Hunger By Michael Grant A Review

Hunger Book Cover Hunger
Gone #2
Michael Grant
Young Adult, Science Fiction
Katherine Tegen Books
May 26, 2009
590
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It's been three months since everyone under the age of fifteen became trapped in the bubble known as the FAYZ.

Three months since all the adults disappeared. GONE.

Food ran out weeks ago. Everyone is starving, but no one wants to figure out a solution. And each day, more and more kids are evolving, developing supernatural abilities that set them apart from the kids without powers. Tension rises and chaos is descending upon the town. It's the normal kids against the mutants. Each kid is out for himself, and even the good ones turn murderous.

But a larger problem looms. The Darkness, a sinister creature that has lived buried deep in the hills, begins calling to some of the teens in the FAYZ. Calling to them, guiding them, manipulating them.

The Darkness has awakened. And it is hungry.

 

Review

Hunger by Michael Grant picks up where Gone leaves off. The problem of disappearing at 15 is solved but the logistics of surviving in a world of only children, cut off from the rest of civilization, is dawning on the residence of the FAYZ. It took much to long for the kids to realize that something needed to be done about food and they are starting to run out.

Hunger by Michael Grant is the perfect mix of science fiction and a semi-post apocalyptic world. It deals with the everyday realities of what running and rebuilding a society is like, such as developing an economic system and dealing with conflict. There is also the story of the the powers that some of the kids develop and a monster that is lurking in the shadows. What happens when there is such an obvious divide in society, when it becomes and us versus them. The balance between all of these elements makes for an exciting book that is impossible to put down.

Getting into the the Gone series after it has concluded is the perfect time because I cannot imagine waiting for the books to be published. I am on the edge of my seat, needing to read book three (Lies). I highly recommend Hunger for those looking for an action packed, realistic story of what could happen if children were in charge and monsters lurked among us.

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In The Stacks (26)

What I added to my stacks (and stacks and stacks) this week. I am linking up with Stacking The Shelves by Tynga’s Reviews.

It’s been a slow few weeks on the book front. I am really trying to focus on reading the books I already own.

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For Darkness Shows The Stars by Diana Peterfreund

For Darkness Shows The Stars (For Darkness Shows The Stars #1) by Diana Peterfreund

It’s been several generations since a genetic experiment gone wrong caused the Reduction, decimating humanity and giving rise to a Luddite nobility who outlawed most technology.

Elliot North has always known her place in this world. Four years ago Elliot refused to run away with her childhood sweetheart, the servant Kai, choosing duty to her family’s estate over love. Since then the world has changed: a new class of Post-Reductionists is jumpstarting the wheel of progress, and Elliot’s estate is foundering, forcing her to rent land to the mysterious Cloud Fleet, a group of shipbuilders that includes renowned explorer Captain Malakai Wentforth–an almost unrecognizable Kai. And while Elliot wonders if this could be their second chance, Kai seems determined to show Elliot exactly what she gave up when she let him go.

But Elliot soon discovers her old friend carries a secret–one that could change their society . . . or bring it to its knees. And again, she’s faced with a choice: cling to what she’s been raised to believe, or cast her lot with the only boy she’s ever loved, even if she’s lost him forever.

Magica Bites by Ilona Andrews

Magic Bites (Kate Daniels #1) by Ilona Andrews

When the magic is up, rogue mages cast their spells and monsters appear, while guns refuse to fire and cars fail to start. But then technology returns, and the magic recedes as unpredictably as it arose, leaving all kinds of paranormal problems in its wake.

Kate Daniels is a down-on-her-luck mercenary who makes her living cleaning up these magical problems. But when Kate’s guardian is murdered, her quest for justice draws her into a power struggle between two strong factions within Atlanta’s magic circles.

The Masters of the Dead, necromancers who can control vampires, and the Pack, a paramilitary clan of shapechangers, blame each other for a series of bizarre killings—and the death of Kate’s guardian may be part of the same mystery. Pressured by both sides to find the killer, Kate realizes she’s way out of her league—but she wouldn’t have it any other way…

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Hunger by Muchael Grant

Hunger (Gone #2) by Michael Grant

It’s been three months since everyone under the age of fifteen became trapped in the bubble known as the FAYZ.

