Wednesday, June 8, 2011

Hunger (Horsemen of the Apocalypse Book 1) by Jackie Morse Kessler

Hunger (Horsemen of the Apocalypse Book 1) by Jackie Morse Kessler
Publisher: Harcourt Graphia
Release Date: 10/18/10

Pages: 177
Grade: C+/B-

GoodReads Synopsis: “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?

Review:  This was an interesting story...not really what I was expecting. The author's writing style was ok, it didn't really grab me. The story was interesting in that an anorexic, Lisa, was chosen to be "Famine", and that when she was working as Famine if she ate or drank, those around her starved or were thirsty.  I loved that Lisa had to work to find a balance and that she had to learn to find comfort in her own strength. While the book, itself, didn't really grab me, I did appreciate the message relayed! I will be adding this one to my little library in the hopes that other young people can experience and hopefully learn from the message.

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