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Thursday, May 5, 2011

Review: Hunger by Jackie Morse Messler

Released: October 18, 2010
Publisher: Graphia
Rated: YA
Series: Horsemen of the Apocalypse, Book 1
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"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 fight her own inner demons?      A wildly original approach to the issue of eating disorders, Hunger is about the struggle to find balance in a world of extremes, and uses fantastic tropes to explore a difficult topic that touches the lives of many teens.

What I thought:

I liked this well enough and I get the idea behind the story and the main character and even the series. I had a hard time connecting with Lisa. Maybe it is because I don't have an eating disorder and haven't experienced what she is going through in the book. I liked the overall plot, her suffering aided in her ability to be the role of Famine, but I found myself wanting the novel to be more about the Horsemen of the Apocalypse and Lisa's new job.

Death seemed like an interesting character and I was hoping to get a little more insight into him. But I figure there would be a book about him, since he is a Horseman himself.

I think I will try the next book, but I don't think it will make the top of the list.

My Rating:


Danna (Friendly Reader) said...

I've heard the same thing about character connections for this book. I love the covers though!

ComaCalm said...

I'm reading Rage now, it's pretty good. ^^

noiashui said...

I've been wanting to read these books for the longest time, thanks for reminding me :)
(poor memory is poor!)

Aimee said...

I'm going to take a chance on Rage. I hope I like that one.

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