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3.42 of 5 stars 3.42  ·  rating details  ·  1,063 ratings  ·  296 reviews
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 wor
Hardcover, 384 pages
Published June 3rd 2014 by Feiwel & Friends
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Emily May
Sep 16, 2014 Emily May marked it as lost-interest
This book sounds ridiculous. I'm not sure if I'm just adding it because I'm pretty damn hungry right now.

You know, I think I could write a dystopia - just make something everyone loves illegal and dum, dum, dum... it's the end of the world. Coffee and chocolate have already been taken by Gabrielle Zevin, dammit. Maybe I could outlaw small fluffy animals. Or tea! It could be a British dystopia where all the tea is gone! (what will I do?).*

Now for some foods (you're welcome):

* I will probably nee
Amber Skye
Dec 02, 2013 Amber Skye marked it as to-read
I mean I know we're running out of ideas for dystopian novels... but what.....
Jan 20, 2014 『Hailey』 marked it as to-read
The real Hunger game

Jan 20, 2014 Blythe marked it as to-read
Shelves: june-2014-arc

The MC's name is Thalia Apple.



Hello, I am Blythe Pear. This is my friend, Amanda Orange. We are hungry, so naturally our surnames are fruits.
May 19, 2014 Rhea marked it as probably-not
My reaction after reading the summary:


But if you prefer food gifs...

(view spoiler)
Jan 17, 2014 Danielle. marked it as to-read
Shelves: 2014-release
The synopsis got me like

Richard Denney
Got 144 pages in and just couldn't do it anymore. I swear this book is a giant fucking joke. I'll talk more about it in the first episode of THE BOOK BEATDOWN.
Anne Engelhart
Aug 15, 2015 Anne Engelhart marked it as removed-from-tbr
So, according to the description, wouldn't everyone in this society die of malnutrition?
"...everyone takes medication (or “inocs”) to ward off hunger."

Warding off hunger and nourishing the body are two different things. If we all just were able to ignore our hunger (a feeling), we would eventually die of starvation (if we didn't eat, of course).

Hate to be like this, but, words.

Still, an interesting premise if the inocs actually provide sustenance, which I think is what the author meant.
Jan 20, 2014 Sofia marked it as to-read
I don't know if I can take this story seriously when it's basically about how a character learns that food is good and joins a resistance to bring it back.
I don't know if I can take this story seriously when the character's arc is her learning that food is cool.
I don't know if I can take this story seriously when Swain wanted to do dystopian, ran out of ideas, looked at her dinner and thought, "Hey! What if there was a dystopian society without food?"
I don't know if I can take this story serio
Jul 31, 2015 Christine marked it as will-not
"Get ready to be Hungry"

Haha what

I can't finish this. I've started and stopped reading this book so many times, I've lost count. The premise makes no sense and it's kind of stupid. Maybe even insulting to those who suffer from eating disorders. Who wants to live in a world where appetites are suppressed so that the world doesn't fight anymore? And I can't say that makes much sense either. Wars aren't waged over food. People don't revolt because they're starving. It goes much deeper than that and what this novel tries to accompl ...more
Eunice Biblioceraptor
Dec 28, 2013 Eunice Biblioceraptor marked it as to-read
I sincerely hope this is satire. An allegory of first world problems like diets and eating disorders. Or satire that is ridiculing the number of shoddy YA dystopian novels that serve no purpose other than to be yet another 'dystopian' novel to be consumed (punintentional) [you know the ones - the ones with unidentified 'rebels' that 'attack' the 'safe haven' with no explained motive]. That could be amazing.

Otherwise, I'm done. So done.
Imagine a future where there is no food and the only nutrition you get is through a synthetic substance called Synthamil. Your daily dose of Synthamil is carefully calibrated to your body’s needs and eliminates the need for actual food. So none of this:


Or this:


Nothing! Just a small liquid tube of nutrients. Sounds yummy…


In this future, all forms of food (seeds, animals, etc) have been eliminated or lost to wars. Scientists have found a way to sustain society without the constant struggle of peop
Jan 19, 2014 Xiang marked it as to-read
Shelves: dystopia, sci-fi
Lol, the reactions about this book though.
Hungry, though set in a not-so-distant future, offers a futuristic, semi-dystopian vision unlike anything I've seen before. From all the super advanced technology (like Gizmos, Holograms or HoverCams), to the many changes in humans themselves (eating habits, bodily functions, interpersonal relationships, etc...), it's a world so completely different from ours, it's at times overwhelming.

"Remember our motto," says Yaz in a mock serious voice, "One World, One Big Human Family."

