Hunger, by Jackie Morse Kessler

HungerThis was an incredible book!  Lisabeth Lewis, an anorexic seventeen year old high school girl, is gifted with a set of scales, and a beautiful black horse.  There’s just one catch – she’s just become one of the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse – Famine, to be exact.  The story focuses on Lisa’s struggle with her own demons (especially the “Thin” voice), her hunger, and her new found power, in addition to seeing places where hunger isn’t a choice, it’s a way of life.  The author injects just enough humor to keep the book from being morbid, and Lisa’s interactions with the other Horsemen (Death, Pestilence, and War, one of whom is also female) are fascinating.  There are also a lot of real world moments, to set off the fantastical elements, including some very believable scenes with Lisa’s boyfriend, James.  I really loved Hunger, and I’m looking forward to the sequel, Rage, due out in April.

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