Hunger (Gone Series #2)
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Hunger (Gone Series #2)

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by Michael Grant

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It's been three months since all the adults disappeared. Gone. Food ran out weeks ago and starvation is imminent. Meanwhile, the normal teens have grown resentful of the kids with powers. And when an unthinkable tragedy occurs, chaos descends upon the town. There is no longer right and wrong. Each kid is out for himself and even the good ones turn murderous. But a

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It's been three months since all the adults disappeared. Gone. Food ran out weeks ago and starvation is imminent. Meanwhile, the normal teens have grown resentful of the kids with powers. And when an unthinkable tragedy occurs, chaos descends upon the town. There is no longer right and wrong. Each kid is out for himself and even the good ones turn murderous. But a larger problem looms. The Darkness, a sinister creature that has lived buried deep in the hills, begins calling to some of the teens in the FAYZ. Calling to them, guiding them, manipulating them.

The Darkness has awakened. And it is hungry.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly

In the sequel to 2008's Gone, things have only gotten worse for the kids trapped in the small area around Perdido Beach, Calif. After three months, they still have no contact with the outside world, more dangerous mutant animals are cropping up and food supplies are becoming perilously scarce. Even as Caine starts to recover from the confrontation with the town leader (and half-brother) Sam, the evil gaiaphage exerts its influence, manipulating Caine and others in a plan to gain more power. The ongoing divide between kids who have developed powers and ones who haven't also threatens to lead to violence. Grant throws everything at the children, from gory deaths every bit as nasty as in mainstream horror to sexual tension, eating disorders and drug use. The large cast of characters-from a variety of racial and sexual backgrounds-might be hard for some to keep track of, but readers looking for intense, nearly nonstop action and emotional drama will find lots to enjoy, even as the climactic ending sets up another sequel. Ages 12-up. (June)

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VOYA - Stacey Hayman
It is three months after everyone fifteen or older has vanished, and youth in the FAYZ (Fallout Alley Youth Zone) are barely surviving. Food is extremely scarce, and the young people are reduced to eating random canned goods, garbage, and at least one neighborhood pet. Sam is beginning to cave under the pressure of being in charge, and it is only getting worse as the general population becomes more apathetic about working toward their own survival. Conflict between the norms (normal youth) and the moofs (mutant freaks) escalates until there is an attempted lynching. The mysterious Darkness, naming itself a gaiaphage, is growing stronger, and it is working on a plan toward ultimate dominance of the FAYZ, but it needs a fuel rod from the nuclear power plant to succeed. Unable to break his connection from the gaiaphage, Caine attempts to appease it by taking the power plant from Sam and his people, but can either boy claim a victory if the Darkness gets what it needs? Readers will be unable to avoid involuntarily gasping, shuddering, or flinching while reading this suspense-filled story. The tension starts in the first chapter and does not let up until the end. Some of the questions from Gone (HarperTeen, 2008/VOYA April 2008) are answered, but they leave new questions in their wake. The story is progressing with smart plot twists, both in actions and in emotions. If this reader has one regret while reading this series, it would be that this entry is only book two in a proposed six book series. The next cannot come soon enough. Reviewer: Stacey Hayman
Children's Literature - Traci Avalos
Three months have passed since the events of Gone, and the children of the FAYZ are learning what it means to grow up fast. With no adults around to monitor their behavior, the few hundred children left after the disappearances ate all of the non-perishable food and left the rest to rot. Now left with little food, they must figure out how to produce food or face starvation. While hunger is an immediate threat, they must deal with a multitude of other problems, like how to take care of the many small children and run a safe new civilization without anybody over the age of thirteen. Many of the children are trying to cope with abilities (such as healing and super-speed), and more children are developing these strange abilities every day. If that is not enough, animals and insects are developing sinister mutations, and the threat of attack from a looming monster and disassembled groups of children is always present. In this second title in the "Gone" series, Grant will keep young adult readers enthralled right from the shocking first pages. The characters are not perfect—they make bad decisions and feel a wide range of human emotions—yet this makes them feel more real to the reader. The multitude of character perspectives would lend itself well to character analysis activities, in addition to keeping both boys and girls interested in the narration. This would work well as a bridge book or a supplement to Lord of the Flies, though it likely has too many elements of horror to be used as a full-class text. Reviewer: Traci Avalos
School Library Journal
Gr 7 Up–In the second in a planned six-book series, the children of Perdito Beach, CA, have survived without adults for three months following the FAYZ, a nuclear event that caused everyone over the age of 14 to vanish and an impenetrable barrier to rise for 20 miles around the town. Now their food is almost gone, and in their desperation and fear, the young people are beginning to sort themselves into factions; those without special powers opposing those who have them. To add to the suspense, a terrifying presence that calls itself the Gaiaphage, a being of overwhelming hunger, is insinuating itself into the minds of the susceptible. Like Gone (HarperTeen, 2008), this novel is not for the faint of heart or weak of stomach. Nonstop action and recurring scenes of graphic violence, death, and torture will keep readers on the edge of their seats as they race toward the climactic cliff-hanger ending. Give this to teens who liked Stephen King’s The Stand (Doubleday, 1990) or William Golding’s Lord of the Flies (Penguin, 1959).–Jane Henriksen Baird, Anchorage Public Library, AK
Kirkus Reviews
As their numbers diminish, the kids of the FAYZ struggle to survive. Food is strictly rationed. Killer worms haunt fruit and vegetable fields. Sam, the 15-year-old mayor of Perdido Beach, has to settle petty disputes among the trapped FAYZ residents. When more kids develop superpowers, Perdido Beach's population begins to split into Team Mutant and Team Normal. Sam, however, has bigger problems than the town's splintering. His evil twin brother, Caine, has awakened after three months of delirium, and Caine has big plans to destroy Sam's town. The breathtaking pace, thrilling action and gruesome monsters of Gone (2008) are back in a big way. Unfortunately, so are the stilted dialogue, the frustration that comes from the author writing much and saying very little and blatant sexism. In one passage, Sam "is struck by" how "good" an 81-pound anorexic girl looks. Sam's beautiful genius girlfriend, Astrid, only once thinks a negative thought about having to care for her autistic five-year-old brother. Readers who have not read Gone will be lost, thanks to an inadequate recap. Missable. (Science fiction. 12 & up)

