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There is no United States. There is no world. An asteroid has destroyed what the human race knew as earth and The Great Famine has wiped out most of the surviving human population. For the few remaining survivors, food is scarce--precious--a luxury. A luxury that most humans can’t find.

Seventeen-year-old Georgina Carver is fortunate. She’s survived the destruction. She eat...more
150 pages
Published July 26th 2011
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Samantha Souza
WARNING, if you are a fan of this book, you aren't going to like what I have to say.

Let's start with the beginning shall we?

This book is about people who live underground (The Hunger Games) who are controlled by a murderous tyrannical freak (The Hunger Games) who have survived the end of the world and the Great Famine (The Hunger Games) and have to worry about cannibalistic human beings who roam outside their little colony...One of the few things original about this book, I assure you.

Georgie g...more
Lauren Hammond
Jul 12, 2011 Lauren Hammond rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  (Review from the author)
:)... Of course I like it. lol. I wrote it.
Felicia A
This could have been fabulous...it wasn't.

GREAT concept. So much could have been done with the storyline, but there were too many unbelievable circumstances, gaping plot holes, and even from the first paragraph it goes wrong.

Ok, so like, an asteroid is coming right? And the people have six hours to prepare. SIX HOURS. And in that SIX HOURS this girl's father manages to not only just start digging in his backyard, but in six hours he actually creates a complicated, multi-roomed underground bunker...more
Paul Anderson
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Plot:

An asteroid is to strike the Earth in six hours. One family, driven by a need to preserve themselves and something of humanity, build an underground cavern system and invite their friends and loved ones to share it with them. Hounded by an evil genius, they strive to survive against all the odds in a post-apocalyptic world.

Sounds good, doesn’t it? It should have been good. It’s a good idea.

It’s execution is horrific.

When an author has an...more
Hmr28
If I could I'd give this book no stars. There were so many grammatical and spelling errors it was difficult to slog through it. The main character was whiny, shallow, and seemed to have no common sense whatsoever. The plot made no sense and the science in the book (um what science) did not jive. If a large asteroid were to hit the earth you would not get HEAT you would get a COLD desert...come on...think about the dinosaurs for a moment and go back to the drawing board. I will not be buying anyt...more
Savannah (Books With Bite)
This book got me by the throat! I loved reading it and felt like it was something I could definitely see happening.

What I liked most about this book is the element of a society created after the world has fallen with a evil man bent out on control. I love how the society established rules but also a lottery. Yeah, that really grabbed me right there. I loved that there is excitement, action, and lots of drama.

The love that the plot follows the conspiracy of the society and what has happen to eart...more
Andrea Wright
I wanted to enjoy this book. I really did. I try to be objective when reading young adult because it is fiction written for a younger audience. However, I have read so many good young adult post-apocalyptic/dystopian novels and this one fell flat.

I don't want to give any spoilers so I'll keep this general. The editing really needed some work. Granted, I only paid $3.99 for this book, but there were places where I had to read the sentence several times because words were omitted and I had to piec...more
Trisha Wolfe
The world of FAMISHED is eerie and frightening. The thought of living underground, scared to breach outside dirt walls, creeps me out in so many ways. Georigie’s life in the colony is harsh, but it’s marginally better than living above her guarded city. At least she eats and has friends and family. Those that survived the apocalypse have been turned into desperate creatures seeking food. Cannibals driven mad by starvation. It paints a haunting picture of what our world might look like after a ca...more
Ashley
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Caroline McMaster

