It has been three months since the adults disappeared. Three months of kids being kids. Three months of the FAYZ.
For Sam Temple, it has been three months of acting as father for the three hundred odd kids of Perdido Beach. No one else wants to take responsibility, but every kid has their limits, and Sam is reaching his.
As for his twin, Caine, it has been three months of torment. Driven mad with fever from what he calls the “Gaiaphage,” he has retreated back to Coates where only the loyal and scared stay by him.
Food is now dwindling. What they had is now either eaten or spoiled, and a hunger looms over everyone—including something no one ever imagined.
There’s something really strange about this series. No matter how depressing, frustrating, and disturbing it gets, I find myself going back to it…even if I’ll put it back down after a few pages.
I definitely like how this book shifts from the power struggle with the struggle for survival. That is not to say that the struggle for power was there, it’s just less prevalent. Instead there are about seven story lines going on at once (or it feels that way) and they don’t really come together.
The plot twist was really clever. I have one big problem though, and that is why would Caine keep going once he realized what was going on? I mean, come on, he can’t be that arrogant.
Grant has a knack for knowing what kids would do in certain situations. He just doesn’t really have a knack for making them identifiable.
Sam’s frustration is so understandable…even for adults. No one likes being stressed out. No one likes having all the responsibility. And watching it build up makes him ridiculously relatable. Even so, Sam isn’t my favourite character. He’s more annoying that likeable, mostly because he’s like Leo in The Blood of Olympus—he only ever thinks about his girlfriend. This wouldn’t be as big of a problem if I actually liked the nerdy girl, Astrid.
No, my favourite characters are the Coates kids, both the crazy people who decided to stay and the defectors who now work for Sam. I love to hate Drake, I love to love Dekka, Brianna and Computer Jack and I like following Caine’s story. He makes things interesting. Oh, and I freaking love Diana. She’s probably my favourite character, because she knows how to use her powers of manipulation, while still being manipulated by her own emotions. It’s an interesting struggle to read about.
I feel like this book could have been so much shorter than it actually was. It seemed to drag on at parts and it was driving me crazy with how slow it could get. A large contributor to the slow pace is Grant’s choppy style. Like in Gone, just as the reader is about to get invested, the scene changes to something completely irrelevant. What makes it worse is that it never really comes together. There is just too much going on with people starving, Sam stressing out, the mutated animals, Caine’s power hunger, general fear of the mutants, and whatever was going on with Albert trying to start and economy.
I like the ideas about responsibility and fear that the books deal with. This is where the character development is the strongest, when the kids consider and do things according to their fears and/or lusts for power. I think the book makes a real distinction between power and responsibility, and what happens when you try to have one without the other.
Overall, Hunger is a decent follow up to the premise set in Gone. The story finally gets some direction, but doesn’t quite come together.
A confession: I ended up reading the rest of the series on wikiFAYZ because about 50 pages into Lies I couldn’t take it anymore. I simply read the synopsis and as to how well the series is as a whole, the plot is fairly decent. (A little disturbing, but really, it’s Gone. It’s going to be disturbing.)(Particularly some things that happen with the aforementioned beloved Coates kids.)
I might pick this series up again at a later date, starting from the beginning to get better acquainted and adjusted to Grant’s style. For now though, it’s put on hiatus.
Recommendation for the Gone Series : Maybe. If you can stand Grant’s writing style and are in the mood for a sci-fi thriller, pick this up. I personally couldn’t get into the series, but I can see how lots of a people can.