Monday, January 3, 2011

Review: Hunger by Jackie Morse Kessler

Hunger by Jackie Morse Kessler
Published: October 2010
Publisher: Graphia Books
Pages: 177
Age Group: Young Adult 

Other: Part of the series The Horsemen of the Apacolypse. Rage will be published in April, 2011. 

Challenge: Off The Shelf!100+ Reading Challenge
Buy the book: Bookdepository

“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?

Hunger is the first book in the Horsemen of the Apacolypse series. Lisa is struggling with her eating disorder when Death visits her and gives her a job; she is the new Famine. While she struggles with herself, she has to go out to the world with her newly named steed, Midnight. She discovers the power of Famine and discovers what she can do with those powers. But it Lisa strong enough to be Famine while she is struggling with herself?

I found this to be an interesting read and I read it at an afternoon, but I will have to be honest and say that I think there was something not there. I was confused for the first part of the book, then understood the story and then came to realize that it didn't feel complete. I can't put my finger on it, but it felt like there was something missing - or maybe I was missing something. So in the end, I was still confused. The fact that I couldn't really relate to Lisa didn't help, either. 

That put my enjoyment of reading off for a bit. I did enjoy myself reading it though, and I admire that Jackie Morse Kessler is doing something very good with part of the proceeds of Hunger, as a portion is donated to NEDA. 

My overall rating:

I will be picking up Rage when it comes out, because I definitely want to know what will happen with the new War that Death appoints. 


  1. I agree with you. I can't place it, but something about it just seemed underdeveloped. I wish the fantasy aspects had been expanded upon more. I think the next book is about double the size of this one, so it will probably be developed more.

  2. That's exactly how I feel, too. I hope we can see this one as an introduction to the series, I've noticed that Rage has a lot more pages, so fingers crossed!


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