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Hunger (Riders of the Apocalypse) Library Binding – 18 Oct 2010

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  • Library Binding: 177 pages
  • Publisher: Turtleback Books; Turtleback School & Library ed. edition (18 Oct. 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 060624719X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0606247191
  • Product Dimensions: 13.5 x 1.8 x 20.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)

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"The storytelling is both realistic and compassionate....the writing is never preachy, and it allows an interesting exploration of both intensely personal food issues and global ones."--"School Library Journal, "starred review
"[The author's] ear for dialogue, fluid prose and dark humor elevate this brief novel above other 'issue books.'"--"Kirkus Reviews" "Powerful, fast-paced, hilarious, heart-wrenching, vivid, sad and most of all real, Hunger is a breathtaking portrayal of a difficult topic that also deftly ties in with the interesting and scary apocalypse. Though short, this story will grab the reader and never let go." --"Romantic Times Magazine" "Kessler offers a refreshingly new approach to the YA eating-disorder genre that reinforces the difficulty of conquering these diseases."--"Booklist" "Jackie Morse Kessler does a fine job of taking a critical issue that has been explored in writing no small number of times, and putting a new and thought provoking spin on it. It was

An ALA Quick Pick for Reluctant Young Adult Readers "The storytelling is both realistic and compassionate....the writing is never preachy, and it allows an interesting exploration of both intensely personal food issues and global ones."--"School Library Journal, "starred review
"[The author's] ear for dialogue, fluid prose and dark humor elevate this brief novel above other 'issue books.'"--"Kirkus Reviews" "Powerful, fast-paced, hilarious, heart-wrenching, vivid, sad and most of all real, Hunger is a breathtaking portrayal of a difficult topic that also deftly ties in with the interesting and scary apocalypse. Though short, this story will grab the reader and never let go." --"Romantic Times Magazine" "Kessler offers a refreshingly new approach to the YA eating-disorder genre that reinforces the difficulty of conquering these diseases."--"Booklist" "Jackie Morse Kessler does a fine job of taking a critical issue that has been explored in writing no small number of times, and putting a new and thought provoking spin on it. It was sheer genius to combine the eating disorder anorexia with the ultimate entity signifying lack of food, nourishment and all that that entails: famine."--"New York Journal of Books""Fast-paced, witty, and heart-breaking! Jackie Morse Kessler is one of the most talented authors I know."--Richelle Mead, author of "Vampire Academy

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""Hunger" is not just a good book. It is a great book. It is funny and sad, brilliant and tragic, and most of all, it speaks truth. I've always admired Jackie Kessler's writing. Now I adore it."--Rachel Caine, author of "The Morganville Vampires"

"Jackie Morse Kessler hits it out of the park with "Hunger." Although this is a book with anorexia at its heart, there are no hidden lectures or story-slowing asides. Instead, Kessler deftly weaves the heroine Lisa's struggle with food into a beautifully realized mythology, complete with a wisecracking and sexy Death and a new spin on the Four Horsemen of th

About the Author

Jackie Morse Kessler is the author ofthe the Riders of the Apocalypse quartet for teen readers, along with several paranormal and dark fantasy books for adults. She lives in upstate New York. Visit her website at www.jackiemorsekessler.com.

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“Hunger” not only satisfied me as a reader, but also tackled the issue of eating disorders in a clever yet informative way. This was much more than a fantasy read, and yet it was never preachy.

Although I have known people that were anorexic, this took me into the mind-set of a girl battling with a too-common teenage problem, with an added touch of allegory that worked brilliantly.

From the opening moments when Lisa had to deal with her appropriate appointment as Famine, her thought processes were confused as she tried to absorb the new role into her troubled social life. The tense family situation and her fragile friendships seemed realistic, with her struggles over food ever present and understandable, given the pressures to fit the norm.

But the illness of anorexia nervosa is part of Lisa’s personality and life, never a tedious lecture from the author. Jackie Morse Kessler has experienced eating disorders first hand, so that authenticity blends well with the unfolding tale. The ‘Thin Voice’ that drives Lisa’s insecurity becomes not just Lisa’s alter-ego but also a central antagonist.

The writing is a strong mix of teenage distractions, psychological tribulations and fantastical challenges. Some readers might wonder why Lisa’s actions as Famine, especially her final decision, are somewhat illogical at times. She’s supposed to be Famine, so why is she doing that…? Because this is her take on Famine, perhaps.

Throughout the novel, my mind kept flipping between ‘this is a real fantasy’ and ‘this is in her confused mind’. How much is the calling to be one of the Four Horseman in her head? Perhaps that is why Death appears in the form of Kurt Cobain and plays Nirvana numbers on his guitar – that’s her take on Death.
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I am speechless.

Just kidding. I have a lot to say about this book. First of which should be that it was amazing. It is great to have a book that has a nice blurb. I mean when you hear about a book that’s about an anorexic girl who becomes Famine, one of the four Riders of the Apocalypse, what do you think? I thought that this is the coolest thing I have ever heard!

Jackie Morse Kessler publishes under two names. One is this one and the other is Jackie Kessler. Before this one I knew only of her adult works. But boy. While her adult works were highly entertaining, then here she touches on topics that most authors either shy away from or do not manage to quite execute in a way that is believable. Kessler’s writing style is very enjoyable, the pages of the book fly by with a blink of an eye.

Speaking of flying by, this book is not a particularly long one. I cannot decide if that is good or bad. Bad in the sense that I wanted more. I wanted to keep reading about what Famine does, what happens to Lisabeth. But the book is so perfectly paced. I have a feeling that adding or cutting anything else might have disturbed that. So all in all, I would say that it is a good thing. Kessler does not need fillers, her own story is too compelling. Plus, short or not, this book packs the punch of a book two to three times that long.

On to the story. The blurb sounded awesome. And the story does not disappoint. There are good ideas out there. And there is no shame in doing something that has an established coolness, as long as it is well done. But the idea in “Hunger” is the most original thing I have read. And aside from the fantastic idea, it is not only the blurb that is cool. The book itself holds up to the promise and it is a rollercoaster.
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These books have always been of interest to me but I've never been able to find them in any of my local bookshops. I don't even think they have been released in the UK by a UK publisher. Anyway, the idea of a YA novel about the riders of the apocalypse is so awesome! It's something that grabbed my attention straight away, it's such an interesting subject and it's something I wanted to learn more about after I had finished the book. Kessler deals with the Horsemen who are as old as time itself and incorporates them into the modern world. She does this flawlessly and it is brilliant! I loved everything about this book. Especially the realistic way she deals with the problem of anorexia.

Hunger follows Lisabeth, a seventeen year old girl who is struggling to cope with anorexia. A small annoying voice in her mind always tells her she is fat and she constantly loses weight. The problem is she cannot see the effect it is having on her. Those around her see there is a problem with her weight and they try to confront her but she denies it all. It isn't until she comes face to face with Death and gets granted the power of Famine that she begins to realise how ill she is. She also sees the effect hunger has on the world and as Famine she sets out to help. But her power is so much greater than she imagined and it could have horrifying consequences. Can she learn to battle that small voice in her head and help the Hunger in the world?

Lisabeth Lewis was an interesting character. She seems like a normal teenage girl who hangs about with her boyfriend but underneath her baggy clothes, she is practically just bones. She is mentally ill, the little voice in her head talks to her all the time, it forces her to exercise after everything she eats.
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