The action of Hun
Dark Faerie Tales
Review courtesy of Dark Faerie Tales

Quick & Dirty: I didn’t have high expectations for this novel, but even I was let down by the multitude of things wrong with the book overall.

Opening Sentence: In the ghostly branches of a hologram tree, the light winks off something red and round.

The Review:

Thaila Apple lives in a world where there is no food necessary. One World treats all citizens with free Synthanil that provides nutrients, and is very strict on these no food laws. It’s only to protect
Jan 17, 2014 Josiphine marked it as not-interested
Seriously? Is this a real book? *loses all faith in humanity*
Cameron "Jeff" Briel (King Kunta)


Suddenly I am hungry

But... there's no food!

So, there's no food in the future huh. How did that happen?!

Demon popcorn! ^^

I think that's stupid, but it's tackling the major problem of the world. Hint hint, world hunger ring a bell? I'm curious what this book will bring us, maybe another political message like Proxy? Let us see, to be read! Random pic ding a ding!

Prerna Kashyap
Jan 04, 2014 Prerna Kashyap marked it as to-read
Weirdest. Concept. Ever.
Actual Rating: 3 stars.
This was a VERY interesting and unique story.
I found the beginning a bit slow. Because of how technologically advanced this world was, I was a bit lost. It felt really sci-fi-y to me and that's not really my thing. There was a time I considered putting the book down, actually. The story felt too heavy and overwhelming to me. I can say now that I'm satisfied with the story and glad I didn't put it down.
Thalia irritated me. A LOT. She seemed to make so many stupid, rash mist
Savina M.
Jan 14, 2015 Savina M. marked it as maybe
In the future food is gone

I have no idea why but that line makes me crack up.

This is the most ridiculous thing ever, second only to The Selection.
Ekaterina Filimonova
Не ожидала, что мне понравится книга.

Начинала её читать на английском, забросила, показалась мне скучноватой, после окончания ЛП решила дочитать ее *ну и разгрузить свой список "в процессе"*. Поработали над книгой хорошо, но могли бы лучше.

Теперь о самом сюжете.

Автор неплохо описала мир, в котором нет еды и вдруг внезапно люди начинают чувствовать голод, но всё равно, мне конец показался какой-то слишком быстрый, немного недосказанный. Хоть некоторые моменты для меня автор так и раскрыла, осо
Jessie Potts
This book's cover first caught my eye, then the premise? Awesome. In Thalia's world, no one eats, and no one feels hungry. They all take the inocs. She's taught there's no more famine, food-related diseases or war. But when Thalia starts to feel hungry, she and Basil (our brave hero) must go underground and realize how much they have been lied to. This is the exact type of YA dystopian I adore. The world building is complex, and if you don't pay attention at times, it can be overwhelming. Now th ...more
Brad Sells
Well, that was... interesting! It's unlike any other dystopian I've read, and the writing style took a little while to get used to, but once I did, the storyline took off.

Look for my full review in June!
Das Cover war genau mein Ding und die Idee klang so gut! In einer Welt, in der es keine natürliche Nahrung mehr gibt, bekommen die Menschen ihre Nährstoffe durch ein Gel, fühlen aber keinen Hunger mehr. Doch Thalia beginnt irgendwann Hunger zu verspüren und trifft auf YY, der ebenfalls begonnen hat, hungrig zu sein.

Die Charaktere gehören wohl zum flachsten, was die YA-Szene zu bieten hat, Charakterentwicklungen wirken aufgesetzt und albern. Ebenso Probleme und Missverständnisse, die den Helden i

**Actual rating closer to 1.5 stars**

Nnnnngh. Just... nnnngh.Hungry by H.A. Swain has such an interesting concept. What would a future look like where food is irrelevant? And how would that future fall apart if its citizens started feeling hungry again? Unfortunately, I couldn't quite stomach what the author was dishing up. I guess you could say it didn't quite cut the mustard. Actually, some parts really cheesed me off. While some of
I have a lot of trouble with the increasingly laughable high-concept dystopian premises that populate YA fiction today. It's more difficult for me to read and review the story fairly, on its own merits, when I have an automatic urge to dismiss it based on the idea alone and how stupid I think the tag line "In the future, food is gone" might be. (Damn stupid, in case you were wondering.)

This book ended up surprising me by being better than its marketing and one-note blurbage led me to believe it
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Ms. Yingling
Thalia Apple lives a life of privilege in a world where food has become outmoded. Her mother was one of the scientists who created Synthamil and innoculations to take the place of food, which has become nonexistent. Thalia is more of a Luddite, not wanting her Gizmo portable computer and preferring her grandmother’s old natural fiber clothing. She also isn’t keep on the One World corporation that controls all the food replacement, entertainment and, well, everything that people need. Thalia’s Sy ...more
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