By Jackie Morse Kessler
Becoming one of the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse isn't exactly a normal everyday event any teenager.The fictional work Hunger is about a young girl, Lizabeth Lewis, who does just that. Lizabeth Lewis is anorexic and even attempts to commit suicide in the beginning of the book. Because of this, she is visited by Death who has chosen her as the next Black Rider, or Famine. At first she doesn't accept this and the responsibility that comes with it. However, as the book progresses, she learns that her powers of Famine aren't used only to hurt others; she can use them to sate the hunger of others, as well as cause it. The theme of this book becomes rather apparent near the middle, showing that if we accept who we are we can be happy and strong.
What was the genre of the book?
Hunger is a book of fiction. One could argue that it reaches into high fantasy as well. The book is mostly placed in modern times, with nothing too out of the ordinary, other than the Four Horsemen.
Was the ending satisfactory (for fiction)? Why or why not?
Personally, I did not like the ending one bit. It left me asking one big question, which would normally be fine, that left me almost angry with the book. At the end of the book, Lizabeth Lewis accepts help from her friends and family and receives help for her anorexia. Death also gives her the choice to either give up her position of Famine, or to accept her position as Famine and become a Horseman of The Apocalypse. The book ends before you find out what she chose, which, quite frankly, really bothers me!
What did you enjoy about the book?
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What was the author’s purpose for writing this book?
I believe that the author wrote this book in order to speak about the problem of anorexia in our culture. It really focuses on the need to get help, as this can be very dangerous. It also has a strong theme of accepting who you are and being able to like that person.