Tuesday, September 13, 2011
Review: Hunger by Jackie Morse Kessler
"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 fight her own inner demons?
A wildly original approach to the issue of eating disorders, Hunger is about the struggle to find balance in a world of extremes, and uses fantastic tropes to explore a difficult topic that touches the lives of many teens.
This book was a hard read for me and I almost didn't finish not because of the writing which was excellent. This one was all on the the heroine. In most of the book she was a very weak heroine and let her inner voice drive her nuts. Even though I'm a big woman I am strong enough that even though it bothers me I don't think I could ever do this to myself and what she put her boyfriend and friend through was not right. I know lots of folks especially teen girls go through these same things and for that I wish them strength and peace to handle it. But for me I read for enjoyment and I didn't receive much from this book. Even though I liked the ending I won't be reading any more in this series. But maybe if some teen is going through issues with this maybe this book would help them or give them an opening to discuss with their parents.
Overall I give this book a 2.5 stars and I was given a copy of this book for review by Netgalley with no other compensation.