~FREE E-PUB ☰ Hunger ⚕ 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
I got tremendously lucky and had an opportunity to read an advance copy of HUNGER I can say without exaggeration that I loved this book It was fierce, uncompromising, fun, shocking, private, painful and beautiful, and I feel very privileged to have seen it early.Jackie s written a book that is as intense as anything I ve ever had the good fortune of reading, and I think that in addition to being a great book, this is also a very personal book, full of raw power.I wish I d written it. I am confused as to the overall arc of this series And I am confused by Death telling our main character that she can die or be Famine and then when she doesn t want to be Famine any he just lets her out of it and she doesn t die Maybe I missed something although it would be hard to do that given how short the book was.This book was not what I expected It was a trip through the mind of someone with an eating disorder Although it wasn t as horrible as I would have expected especially after seeing at the end that the author says she suffered from an eating disorder when she was younger it to be for a story trying to convey some of the horrors of an eating disorder Again, I am lost as to what the overall purpose of the series is Some series have one story arc without smaller stories which are solved in each installment think Alyson Noel s immortal series and some have stories within the stories think Harry Potter or Percy Jackson Here, I have no idea what the overall story arc is And, to boot, the individual story was confusing and inconsistent I was taken back by Lisa s ability to reject the post as Famine and then simply go back to life as usual Seems like we really didn t accomplish much.The writing at times was excellent The character of Death was really quite amusing But this was overshadowed by the times where the writing was the opposite of excellent and the plot holes We don t know what the Rider is supposed to do Is the series supposed to be about bringing the Apocalypse It would be a natural conclusion given the title of the series and the fact that, you know, we have the Four Horsemen here But, I don t get the sense that this is the case It appears that we are supposed to guess that there simply must always be a Rider But I don t know I would like to see where this story arc is going It s hard to say much about a book so short Given my issues, I am a little bummed that I just spent 8 for a book that i was almost as short as this review, ii really doesn t seem to give me any clue as to where the series is headed, and iii really gives me only one character that I like and that character happens to be Death.I am already half way through with Rage and am sad to say it seems to have the same trend But, I will reserve final judgment until I am finished. Thou art Famine,yo How can you not love a book that has that line in it It s impossible When I first read Hunger s summary, I thought that that is the book for me.I love the Four Horseman Apocalypse Harbinger stories and I was so excited to read this,I can t even tell you To be honest, I was expecting it to be to the paranormal supernatural side and it surprisingly wasn t, and thank God for that because I find that the matter it approaches is way important than any paranormal story, however good.Anorexia and bulimia are diseases.If you re thinking of losing weight by not eating or by throwing up what you eat, you are sick and you should immediately seek help.That s an undeniable fact.No way around it, no loopholes, no excuses.Lisa,the lead, is sick.Kessler herself,was sick for a short period of time and through her amazing writing,we are witnessing Lisa s slow and painful demise.I am not even going to dwell on the myriads of negatives aspects of being anorexic or bulimic.The one chapter, ritual ,of Lisa s friend stuffing herself with anything she can find and then forcing herself to lose it was shocking, to say the least,and if that doesn t make you want to even reconsider doing something resembling that, I don t know what will.But,in the end,Lisa found herself and through her eye opening experience as Famine, she learned first hand about misery and poverty and finally,actual hunger.It was not easy,of course.Even in the end we see Lisa struggling to eat, even though she knows it s the right thing to do, it s what she HAS to do to help people in need, and I loved how Kessler used Lisa s compassion for others as a way to make her start eating again.She was not able to care about herself because she neither understood nor believed that anything was wrong with her , but she could still care about others, and that was enough to save her.That being said, there is also a fun side to this book.Difficult to believe,but it s true You can t help but crack a smile at Kessler s clever humour and witty one liners, a very welcome change to the otherwise gloomy and depressing content.I mean, come on Death playing Come As You Are on his guitar Awesome The only problem I had with Hunger was its length.It was so short I would like some character development, especially War.And basically I wanted material to read, printed words,please So, even though Hunger left me wanting a lot pages to gnaw at, it was an amazing start to a series and to all of you teens out there who don t even like paranormal you should read this book,regardless Looking forward to Rage, coming out Spring 2011 Note A portion of the proceeds of Hunger will be donated to NEDA National Eating Disorders Association so go buy the book, you guys Insane genius in a slender paperback I read it at one sitting and cried my way through the end of chapter 17 and most of chapter 18 If those bits don t make you cry too, you may not be a