>HUNGER by Jackie Morse Kessler
Reading level: Young Adult
Paperback: 180 pages
Publisher: Graphia (October 18, 2010)
Cover: Simple but effective
Author Website: Jackie Morse Kessler
Favorite Line: “Thou art famine, yo,” Death said. “Time to make with the starvation.”
When I first sat down to read HUNGER I did not know what to expect. I only know that I was intrigued with the idea of this novel: A anorexic girl that now has an amazing power connected to her food issues. The story concept is imaginative and daring because it encompasses a very touchy topic while introducing us to a new world.
Jackie Morse Kessler has written several paranormal novels but HUNGER is her debut YA effort. With HUNGER, Jackie has done a great job of presenting a girl with an eating disorder that now harnesses the power of one of the Four Horsemen of the apocalypse.
Lisabeth Lewis is consumed by Hunger, it rules her life and it provides her with the ammunition for control. She is an anorexic seventeen-year-old that constantly feels empty and cold, and one night when she takes measures to fill the never ending void she is visited by Death: one of the Four Horsemen of the apocalypse whom presents her with a set of scales and a new job. Lisa does not remember much from the encounter until the next night when Death returns and explains that she is now Famine: a black rider of the Four Horsemen (Famine, War, Death and Pestilence) and she must go out unto the world. As Famine, she is able to forget her personal life and constant hunger and marvel at the disturbing power that she now possesses as she roams the earth. Yet, with this horrifying gift Lisa must balance learn to balance her new life with her eating disorder and make sense of it all.
HUNGER starts off bursting forth out of the gate and continues it’s face-paced gallop until the very end and although I enjoy a quick read I would have preferred a bit more build up prior to the inception of Lisa as Famine. Lisa’s inner struggle was well visualized and demonstrated and I could understand her character. Yet the character that I enjoyed the most was Death for he was Sexy and mysterious and had some of the best lines in this dark story. I commend Jackie for an inventive new story while interweaving a young girl’s eating disorder for it is original, terrifying and honest and I cannot wait for the next story.
For those fans of Wintergirls that may want a story with a supernatural edge then you need look no further.
“Thou art the Black Rider. Go thee out unto the world.”
Lisabeth Lewis is seventeen, anorexic…
and the new Famine of the Horsemen of the Apocalypse.
by Jackie Morse Kessler
Coming October 2010 from Harcourt Graphia
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?
**Sorry for not having the book cover, but it isn’t out yet. I could not resist posting it. I met Heather Brewer last Friday and she could not stop talking about it**