Author: Michael Grant
Series: Gone #2
Publisher: Electric Monkey
Date: September 2010
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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. Things have only gotten worse. Food is running out, and each day more kids are developing supernatural abilities. Soon tension rises between those with powers and those without, and when an unspeakable tragedy occurs, chaos erupts. It's the normals against the mutants, and the battle promises to turn bloody.
But something more dangerous lurks. A sinister creature known as the Darkness has begun to call to the survivors in the FAYZ. It needs their powers to sustain its own. When the Darkness calls, someone will answer -- with deadly results.
Oh my God. Those were the words I uttered out loud when I put this book down. Hunger, the second book in the Gone series is simply put ‘terrifyingly amazing’.
It had everything the first one had… but intensified tenfold. Aside from the kids of Perdido beach having to deal with new mutations, terrifying creatures and old enemies they are now faced with a new enemy… hunger. As such they are forced to go to some unbelievable extremes. Ones that I found quite disturbing and horrifying.
I simply could not get enough of the horror of this story. It is written so compellingly and realistically. And I think that’s what makes Michael Grant a terrific author. It’s the way he is able to so accurately depict how children would act in this type of situation. How they would cope and what lengths they would go to when forced by starvation.
Hunger is one long thrill ride. As with Gone, we are told the story from multiple POVs, which again, I really loved. It is the only way of showing the magnitude of the events of these books. And also helps a great deal in getting to know the different characters and what they are going through individually. And in the case of Hunger made for a very epically told ending.
If I could have one complaint about Hunger (and this is the reason why I knocked off half a star) it would be the length. At nearly 600 pages it is quite a ‘beast’ of a book, particularly for the YA genre. But this is a very small complaint and did not stop me from enjoying every minute of the story.
The Gone series is quickly shaping up to be one of my favourite YA series’ and I would certainly recommend to any YA book lover as it has a bit of everything. Great characters, a show stopping story line of YA sci-fi adventure and dystopian mixed together and is not afraid to step over the line with its shocking themes. If you’ve read Gone then Hunger is a MUST read!