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HarperCollins Publishers
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Gone Series, #2
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Product dimensions:
5.31(w) x 8.00(h) x 1.44(d)
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Age Range:
14 - 17 Years

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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
All the adults are gone along with everyone over the age of fifteen. Chaos has begun. Kids are dying, starving, and suffering from there own stupidity. Here in the FAYZ Sam is the only "adult", the only parent to a bunch of ungrateful, ignorant children, children who would rather fight over who stole whos candy bar than survive. Sam can't keep pretending everything is okay, and he can't stand being expected to have all the answers. Along with the pressures of trying to survive in a world doomed to perish, Sam must also deal with the fact that some of the kids are developing powers, becoming mutants that can cook you from the inside out and defy gravity. Perdido Beach is dividing into freaks and normals. Hunger is something new and exciting that not only captures what life in the FAYZ is like, but also enters the mind of an adolescent, because it doesn't matter if you've been confined in a giant bubble for months, or not, you're still just a teenager. Short, choppy sentences give Hunger suspense and a sense of actuality that will keep you awake and entertained as it captures the insecurity and temptation that comes with being a teenager. Each and every character has a story to tell, from a love interest to a creepy voice inside their head telling them to do horrible things. Grant's novel is unbelievably graphic, from the way he writes of young children murdering one another to stories of excruciating pain and torture. Michael Grant has yet again written a page turner I would recommend for anyone with a strong stomach looking for a little romance and a lot of action. He has created an even more horrific Gone.
readtolive_livetoread More than 1 year ago
HUNGER doesn't shy away from venturing into pretty disturbing territory, starting right in the first chapter. One of Drake's plans halfway through the book is particularly vile. This is a YA book, but it never feels like the material is watered down. Sam exploits an alcoholic kid to get him to work, and a lesbian girl warns Sam that the divisions between "freaks" and "normals" are inevitable, based on her personal experience (kudos to Grant for tackling this subject). Enjoyed gone and waited for this book to come out. it was great to see how sam is struggling with the responsibility of being in charge. It made him seem more human. That's one thing that makes this book so interesting. Grant makes his characters more real, not just static characters that have superpowers. There is depth to them. Not only are they kids struggling against each other and this barrier that has trapped them, but they also are struggling within themselves. Not that the idea of these kids stranded inside the fayz isn't interesting, but making the characters more real adds to the interest.
Aschaef More than 1 year ago
I loved this book. I accidently picked up the first one at my friends house, when I realized my mistake. It was too late. I was hooked. Sam Temple is a young teen age boy is thrown from being a carefree, surfer teen into being an responsible adult in only a second. You will laugh, cry, and cheer for the characters with every page that you turn. In this book Sam's growing continues. Mr. Grant does a great job with adding the peer pressure, lust, and self insecurity that comes with being a teenager into every character. I highly recommend this book if you love adventure, suspence, romance, and the legendary fight between good and evil. I personally can't wait till Mr. Grant pops out another fantastic book, and neither should you.
21wej More than 1 year ago
I read the first book and it was just amazing. It was one of those books where you hate to see it end. You end up begging for more and here it is! I've been looking for a sequel forever. Yay!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
After i read thisbook, i dont feel like i will ever understand the true meaning of "hungry". When i whine mom im hungry...i think of this! Wow! I literally am LIVING in this book. I went on a hike and thought, "THIS HIKE WILL NOT HELP MY HUNGER.... SINCE WE ARE STARVING AND ALL" It took me a minute to figure out that my mom was right next to me because she HASNT disapeared in FAYZ!! This book will have you hooked...just as the Darkness has all of its victims hooked! I am living in the book just as the darkness is living within the mutants!! <3 Maggs(:
Robert Steele More than 1 year ago
This book is PERFECT for young teens who are looking for chaos, adventure, and a little romance
Calender7890 More than 1 year ago
This book is awesome! Food is running out in the FAYZ and people will do anything for food. Meanwhile the Darkness is getting srtonger and Caine can't seem to get it out of his head. While Darkness uses Caine to help him grow stronger, new powrs are developing in more kids. Lana has the Darkness in her mind and wants in destroyed. Kids are starting a hate the mutant kids as food runs out and accidents occur. Then a murder happens when a mutant kills a regular kid and things get crazy. Mutants are being hunted for justice and people are ganging up. Sam is struggling through the whole thing and trying to make good decisions for everbody but he's cracking. Astrid is worried about Little Pete who is also been in contact with the Darkness. Someone has to kill the Darkness and restore peace in the FAYZ, who's going to do it? Who's going to win?
