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3.52  ·  Rating details ·  61 ratings  ·  35 reviews
Feed your Hunger.

In a distant, war-torn land, every man, woman and child must either consume the magical substance known as Sustenance or succumb to the Hunger. Those who succumb develop deformities and face exile — or even death.

The scholar Azil wants nothing more than to lead a tranquil life and beat back the Hunger. But when a mysterious assassin tries to kill Azil, and
Paperback, 264 pages
Published April 7th 2016 by Future House Publishing
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Alex ☣ Deranged KittyCat ☣
3.85 stars

I really liked this book. That's a bit of a shock to me because at some point I was sure I'd give it 3 stars as it felt too much like Brandon Sanderson's Mistborn.

Ok. We have Azil who's this scholar-actor-fashion obssessed-mage. He teams up with a very mysterious kick-ass lady (Evelet) on a secret mission to bring together 3 ancient gems so that they can bring the Purge. Why would they want to do that? Because their god's (Rahim) golden age can't happen without some genocide. To do
TS Chan
3.5 stars

I received a copy of The Hunger from Future House Publishing in exchange for an honest review.

This is pretty good fantasy story with obvious influences from Brandon Sanderson at the start but eventually evoked enough originality to convey a voice of its own.

I liked the structure of the book. Each chapter is preceded by a journal entry before it goes into the main body of the story. It became quite obvious after a while as to how the journal entries teased out revelations that lead in
Apr 22, 2016 rated it liked it
I received a copy from Future House Publishing in an exchange for an honest review

2.5 stars because it didn't evoke any emotions.

I won't call this a bad book, but I can't say I'd read it if I didn't receive the copy from the author. It has a focused plot and decent characters, but the dialogues seemed very unnatural to me. I really tried, but I just couldn't care about either about goal they tried to achieve nor about their well-being.

Azil teams up with resourceful Evelet on a secret mission

* I received a copy from Future House Publishing in exchange for an honest review, so here it goes.

What I liked:
- each chapter begins with a diary entry of Jamith, Azil's friend (this is the only way he appears in the book)
- the distribution of the population in 3 different clans (Scarletti, Dorian and Azura - a big plus for the descriptions of their main cities), with particular skills (strength, motion and sight, obtained by consuming three different types of Sustenance) and skin color –
Apr 29, 2016 rated it liked it
The synopsis of The Hunger immediately reminded me of the Mistborn-trilogy. The need of sustenance to perform magic, the diary entry's at the beginning of every chapter, the important houses/keeps around the world based on important families and the prophecy about a happier time. To compare a book to something like the Mistborn-trilogy before even reading it, is quite intense and maybe not a great way to go into a book (namely, I absolutely love the Mistborn-trilogy, so how could a book ever ...more
Jana Brown
Apr 26, 2016 rated it liked it
Note: I received an ARC from Future House Publishing in exchange for an honest review. Thanks FHP.

This is another book which is probably around a 3.5 rating for me. It's good, but not amazing and it makes me kind of frustrated because it had the building blocks for amazing.

In The Hunger readers are thrust immediately into a complex magical world. The magic is complex (And reminds me more than a bit of Brandon Sanderson's Mistborn magic system). The politics are complex. The society is complex.
Apr 27, 2016 rated it liked it
The Hunger looks like it's the first of a series of books focusing on this realm. Filled with political intrigue, corruption of a religious figure, and filled with magic this book has more to offer than I first anticipated. There are a lot of religious undertones in the novel. The theme reflects on the religious ideas of finding faith and trusting in a god. If you share similar views on religion like me, the book is pretty heavy handing on turning a non-believer into a believer. As such I would ...more
Julie Carpenter
This book definitely grabbed my attention from the beginning. I enjoyed the new world and creatures and rules that author Michael D. Young created. Each chapter begins with a journal entry from Jamith, who is researching and trying to find out if he and his friend Azil's theory is correct about the gods that their people worship. Each journal entry gives us a little bit more of a glimpse into the back history of the world and how it was created and about the "gods" and the magic that rules the ...more
The author writes very well and this book is unlike any other world I have read about.

I liked the format of the book that alternated POV until the characters met up and the adventure began. Plus it always had a sneak peek of Jamith's letter on his studies as he seeked more answers about Rahim (their God) and the current state of things. One thing he discovers, for example, is how the people have lost their way of worshipping Rahim and that needs to be rectified.

As the story moves on I quickly
Sonia Lopes
Apr 07, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy
The Hunger by Michael D. Young, published by Future House Publishing #futurehousepub, is a fantasy story very well written and nicely paced, though in the beginning it’s a bit hard to follow given the number of characters with all their different backgrounds and complexities. Once you get to know the characters then it becomes much easier to get into the book.

