This is the second book in the Gone Series by Michael Grant and this post may contain spoilers if you have not read the first one. Click here for my review of “Gone” the first book in the series.
Hunger starts three months after Gone ends. The food supply at Perdido Beach is perilously low, but none of the kids will do anything about it–they all just want to sit inside and play video games. When Caine decides to take over the power plant and cut the power in Perdido Beach, things get a little messy. Sam is torn between stopping Caine and monitoring the town where a “Freaks vs. Humans” mentality is starting to take hold. With next to no food and problems cropping up left and right how are the kids going to survive?
I know I said that I was going to read this whole series…well, I’m not. This book just got way too weird for me. After I’d made the decision to not continue with the series, I went onto Wikipedia and read the blurbs for the rest of the books. I’m pretty glad that I stopped after this one because the rest of the books get even WEIRDER even though I didn’t think that was possible.
Moving on. Yes, this book was weird. More mutating carnivorous animals, more strange radioactive beasts living in the mountains, and more superhuman powers that don’t really make sense. Even though there was a lot going on in the book, I didn’t feel like there was any driving force that made me want to turn the page. I could have stopped reading at any time and been fine with it. It just lacked emotion maybe…I didn’t feel connected to or really care about any of the characters. When someone dies I’m just like, “Meh” which is really saying something because I’m a crier. Big time. My husband always has to remind me that these people aren’t real and I always say (while holding back tears) “But the EMOTIONS are real!” With this book…no emotions. The only emotion I really felt was disgust–often. Anyway. I won’t be reading any more of these, so don’t be expecting any more reviews. If you’re simply dying to find out how the kids get out, here’s the Wikipedia article.
Overall Rating: 2
Violence: Heavy. A lot of fighting and some moderately graphic descriptions of gore.
Sexual Content: Mild
Smoking/Drinking: Moderate. One character is an alcoholic and there’s a scene with kids smoking pot.