Monday, February 6, 2012

Review of Hunger

My review of Hunger by Jackie Morse Kessler is based on a paperback copy of the book that I purchased for myself from Amazon. The following review is my honest opinion of the work.

Goodreads 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?"

Wow. Just wow. It's common enough to hear of a book that packs a punch, and this one did but not just any punch, Hunger delivers a knock-out blow.

Lisabeth isn't my usual heroine, I was annoyed with her in the beginning. The more I learned about her character though the harder it was to stay annoyed with her and by the middle of the book I was starting to grudgingly respect the girl.

I wish it could have been a little longer, honestly at times it seemed as though Lisabeth was changing just a little too quickly...but at the same time it worked to some extent because from the beginning the reader, in my opinion, was meant to see her as teetering on the edge.

I'm giving Hunger by Jackie Morse Kessler a four out of five stars review. I loved the concept of the book, an anorexic girl becoming Famine of the Horsemen of the Apocalypse [Brilliant!] and Kessler executed it well. I will definitely be picking up the other books in the series to see how the next riders handle their situations and power.


  1. I haven't read this one but I did read the sequel, Rage and really enjoy it. Her writing is SO powerful!

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  2. I'm really looking forward to reading Rage after having read Hunger. I was really impressed at how powerful these little books are.