Saturday, July 2, 2011

Alice's Review on Hunger

Author: Jackie Morse Kessler (@JackieMorseKess)
Publisher: Graphia
Release Date: October 18, 2010
Format: Paperback
Pages: 180
Source: Bought
Rating: Escapable
Series: The Riders of the Apocalypse #1
The Other Books: Rage, Loss
Extras: Death's Talkshow
Seek: Amazon, Goodreads
If you have ever looked in the mirror and hated what you saw, this book is for you.

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 the struggle to hide it from 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 awesome new power. Can Lise find a way to harness that power - and the courage to fight her own inner demons?
This review was updated on May 10, 2012.
The cover is showing the weapon of choice for the Horsemen. Brass scales are meant for Famine, and now the scales belong to Lisa.
Lisabeth Lewis didn't mean to become Famine. She had a love affair with food, and she'd never liked horses (never mind the time she asked for a pony when she was eight; that was just a girl thing). If she'd been asked which Horseman of the Apocalypse she would most likely be, she would have probably replied, "War." And if you'd heard her and her boyfriend, James, fighting, you would have agreed. Lisa wasn't a Famine person, despite the eating disorder.
I have heard a few things about these series and been wanting to read them. I finally got the push that I needed. I saw the Wall Street Journal commenting on Rage, the sequel to Hunger, and wanted to prove them wrong.

These books are going to receive different reviews and critique. In my opinion, I think you need some type of connection with these books. For me, I have a friend that just got over a life time struggle and I also had a family member dealing with stress. So, I found these books beautiful told, and truthful. I now can understand the struggles that both of my dearest people in my life went through.

Hunger is about a girl named Lisabeth Lewis is struggling with being the perfect weight. Struggling with balance. Like in the beginning of book says; if you hate what you see in the mirror, this book is for you. Lisa hardly ever eats and when she does, she works it off on an exercise bike. She tried throwing it up but Lisa thinks that she’s not strong to do it like her friend, Tammy, is.

Lisa has another friend named Suzanne and a boyfriend named James. Suzanne was Lisa’s best friend, and she is also the first to notice Lisa was struggling. She tells Lisa her concerns but Lisa argues with her and now ignores her. Suzanne talks to James and now James is also thinking about Lisa being an anorexic. Lisa thinks she is being betrayed, but these are the people that she can count on, that truly care about her.

Lisa draws Death to her because she was thinking about committing suicide. She was about to take some of her mother’s anti-depressant pills when she hears someone at the door. When she answers, there is delivery man with a package. He tells her “Thou art Famine.”. When she opens it up, there is a set of brass scales. She thinks it was just a crazy dream she had, but then the scales pop up everywhere and there is a black horse in her front yard.

Death was one of favorite characters by far! Who knew he could be such a funny guy. Relaxed yes, funny no.

Jackie ties in so much truth into this book. It was beautifully done and definitely should be read by any teenager struggling with weight or their looks.
Jackie just revealed the cover of Loss on August 31, 2011. I am blown away, how gorgeous this covers are.

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