Georgina Carver is one of the lucky few who have survived the Asteroid as well as The Great Famine. She lives relatively safely in an underground colony with her family and other survivors. When supplies supposedly dwindles underground, Georgina along with a boy named Colin must face the destruction above in order to help their colony. When a group of cannibals attack, Georgina thinks all hope is lost. Somehow, though, she lives through it. With her memory gone and no recollection of the events...more
Logan
I am on page 32. Never in my life have I ever hated a book so much after the first two chapters. The characters are terribly unrealistic, Georgina narrates the story like a ten year old girl would, and the adults talk like their talking to babies. Aside from the terrible characters, the grammar and spelling is terrible. There are areas where words are missing, words are clumped together, or just plain spelled wrong. There are commas in places they shouldn't be and no commas in places a comma bel...more
M
Feb 08, 2012 M rated it 1 of 5 stars
Shelves: no
I really tried to give this book a chance, but I had to abandon it about 1/3 of the way through. I seriously don't know how this book has the rating that it does. I don't know if it's because I got it dirt cheap from the Kindle store, but as others have mentioned, it was riddled with grammatical errors. Was this edited by a freaking chimpanzee?

Maybe it's just my personal preference, but I really disliked the author's style of writing. While the premise seemed like something I'd enjoy, I just co...more
Huong
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Brandy
Famished?
Why, yes I am!
I tore through this book with a ravenous intensity.
Although many other reviewers who came before me had no appetite for the book I loved it!
Maybe a few were a little to full of themselves?
Haha! It's a joke!
Seriously!
Please use caution when reading this book and be advised that it is extremely flawed.
Don't expect perfection.
The author meant well and it was a wonderful idea.
Regardless this book is a beautiful disaster and I'm already hungry for more.
Seconds, please!
P.M.
The premise of this novel looked inviting: an asteroid smashes into the earth. What it turned out to be was AWFUL! My complaints:
1. The heroine was named Georgina.
2. As the asteroid screeches overhead, Georgie's dad takes a shovel and starts to dig a shelter which saves 15 families.
3. Spelling errors.
4. Lack of punctuation.
5. Homonym problems - The rope was taught. How well did it learn, I wonder?
6. I lied in bed. Did she lie anywhere else or was she truthful in other locales?
7. The head of the...more
Cameo
The outside world of Famished was completely creepy, where Cannibals and decayed ones roam. I like creepy, especially with post-apocalyptic novels. The author provided a lot of twists and turns that kept me reading, and now... I can't wait to see what happens in the next.
Ginny Littlefield
Great concept. Bad execution. I wanted to love this book it had so much potential. 1. it was to rushed in many areas. 2. unbelievable world building, he built a fallout shelter in 6 hours with a shovel!3. magic supply's, where is the electricity, water, and air coming from, not to mention everything else? There are so many other plot holes but if I were to point them all out the review would be longer than the book. I would like to know about that ending though, if the writer reads this review p...more
Maaike
In het begin moest ik heel erg aan de dialoogstijl wennen en uiteindelijk kwam ik in het verhaal en was het spannend en erg leuk. Al stonden er wel veel schrijffouten in het boek - helaas. Ik had Famished vier sterren willen geven, maar het einde was zó crappy, dat ik het maar twee sterren geef. Het heeft een epiloog - Yay! - maar die heeft een einde alsof er nog minstens twee à drie hoofdstukken moeten komen. Er is eigenlijk niet echt een einde (zelfs niet iets wat zich voor kan doen als een "o...more
Victoria Scott
A creeptastic cocktail of originality and suspense!
Kye-lee
A few spelling, punctuation and grammar mistakes, not too offensive however a tad of a detriment for the author as it often tore the focus away from the story, which I really enjoyed the pace, plot and twists.

I enjoyed reading this book and I'm still looking forward to the sequel. I think that Lauren Hammond has built a scary post-apocalyptic world that shows the extremes people take to assert control over others, when they have lost so much control over their own lives and the world they live...more
L.M. Preston
Book Review by Teen book reviewer NYIA

This is a good dystopian. The main character lives underground in a post apocalypse. Her dad built an underground home for her family. The mean adults sent kids out to scavenge for food with a boy that was her non-crush that she fights against liking. So while they were gathering stuff the boy left her in danger. I like that she still continued with her job even though her partner left her. Then it gets even more dangerous when cannibals were chasing them! H...more
Regina Linton
Wowza. I loved reading this book so much I did it all at once. I couldn't stand not knowing what was going to happen next. Craving Hunger Games from Suzanne Collins? Yeah, then you will eat this series up. It will leave you FAMISHED and wanting more by the last page.

