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The Hungering Saga Complete Paperback – August 4, 2012
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This book (Saga?) is dreadful. Here are just four of the reasons why:
1. The writing is abysmal. And I mean Abysmal. Here's an example: our ridiculously invincible hero (he, like the other Knights of Ethan, can heal virtually instantaneously from almost any wound) is miraculously saved (give him a break, he was fighting 1 vs. thousands in a pit). Here's what he says to his savior:
"'You couldn't have arrived at a better time.' I said as I bowed deeply to Tairyk, ignoring my momentairly [sic] discomfort. In truth, I wished he had arrived a few moments earlier, but I could hardly complain when I had not expected help at all. It was better that he had chanced upon us when he did, rather than not at all."
If the author had only cut those idiotic and unnecessary last two sentences, he might have at least caught the punctuation and spelling errors in the first two-that-should-be-one.
2. It's lecherous. The main character's first love interest is described as physically appearing "in the realm of fourteen or fifteen" and not yet fully developed. Later, *slight spoiler* he has repeated sex with a woman (his girlfriend) who is an adult, but due to a trauma, is emotionally and intellectually at the level of a fourteen year-old [well, that's how she is described, she acts younger and simpler.] ICKY.
3. It's not thoughtful.
There's a potentially morally/ethically/emotionally complicated scene where there is kind of a "mutual" rape. While in prison, the hero is kinda/sorta compelled to have sex with (effectively) one of his jailers, but he's horny from being in jail. She, as it turns out, didn't really want to have sex with him but (we are asked to beleive) does it to spare her comrades from the duty. How's it dealt with? With all the depth of the fantasies of an 8th grade boy: no big deal, he apologizes for calling her a whore and she tells him don't worry about it I kind of liked it, and they end up buds. Doesn't matter had sex, right?
4. DEUS EX MACHINA. It is everywhere, but especially where it matters. The end of the first book is hysterical. The heroes get into a tough jam and how do they get out? SPOILER:
The author just throws a ghost (the only ghost in the trilogy, btw) of the man who built the house who alone possess the knowledge that the centuries-old and heavily occupied mansion they are in has "catacombs", with a secret entrance(!) in the closet of the room they happen to be in. I not kidding, they go into the closest, do a few hand jestures, and the ghost actually says "...And we are free".
However, it is thoroughly ruined by the sheer quantity of editorial/proofreading errors. I highlighted plenty of examples for the purpose of quoting them, and giving the author hell for each one individually, but I thought better of it. Instead I'll just hit some of the highlights ... er ... lowlights, if you please:
Using "then" instead of "than", several times.
Plenty of missing words in sentences ("... he was lingering very death"). Really?
Several times using "it's" instead of "its".
Use of plural nouns where singular nouns were indicated. C'mon. You were supposed to learn that by 8th grade at the latest.
Lots of really screwed up sentences ("His eyes meat those or Reamis ..." HUH? How about "His eyes met those of Reamis" instead? Make more sense? Yeah, I thought it might.
The author getting confused about his own characters ("The chieftain led Uwian to the center of the clearing"). Um ... Uwian IS the chieftain.
Use of the wrong words ("... remain behind to support the ground troupes.") Try TROOPS, man.
Using "site" instead of "sight".
Using "loosing" instead of "losing".
Using "manor" instead of "manner."
And this one: "... the crew of the ship gave us a wide birth." Well, that sounds painful.
Oh, and not a single chapter number to be found. Not a damned one.
I could go on. And on and on and on. But I think you get the idea by now. A few mistakes are, sadly, expected in this day and age, especially in the Kindle editions, but there are just way too many in this trilogy. So I knocked two stars off for the complete lack of proper editing and/or proofreading. I'm really surprised I finished the book. So, to the author: HIRE A COMPETENT EDITOR NEXT TIME! Or at least an adequate proofreader.
**spoiler alerts ahead- but you shouldn't bother to read the book anyway**
I have always hated it when characters fall "in love" with someone they know nothing about and have spent no time with, especially since we as readers are given no reason to even like the person he falls in love with other than that she is pretty. Then to be a complete dick to your infant daughter, your lover, and your "friends" all because of this loss is ridiculous. Oh, and throwing a 3 month tantrum because your girlfriend acts angry with you for ONE NIGHT??? Really? This is how someone who is "Noble" acts? To send an entire country to war for one person, killing thousands and bankrupting it in the process, is "Noble?"