Hunger by Jackie Morse Kessler
My rating: 3 of 5 stars
Genre: YA Apocalyptic
Book description: “Thou art the Black Rider. Go thee out unto the world.”
Lisabeth Lewis has a black steed, a set of scales, and a new job: she’s been appointed Famine. How will an anorexic seventeen-year-old girl from the suburbs fare as one of the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse?
Traveling the world on her steed gives Lisa freedom from her troubles at home: her constant battle with hunger, and her struggle to hide it from the people who care about her. But being Famine forces her to go places where hunger is a painful part of everyday life, and to face the horrifying effects of her phenomenal power. Can Lisa find a way to harness that power — and the courage to battle her own inner demons?
My thoughts: This book deals with a tough problem facing many people. Lisabeth has anorexia. Her issues with food and the constant hunger pains qualify her as famine, a rider for the apocalypse. She is chosen on a night when she has given up and is in the process of ending her life.
The book focuses more on her journey with her disease. She gains a unique perspective of seeing hunger through Famine's eyes.
This book does not glorify eating disorders. If anything it takes a harsh and realistic look at a disease that is too prevalent in the world.
I found this book to be creatively unique. My only content warning would be the one time usage of the 'F' bomb. There is also mention of intimacy.
I read this book as part of the Just For Fun 2012 Reading Challenge. This was my November book. Too bad I missed August, September, and October.