Friday, April 8, 2011
Hunger by Jackie Morse Kessler
Lisabeth Lewis has a black steed, a set of scales, and a new job: she’s been appointed Famine. How will an anorexic seventeen-year-old girl from the suburbs fare as one of the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse? Traveling the world on her steed gives Lisa freedom from her troubles at home—her constant battle with hunger, and her struggle to hide it from the people who care about her. But being Famine forces her to go places where hunger is a painful part of everyday life, and to face the horrifying effects of her phenomenal power. Can Lisa find a way to harness that power—and the courage to fight her own inner demons? A wildly original approach to the issue of eating disorders, Hunger is about the struggle to find balance in a world of extremes, and uses fantastic tropes to explore a difficult topic that touches the lives of many teens Hunger (Riders of the Apocalypse)
The ties between the main characters and the Horsemen of the Apocalypse in this new series by Jackie Morse Kessler is very imaginative. They are really short books (just under 200 pages each) and very interesting. So far I have read Hunger, which is the first book that was published in the Riders of the Apocalypse series and it deals with a girl Lisabeth whom is anorexic. We get to see inside her head on what makes her not want to eat and how she views her own self image.
The main characters have to not only learn how to face world-wide issues but also their own. Lisbeth's journey in this book is saddening and very detailed and to-the-point facts that will emotionally punch the reading into realizing not only what goes on within the heads of others, but brings in the whole factor of realize what other people world-wide deal with.
Lisbeth brings her punishment upon herself, but now she must witness others being punished for what they cannot control.
Very powerful and moving story.
Stay tuned, Thursday I will have a post on my thoughts about the next book RAGE.
Authors website: http://www.jackiemorsekessler.com/books/