Book Review: Hunger (A Gone Novel) by Michael Grant

Posted February 22, 2016 by @Angelized_1st in 2016 Dystopia Reading Challenge, 2016 Finish the Series Reading Challenge, 2016 Horror Reading Challenge, Books, Entertainment, Reading Challenges / 0 Comments

Book Review: Hunger (A Gone Novel) by Michael GrantHunger by Michael Grant
Series: Gone, #2
Published by Harper Collins on May 26th 2009
Genres: Young Adult, Action & Adventure, General, Fantasy & Magic, Social Issues, Adolescence
Pages: 608
Format: eBook
Source: Purchased
ISBN: 9780061449062
Buy on: AmazonBarnes & NobleiBooks

It's been three months since everyone under the age of fifteen became trapped in the bubble known as the FAYZ.

Three months since all the adults disappeared.


Food ran out weeks ago. Everyone is starving, but no one wants to figure out a solution. And each day, more and more kids are evolving, developing supernatural abilities that set them apart from the kids without powers.
Tension rises and chaos is descending upon the town. It's the normal kids against the mutants. Each kid is out for himself, and even the good ones turn murderous.

But a larger problem looms. The Darkness, a sinister creature that has lived buried deep in the hills, begins calling to some of the teens in the FAYZ. Calling to them, guiding them, manipulating them.

The Darkness has awakened. And it is hungry.

“Superpowers, don’t always make you a superhero.”

Hunger, the second novel in Michael Grant’s Gone series takes the series to a horrifying turn. It’s been three months since the events in the first novel. The food has nearly run out. Everyone is starving, but still looking to Sam to save the day. When the pressure becomes too much, tensions increase between the mutants and the normals. Everyone is out to survive, and many will cross any line to do so. Meanwhile, Caine and his crew are back at Coates Academy trying to figure out how to take over Perdido Beach once again. The only problem? Caine hasn’t been the same since his initial meeting with the Gaiaphage.

I really enjoyed this book, but I’m a little frustrated. While I feel I understand the kids in Perdido Beach, many of the Coates kids still remain somewhat a mystery to me. I’m not sure if that’s intentional, or if Grant has created so many characters that he’s having a hard time including ample character development. While this mystery builds suspense in the story, because I don’t know what motivates the “villains,” I feel that many of them have been around for two books and should be better developed.

“No. I believe in free will. I think we make our own decisions and carry out our own actions. And our actions have consequences. The world is what we make it. But I think sometime we can ask God to help us and He will. Sometime I think He looks down and say, ‘Wow, look what those idiots are up to now. I guess I better help them along a little’.”

While I’m still frustrated with he character development in this series, I really enjoyed the plot. Hunger gave the story more of a desperate feel. With the kids starving, fighting amongst themselves, and the monster out to get them, Sam and his friends find themselves beset with enemies on all sides. There’s been talk of cannibalism, and kids have already shown that they’re willing to kill for their next meal. I can only assume things get bleaker from here on out, but considering the next novel is titled Lies, I’m expecting to read some big reveals that will change what we’ve learned thus far.

About Michael Grant

I’m the co-author or author of about 160 books, including the ANIMORPHS series, the GONE series, the BZRK series, the MAGNIFICENT 12 series (Mommy, make him stop saying series!), the MESSENGER OF FEAR series, and soon (well, eventually) the SOLDIER GIRL series.


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