Tuesday, June 3, 2014
Review of Hungry by H.A. Swain
Author: H.A. Swain
Source: Published for review
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.
Thalia lives in a world where people do not eat, they take a medication that supplies the nutrients that people need, but Thalia's stomach starts to grumble and she has no idea why until her grandma explains that she is hungry. She meets a boy named Basil who is part of an underground movement to bring food back and Thalia finds out the company her parents work for is keeping secrets from everyone.
The premise of this novel intrigued me and I enjoyed the concept but the insta-love knocked it down for me sadly. I liked Thalia for the most part, she makes some decisions which made me shake my head but I also understand she is coming from a sheltered society, however I did not feel that Basil deserved the same leniency. He was arrogant and he was very rude to Thalia. I found that Thalia being an elite and not knowing anything different seemed to questions things more than Basil did who constantly reminded Thalia that they were from different worlds and he put her down a lot. Basil willingly seemed to follow anyone who was against One World .
The concept was interesting but the characters hindered me from loving this story.