It's been three months since everyone under the age of fifteen became trapped in the bubble known as the FAYZ. Three months since all the adults disappeared.
Food ran out weeks ago. Everyone is starving, but no one wants to figure out a solution. And each day, more and more kids are evolving, developing supernatural abilities that set them apart from the kids without powers.
Tension rises and chaos is descending upon the town. It's the normal kids against the mutants. Each kid is out for himself, and even the good ones turn murderous.
But a larger problem looms. The Darkness, a sinister creature that has lived buried deep in the hills, begins calling to some of the teens in the FAYZ. Calling to them, guiding them, manipulating them
The Darkness has awakened. And it is hungry.
Character Development: 9/10
Overall Enjoyment: 10/10
Total Score: 68/70
Alcohol, Drugs, etc: Teenage alcoholism, child drug use.
Sexual Content: Nothing explicit; some speculation.
Disturbing Images/Violence: Lots of blood, murder, graphic images, child-against-child violence, and psychopathy/sadism (in one disturbing character). Teen bulimia and anorexia.
If possible, I loved this second installment in the GONE series even more than I loved the first one! HUNGER is a very different book than its prequel--darker, more depressed, more internal, a different kind of struggle all together. Where the battle in GONE is one against disorder and chaos, HUNGER's struggle is based on the hopelessness of the situation, the overwhelming task of being a leader in this strange world. So much stuff happens in these pages, and it is enough to shatter your expectations.
I was surprised to find how little this story has to do with Sam. Of course, he plays a huge role throughout, but the length of time we actually spend in his head is very limited. There's more jumping around between the many intertwined storylines and less focus on Sam himself. Caine even had a larger role in this book than in the previous one, and now I'm surprised to say that I like him. Wow. Did I actually say that? But it's true. He's more human, less...despicable. Even if he does make some stupid decisions.
With heavier content and lots of high-stress high-emotion situations, Michael Grant has created yet another brilliant and fascinating novel in HUNGER. The world he created is unbelievably vivid and real. It's easy to believe that if the a world of under-fifteens existed, this is exactly how it would play out. Grant's writing has a way of infecting the reader with fear, tension, and dread, but at the same time with hope, and laughter, and beauty. It's fantastic--read it.