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Sunday, January 2, 2011

Hunger - Michael Grant

Series: Gone Series #2
Author: Michael Grant
Pages: 590
Publisher: Harper Teen
Rating: 5 out of 5

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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.


Is the second book installment of the Gone novel by Michael Grant and If you haven’t read the first one and doesn’t want to be spoiled. I strongly suggest to back away or go read my first review. Here.

It's been three months since the FAYZ started. All things have gone from bad to worst. All kids are facing Hunger, having little food left in the grocery store plus more kids complaining. Sam can feel the pressure of being a leader to these little kids. Having forced to answer all their questions repeatedly. Having asked to solve some little/minor problems such as who will own the pet they both kids named? Not to mention the faces who looked out for him to answer all the things. Several months before after the adults had gone ‘poofed’ children had gone wild taking all they can have for free in the local grocery store, not minding that doing it might reflect a huge crisis in the future events : Starvation. That said children have gone joking about cannibalism. Eating the pets they once own, or their neighbors pet or hunt an animals that is available just to survive the starvation.

The book as title hunger not only revolves around the hunger in the beach kids but also the hunger of their main protagonist who called itself: darkness. As it calls whoever get in touch with it aka caine, drake, lana. Caine has spent months in bed fighting gaiaphage or the darkness. And Lana who silently is fighting the darkness is calling her back to the gold mine where they last encountered with coyotes’ are having this thought to face and finish it on her own.

Many kids are introduced in this series: Zil, Hunter, Harry, Brittany, Duck and many more. Who have a very big role in the entire series and might as well in the next ones.

For me this is not as good as the first book. Sam and Astrid only share small portion of spotlight despite their main role in the story. Caine and Diane get to enjoy their spotlight here as they both fight and plotting another war against Sam who had a breakdown after all things that happened. Astrid on the other is annoying me, she doesn’t seem the Genius anymore. Maybe she’s too smart to the point that she can't see smaller things like what Albert is planning. Saving batteries and tissue paper are indeed a good idea who knows they might need in the future. Yet she opposes it.

Also in this series. Human crew was made. As the title of the groups says they are a group of humans who does not have the power. As Caine went to the power plant and Diana winning Computer Jack’s favor using his weakness against computers and technology to prove his worth. He decided to go after them for the plan of getting the Beach electricity cut. Zil on the other hand had made a sudden attack in the beach, vandalizing, destroying some houses and even hunting kids that have power and that includes Duck who has the power over his own density and Hunter who has the power to boil the brain of his enemy or someone. Some kids favored him saying that Mutants are failing and selfish people who only cares for their selves.

Caine and Diane get to have my favor here even though I’m not really on their side. But seeing how twisted couple they are? and how they made the series more likeable and interesting. Even though Caine’s plan fails Diana will always have a backup plan making them a perfect tandem. Drake is getting more scary and ruthless.

This book is getting better as we go further. I can't wait to set my hands on the third installment.


PS: REVIEW - Book 3:


Pixie said...

Fantastic review - I really need to read this series, I have heard great things about it.

Kay-c @DerangedBookLovers said...

@pixie - Yeah you should get it soon. The 4th book will be out this April 5th. And you don't want to be left behind do you?

April X said...

Great review! I loved this book :D I still need to read the 3rd one though :P

Aleetha said...

I saw different cover of this book. That other cover reminds me of Incanceron, the book that I really want to read

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