Monday, 6 February 2012

Hunger by Jackie Morse Kessler

Hunger (Riders of the Apocalypse, #1)Release Date: 18/10/10
Publisher: Harcourt Graphia
Pages: 177
Target Audience: Teens/Young Adult
Genre: Fantasy/Fiction

Synopsis: 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?

My Review: This is not a light read and it's a pretty hard hitting story, though with a fantastical twist that softens the edges enough that it isn't over-bearing.
The horsemen of the apocalypse was such an original idea and combining that with the internal struggle of Lisa's anorexia makes this book a stroke of genius which anyone who has ever counted the calories, will relate too.

On a more basic and erm slightly girly level...Death sounds pretty nice! I don't mean dying of course, I mean the horseman who is Death. Not only is he described as being just a bit hot, he's also (ironically enough) probably the most caring of the horsemen and perhaps the one who teaches Lisa the most about her job.  
There is a lot more to this book than spreading the need to eat lots or depriving people from food and it's amazing how Lisa manages to turn, not only her abilities around, but her life around in the process of being a horseman. Oh and watch out for War, I really really did not like that girl!

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