Thursday, August 6, 2009

Hunger: A Gone Novel

Hunger: A Gone Novel
Michael Grant
590 pages
Older teen
New York : HarperTeen, 2009

A quick synopsis of the first novel, "Gone". A town that is near a nuclear power plant experiences a strange phenomena. Suddenly all people 15-years old and older disappear. One second they are there, then they are gone! The children left behind are thrown into a desperate survival situation. Someone has to take charge and make sure everyone is taken care of because nobody knows what happened. All they know is they are enclosed in a bubble with a wall they can not penetrate. They have no communication with the outside world. Will the parents reappear as suddenly as they disappeared? Are they gone forever? Then some kids start developing super powers of varying types and strengths. Alliances and enemies are made. Hunger picks up right where the first one left off. It has only been a few months since the disappearance but due to poor organization at the beginning, food was wasted and not rationed. The children are near-starving and are having to find new ways to survive. On top of that, the town is being divided between mutants and normals.
Wow, I have to admit that I really liked this book. There were definitely some scenes that made me a little nauseous and characters that I couldn't stand. But I love the idea behind this series and can't wait to see what Grant does next. A series that can be compared to "Lord of the Flies" in some ways and is definitely more appropriate for older teens. I say this mostly for the violence factor. Language is not a big issue and there aren't any adult situations, just some references to them.

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