Book Review: Hunger by Michael Grant

6923670Genre: YA, Dystopia, Science fiction, paranormal, supernatural, adventure

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The clock is ticking for Sam Temple and the kids of Perdido Beach and starvation threatens the FAYZ. The strain of leadership is beginning to show on Sam and he’s got more than just dwindling rations and in-fighting to worry about – Caine is back with the psychotic whiphand, Drake, by his side. And in the background lies the greatest danger of all – and he too needs to be fed.

This is the second book in the Gone series. It follows pretty much straight on from the first book, everything has returned back to normal – or as normal as is possible for this world. However a new problem has started to arise – hunger. With all the adults gone the children went wild and ate all the food and now that are facing the consequences – they’re all starving. Sam Temple has to try and figure out a way to try and stop everyone from starving, they’re running out of rations and have no other sources of food immediately available, they need a plan, and fast.

Sam is also having a hard time being in charge and having to deal with every single little issue that children would normally as their parents about. He’s having to deal with things like which DVD they should watch, what they should name their dog etc. added to this the larger problem of starvation and Sam is having a hard time being in charge.

Now something is stirring in the mine, some darkness that is hungry and wants to be fed. If it gets what it wants then life will be forever changed in the FAYZ however the monster will not go quietly, it will do everything and anything it can to survive.

As the 2nd book in the series I expected it to have the same level of interest, however for the most part I was disappointed. The first half/ three quarters of the book are really slow and not a lot happens, it just builds up for the finale. However the final part was amazing, I must have sat and read for hours refusing to put it down until I knew what would happen. I think the ending makes up for the slowness of the rest of the book as it is needed to get the story behind it so that you can understand more about what is happening.

I don’t think this book is as good as the first but I was captivated by the story towards the end of the book and I think if you enjoyed the first book then you will definitely enjoy this book.

Rating: 4.5/5

Summing up: In depth showing of how starvation can affect people

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