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Hunger (Gone #2)

4.03  ·  Rating Details  ·  56,526 Ratings  ·  2,754 Reviews
The clock is ticking for Sam Temple and the kids of Perdido Beach. However it's not the big one-five they face now, but starvation. Sam must lead the kids in the face of dwindling rations, in-fighting, his rival Caine and a dangerous mutant beast living down an abandoned mine-shaft.
Hardcover, 661 pages
Published December 17th 2009 by Not Avail (first published May 26th 2009)
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Emily May
Sep 18, 2012 Emily May rated it really liked it
Shelves: young-adult, sci-fi, 2011

Whilst this book impressed me greatly, as did the first of the series, I found that there were still those little things that majorly irked me, even amid the fast-paced sci-fi and action told in a gripping and imaginative way; it was these little things that again prevented me from awarding the novel the 5 stars it would have otherwise deserved.

So what's the problem?
I can sum it up in two points:
1) Sam is a lame protagonist.
2) All the girls are 'cute'.

Let me explain.

Pointer number one: Sam is o
Morgan F
The Gone series is the type of series that has you marking down your calendars waiting for the next installment. Both Hunger, and its predecessor, Gone were gripping and fantastic. Hunger, while darker than Gone, really dove into deeper topics. The cast of the series is diverse in its variety, and you are free to pick your favorites. The dialogue, while nothing fantastic, is realistic and easy. Same as the writing. Yes, the writing has some grammatical mistakes and is far from lyrical, but it se ...more
Aug 10, 2009 Terri rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Fans of the first book will also enjoy this second in a projected series of six. While I enjoyed the book, I can't help longing for more books that stand alone instead of hooking readers into a series that requires a span of years to complete. I could forgive that with the Harry Potter series, especially since Harry ages a full year in each book, but it's just annoying when it becomes the norm. Don't get me wrong... I enjoyed Hunger, but the prospect of waiting another 4 years to find out what h ...more
Aug 18, 2009 Nightfalltwen rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: teen
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Asia Davis
Aug 16, 2011 Asia Davis rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
HUNGER is an amazing story because of the realistic characters, the spectacular

details put into the setting, and the way it shows the theme of accepting hard

responsibilities.. Some people may say that this novel is unrealistic, or too built on the

theme of finding weakness in others, but it shows taking on responsibility, even if it is


Sam Temple is one of the well crated characters in this book. He is a

fifteen year old boy who is forced to become a leader of hundreds of kids, after
Jul 17, 2010 Wayne rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
i'm tired of this series already and will probably quit. this book was almost 600 pages when it should have been much shorter. there are paragraphs of repetitious nonsense. worse still, this novel lacks a balance of good and evil, justice and mercy, right and wrong. mostly, bad things happen - over and over again - without much good happening. and when something positive happens, it does not balance out the previous 560 pages of negativity. it is exhausting to read, but not in a "literary" good ...more
Amelia, the pragmatic idealist
Pretty good! Though not as good as GONE: too many different plots and points of view made this book kind of hectic.

Michael Grant is definitely an author with a knack for action-driven stories heavy on suspense and excitement. Gone was a great beginning book for the series: it established the problem (all growups "poof" out and leave kids to fend for themselves) and dealt with the power struggles that ensued between the townies and the dysfunctional delinquents over at Coates. Hunger was therefor
Jun 07, 2009 Thomas rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Those who like action, romance, dystopia, powers, ANYTHING
Oh my god. I just finished reading "Hunger", and I devoured all 590 pages in less than 24 hours. So I basically just used an entire Sunday to read the book. Definetly one of my better Sundays.

"Hunger" is about... well, it's about a lot of things, but basically it all started in "Gone", the first book in the series, when all the people over the age of fourteen dissapeared. Just poof. Vanished. Gone. And so, all of the kids at the age of fourteen and younger are left to fend for themselves. Not a
Things aren’t getting any easier in the FAYZ (Fall-out Alley Youth Zone) since the big Thanksgiving Battle against Caine and the other Coates Academy kids. In fact, everything seems to be going from bad to worse. Sam, the appointed leader of Perdido Beach, is feeling the pressure of all the day to day decisions. The biggest problem that everyone is facing is starvation. With the fear and confusion that followed the disappearance of everyone 15 and over, the kids that were left did what they want ...more
Aaron Vincent
May 16, 2010 Aaron Vincent rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: dystocalypse
Someone told me that Hunger is not as great as Gone. But man, I think Hunger is waaaay better than Gone. I'm not saying I didn't like Gone but my complain about GONE before was that everything happens so fast and its almost like a blur. For Hunger, the action scenes are sharper and the plot is more solid.

