Rating: 2 stars
“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?
Hunger is a story that deals with modern issues in a very unique and memorable way. While it was memorable, the contents were not what I expected. While I was interested and kept reading, I found the story to be confusing and finished without really knowing what had happened.
The story was very confusing. I don’t know the myth very well, and the story didn’t really explain any of it. It threw the four horsemen out and what they stood for, and that was pretty much the explanation you got. Hunger was also very short. I felt that the story didn’t have the opportunity to develop to its full extent, because there were only 180 pages in total. The majority of the book is spent with Lisabeth discovering Famine, and the last 50 were where she really began to understand. I felt this ending was rushed, as you had this long drawn out discovery. Then it felt like the actually action of the story was over in a flash, followed by a very rushed ending.
The characters in Hunger fell flat for me. The only character I really liked was Death. He was funny and charming and brought the most enjoyable parts of the book. I found Lisabeth to be a very annoying narrator, I just didn’t like her thoughts. Tammy, Suzanne, and James were underdeveloped. You never really got to know them. Tammy was a character I just couldn’t stand. Characters are probably the biggest factor of a book, and if I don’t like the characters, usually that’s how I feel about the book.
I think Hunger had a very strong premise, it just wasn’t the book for me. I kept reading, trying to see if it got better, but sadly it didn’t. As I write this, I still am confused as to what happened. While the book ended, I feel like the story was not tied up at all.