Three months since all the adults disappeared. GONE.

Food ran out weeks ago. Everyone is starving, but no one wants to figure out a solution. And each day, more and more kids are evolving, developing supernatural abilities that set them apart from the kids without powers. Tension rises and chaos is descending upon the town. It’s the normal kids against the mutants. Each kid is out for himself, and even the good ones turn murderous.

But a larger problem looms. The Darkness, a sinister creature that has lived buried deep in the hills, begins calling to some of the teens in the FAYZ. Calling to them, guiding them, manipulating them.

The Darkness has awakened. And it is hungry.

I’m reading Hunger now and am obsessed with this series. It is so good and I probably will end up bingeing this entire series because it is awesome.

Hex Hall by Rachel Hawkins

Hex Hall (Hex Hall #1) by Rachel Hawkins

Three years ago, Sophie Mercer discovered that she was a witch. It’s gotten her into a few scrapes. Her non-gifted mother has been as supportive as possible, consulting Sophie’s estranged father–an elusive European warlock–only when necessary. But when Sophie attracts too much human attention for a prom-night spell gone horribly wrong, it’s her dad who decides her punishment: exile to Hex Hall, an isolated reform school for wayward Prodigium, a.k.a. witches, faeries, and shapeshifters.

By the end of her first day among fellow freak-teens, Sophie has quite a scorecard: three powerful enemies who look like supermodels, a futile crush on a gorgeous warlock, a creepy tagalong ghost, and a new roommate who happens to be the most hated person and only vampire student on campus. Worse, Sophie soon learns that a mysterious predator has been attacking students, and her only friend is the number-one suspect.

As a series of blood-curdling mysteries starts to converge, Sophie prepares for the biggest threat of all: an ancient secret society determined to destroy all Prodigium, especially her.

More Than This by Patrick Ness

More Than This by Patrick Ness

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Bitterblue by Kristin Cashore

Bitterblue (Graceling #3) by Kristin Cashore

Bitterblue is now queen of Monsea, still under the influence of her father Leck, a violent psychopath who altered minds. Her advisers want to pardon evildoers and forget everything, but she sees the past holds fast. Two thieves, who only steal what has been stolen, hold the truth and change her life. One, his Grace skill unidentified, has a key to her heart.

Someday, Someday, Maybe by Lauren Graham

Someday, Someday, Maybe by Lauren Graham

Franny Banks is a struggling actress in New York City, with just six months left of the three year deadline she gave herself to succeed. But so far, all she has to show for her efforts is a single line in an ad for ugly Christmas sweaters and a degrading waitressing job. She lives in Brooklyn with two roommates-Jane, her best friend from college, and Dan, a sci-fi writer, who is very definitely not boyfriend material-and is struggling with her feelings for a suspiciously charming guy in her acting class, all while trying to find a hair-product cocktail that actually works.

Meanwhile, she dreams of doing “important” work, but only ever seems to get auditions for dishwashing liquid and peanut butter commercials. It’s hard to tell if she’ll run out of time or money first, but either way, failure would mean facing the fact that she has absolutely no skills to make it in the real world. Her father wants her to come home and teach, her agent won’t call her back, and her classmate Penelope, who seems supportive, might just turn out to be her toughest competition yet.

Someday, Someday, Maybe is a funny and charming debut about finding yourself, finding love, and, most difficult of all, finding an acting job.

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Life After Life By Kate Atkinson

Life After Life by Kate Atkinson

Title: Life After Life

Author: Kate Atkinson

Publisher: Reagan Arthur Books

Publication Date: April 2, 2013

Source: Library

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Summary

On a cold and snowy night in 1910, Ursula Todd is born, the third child of a wealthy English banker and his wife. Sadly, she dies before she can draw her first breath. On that same cold and snowy night, Ursula Todd is born, lets out a lusty wail, and embarks upon a life that will be, to say the least, unusual. For as she grows, she also dies, repeatedly, in any number of ways. Clearly history (and Kate Atkinson) have plans for her: In Ursula rests nothing less than the fate of civilization.

Review

Life After Life by Kate Atkinson is a strange exercise in the what if’s. It takes scenes from Ursula Todd’s life and studies them from all angles until something eventually clicks. It is dense and can be slightly repetitive but Kate Atkinson is such a talented writer, you will not care.

