Hunger By Jackie Morse Kessler

Title: Hunger

Author: Jackie Morse Kessler

Publisher: Harcourt Graphia

UK Publication Date: 18th October 2010


“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? (From Goodreads, 1st February 2013)


When I heard someone talking about this series I knew I had to read it. So thanks to my mother I manged to get a hold of books one to three in this series for Christmas. I have read all three and will review both Rage and Loss soon.

Hunger was a really interesting take on Anorexia. Lisa (Lisabeth) is starving herself and is now in the process of swallowing her mothers tablets, but there is a knock on the door. And so begins Lisa’s journey as Famine, one of the four riders of the apocalypse. Lisa sees the the true destruction on starvation and its effects. She sees a different side to the one that she is inflicting on herself. This is a fantastic novel with an interesting twist on an often topic which can sometimes become samey. I have read a lot of books that focus on Anorexia but this is different. It shoes the pain and insecurity that Lisa is suffering but then there is an adventure intertwined which makes the novel stand alone.

4.5 out of 5


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