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Hunger (Riders of the Apocalypse)

af Jackie Morse Kessler

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Seventeen-year-old Lisabeth has anorexia, and even turning into Famine--one of the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse--cannot keep her from feeling fat and worthless.
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This was a very interesting metaphor for eating disorders and the struggle of dealing with them. Kessler obviously has a strong reaction to eating disorders and the myriad emotions that come with them. It was a great choice to tell the story from the protagonist's point of view in order to really get into her extreme way of thinking about food and her horror at being on the Horsemen of the Apocalypse. I read the book at time as straight fantasy because I love the idea of the Horsemen so much. However, I recognize what Kessler did and really admired it. ( )
  JustZelma | Dec 20, 2020 |
#Readathon book #1 - DONE! :) ( )
  Hyms | Aug 9, 2020 |
This is one of those books I wish had been longer; it had definite potential, but its small size made development rushed and stopped me from really caring about the main character.

It's a very interesting premise; a modernization of the Four Horseman of the Apocalypse, with the person chosen for each Rider having intimate knowledge of the human folly they represent. Lisabeth Lewis is chosen as Famine, and that's because she's anorexic, thoroughly convinced she's fat and too scared to eat normally. But she's also horribly in denial of her disorder, and terrified of her new post.

During her travels as Famine, Lisa learns not only about the true Famine that plagues the world, but how her own problem is related to it, and maybe how she can do something to help both humanity and herself. She also meets the other Riders: gloomy Pestilence, vicious and cruel War, and the amusingly modern and droll Death, who enjoys the disguise of a dead rockstar and acts as Lisa's (sort-of) guide.

The author writes with good style sometimes, but it's a little spare in other parts. Lisa's disorder is represented truthfully because of the author's personal experience with anorexia and bulimia, but her character can be extremely whiny and annoying on occasion because of how insecure and in-denial she is. Like I said earlier, I think a longer book would have made her character quite likeable eventually, but she's just starting to change by the novel's end.

Parts I really enjoyed were the concept, which I already said was great and original, the fact that Famine's horse (to which Lisa gives the irritatingly unoriginal name 'Midnight') had a personality and even a few paragraphs of POV, and Death the Pale Rider, who was yet another utterly unique imagining of the enigmatic and interesting "character" and easily my favorite person in the book. It's so very easy to like a scruffy Death who dresses in a baggy sweater and jeans, sings Nirvana while waiting for Lisabeth to return from riding the world, and switches between gloomy old English and old school slang in the same sentence. "Thou art Famine, yo," indeed.

Despite a couple shortcomings, I am still interested to see how a different Horseman is handled in the sequel, and if the concept is expanded at all. ( )
  booksong | Mar 18, 2020 |
What a great book. Love the heroine in this book. Honestly what an outlandish idea to combine eating disorders and the horsemen of the apocalypse in a story. Loved every bit of it, it's a series of four books of course, four housemen. I checked this out at my library but I enjoyed it so much, this is one I will have on my purchase list. ( )
  greergreer | Mar 1, 2019 |
Good book.
An observation I had: even though Lisa spends the whole book telling you how fat she is, I thin we can assume that she is probably pretty skinny. But if she is skinny, why does she think she’s so fat? I think it’s like this: anorexic girls can’t see themselves clearly. It’s like they’re in a hall of mirrors (lie at a carnival) and they’re always in front of the mirror that makes them look fat. They can’t tell when they’re skinny, because if they could, anorexia wouldn’t be near so bad.
See? This book made me think deep thoughts.

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  Monica_P | Nov 22, 2018 |
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