I am surprised that a literary, historical based book is so popular. It is not the easiest read and it can move rather slow in places. I think the strength here is the wonder. Who hasn’t looked back and wished something could be redone, even a miniscule nothing act. Or had the thought that something tremendous could be done if one had the foresight to do so.

Life After Life is a study in the smallness of our actions. The rippling wave caused by a stones throw. It is inventive and deserves the accolades it has received. I highly recommend Life After Life by Kate Atkinson and think it would make a perfect pick for any book club. There is so much meat to chew on, it could be discussed at great length.

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Top Ten Best Sequels

Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. Each week they pick a fun topic for a top ten list. This weeks list is Top Ten Best Sequels.

Through The Ever Night by Veronica Rossi

Through The Ever Night (Under The Never Sky #2) by Veronica Rossi

I don’t know how much I need to say here other than I love Aria and Perry. Roar is one of my most favorite secondary characters ever plus I love how the direction the story goes in.

 

Prodigy (Legend #2) by Marie Lu

Prodigy (Legend #2) by Marie Lu

Non-stop action and two main characters who are completely badass. Day and June have so much to overcome but their chemistry is just sizzling.

Fire by Kristin Cashore

Fire (Graceling Realm #2) by Kristin Cashore

I love that Kristin Cashore writes Young Adult books with a feminist bent. Fire is so strong, complex, and willing to give anything to find salvation. I thought it would be very difficult to follow up Graceling but Cashore does an excellent job.

The Sea Of Monsters by Rick Riordan

The Sea Of Monsters (Percy Jackson And The Olympians #2) by Rick Riordan

If you read this blog, you may have noticed that I love Middle Grade and am particularly impressed by all of Rick Riordan’s books. The Sea Of Monsters introduces on of my favorite characters in the Percy Jackson universe, Tyson.

The Valley Of Horses by Jean M. Auel

The Valley Of Horses (Earth’s Children #2) by Jean M. Auel

The Earth’s Children series is one of my favorite series of all time. (I beg of you, if you have not read The Clan Of The Cave Bear, please read it. It is amazing.) I have read this entire series countless times and this is the book where Ayla meets Jondalar. I get butterflies just thinking about it.

Certain Girls by Jennifer Weiner

Certain Girls (Cannie Shapiro #2) by Jennifer Weiner

I loved Cannie Shapiro in Good In Bed and needed to know where her story ends up. Certain Girls is really the best kind of Chick Lit where you laugh and cry in equal measure.

Rachel's Holiday by Marian Keyes

Rachel’s Holiday (Walsh Family #2) by Marian Keyes

Marian Keyes is amazing and she is never better than when she is writing about the Walsh sisters. This story follows Rachel in NYC where her overindulgences end up with her going to rehab. Equal parts hilarity and emotional, you cannot help but love this book. (If you haven’t read anything by Marian Keyes, please get on that. You should start with Watermelon.)

Harry Potter And The Chamber Of Secrets by J.K. Rowling

Harry Potter And The Chamber Of Secrets (Harry Potter #2) by J.K. Rowling

Not sure I can make any Top Ten list without a Harry Potter book on it.

Eldest by Christopher Paolini

Eldest (The Inheritance Cycle #2) by Christopher Paolini

Remembering how much I enjoyed Eldest is a reminder that I do need to finish this series. That probably should be a reading goal for 2014. Anyway, this is a really wonderful book if you love dragons and high fantasy.

The Two Towers by J.R.R. Tolkien

The Two Towers (The Lord Of The Rings #2) by J.R.R. Tolkien

Not sure I need to explain why The Two Towers made the list but it is epic and nearly perfect. Love everything about this book and could read it a million times.

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Today Show Book Club With Samantha Shannon

Yesterday I participated in the Today Show Book Club which featured Samantha Shannon. I was able to ask Samantha questions about The Bone Season. It was so much and I can only hope more authors will participate in chats like this because I really got so much out of it.

 

Are there any questions you would have asked Samantha Shannon about The Bone Season?

Quickie Review: Shakespeare’s Landlord

Quickie Reviews are a new feature where I highlight a recently read (by me) backlist book and give it a quick review. I would like to highlight books you may have missed and those that never landed on your radar.