parent or child Easily ranks with Before I Fall and You as one of the best books I ve read this year. My job Lisa said as Death helped her to her feet She was a seventeen year old high school junior in the suburbs she didn t have a job Thou art Famine, yo, Death said Time to make with the starvation pg49 Realistic but unique Funny but dark Hunger sounds promising right It does Kessler s book certainly has an exciting premise The basic overlay of 2010 s popular debut is simply a twist that incorporates teenage eating disorders into the biblical myth of the Horsemen of the Apocalypse For contemporary and fantasy readers alike, this tiny story seems like the perfect manuscript Hunger is about a young lady battling the third most common sickness amongst teens in America anorexia Sure, there was some Death and War and Pestilence involved, but all in all, that sentence pretty much sums up the book I ll start with the good things before I begin complaining the positions and scenes Kessler created for Lisa very accurately demonstrated the monster that is the popular condition amongst teens She did so very well and with lots of description Although having been schooled on eating disorders since I was nine years old, Kessler put the condition into a real perspective and into a real life place, actually giving me information and understanding towards the subject than any textbooks I ve read The prose was decent and the idea was unique This could have been an okay book.Basically, though, the book was boring For such a short novel, I certainly felt it dragging ass In fact, instead of it feeling like it was a 177 paged book, I felt that number was tripled information and pieces detailing anorexia is one thing whereas describing how it felt to be cold and what happened while Lisa took a shit she really included that wasn t needed and didn t make any improvements to the story I understand that anorexia does things to the human mind and that it can often confuse and meddle emotions I also understand that Kessler needed to prove that Lisa was, for lack of a better term, sick, by tossing in her confusions and her dizziness and her constipation I get it I fucking do But like I said I ve been schooled on the subject for near forever, as have the majority of those for which this novel is geared towards I know anorexia I don t know Lisa Kessler, by including so much information on how the sickness was affecting the human body, and not Lisa specifically, made anorexia define Lisa instead of what should have been Lisa s character.Because truly, by the end of the novel, I didn t know a single thing about her You could say that the condition had taken all of Lisa s personality away because it was overcoming her it s not possible, but sure, you could say that I d just question you with two comments do the deadly ill like to be known as only the sick, and wouldn t somebody notice a change in Lisa if the sickness had been taking away her personality I felt like I lost IQ points for even writing that Everyone who cared about Lisa her friend Suzanne aside I ll get to her later would have noticed something, right For one, you d think they d notice her weight loss baggy clothes can t hide everything, darling I mean Lisa s boyfriend, who had been dating her for a year, must have either zero intelligence did he not notice that their special talks had ended Lisa s mumbling responses her boniness when touching her when the mood struck him to be amorous or zero feelings for Lisa he noticed and just doesn t give a shit How could a boyfriend who sees his baby everyday I talk to mine than once and would damn him if he called me that be completely oblivious to her disappearing personality How could Lisa s father who was just oh, so cute not realize all of Lisa s incredibly particular weight loss machineries on the basement floor How was it that only Suzanne noticed something different in Lisa and was the only one to act on it It s either Lisa had no personality in the first place which isn t even possible or Kessler s decided that anorexia now defines a person Wasn t the point of this book to announce that it was what was on the inside that counts Wasn t it Where s the inside in Lisa So to sum up the issue at hand Lisa had no personality, a missing quality that made the novel totally unrealistic and boring to me as a reader Unrealistic because the ending isn t likely boring because it was like reading about a brick wall.Another thing you d also think that Hunger would focus on getting Lisa to understand her condition and on her getting receiving help In a book this tiny, you d have to start off doing that incredibly early on You d also think that in doing so, Lisa would grow a little as a person, would change, would become something different Although I m not denying view spoiler what happened at the end hide spoiler HUNGER makes WINTERGIRLS look like TWILIGHT but worse Just throw in a little Apocalyptic lore and you re good to go It s really interesting to get inside the head of a girl with an eating disorder Jackie really knows what she s talking about she actually went through it herself Not for long, but it happened Overall, I just loved it, from the Famine aspects and the eating disorder aspects I just loved the whole thing from beginning to end.The only thing that angered me a little was how petulant and scared Lisa was acting You re supposed to be Famine suck it up She seemed to cower away from the most important scenes until the end, of course and it kind of ticked me off to see such a weak character caving in to her weaknesses instead of trying to grow stronger.Overall, HUNGER was fantastic, and I m already almost finished with RAGE Hopefully, it ll be nothing but compliments as well. I don t normally set expectations