexia is a serious thing and I truly commend Jackie for bringing this issue to the light even if it is in the form of a fiction novel. She definitely shows us the ugly side of it with Lisa's haunting "thin voice".




  1. I am so excited to read this book. I'll look up the Four Horsemen before I read it. Thanks for the review!

  2. Ooh, I really want to read this now. Great review!

  3. I'm really looking forward to reading this one. Great review! =)

  4. Great review!!!--I hadn't heard of this one before (or was confusing it with Hunger Games)--Now it looks really good!

  5. Wow, Death singing Kurt Cobain... that sounds interesting! I've been wanting to read this book and your review helped convince me even more! Thanks!

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  6. Anonymous2:53 PM

    Death singing? .... I will get this one, haha. I knew it was going to be funny, but not this funny. I really do want to read Hunger, so the review just makes it a plus.

  7. I love how original this book sounds. Heehee I want to meet a fun Death (only in a book though!)

    I also love that proceeds of this book go to an organization that works to fight eating disorders.


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