Hunger (Gone Series #2)

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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. ...

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Overview

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.

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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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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780061449086
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 4/8/2014
  • Series: Gone Series , #2
  • Pages: 590
  • Sales rank: 19,404
  • Age range: 14 - 17 Years
  • Lexile: HL570L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 5.31 (w) x 8.00 (h) x 1.44 (d)

Meet the Author

Michael Grant

Michael Grant, author of the Gone series and the Magnificent Twelve series, has spent much of his life on the move. Raised in a military family, he attended ten schools in five states, as well as three schools in France. Even as an adult he kept moving, and in fact he became a writer in part because it was one of the few jobs that wouldn't tie him down. His fondest dream is to spend a year circumnavigating the globe and visiting every continent. Yes, even Antarctica. He lives in California with his wife, Katherine Applegate, and their two children.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 14, 2009

    I Also Recommend:

    Hunger

    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.

    24 out of 26 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 22, 2009

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    Hunger is a good read

    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.

    17 out of 21 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 3, 2009

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    I haven't read this yet but I read the first book.

    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!

    14 out of 22 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 21, 2009

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    Hunger for this book

    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.

    11 out of 12 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 26, 2009

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    DAAAAAAAAAAAAAANNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNGGGGGGG!!!!!!

    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!!!!

    7 out of 14 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 29, 2010

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    I'VE BEEN HIT BY AWESOMENESS!

    THIS BOOK IS GREAT!Is it just me, or was the lines,"Go to darkness human." and "Go to hell coyote" funny?LOL

    4 out of 9 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 29, 2012

    Wow

    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(:

    3 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 27, 2011

    I loved the book

    This book is PERFECT for young teens who are looking for chaos, adventure, and a little romance

    3 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 2, 2009

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    A MUST READ!!!

    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?

    3 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 28, 2009

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    DUDDDDDDEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE!!!

    I can not wait until I get hunger in the mail, just ordered it yesterday.
    "Gone" was amazing, if you haven't already read the book read it, I promise you will not be disappointed.

    3 out of 11 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 24, 2012

    I found this book a little weird, but still really good. Again,

    I found this book a little weird, but still really good. Again, Caine is
    plotting to try and take over, while everyone is just hungry. not
    hungry, starving. to make it even worse, Zil comes in and says that
    hunter stole is food. so, he had tried to i guess, kill hunter. but
    unforuntly, harry had to get in between them, and hunter accidently
    killed harry with his freak powers, so Zil has to go and start a war
    with the freaks. &quot;Death to Freaks!&quot; i hated that. but in lies,
    (if you have not read lies yet, spoiler alert!) he starts a full war.
    sets fire to the beach. after that a little more in, after it seemed
    this whole &quot;death to freaks&quot; thing was over some girl, who
    obvessily was that evil darkness thing, made Zil start the full war.
    yeppie! but dekka kinda made him fall over a cliff with her freak
    powers, and i am hoping, HOPING hes dead. PLZ BE DEAD ZIL! I HATE YOU!!
    But then Drake is there all whip hand and stuff, and im like
    awwwwww!!!!!! really?? oh i hate more then anything. and if you wonder
    excatly why i hate him so much, you'll have to read the book to find out
    XD. but i like how the try to defeat the darkness thing in the end, but
    why did duck have to die?? so many deaths!!! but i'm happy that lana is
    there, like, no one would've lived if she couldnt heal. but its kinda
    said because the thing takes over her and she shots edilio. :(
    but then (surprisingly) sam and caine acually try to work together.
    Never expected that, did ya? but the caine used his powers and killed
    drake(or you may think). but drake comes back in lies. so this series is
    just amazing every way possible.

    2 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 29, 2009

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    Amazing

    enough said.

    2 out of 14 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 8, 2009

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    Grant does not disappoint

    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.

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 5, 2014

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    Great book. Even though I am reading this book currently, It ha

    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.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 11, 2012

    Good book but

    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

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 27, 2012

    Rocks

    Gooooooooooooooooood

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 20, 2011

    Amazing Series So Far

    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.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 18, 2010

    I Also Recommend:

    And The Greatness Continued!

    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!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 18, 2010

    Crazy!

    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!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 23, 2010

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    Excellent Read!!

    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.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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