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I have read the whole series and it's amazing. It relates to reactions that can have a possibility to happen. It have many elements that makes it awesome.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is the greatest. It kept me at the edge o fmy seat!!!!!!!!
book_lover123 More than 1 year ago
Great book. Even though I am reading this book currently, It has to be one of my favorite book series ever! One reason I decided to keep reading this series is the review by VOYA in the front cover, &quot;Readers will be unable to avoid involuntarily gasping, shuddering, or flinching while reading this suspense-filled story.&quot; Flinching and shuddering is right. I was flinching, gasping, AND shuddering within the first 10 pages.The only reason I gave this book 4 stars and not 5 is because It seems to be moving a little to slow for me.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Exciting and adventurous book but too adult for anyone under 15. The book gets darker and more PG13ish as you keep reading. Please take rhis into consideration before you purchase the book. -teen reviewer
Keira Rosner More than 1 year ago
I absolutely loved "Gone". Make sure that you read it before.reading "Hunger". This series is so amazing so far! I am almost always completely into the story. A few parts were not completely neccessary (the book could have been a little shorter), but that may bother me a bit because I really want to kmow what happens next... 3 stars only because I've read so many books that are just as good. The world is full of talented writers, and the author of the Gone series obviously possesses that talent.
A-Young-Reader More than 1 year ago
After reading Gone, you wonder, "What happens to the kids in the FAYZ next?" Well Hunger most definitely answers that unavoidable question! It was another great book written by the one and only Michael Grant. The development of the gaiaphage, the ugly cruelty of that psycho Drake Merwin, the victories of Sam Temple all continue on in Hunger. The book was practically glued to my hands! It was difficult, if not impossible, to put the book down! I would recommend this book to anyone. So if you haven't read Gone, read that first and then continue on to Hunger as the story continues!!! Enjoy the book!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is extraordinary! I would certainly, without a doubt recommend this to anyone over the age of thirteen, in fact I have recommended it! Like the first, it is crazy and will leave you speachless. My stomach knots just thinking about it. I believe my worst fear is that something like this would happen to me! Never again will I say that I am hungry or starving. This is not a book that you will EVER forget!
Caitlin_26_Fishey More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed this book. I read the first book when it first came out and got hooked on it then when Hunger finally came out I bought the book and couldn't put it down. Hunger did a really good job taking in where the second left off. Knowing that eventually their would be food problems and most of all problems with drake and his crew. I really like that they had so many minor problems all surround this big problem of the "hunger in the dark". Through the book they started finding ways to solve the problems like fishing and making "Burtos" for currency. Next I really like the characters and all their different powers. I like how the author had put another person into the story at different times. Like duck for instance, he was put into the story when you'd least expect it and the fact that it was a normal kid that whom gained powers on accident or how some of the kids came into play at the least expected times. The author also did a good job with keeping the story interesting the whole time, there was never a minute that sam didn't have to worry about something or another kid was finding a power. I really liked that and this is why I couldn't put the book down because it was all so good! I would really recommend this book to anyone who likes action! It is a really good read.
kokonutz_rox More than 1 year ago
i must be some kind of delicate flower and never knew it because as reading this series i have a hard time sticking with it because the story gets too intense and disturbing for me to keep reading it. to me this is a teen,tween reading material and some of the occurances in the story seem a little to graphic for young adults. all the others i have talked to dont feel the say way. for the most part and overall i love the books its a source for kids to read about certain global issues that are going on today, and for them to see it on a level close to thier own. its great for adults too, i am an adult and i love the books. cant wait for the next two.
EthanB75 More than 1 year ago
This book is beautifully written! i loved the edgy feelings that you feel in the book,if you love to Read,then you have to read this series,i really hope that Grant makes a third book!
Eternal_Dream More than 1 year ago
