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3.42  ·  Rating details ·  2,423 Ratings  ·  508 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 (first published April 1st 2014)
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Cheyanne Though I would like more books to go along with Hungry, unfortunately it is a standalone book. I have not yet read Gifted but supposedly it is simular…moreThough I would like more books to go along with Hungry, unfortunately it is a standalone book. I have not yet read Gifted but supposedly it is simular to Hungry, but don't take my word on that.(less)

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Emily May
Jan 17, 2014 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  ~ The Reading Addict
I mean I know we're running out of ideas for dystopian novels... but what.....
Jan 20, 2014 marked it as to-read
The real Hunger game

Nov 06, 2013 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.
Jan 17, 2014 marked it as probably-not
My reaction after reading the summary:


But if you prefer food gifs...

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

Richard Denney
Dec 28, 2013 rated it did not like it
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.
Mar 05, 2014 marked it as will-not
"Get ready to be Hungry"

Haha what

Melissa ♥ Dog/Wolf Lover ♥ Martin
I liked the book good enough but sat here trying to think of what I wanted to rate it and how much I liked it. I didn't think it was great or bad. Thalia Apple, yes that is her name, is the main character of the story. She lives in a world where there is no food..NONE..we killed the world at some point in a war and now there are no animals or plants, nothing. The people in the book live by taking meds to make them not hungry and it's supposed to be nutritional and stuff.


But Thalia keeps thinkin
Jan 17, 2014 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 19, 2014 marked it as to-read
Shelves: dystopia, sci-fi
Lol, the reactions about this book though.
May 17, 2017 rated it did not like it
So, this is what i have to say about the book. I really coulnd't get into like i had hoped. I thought it started off boring. I really wish it was more interesting i got let down when I started reading it because I thought it would have been better. I hope someday in the future i can pick it back up and change the way I look at it and read it through fully
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
Dec 28, 2013 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.
Sarah K
Jan 27, 2017 rated it liked it
I would have to say that I had really high expectations for this book but the book just didn't meet it, but it was still a really great book it was just I think I thought the story line was much bigger than it actually was. I have to say there were some pages and sections in this book that made you want to keep reading to see what happens!! Over all I think this was a fairly great book!
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
Jeff Briel


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!

Jul 07, 2015 rated it did not like it
I’m basically going to rip this book to shreds. It’s fucking awful. There’s no way to sugarcoat it. I originally made a video book review about this book, however it ended up being 20 minutes long. I could sit here and go through the entire book (like I did in my notes for this review) but instead I’m just going to point out some really awful things about this book in hopes that no one will ever buy or read it.

1. The main character’s name is Thalia Apple. She meets a boy named Basil. Is the auth
Savina M.
Jan 14, 2015 marked it as maybe
In the future food is gone

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

Jan 17, 2014 marked it as not-interested
Seriously? Is this a real book? *loses all faith in humanity*
Prerna Kashyap
Jan 04, 2014 marked it as to-read
Weirdest. Concept. Ever.
Dark Faerie Tales
May 03, 2014 rated it it was ok
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
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
Mar 14, 2014 rated it liked it
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
May 20, 2018 rated it did not like it
At a first glance, Hunger by H.A Swain might seem like a promising book. The book is set in a futuristic society where a company, One World, owns the supply of artificial elixirs (called Synthamil) that replace real food. With One World based solely on profit, this book explores the theme of freedom where genetically modified individuals who are immune to Synthamil are taken into custody, as those who feel hungry are thought to be abominations. Disappointingly, while the first few pages relate t ...more
Jessie Potts
May 01, 2014 rated it really liked it
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
Jan 21, 2014 rated it it was ok
This is the most ridiculous thing ever, second only to The Selection.
Shae McDaniel

**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 o
Aug 17, 2014 rated it really liked it
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
Madison Zielinski
Jan 13, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Hungry is another one of those books set in the future, where the world is crashing down. One main thing is there is not food. But starvation is not a problem. Thalia Apple, the main character, is the daughter of the two most important scientists. They were the ones to invent the substitute for food, synthamil. It gives the same essential nutrients as food. Thalia and her family live in the higher life of society in the inner loop. She starts to feel empty in her stomach. She realizes that she i ...more
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