for things because if whatever it is doesn t live up to those expectations, you have no one to blame but yourself So outside of reasonable expectations, I don t go into things like, say, most books, all ramped up for it thinking it was going to be something great Usually Unfortunately I did that with this one and, sad to say, my expectations were not lived up to My bad.I guess going in the concept I had brewing of an anorexic girl as Famine was beyond what this story provided And that s okay, but I wasn t all that impressed with where it went And I do think that s thinking outside of my original expectations of it.Lisabeth is anorexic and for some unknown reason, Death knights her into Famine to spread the doom piece all over the world Her outward battle with her new found powers and the bitch that is War blatantly mirrors her inner struggle with her eating disorder I get that But I couldn t help but feel that the story was missing something.The writing s pretty good and it helped that the story was short so I zipped through it pretty quickly I liked how Lisa s problem is portrayed in conjunction with her friends that want to help her and her friend that enables her It s a good dynamic But tied in with being Famine, I just felt the connector was a little flat.Lisa goes from petulant denial that s she s anorexic to fully accepting the fact that she s anorexic in only a matter of pages but there wasn t really any big revealing action that caused that epiphany One moment it was denial and the next she was kind of going over herself as Famine and the word just sort of fell into her thoughts And she was okay with that I didn t like that.But the lack of a why was what really turned me away from the story Death kind of latched onto this sick girl, gave her these crazy powers, all to teach her a lesson Why It just seems like such an infinitesimal thing for such an infinite being to do and the explanation for it wasn t anywhere near what I felt it needed to be in order to properly explain that why At the end of the book Lisa isn t suffering from Special Child Syndrome She doesn t differ from any of the other thousands of anorexics in the world So why her That question wasn t answered for me and that really bothers me.Overall it s a decent book I liked all of the characters and the situations they were put in but I just didn t feel it was strong enough to carry the premise There were a few too many holes in a very interesting topic for me the Horsemen that were left unexplained I honestly don t know if I m going to venture further into the series as it comes out If I don t have anything in my pile to read, maybe because I wasn t uninterested But I m not itching to grab the next book. What can I say If I didn t love it, I wouldn t have written it HUNGER was brewing for 10 years before I finally sat down to write it And then it all came pouring out It was cathartic I hope you enjoy reading it as much as I did writing it.A portion of proceeds will be donated to the National Eating Disorders Association So if you buy this book thank you for helping to make a difference Hunger is a compelling tale that eloquently captures the mindset of a person suffering from an eating disorder From page one I found myself captivated by the text, unable to put it down to eat There s something almost ironic about admitting that.Readers are introduced to Lisa, the new Famine I ve always been interested in the Horsemen of the Apocalypse They re one of those concepts that are fun to talk about, but nobody every really explored further, much to my chagrin When I heard Larissa Ione and Jackie M Kessler were both writing novels exploring the horsemen, I squealed Then to read Hunger early It pretty much made my month.So Lisa has a problem she s anorexic She doesn t believe she is She also doesn t believe that she s the new famine Except she keeps randomly spotting her office s symbol, and there s this weird phantom horse eating her mother s plants in the garden Even so, our young heroine still does not believe the dream she had of Death.The plot itself was so unique I had no idea what would happen next Would Lisa die Would she accept her job and eventually come to terms with her problem I loved the fact that Jackie kept me guessing until the very end What made it even better was the huge plot twist And then the next twist Oh, and that final battle Awesome.Death has got to be one of my favorite characters and I cannot wait to read about him in future books He s so un deathy Despite him being the grim reaper, I would without hesitation want to give him a high five if I ever met him assuming I didn t die by doing so He bestowed a sense of levity within the tale with his goofy comments Plus, to have Death act like that It never gets old.I d also like to mention the note that Jackie leaves her readers after the novel has come to an end It was moving It actually managed to make me tear up It is, simply put, beautiful Thank you so much Jackie, for sharing that little piece about yourself with your readers I feel wrong for mentioning this now, especially after my last paragraph, but I have to say it The cover is amazing It s unique and it captures the idea of the book so well I love it I want a poster of it Or maybe a sticker.Overall Hunger is a moving story It s an eye opener But you know, aside from all that, it was enjoyable too I never felt depressed like some books with heavy topics will make readers feel In fact, the ending was hopeful It made me happy that things turned out the way they did So if you ve been anticipating this book, I am going to tell you now, chances are you ll love it And if you re unsure about reading this Give it a shot, if anything, it ll open your eyes about a serious problem plaguing society.