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Hunger by Michael  Grant
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Jan 03, 12

bookshelves: series, young-adult
Read in January, 2011

I can't believe I missed out on this series for so long! I picked the first two up from my library on a whim and I am so in love with this series. In Gone, all the adults disappeared and the feud between the students from the local high school and the students from the prep school up on the hill began. Kids learned how to avoid disappearing on their fifteenth birthday. Things started to get a little better. But in Hunger we learn that all good things must come to an end. With no way outside of the FAYZ food soon becomes scarce. At the beginning they weren't as careful as they should have been and the produce and meat products in the supermarket were spoiled as junk food was consumed first. Now Sam and his friends are have to figure out how to harvest vegetables and even harder, convince the kids in the FAYZ to eat them. Sam is losing grip on his leadership position as he begins to feel weighed down by everyone's problems. Along with the issues with finding food the kids left without powers have started to rise against the "freaks" with powers. Suddenly the community is split between freaks and normals and people start getting hurt. But the kids in the FAYZ do the only thing they can do, they survive.
This series was so well laid out that it's entirely believable. The kids don't automatically grow up and become mature just because there are no adults. They are still kids. Alongside complaints of no food there are also arguments between siblings about silly things like what to name the stray cat that was found or what dvd to watch. These kids are trying to figure out how to survive under the most extreme circumstances but they are still kids, all 15 or younger. I never once thought that they were out of character. I never once forgot that this is a community of children.
I am so excited to read more of this amazing series. And from the information on goodreads, it looks like this series will not be ending anytime soon, with 5 books published and more to come in the next two years.
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