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Hungry by H.A. Swain

Thursday, May 1, 2014

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.

Goodreads Summary

As a complete food lover, the idea behind this book is completely preposterous for me to even contemplate as possible. A pill to ward off hunger. If we never knew food to begin with though, maybe we would never know what we were missing. Thalia is stuck in the mindset of the hunger warding pill, until she learns about food and begins to seek it out.

This book presents many issues that we see in the world today. I found it very interesting to see the mirrors that this book has to our prescription happy society where a pill will solve the world's problems. I also found it funny that when the main two characters began to learn about food, they began to get hungry again, even when still taking the pill. It brings up the idea of the placebo effect truly working on the masses to trick society into not needing something. This alternate world universe where food "does not exist," is competely fascinating and there is something for every reader to enjoy in the pages of this book.

5 Stars

*Reviewed by Chris*

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  1. i am SO excited for this book and recently read a not so very positive review so i'm happy that you loved it. I also don't know how people live without the joy of food! that is a frightening world. Thanks for the review

    - Juhina @ Maji Bookshelf

  1. bn100 said...:

    The premise sounds different