Shakespeare's Landlord by Charlaine Harris

Title: Shakespeare’s Landlord

Author: Charlaine Harris

Series: Lilly Bard Mysteries #1

Publisher: Dell

Publication Date: July 7, 1997

Source: Library

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Lily Bard is a loner. Other than the day-to-day workings of her cleaning and errand-running service, she pays little attention to the town around her. But when her landlord is murdered, Lily is singled out as the prime suspect, and proving her innocence will depend on finding the real killer in quiet, secretive Shakespeare.

Review

I read this book in a sitting because I had to know who the killer was. (My guess was completely wrong, which is always good in a mystery.)  Lilly Bard is complex, tough, and has a really interesting back story. A few hot romantic scenes and tons of action, Shakespeare’s Landlord by Charlaine Harris makes for a great week-end read.

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Review: Fangirl By Rainbow Rowell

Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell

Title: Fangirl

Author: Rainbow Rowell

Publisher: St. Martin’s Press

Publication Date: September 10, 2013

Source: eArc via NetGalley

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A coming-of-age tale of fan fiction, family and first love.

Cath is a Simon Snow fan.

Okay, the whole world is a Simon Snow fan . . .

But for Cath, being a fan is her life — and she’s really good at it. She and her twin sister, Wren, ensconced themselves in the Simon Snow series when they were just kids; it’s what got them through their mother leaving.

Reading. Rereading. Hanging out in Simon Snow forums, writing Simon Snow fan fiction, dressing up like the characters for every movie premiere.

Cath’s sister has mostly grown away from fandom, but Cath can’t let go. She doesn’t want to.

Now that they’re going to college, Wren has told Cath she doesn’t want to be roommates. Cath is on her own, completely outside of her comfort zone. She’s got a surly roommate with a charming, always-around boyfriend, a fiction-writing professor who thinks fan fiction is the end of the civilized world, a handsome classmate who only wants to talk about words . . . And she can’t stop worrying about her dad, who’s loving and fragile and has never really been alone.

For Cath, the question is: Can she do this?

Can she make it without Wren holding her hand? Is she ready to start living her own life? Writing her own stories?

And does she even want to move on if it means leaving Simon Snow behind?

Review

There is just so much to say about Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell. I loved every second of this book and was unable to put it down. It is difficult to even find a place to start with this review because the book is near perfection.

Cather and Wren (I love this, their mother did not know they were going to be twins, so she had only picked the name Catherine) are starting their first year of college. Wren decides that she does not want to live with Cather (who goes by Cath) and wants nothing to do with the fan fiction they used to write together. Cath is, rightfully, hurt by this and starts school my keeping to herself and rarely leaving her room.

Eventually Cath starts a writing project with a classmate in her advanced fiction class. This project, and the attention of Levi who is her roommates boyfriend, start to open Cath up. She begins to try to reach out. Wren begins to party and drink to excess. Both girls really represent what a lot of young people go through with their first taste of freedom in college. The struggle to find where you belong and who you are feels very authentic here.  

The greatest part of Fangirl (and trust me, much of it is great) are the relationships. Rowell does such a good job with each character and the interactions. The dialogue is snappy and often hilarious. The relationship between Levi and Cath is outstanding. They are adorable, but hit some snags early on. The relationship just feels so real and I loved pretty much any part of the book that they both are in. There is just such an overwhelming need to root for them. To hope they can work it out.

Cath and Wren have a father who has mental health issues. The way it is handled by Rowell is both informative and heartfelt. The love that Cath and Wren have for their father, who was their sole caregiver after their mother left, is very heartfelt. Of course this relationship, and the loss of their mother, is used to illustrate why Cath and Wren both throw themselves into the world of fan fiction. Escapism at its best and even better than just reading a book, you can be the one to control the world.

Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell is both beautifully written and wonderfully insightful coming-of-age story. The romance will give you butterflies and the dialogue will often have you laughing. The creativity of using excerpts of fan fiction (with the inclusion of passages from the actual book) are such a great touch. Fangirl is a wonderful book and one in which I highly recommend.

I was given a free eARC of Fangirl but all thoughts are my own.

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