When I first sat down to read HUNGER I did not know what to expect. I only know that I was intrigued with the idea of this novel: A anorexic girl that now has an amazing power connected to her food issues. The story concept is imaginative and daring because it encompasses a very touchy topic while introducing us to a new world.
Jackie Morse Kessler has written several paranormal novels but HUNGER is her debut YA effort. With HUNGER, Jackie has done a great job of presenting a girl with an eating disorder that now harnesses the power of one of the Four Horsemen of the apocalypse.
Lisabeth Lewis is consumed by Hunger, it rules her life and it provides her with the ammunition for control. She is an anorexic seventeen-year-old that constantly feels empty and cold, and one night when she takes measures to fill the never ending void she is visited by Death: one of the Four Horsemen of the apocalypse whom presents her with a set of scales and a new job. Lisa does not remember much from the encounter until the next night when Death returns and explains that she is now Famine: a black rider of the Four Horsemen (Famine, War, Death and Pestilence) and she must go out unto the world. As Famine, she is able to forget her personal life and constant hunger and marvel at the disturbing power that she now possesses as she roams the earth. Yet, with this horrifying gift Lisa must balance learn to balance her new life with her eating disorder and make sense of it all.
HUNGER starts off bursting forth out of the gate and continues it's face-paced gallop until the very end and although I enjoy a quick read I would have preferred a bit more build up prior to the inception of Lisa as Famine. Lisa's inner struggle was well visualized and demonstrated and I could understand her character. Yet the character that I enjoyed the most was Death for he was Sexy and mysterious and had some of the best lines in this dark story. I commend Jackie for an inventive new story while interweaving a young girl's eating disorder for it is original, terrifying and honest and I cannot wait for the next story.
For those fans of Wintergirls that may want a story with a supernatural edge then you need look no further.