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  • Paperback: 608 pages
  • Publisher: Electric Monkey (6 Sep 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1405253541
  • ISBN-13: 978-1405253543
  • Product Dimensions: 12.9 x 4.7 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (148 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,268 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Michael Grant was born in Los Angeles but that's not important because he was soon out of there. His father was a military man, frequently transferred, so Michael was the "new kid" in school every year but one. He left school early and embraced the rootless lifestyle as his own. He's lived in more flats and houses than he can recall, all across the US and in France and Italy as well. He's back in southern California as of this writing but with no plans to stay put.

Michael met his wife, Katherine (K.A.) Applegate, 30 years ago, in Austin, Texas. He saw her through her apartment window and immediately knocked on her door. They've been together since that first meeting.

Michael Grant did not set out to be a writer. He's worked as a stock clerk, a house painter, an apartment manager, busboy, waiter, restaurant manager, janitor, editorial cartoonist, political media consultant, documentary producer, and no doubt some other jobs he's managed to forget. After ten years working odd jobs together, Katherine informed Michael that it was time for them both to grow up, get careers, possibly have children. Once he was revived, Michael agreed.

Katherine and Michael began writing in 1989, often as a team, and wrote 150 books, including the ANIMORPHS series.
They have two disobedient children, Jake, 11, and Julia, 9, an overweight Labrador Retriever named Goofy, a cat named Lightning and a pug named Pugs who is Michael's personal nemesis.

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"'... exciting, high-tension story told in a driving, torrential narrative that never lets up. This is great fiction. I love this book.' Stephen King, bestselling author. 'A tour-de-force that will leave readers dazed, disturbed, and utterly breathless' Booklist; 'If Stephen King had written Lord of the Flies, it might have been a little like this' Voice of Youth Advocates (VOYA) (Starred Review)


'I Love this book' - Stephen King, bestselling author"

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Michael Grant Michael Grant has spent much of his life on the move. Raised in a military family, he attended ten schools in five states of the USA, as well as three schools in France. Even as an adult he kept moving, and in fact he became a writer in part because it was one of the few jobs that wouldn't tie him down. His fondest dream is to spend a whole year circumnavigating the globe and visiting every continent. Yes, even Antarctica. He lives in Chapel Hill, North Carolina, with his wife, Katherine Applegate, their two children, and far too many pets. In addition to his best-selling Gone series, described by Stephen King as “high-tension stories told in a driving, torrential narrative”, Michael has also written books such as the BZRK, Magnificent 12 and Animorphs series as well as the standalone book for young adults Eve and Adam.

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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful By TeensReadToo TOP 500 REVIEWER on 30 May 2009
Format: Hardcover
Having not read the first book in the series, GONE, I was thoroughly intrigued about this book.

HUNGER takes place three months after the events of the previous story. The kids are running out of food, gaining powers, and a Darkness is calling to some of the members of The FAYZ.

I enjoyed this story so much that after I read it I promptly ordered the first book. I am eagerly awaiting its arrival so that I can see how this all started.

I thought the story flowed very well, was well-written, and the characters pulled me in from beginning to end. I literally had trouble putting the book down once I started reading.

HUNGER can stand alone, but you'll probably want to read the first title in the series, like me, either before or after finishing this one.

Reviewed by: Breia "The Brain" Brickey
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By W.M.M. van der Salm-Pallada on 2 May 2011
Format: Paperback
Last October I reviewed Gone by Michael Grant over at the now retired NextRead blog. At the time, after finishing I couldn't wait to read its sequel, Hunger. Unfortunately, while I was able to borrow the book from my co-worker (thank you Joke!) I kept getting distracted by all kinds of new and shiny books. Last month I decided that six months was just ridiculous though and I firmly placed Hunger near the top of my To Be Read Pile. And when I finally started it last week, I flew through it in three nights. It was just as much a page turner as Gone had been. It only took me a few pages to be immersed back into the world of the FAYZ and it was wonderful seeing old favourites again and meet new characters and to see how events unfolded in the FAYZ.

Hunger is scary, both in the events portrayed and in the social commentary it provides. The divide between the 'freaks' and the 'normals' is an echo of social and political developments we see around us every day. The struggle between those in power and those who think they should be in power, the conflict between Regular and Other, and the way these internal struggles benefit 'the enemy', in this case the kids up at Coates Academy, these are all things that are happening in the world today. What's more, they are often what causes war. Where Gone was more post-apocalyptic in nature, covering how the kids survive after the FAYZ hits and how they deal with the consequences, Hunger turns to true dystopia, as the order imposed in Gone, both down in Perdido Beach and up the hill at Coates, slowly starts to crumble under its own flaws.

I love the character growth we see in many of the previous book's protagonists such as Sam, Astrid, Lana and Quinn.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Andy Cropp on 6 Sep 2011
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This is an excellent fast paced series of books that will engage even the most reluctant teenager. The main character will appeal to boys particularly. There are certain parts of the books that are not suitable for younger readers so parents may want to read the books first. You never know they may even enjoy it themselves!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By on 26 Jan 2010
Format: Hardcover
Every adult has disappeared. Like a bolt of lightening, the whole world changed at 10:14am when every person over the age of 14 inexplicably vanished from Palermo Beach. The town is left to the children, which is every kid's idea of heaven, until the reality sets in.

In stepped Sam. Already a hero in the eyes of the children for saving a school bus from imminent disaster years before, Sam is the natural choice for leader. He is forced to deal with the sudden appearance of the FAYZ (Fallout Alley Youth Zone, the new name for their area), the mystery of the dome that seems to surround them, organisation of kid's to ensure their survival and also the arrival of a group of kids from the private school, led by Caine who is proving to be a threat. In addition to this, Sam was just days away from his fifteenth birthday. Bravely facing the dangers, Sam faced the horror of his birthday, choosing to stay in the FAYZ and fight for survival.

In this, the second book of the series, Sam has more than he can handle. Caine is out of play for now, but how soon can he recover his powers? Little Petey, who may be the most powerful of them all, is suddenly creating real life monsters with his mind, all the more dangerous as the normal kids are starting to feel resentment against those with powers, the 'freaks'. A dark and unknown creature lies in wait at the bottom of a mineshaft, pulling in the powers that he needs to free himself and in addition to all this there is the all pervasive hunger. Food is quickly running out and people are pushed to their limits as desperation sets in.

As always with Michael Grant, the story sucks you in from the very beginning. The characters in these books are so compelling, you can easily slip into Palermo Beach without a stretch of the imagination.
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Hunger is the second book in the Gone Series.

In Hunger by Michael Grant the kids are trapped in the dome and they’re hungry. But they’re not the only ones, the darkness is also hungry. While the kids want food, the darkness wants uranium pellets from the Nuclear Power Plant. It plans to use Caine, Diana, Drake & Co. to get the pellets and healer Lana’s abilities to create a body for its self, so that it can leave the Mineshaft.

More kids are developing powers including Duck who can sink into the ground or float into the sky and Hunter who has microwave hands. There’s a growing divide and resentment among those with powers and those without.

Like Gone, there’s some really good ideas. I particularly liked the worms with sharp teeth intentionally designed to bury through skin. The worms are territorial and that their territory happens to be the agricultural fields, full of much needed food for the kids.

In Hunger I kept an eye out for the kid from Coats who came to Perdido Beach in the beginning of Gone. No mention was made, meaning it must have been a rather annoying loose end or plot hole in Gone.

Hunger is not as fast-paced as Gone and no were near as captivating. Despite Hunger being much bigger (more pages) than Gone, the characters and storyline development disappointed me. None of the characters really showed any development in this book and it added very little to the overarching plot.
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