Written by: Jackie Morse Kessler
Release date: October, 2010
Source: Netgalley, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
“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?
The description of Hunger stood out for me and made me wonder how a 17 year old girl with anorexia can be Famine. It also made me think about the illness she has and how she is coping with that. I’m glad I requested it trough Net galley, because it was well worth it.
Lisabeth Lewis is a 17 year old girl who does not want to admit she has an illness.
She could also not believe that she was Famine and that Death itself gave her a visit.
When the story progresses Lisa starts to learn that she can do much more with the power that she got trough Death and feels stronger every minute.
One thing in the story that I could not understand was that the father did not see Lisa’s struggle with food. Her friends where the one who saw it and confronted Lisa with it. How could her father not see this? But on the other hand maybe Lisa was very clever with hiding her illness, after all I have read this before.
Death was also a great character in this book. With his comments he made the story light and easy to go trough.
The parts where Lisa where Famine where too short for my liking. The fantasy part was not all there and I would have liked to see more of it. Also I would have loved to read a description of the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse. Even though I know what it means, a lot of younger readers will not.
I really liked the ending and the powerful message in it.
Hunger tells us the struggle with food trough the eyes of Lisa and how she deals with it on an every day basis. It’s a powerful read that will open your eyes to the signs of a person that has anorexia.