Hunger by Jackie Morse Kessler
Published by Harcourt Graphia on October 18, 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?
This was a fast and meaningful read. I think it is a piece that many high school students should read, albeit a little difficult due to the content that is discussed. This book will be on my classroom shelves. Someday soon, I hope to read Kessler's story about another rider, War.
What I Liked
- I love this cover! It's simple yet elegant and meaningful! It's a wonderful reflection of the writing within.
- I appreciated the honest inside look at both anorexia and bulimia. I felt it was especially poignant coming from an author who had struggled with bulimia.
- The character development in this novel is phenomenal! Lisabeth goes from being a weak little mouse to a warrior queen. She shows strength in many different ways. Many people need the reminder that sometimes admitting you have a problem and asking for help is the strongest thing you can possibly do.
What I Didn't Like As Much
- The world building in this novel was very weak. Several of the hows and whys of the Horsemen are left unanswered.
- This book felt incredibly rushed. There was a lot of ground to be covered and a strong story should be allowed to fill the space it needs.
- I dislike the uncertainty at the end. Does she deal with both problems or only one of them? This piece needed a lot more closure.