Hunger was an amazing sequel to Gone. Hunger is much darker but still quite realistic. Kids are in a really tight situation. Food is running out, and this what makes realistic is not like "Hey we are going to party every night and have everlasting amounts of food." Ha no way, jose. I loved to see Caine's soft side and love for Diana. It was quite touching. Recomend this to anyone.
cjshaffer More than 1 year ago
The best way I can describe the Gone series is a mix of Lord of the Flies and X-Men with elements of the TV show Lost thrown in for good measure. The characters you know and love from the first book are back and better than ever, and once you start reading, it's hard to put this book down.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed this book. The author Michael Grant actually came to my school and talked about the Gone seris. I hadn't heard of him, or his books before that,but I thought that the idea of the book was very interesting. What the 1st book Gone is about is that one day everyone 15 or older suddenly disappear. Then everyone discovers a barrier that surrounds them. They called it the FAYZ (Fallout Alley Youth Zone) There is no way to get out. Everyone wanted to know what to do.Where were their parents were and what the heck was on the other side of this barrier. There is so much to it. You'll think that all of the charecters were actually real. I felt like I was part of this book because of ll of the situations. It would start a fun debate because everyone has different rules, reasons, and beleifs for what they do, just like in this book. It's so intense that I couldn't stop reading. And now I really curious to find out what else happens in the next one. The Charecters were so different from eachother, and I loved them all. In this book, everyone is running low on food, and sam is elected mayor,and is just about going crazy with all of the responsibilities he has. You'll see how cruel some people can be when they're really that desperate. Some people wrote that the writing was choppy. Well, I actually liked it that way. It added charecter to the book. And every charecter was different with a different story to tell. But then again everyone has their own opinion. If you like those action books that keep you on the edge of your seat..with a hint of romanace (nothing too mushy) then this is a great book for you. . I atually reccomemded this to my 6th grade neightbor, and he LOVED it. It keeps you wondering and asking questions
ithinkithunk More than 1 year ago
I believe that I may have liked this book a little bit more than the first one. I think the author's writing was better as well. I dont remember being annoyed by the language Sam and Quinn used in Hunger (just the slang/word use bothered me in Gone). However, I did see a few things that I thought were unrealistic with Sam and his choices. I tried to rationalize them with him being a 15 yr old under pressure and that maybe he had too much on his mind to think of a good reaction of stuff that went on. I could have a thought of a a few things that I'd have done, but I guess you need to put yourself in that situation and think if you'd be able to. That just bothered me a few times. Originally, I was also wondering why it was called Hunger, that becomes clear as you read.(SPOILER IN NEXT SENTENCE)I was actually surprised to see that there will be a 3rd book, and I'm not sure how it will go on with Brittany being dead, yet alive with the weird slug on her. But I am glad to see it continue.
Jediboy277 More than 1 year ago
HUNGER, full of twists and turns, character plots, dire circumstances, and at one point even the main characters hang just at the edge of defeat!!! This fast-paced, action-packed novel is a thriller!
Vamp-Freak More than 1 year ago
This book is soooooooooo gonna be awesome! I got to read the first chapter, WOAH.. it's even more increadible I literally almost almost started screaming in the library... all i got out was a squeal. This book will sooooooooooooo rock ur socks!!! I love the GONE series, can't wait to read the test of 'em!!!!!!!!!! GO SAM!!!!
bookbugJL More than 1 year ago
Gone was a great book you could not stop reading until you found out what happened. This book was non-stop action, and romance. If you ask me that is one of the best books meant for young adult that came last year. The second book looks even better (if that is possible) , and I cannot wait until I can get it.
MyndiL 7 months ago
I find myself liking this series even more with the 2nd book. I normally try not to make comparisons when reading, but I kept thinking to myself while reading this book that it reminded me of Lord of the Flies if it merged with Stephen King's The Stand. This is a compliment as I enjoyed both books. We've still got the dystopian type setting going on where kids are all that's left and they have to somehow figure out how to basically run the town and do very grown up things. But in addition to this we've got a dark force trying to break free and that makes things all the more difficult. Finally, we've got kids turning on each other and making an "us vs. them" dynamic that causes things to get crazy and more than a little chaotic. I found myself carrying the book around with me everywhere, more so than I normally take my books along with me. Not just in my purse when I leave the house, but from room to room in case of the opportunity to read. I'm eager to read book 3.