Michael Grant did an amazing job creating intense parallel events. There's always a huge thing happening in one place, at the same time on another place and sometimes also in an another differe
Aug 09, 2013 Margarida rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: own, science-fiction
Okay...I need to take a deep breath...
This book was overwhelming! I never knew what was going to happen!

All this action...all this battles! Jesus, I was always thinking oh please don't die!!

This mutant bugs are just ewwwww!

The ending was crushing I was like no no no Lana you have to save them!

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3.5 stars. I thought this was an entertaining read, and coming off a couple heavier reads it was a nice break!

There were so many characters and plots going on during this one. I didn't really have a hard time keeping them all in line, I'm more worried about the ratio of meaningful review to crossing the line into a rambling review, but I'm going to try anyways!

First off, Astrid and Sam. As for their relationship, I still don't really believe it. This was something I had said for Gone and I still
Jan 13, 2011 Priscilla rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Blown away again?! Wow.

First Impressions:
1) Michael Grant knows how to build the climax and write an ending!
2) 590 pages, and I was engaged through most of the book. Woah.
3) Heart-wrenching! Emotions overflowed. Anger, frustration, indifference, pride, fear, happiness, desperation. AHHH!!!
4) Some of these kids I just want to punch in the face.
5) When you think things can't get more over-the-top, Grant throws more weird, crazy stuff in your face.
6) Seriously. This was good. Possibly better than t
Aug 18, 2011 Arizel紫 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I think Lana is the best character so far. Very strong personality and strong will. The line " I am Lana Arwen Lazar. My Dad was into comic books, so he named me Lana for Superman's girlfriend Lana Lang. And my mom added Arwen for the elf princess in the Lord of the Rings. And I never, ever do what I'm told" is the best!

Brianna has the cutest personality.

Diana, a masochist.

Caine, a sadist.

Caine & Diana, tend to swap places.

Drake, plain mean.

Kids, swapping sides because of.... FOOD?
Mar 28, 2015 Morgan rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: people who like the first book!
I gave this book 4 and 1/2 Stars! Overall this book was pretty good. It's the sequel to gone and it is centered around this town where one moment adults are there,the next poof, gone! Everyone over the age of 15 just disappears. I mean there are babies, and their parents are gone and most of their siblings!So it is very scary to think that this actually could happen!
I gave the first book gone five stars and gave its sequel only four an half stars!But before I tell you what I don't like about t
I really enjoyed this follow-up to Gone. Hunger had just as much excitement, chaos, and action as its predecessor, with a little bit more characterization.

I loved how the main character, Sam Temple, evolved in this book. The burden imposed on him by the FAYZ has forced him to grow up prematurely, and it definitely takes a toll on him in Hunger. Despite this, however, Sam still manages to keep himself together enough to deal with all of the issues going on in the FAYZ, including the new problem o
First off, let me say that I am writing this at 3 in the morning. Please forgive any grammar mistakes or lack of coherency.

Okay, so this was a reread. I like rereading books that I've enjoyed, and I wanted to reread the first two before reading the next two in the series. Although it may be a while before I get to read those.
It went a lot slower for me, this time, than the first time. I'm not saying it wasn't gripping, exactly; once I'd start reading it again, I'd get hooked. But when I
Dec 27, 2012 Justin rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
"Superpowers don't always make you a superhero."

It's been 3 months since all the adults disappeared. Gone.

But Perdido Beach has even more major problems. Food is running out, the kids starving, hungry. There are carnivorous worms, nicknamed "zekes", in the fields. All those vegetables unpicked. Will the zekes lead everyone to starvation?

Meanwhile, Caine has a plan to lower the morale of Perdido Beach by shutting off the power. But does he have an ulterior motive? And what is the gaiaphage?

