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From the Back Cover
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.--This text refers to the hardcover edition.
- Print Length : 612 pages
- Word Wise : Enabled
- File Size : 1729 KB
- Publication Date : May 21, 2009
- Publisher : Katherine Tegen Books; Illustrated Edition (May 21, 2009)
- ASIN : B002AP9G8K
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Enhanced Typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Enabled
- Lending : Not Enabled
- Language: : English
- Best Sellers Rank: #107,455 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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If you are a parent of a kid reading these, I have to say some of the imagery scares even me but I’d leave it up to your kids — read it yourself if you can, but let them tell you if they’re uncomfortable with or confused by something. There’s nothing harmful or overwhelming here, I’d say for ages 11+ depending on maturity level, but definitely needs conversation at parts.
I willl personally never get whip hand out of my head. ;)
But no, this book is if anything even more high adrenalin, roars along with hurricane force, completely addictive.
Apart from the strong plotline, thoroughly worked out through different threads which do all seague together most satisfactorily, we have any number of bad guys here: the evil twin with his Achilles heel the beautiful, scornful Diana; the psychopathic sadist Drake Whiphand; the monster gaiaphage lurking and scheming under the earth; plus all the ordinary human nitwits out to wreck the town, starting up would-be purges/pogroms/ hatreds/intolerances between 'Freaks' and 'Normals' - creating internal conflict and looking for someone to blame, and to enhance their own petty power politics, of course, when the real enemies are without not within. In this episode, Sam is overwhelmed by his leadership role, and the township of Perdido Beach is facing starvation. Plus evil twin Caine is planning to seize control by shutting off the power, and the healer Lana has to resist the power of the gaiaphage who is seeking her for its own dark purposes.
The prose is workmanlike but more than equal to the task of presenting believable characters of increasing depth and complexity, and rip-roaring action in a sci-fi Stephen King Tommyknockers sort of way - only didn't like Tommyknockers and love this, think because so much more invested in characters.
Actually find the imagining of this microcosmic world with no adults, and the way in which the kids handle themselves and come to grips with this new reality, pretty well as interesting as the action stuff. Though no doubt the constant threat of horrid monsters popping out here and there adds a seriously dramatic dimension, as does the whole kids with powers thing.
Have read some criticism of Sam's character - that he's the archetypal hero, reads more like fifty than fifteen, too good to be true. And that there aren't enough strong girls in the mix. Well, don't get much spunkier than Brianna or Dekker, but I'm actually just past number four (Plague) now - started this review then couldn't wait and raced on - so opinion might be coloured by subsequent reads. Hope those readers who felt the lack of a Buffy or Katniss are satisfied by now. In any case, there are enough guys in the books who wimp out - Albert's no superhero, nor Quinn, nor Howard - plenty of the main male characters are deeply flawed.
Even Sam. He gets manipulated into taking responsibility - which he hates doing, but hasn't the smarts to see what Astrid's doing - and then is a pathetic organiser when it comes to rationing food, getting people to take on a share of the workload for harvesting (or just about anything else), or making the hard decisions when it comes down to it. He's a crisis boy, not a day to day leader. And then he does crack, big time, under the weight of responsibility.
Hardly an archetypal hero.
Great read, and there are some weightier ideas being explored behind here, too, as will consider in my next review - of Lies.
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After the big showdown between Caine and Sam that destroyed a number of buildings in Perdido Beach, things haven't gotten any better. More and more kids are developing supernatural powers, food is becoming more and more scarce, and Caine and the Coates Thugs are becoming more and more desperate. Sam has tried to organize the kids to harvest food from the fields, but between the kids' lack of motivation to do anything but play video games and watch movies and the terrifying worm mutations in the fields that can devour a kid in less than a minute, the food stays in the fields rotting away.
The food situation isn't the scariest thing facing the kids in the FAYZ, though. The deep, scary darkness in the mine shaft that gave Drake Merwin his whip arm has its grip on both Caine and Lana. Now its hungry and wants Caine to help it. That involves a fuel rod being taken to the mine shaft from the power plant and all the consequences you can imagine. Now Sam is involved in the fight of his life and has to stop Caine and the others from destroying the power plant and all the kids along with it. If only the gaiaphage- the mine shaft creeper- didn't have such a control over the minds of the most powerful kids.
