2 April 2013

Review: Hunger by Michael Grant

Hunger (Gone #2)
by Michael Grant

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. GONE.

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.

Ok, so when I started this series, I had a bit of trouble getting into Gone and I had to put it down for a couple of months. Then I picked it up again in November last year and I finally managed to finish it (although it took me most of the month) and then I wasn't sure if I was going to continue with the series since I didn't enjoy the first one. After being constantly told by one of my friends at uni that the series gets better as it goes along, I finally caved and decided to pick up Hunger this month. I'm glad I did because I enjoyed this book a lot more than the first one. 

I managed to get a grasp on most of the characters in this book. There are a hell of alot of them and it was confusing at first, but eventually I managed to remember who everyone was and what side they were on. 

I'm only going to go through a couple of the characters fully because if I did them all, I'd be here all day.

Sam grew on me in this book. I feel like I got to understand him more and see how he manages to stay strong after everything he's been through and everything he still has to do. I actually admire Sam in this book because his strength, he's just such an amazing character.

Astrid grew on me as well. I love how she's so intelligent. She's the person who's always there for Sam while dealing with her own problems and I think she's developing into a strong character.

I'm actually not to sure what to think about Caine anymore. I started to pity him in this book. He was so pathetic. I actually found myself feeling sorry for him at one point, but then I remembered everything he'd done and I went back to hating him. But we got to see a different side of Caine at the end of the book, a side that had feelings and that was scared, and I'm hoping that we'll get to see more of that side of him. 

I also changed my opinion of Diana in this book. I started to realise that everything she does is to benefit her. She stays with whoever will be able to protect and and keep her safe. I realised that she wasn't actually a bad person, she was just trying to stay alive.

I really enjoyed being introduced to some new characters. Some of these characters were great and I really liked them e.g. Duck & Orsay, and others not so much e.g. The Human Crew. These new characters definitely added some more excitement and action into this book and I'm looking forward to seeing what Sam is going to do about The Human Crew. 

And then we have Drake. I wish he would die already. He's sick in the head and he's a complete psychopath!

The storyline in this book was much more fast paced and more enjoyable. There was a lot more going on with Caine, The Human Crew, Darkness and the Zekes that I just got hooked into the storyline  I'm really excited to see where the story is going to go from here because the Darkness is getting stronger and something is definitely going to happen. The ending was exciting and thrilling and it was actually nice to see Sam and Caine sort of working together against a common enemy. Maybe they'll learn to be friends, but I'm not keeping my fingers crossed.

So overall, this book was much more enjoyable that Gone which is why I gave it:
I still have some issues with the series, there are a couple of things that I'm not too sure of and some things that I don't like, but the things I liked outweighed the things I don't and that's why it got 4 stars. I'm really excited to continue on with the series!


  1. Wow, great review! I've read GONE, but it took me about 2 weeks to read it, ugh. I didn't like it much. I'm kinda sorta considering reading the next book. Thanks for the great review, btw! Now that I know Hunger is better than Gone, I think I'll give it a chance.. I'm semi- eager to see what happens!

    1. I was exactly the same. I couldn't get into Gone at all. Hunger is definitely much better. There's a lot more going on and the story makes more sense. Hopefully you'll enjoy it if you decide to read it :)