Friday, October 9, 2015

Hungry by HA Swain

Genre:  YA Dystopian

Description (taken from HA Swain's website):
In Thalia’s world, there is no more food and no need for food, as everyone takes medication to ward off hunger. Her parents both work for the company that developed the drugs society consumes to quell any food cravings, and they live a life of privilege as a result. When Thalia meets a boy who is part of an underground movement to bring food back, she realizes that there is an entire world outside her own. She also starts to feel hunger, and so does the boy. Are the meds no longer working?

Together, they set out to find the only thing that will quell their hunger: real food. It’s a journey that will change everything Thalia thought she knew. But can a “privy” like her ever truly be part of a revolution?

Thalia Apple lives in a world where there are no more animals nor plants.  One World has created a nutritional drink called Synthamil that everyone takes for nutrition.  The leading scientists have modified our genes so no one is ever hungry.  And Synthamil is free for everyone to have.  But when Thalia wakes up with her stomach growling, she begins to understand hunger.

Thalia has always been the oddball looking for relics and not always enjoying the linked-in technology that everyone else has.  When she meets a boy who helps her smell food from the past, she finds there's a resistance against One World and how they distribute Synthamil.  What she thought was a truly perfect society really has a dark secret that keeps them in business.  And when she becomes hungry, she finds Synthamil isn't enough to sate her curiosity and hunger.

This book was absolutely not what I was expecting.  I mean the first half and learning about the world she lives in was expected.  When Thalia discovers the truth and begins to revolt: all expected.  Even the boy that drove me absolutely bonkers was expected.  But about half way through the book when it could have ended or have been continued with another novel, everything slammed the brakes and took a different turn.  One I really didn't care for.  And as much as I tried to like this novel, I felt like it had way too much stuff going on which made it kind of chaotic and long.

This has a very good story going, but I didn't think highly of the execution of it.  I'd suggest readers check out other reviews before deciding whether or not to read this one.

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