Author: Jackie Morse Kessler
Published: Harcourt Graphia, 2010
Series: Book 1, Horsemen of the Apocalypse
First Line: "Lisabeth Lewis didn't mean to become Famine."
Summary: “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? (Taken from Goodreads)
Review: When I started reading Hunger I wasn’t sure what to expect. I found it a little confusing and sort of slow to get into. I continued on and I have to say that through the whole book I wasn’t sure how I felt about it. Then when I got to the end everything sort of came together and I thought that overall it was definitely a good book.
I love the premise of Hunger. I’d vaguely heard of the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse but I didn’t know very much about them so this was new subject matter and I really loved it. It was definitely interesting. I loved being introduced to all of the different Horsemen and there was a little bit about Death that only clicked in my mind after I got towards the end and it made me smile. There were so many little allusions to this that I thought it was really funny and just a cool mini mystery that wasn’t part of the main storyline to add.
I think to really enjoy this book you have to read the whole thing. It may seem slow at first but as a whole Hunger is really good. It’s a really short book so it doesn’t take very long at all to read it which is good.
One thing I hated about this book was that it made me want to eat. It scared me a little bit, just because the parts about anorexia are really serious and somewhat graphic which made me want to go and eat because I didn’t want to feel the pain that Lisa felt. I know I’m nowhere near being anorexic but it still impacted me pretty hard. I think it really puts things into perspective and it’s a good idea to cherish food and not care about body image because anorexia is a serious destroyer.
I think that Hunger is well worth a read. It’s something really different and I loved the language Jackie Morse Kessler uses and it’s just a great book. It’s quite short so it’s not like it would take very long to read and it certainly is worth it. If there is one book about eating disorders that you should read it’s this one and I look forward to reading the next book, Rage.