Monday, April 5, 2010

Hunger by Michael Grant

Hunger by Michael Grant.
Publisher: HarperTeen.
Pages: 590.
It's been three months since everyone under the age of fourteen 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.

Hunger was a terrific second addition to the Gone series. It had all of the same elements, issues and terror of the first book, only intensified to put Hunger in it’s own category of horror.

Despite how eerily paranormal this series could be considered, Grant does a great job of depicting how real kids would act if it were a real situation. In the end, I think that’s what it makes it so creepy. In Hunger, the issue of the diminishing lack of food is brought to surface; causing even more chaos and riot among the surviving children. At times, their anarchy was even more scary to read about than the newly discovered but equally terrifying mutated creatures that are in this one.

It got to be a bit confusing with the characters. I spent the first few chapters confused, trying to remember who was who and why they were important. After the large number of them introduced in Gone, I was afraid that the addition of more characters in Hunger would end up frustrating me, but their stories seemed to kind of .. intertwine, in a way.

Overall, Hunger is just as much as a page-turner as Gone, if not more. It brings new light to new horrors, new characters, new feelings, new creatures and everything else that was amazing in Gone. If you were a fan of the first one, I definitely recommend that you pick this one up now!


  1. Wow, I don't think I'm familiar with this series at all! Both books sound great, so I'm going to have to watch out for them in the store. Excellent review!

  2. I love this series! I completely agree with everything in your review! I really can't wait for the next one!

  3. I still haven't read this series, but I want to in the future. Nice review!!

  4. I absolutely love the Gone series. They are amazing and I cannot wait for Lies to come out. I love Sam! He's my favorite character! I'm seriously hoping it doesn't die in any of the books! I'd be so sad. LOOOOOVE HIM! AND THE BOOKS!

  5. If there is a movie for them i hope the people on the cover play the characters. that would be perfect :)