I had borrowed this book at the same time as I did the first of the series, so there was no lull between finishing Gone and starting Hunger. Just the way I like it. I promptly opened my new book and began reading some more. The second book in this series begins at a much quicker pace than the first. Right away, it had my stomach knotted in anticipation and disgust.
It has been three months since the adults have disappeared. What started as a race to eat all the “good” food (candy, frozen pizza, and soda) has now become a desperate rationing of what little food is still around; if you can even call it food – clam juice, canned gravy, and other canned sauces are basically all that is left. Hunger is a constant companion for everyone and is inching closer and closer to starvation. Children are sick, weak, and practically going crazy from the cramping aches of emptiness in their stomachs.
This book is even busier than the first. There are starving children, a division of “teams” between children with powers and children without powers, and the monster hidden underground – The Darkness. It seems that chaos is erupting everywhere and a crazed madness is taking over everyone’s minds.
I appreciated this ending a little more than the first book’s conclusion, but Michael Grant does not fail in enticing you to want continue with the next book, Lies. If you are interested in reading my review of the first book of the series, Gone, click here.
Hunger was published in 2009 and is available in both hardcover and paperback. You can find these books on the Barnes and Noble website (here) and the hardcover version is $12.95.