I won this book from Lauren and am so happy I got the chance to read it. A wonderful story about a colony living underground trying to survive. Georgina is one tough young lady and has heroine written all over her.

When her name is d...more
Colette
amished is one of those books that I alternated between really liking and not being so sure about it. I had it read in one afternoon, and while I had some problems with it I'm still thinking about it hours later wondering about the fate of the heroine. :)

Famished was one of the more grittier YA Dystopian books I've read. The world that 17 year old Georgiana Carver knew is no more. An asteroid came and ruined everything. After the asteroid came and it was obvious that things were only going to ge...more
nymfaux
From my blog: (\__/)nymfaux

I want to mention that I’m still a little hesitant when it comes to dystopian/post-apocalyptic books, which is why Lauren Hammond’s new release Famished was such a pleasant surprise when I picked it up!

Famished begins on the brink of the world collapsing as an asteroid rushes toward Earth on a collision course. While most people are running around crazy, Georgina Carver’s parents are preparing to survive what is imminently looking more and more like the end of the worl...more
Kelly Hashway
Famished is the story of Georgina Carver, a girl who lives in an underground colony after the destruction of the earth. She considers herself fortunate because unlike the survivors on the earth's surface, she has food to eat each day. But when the colony decides to hold a lottery and send two teenagers to the surface to search for supplies, Georgina is selected to go. She sees firsthand just how bad things are up above. Hammond paints a clear picture in the mind of the reader, making you experie...more
Caro
Huh.
Not sure about this one.
Famished is about a girl called Georgina who lives in an underground colony with strict rules ever since an asteroid hit Earth.
Georgina and her crush are picked to become "Gatherers" - they need to go up in the dangerous world full of cannibals and other creatures the apocalypse left behind. How will Georgina prevail in a dead wasteland that is nothing but hostile?
While the premise is interesting (though not really original - Dystopians are really popular these days),...more
Heather
At first I didn't think I was going to be able to finish this book. Practically, the first HALF of it I was kinda bored. But when Georgie and Colin finally went up into the New Earth everything changed for me! Suddenly it was exciting and I couldn't put it down. However, the ending...

Yep, that is pretty much the same way the book ended. With so much unanswered and with me wanting a lot more.

I'd still recommend it if you like dystopian books. I've realized I love them! When looking at books I've...more
Pamela Gold
I have three words to express my feelings toward Lauren Hammond's new novel Famished.

Expect the unexpected!

Some may compare this novel with others stating that it's a copycat. I beg to differ. The setting is unique. The descriptions place you within the world of the characters in this book; characters you will fall in love with and come to truly care for. Hammond isn't afraid to take a chance as the story unfolds, which is what I mean by expect the unexpected.

Famished contains young love, famil...more
Nicole
~I did kind of like the book, but I couldn't get over the facet that it was choppy, the characters were hardly described, and the fact it is probably every English teacher's worst nightmare. The only real way that I could tell the characters apart was their names and very rare descriptions given about them. For instance, I didn't even know the main character, Georgina, had red hair till the book was more than half-ways over. I even had to reread parts to understand what Lauren Hammond was trying...more
Miranda
1.5 stars. The only reason I finished this was for a reading challenge and then only because it was a quick read. That was about its only redeeming quality. The characters were flat and boring. Even the "exciting" parts were blah. And there were so many typos. Horrible editing.

The entire concept was unbelievable. An astroid is coming for earth so I'm going to start digging a hole in my backyard to live in. And then tunnel to the neighbors. And then live there for years. So not happening. If it'...more
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