Dec 25, 2009 Victoria rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Hmmm I thought the book was ok. It definitely starts out with a horrifyingbang though! In the middle however, I felt like giving up (like the characters) mostly because I guess I was frustrated by the characters' failures when fighting against Caine and co. (cause of course, I'm rooting for the characters to succeed) I was thinking how much luck can Drake have to survive so long?

*minor spoilers*

I felt like I had to plow through the book because absolutely nothing was getting done about 2/3rds o
Second in the series, this book takes up where the first left off and intensifies the crisis.

The book is riveting but may be too intense for younger audiences. Say anyone under 78...

I'm not sure what upset me most about this book. The fact that it was never content to have a single crisis ocurring at once, or the way that it calls the thinking reader to question what exactly is right and wrong and good and evil. There used to be a spooky saying that once committed to it, women were the fierces
Jan 07, 2016 Cath rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I loved this book so much!! It was amazing and so entertaining. To see the full review check in the link that follows...
Jun 25, 2009 Kelly rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: young-adult
Three months have passed since the end of Book 1 (Gone), and things are getting desperate for the kids left in Perdido Beach. They're starving, and to say that they're not getting along with each other is putting it mildly. This second book does not disappoint, and while there's definitely some closure, there are a lot of questions left unanswered - like, WHAT is going on with Brittney?! I'm really looking forward to book 3.
And this is where the plot diverges from the paths of things like Under the Dome -- where that book lasted only about a week, Hunger jumps ahead three months into their isolated bubble, with no end in sight.

Which means depleting resources.

Which means the title of this book.

The kids are starving, literally dying from starvation unless they can manage to work together and cooperate and rebuild a sustainable society/economy. (Once again, this touches on my love of survival logistics and resource m
Masoomeh Tavakoli
Jul 03, 2014 Masoomeh Tavakoli rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Masoomeh by: Hanieh
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Sep 30, 2013 Trisha rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
"Superpowers," he said to himself,"don't always make you a superhero."

eesh, that was painful. It's a good story with interesting characters.

but in the end, it's just a whole GRIP of kids making bad decisions. And it's just hard to read. Hard to witness.
Jake Peebles
Apr 13, 2015 Jake Peebles rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book took me a long while to read, I don't know why really I just struggled to keep picking it up until I got about 3/5 of the way through it and here's why;

First of all, don't get me wrong I did enjoy it and am definitely looking forward to reading the next one after the ending of Hunger (especially the last paragraph of the book, not the best situation for someone to be in... *shudders*), but I felt like the only thing that really happened for most of the book was Sam encountering another
I didn't want to re-read GONE before diving into HUNGER, but Grant did a good job and throwing in comments throughout the book as needed to remind me what happened in the previous book, who had what powers, what some of the kids learned or suspected about the FAYZ, etc. I didn't feel like I was lost and I didn't feel like I was pulled out of the story and given a recap of what I needed to remember. So, good job.

This was a really interesting part of the story. I enjoyed it as much or maybe a litt
Jan 03, 2011 Isamlq rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
January 3, 2011, Aaron posted, "Believe me, it's gonna get more gross... especially in LIES.

And Diana!!! Oha oha!! Now, I really love your taste. She'll get more awesome and more awesome as the story progress... She just makes me swoooooonnnn! CAINA FTW! Where do you get a swoon-worthy anti-heroes tandem in YA fics? I agree with you on your Astrid and Sam, but I think Sam redeems himself by the third book. Astrid? Meh.. She's really goody goody most of the times, she'll get bitchy at LIES but s
Aug 22, 2009 Susan rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is a devistating book--I gave it 4 stars, cause, inspite of my discomfort I had to see how it ended. Of course, it didn't really end--there are more to come. The kids continue to wrestle with survival after the disappearence of everyone 15 and older. The newest challenge is getting enough to eat, which has been complicated by the appearence of carnivorous worms in the farm fields beyond the town. As hunger grows the community begins to break down. Sam is reaching his limit as a leader as fr ...more
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“Brianna dropped the skateboard in front of Sam. "Don't worry: I won't let you fall off."
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Brianna tossed it to him. "In case you fall off.”
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