Tuesday, June 29, 2010

Review: "Hunger" by Michael Grant

Hunger (Gone, #2)
by Michael Grant
May 26th 2009
590 pages

From Goodreads: It's been three months since everyone under the age of fifteen became trapped in the bubble known as the FAYZ. Things have only gotten worse. Food is running out, and each day more kids are developing supernatural abilities. Soon tension rises between those with powers and those without, and when an unspeakable tragedy occurs, chaos erupts. It's the normals against the mutants, and the battle promises to turn bloody.

But something more dangerous lurks. A sinister creature known as the Darkness has begun to call to the survivors in the FAYZ. It needs their powers to sustain its own. When the Darkness calls, someone will answer -- with deadly results.

My Thoughts: "Hunger" is just as disturbing as "Gone"... if not more. I can't help but get sucked into the storyline, and worry about each of the characters as they struggle to survive in a world without adults. Not only is there no adult supervision, but now the food supply has diminished and kids are starting to go to desperate measures for food.

Sam continues to be in charge of over 300 kids. Kids expect him to help them with all of their issues, from fights over what they should name their new dog, to kids starving nearly to death. Sam hears it all and the stress is starting to bring him down. He is only 15 after all, what is he really expected to do? On top of that you have fights breaking out between the normal kids and the kids who have super powers, he has to deal with his evil brother trying to take over, and the fields are being taken over by flesh eating worms making it impossible to gather food from their last possible food source.

The battle in this book is a huge disaster! There are at least three major things happening all at once, which I thought made it nearly impossible to put the book down.  Even though the book is almost 600 pages long, I tore through it very quickly, and I can't wait to get a hold of the third book in the series, which luckily is already available! I wonder what Michael Grant is going to do next!

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