In the future, food is no longer necessary—until Thalia begins to feel something unfamiliar and uncomfortable. She’s hungry.
In Thalia’s world, there is no need for food—everyone takes medication (or “inocs”) to ward off hunger. It should mean there is no more famine, no more obesity, no more food-related illnesses, and no more war. At least that’s what her parents, who work for the company that developed the inocs, say. But when Thalia meets a boy who is part of an underground movement to bring food back, she realizes that most people live a life much different from hers. Worse, Thalia is starting to feel hunger, and so is he—the inocs aren’t working. Together they set out to find the only thing that will quell their hunger: real food.
H. A. Swain delivers an adventure that is both epic and fast-paced. Get ready to be Hungry.
Description taken from Goodreads. I received an uncorrected proof of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. This in no way impacts my opinions of the book.
Mmmmhmmmm. Get ready to be hungry, guys.
When I first read the synopsis for this book, I had the same reaction that I know a lot of people had. That feeling of … or what or I know we’re running out of ideas for dystopian books, but… On the outside, this book has a lot of things not going for it. First off, the MC’s name is Thalia Apple. Of course. In a world where people aren’t “hungry”, her name is Thalia. Apple.
And then the other thing. There is a huge difference between being hungry and requiring nourishment.
Okay, okay. Besides all the theatrics and how this book appears from the outside, there really were some good elements here. For example, I loved the way that HUNGRY truly showed how greedy and manipulative people can be. There isn’t any real villain to this story, but rather it’s a matter of showing greed as a whole and how it can affect other people’s lives. In a way, I can kind of see how Lauren Miller’s Free to Fall could be a lot like a much better version of this book.
But then there were a lot of things I really didn’t love. Like instalove. Gah. I can’t stand instalove. The relationship between the two main characters, Thalia and Basil–
–felt forced and there was an instant connection between them.
In the end, the plot holes, instalove and overall the off-way it was written got to me. I did like the way that the book explored some of the “hunger” issues with today’s society and the intriguing concept it explored in a very unique way, but HUNGRY didn’t work for me. 1.5 stars.
pg count for the hardback: 384
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