This was a great follow-up to the first book in this proposed six book series. These kids have been left to survive, and some are rising to the occasion and maturing too quickly, but others are just kids. They want their mothers, they want to be taken care of, and they don't understand the concept of taking care of themselves. Most importantly, they can't imagine having to work in order to eat- especially when Sam, Astrid, Edilio and the others have worked so hard to keep them fed. They are just kids, and they act like they are just kids.
The best part of this book is that it gives kids a chance to really see how they would react to a situation like this. Some of the other dystopias and PA young adult fiction out there makes it a bit difficult for kids to imagine themselves in a similar situation, but the Gone novels give them a chance to figure out which kid they would be. Would they be a leader like Sam, a thinker like Astrid, a right-hand man like Edilio, or an opportunist like Quinn? Would they get up and go pick cabbages instead of playing their PS3 or Wii's? Would they be controlling like Caine, logical like Diana, or terrifying and monstrous like Drake? How would they feel if they developed powers and their friends didn't, or vice versa? This book is filled with questions that make for incredible comparisons and discussions. And it will leave you craving more. I have already started the third book, Lies, and am disappointed to wait months for the fourth book to be released!
Top reviews from other countries
He thought the stories were brilliant but that the reason for what happens far fetched.
I asked him what he meant but was told I'd have to read them myself to find out.
He said that the best thing was that all the main characters were teens like himself, so he could relate.
Having read them myself, they are a thrilling set of books and I have to disagree with my son, the premise is not far fetched when compared to what is happening in modern times.
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.
Anyway this is a good book for the teen library. It is very easy to read and that will encourage kids to read it who wouldn't read any other kind of book and, if you can be bothered to pick apart some of the issues, it could make the basis of a great class discussion.
It had everything the first one had... but intensified tenfold. Aside from the kids of Perdido beach having to deal with new mutations, terrifying creatures and old enemies they are now faced with a new enemy... hunger. As such they are forced to go to some unbelievable extremes. Ones that I found quite disturbing and horrifying.
I simply could not get enough of horror of this story. It is written so compellingly and realistically. And I think that's what makes Michael Grant a terrific author. Its the way he is able to so accurately depict how children would act in this type of situation. How they would cope and what lengths they would go to when forced by starvation.
Hunger is one long thrill ride. Again we are told the story from multiple POV's, which again, I really loved. It is the only way of showing the magnitude of the events of these books. And also helps a great deal to get to know the different characters and what they are going through individually. And in the case of Hunger made for a very epically told ending.
If I could have one complaint about Hunger (and this is the reason why I knocked off half a star) it would be the length. At nearly 600 pages it is quite a 'beast' of a book, particularly for the YA genre. But this is a very small complaint and did not stop me from enjoying every minute of the story.
The Gone series is quickly shaping up to be one of my favourite YA series' and I would certainly recommend to any YA book lover as it has a bit of everything. Great characters, a show stopping story line of YA sci fi adventure and dysopian mixed together and is not afraid to step over the line with its shocking themes. If you've read Gone then Hunger is a MUST read.
There is so many great plot lines here. Caine is a shadow of his former self, reduced to a shrieking wreck after his ecounter with the darkness at the end of the last book. Even when he comes out of his dream state, the darkness is still there. The unholy trinity (Caine, Drake and Diana) are back, as feirce and evil as ever. While the previous book felt like a teenage coming-of-age story, this is much more adult, with talking animals featuring less and stressful struggles to keep order more.
As hunger turns people to savages, an X-Men like barrier appears between the mutant "freaks" and the "normals" (i notice the absence of the term X-Men or Mutants, although I suspect this is due to copyright only, as they are prettey much the X-Men). Although not as interesting as the main plot, this brings a sense of bloody desperation which is not supernatural but scarily human.
This may be a tiny bit spoler-y, but I must mention it: Caine's attack on the power plant. It is the most epic event in the series so far, especially the scene with Caine and Brianna. It just makes the story feel so much more urgent that two thirds of it take place over 48 hours, when Gone took place over over a week.
The only bad things i can say, really, is that Lana is not featured quite as much as before, and Duck Zhang's existance.
The menace is upped, and the slightly uninteresting Darkness prepares it silly-sounding plan. Not scary, really.
But what really sends shivers down your spine is Little Pete repeating the phrase Hungry in the Dark.
+ Politics, not just fighting.
+ Emotional, scary sense of hungry desperation
+ Development of Little Pete's powers.
+ The power plant raid.
- Not enough Lana
- Duck Zhang