Friday, August 26, 2011

Review: Hunger (Horsemen of the Apocalypse #1) - Jackie Morse Kessler

Name: Hunger (Horsemen of the Apocalypse #1)

Author: Jackie Morse Kessler

General Release Date: 18th October 2010

Date I finished it: 23rd August 2011

Type: Paperback

From: The Book Depository

My Rating: 3/5 stars

Hunger follows seventeen year old Lisabeth Lewis as she realises she has been picked to become one of The Horsemen of the Apocalypse, Famine.
It's no surprise really that she has been chosen to play the role of Famine as Lisabeth is used to the feeling of being hungry all the time, she is anorexic.

Lisa works hard to keep her family and friends at a distance so they don't figure out her secret.
Being Famine is just another way for Lisa to escape her life, get away from all those prying eyes, hunger pains and the guilt.
When she is Famine she feels more powerful than ever before, travelling the world on her majestic steed and creating havoc. However Lisa soon realises that bringing pain and death to the world is not what she truly wants, in order to get out this situation Lisa has to face War, another horseman (horsewoman/horseperson?).

I didn't rate this book very highly, I have it three stars.
The story line was good, I liked seeing the two different sides to Lisa, her normal self and her Famine role.
I think the book itself was too short and too rushed, it could have been longer and certain scenes could have had more details in them.

I didn't really feel a connection with Lisa as a main character like I usually do with most books I read.
I don't really know why that is, I think I would have liked a bit more of a background story before Lisa became Famine.

I did however all all the little Nirvana touches in the book, especially when Death was singing "Come as you are" in Kurt Cobain's voice.

Overall, a quick but enjoyable read. I am looking forward to reading the second book in the series and hoping it will be better than Hunger, as it touches on a subject very close to my heart.


  1. Aww I bought these cuz they sound brilliant, I've not got to them yet but I also bought them for the second one because of personal relations to the storyline

  2. I thought this book had a lot of strong points, such as Kurt Cobain as death, touching on a sensitive issues for teenagers, and great concept of the four horsemen. But it lacked any "Bam!" I do want to read the sequel just to see what Death is up to.

  3. I'm a character-driven reader, and it's really frustrating to me when I can't connect with the hero/heroine of a story. Still, I love the idea of the horsemen. Hmm. So many books, so little time...maybe I'll wait and see if you like the second book more than the first. :)

  4. Well you may not have loved it, but I'm sure someone else may connect with it a little better. Great, honest review!

    Tia @Falling For Books


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