Saturday, August 18, 2012

Hunger (Gone Series Book 2)

Title: Hunger

Author: Michael Grant
Illustrator: -----
Genre: Science Fiction
Age: 12-14
Pages: 590 (paperback)
Publisher: HarperCollins

**This is the 2nd book in the series, if you haven't read the review for the first book click Here

        Now that the Fayz is here to stay, real life problems have been thrown onto the leaders of the community. Their society is dispersed, food is scarce, and a group of rebel humans wants to take over and destroy anyone with powers. Although these problems are child's-play compared to what the "darkness" has planned for them. In order to survive the Fayz, Sam Temple and his buddies must work together and pray that it will all be over soon.

        Hunger is a great name for this novel. I enjoy how Mr. Grant usually names his novels after main events in the book and it sort of gives a reader an idea about what could happen before actually taking a peek inside. Also, I knew that at some point in this series the food would be gone and they'd have to do something about it. I'm very happy that it was actually brought up because some books don't take into account every detail and sometimes big things like "how do they get their food" or "When do they actually sleep" aren't answered. This brings a more realistic aspect to a book and I raise my hat to Michael Grant for that.

        The plot is still very well thought out and the book is quite fast-paced. One thing that was interesting was that Hunger contains many events and conflicts that need to be solved. Thus, creating diversity while reading. Many novels focus on one event, whether it be "saving the princess" or "defeating an evil king." Hunger is filled with conflicts, while some are more interesting than others, they are always entertaining.

        One of the interesting things of this series is that at every beginning of every chapter it has a time. For example: 120 hours, 12 minutes. As you go through the book the time goes down further and further until there's no more. At that point the book is over. Instead of saying 3 days later at the beginning of a chapter the author just uses his time method and takes off 72 hours off at the beginning of the next chapter.

        Since the fayz is basically a society of teens and children the novel revolves around a large number of characters and their lives. Of course this is a great way of showing different perspectives but when it comes to characterization there's just so much someone can do with that many characters. That's the downfall of a big society.

The Gone series has successfully amazed me once more and I can't wait to read the next ones. A must to read!

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Rating: 4/5


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