The story moves around a big quest with the main characters going in search of the pure Truth and the eternal question of who was their
Rambling Boho
Apr 10, 2016 rated it liked it
Honestly, this book wasn't for me although I love the fantasy genre. This book is a world full of magical people and magical animals, with several plot twists. The main characters are in search of the pure Truth.

The problem is figuring out who the main characters are. To me the book was confusing for too long. Each chapter begins with a diary entry from a different character. It wasn't until far into the book that you figured which of those characters was the main one, and what the plot of the
Michelle Bray
Apr 01, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fantasy
Michael D. Young created a wonderful piece of fiction. I read it while taking a sick day. I thoroughly enjoyed my day and evening as I read 'The Hunger'. There was magic, supernatural elements, suspense, war, scholarly pursuits, intrigue, hope, compassion, mystery all wrapped up in a little humor.
I received a free, advance copy of 'The Hunger' for my unbiased review. You can get a copy here

Scott  Hitchcock
May 05, 2016 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ya-fantasy, dnf
It started out ok. Different magic, different sources and outcome. It became painful by the middle with the story going nowhere and a lot of grammatical errors and even on paragraph starting with the same sentence the last one ended with.
Okay so lets do this. The Hunger is a fantasy story based in a world where people need to consume substance (as well as food) to keep up magical reserves (as well as prevent them from turning into Mals). The story and the magical system were interesting and was interested where the author was going with everything. Although I did enjoy Azil's perspective, I found the other perspectives a little flat and found myself wanting to get back to Azil. The fight scenes were well written and while there ...more
3.5 stars really. I have to say I eventually liked this book, but it took reading more than halfway to finally, REALLY get into it. So if you do buy this, stick with it. Each chapter begins with a diary entry by one of the character's best friends who is on a seemingly self-sacrificing, lone quest in the middle of nowhere, to find out what he can about the origins of Rahim, their world's version of God. This seems to tie in only barely to the rest of the story, despite the constant referral to ...more
Apr 16, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: supernatural
This book took me longer to read than normal because although I was given an ARC to read for content, my brain had to make edits and correct the errors and inconsistencies. Yes, I sent them back to the publisher. After proofing a few manuscripts for friends, I can't help myself. I read neurotically!

Things I liked:
1- The world created in the book was creative and interesting.
2- The main characters had very distinct personalities.
3- Each chapter began with a Journal entry from another character,
Apr 27, 2016 rated it really liked it
This is a science fiction/fantasy realm book from author Michael D. Young. This is a relatively short store at a little under 300 pages on my reader. Currently this is only available for readers but I am sure that will change shortly after the book gets out to the world.

The story is set in a mystical world full of dangerous obstacles that Azil must deal with and avoid. The world is put together well and gives you a complete understanding of the world. However as well as it was depicted it was
Jun 13, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This futuristic combination of fantasy, barbarism, futuristic and ancient elements in "The Hunger" by Michael D. Young kept me constantly intrigued with each turn of the page. The story centered around a quest involving three main characters who traveled together and a fourth who was researching written materials that, I find out later, has a strong connection.

As may be expected, the quest is a very difficult one, but the characters receive a lot of help from magical and spiritual forces. The
Aug 05, 2016 rated it it was ok
Shelves: arc
I received a copy of The Hunger from Future House Publishing in exchange for an honest review.

This high fantasy novel had some great world building which was introduced to the reader as they were dropped right into the action. It has some interesting elements but ultimately if you're looking for a light ride on the fantasy train, you've found it. The characters were good but nothing really out of the ordinary. of what is typical for the genre. I liked the journal entries before each chapter,
Apr 28, 2016 rated it really liked it
So this book was a bit hard to follow at first. Young seems to have this whole world mapped out yet seems to have left his readers in the dark. However the more I read the better I took to understanding the magically world that Young is trying to weave around us. Azil the first character you meet is seemed a bit vain at first mostly thinking of his fashion sense and a party he must attend that evening, things do start to get interesting when a assassin is sent to kill him, from there we are ...more
Apr 08, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I love fantasy and I know that I have mentioned it in past reviews. So when I was approached to review this book and I read the synopsis, I was excited to read The Hunger.

And this book didn’t let me down!!!

From the very beginning, where I met Azil, Evelet, Kaval, Sarhah, and Jamith…the story sucked me in. I couldn’t put the book down, that’s how engrossing the story is.

There was a twist at the end of the book that took me by surprise. Not giving anything away here but it is a huge twist that
Apr 07, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: kindle, my-firsttime, 2016
I got a chance to read this book pre-release and I really enjoyed it. It's got a Mistborn feel to it, but it's unique nonetheless. The magic system is interesting and there's still a lot to learn about it and it's powers. The story moves at a good pace - constant action or learning. The beginning of each chapter builds on the previous chapter and I found myself wanting to find out more about Jaismith. Overall, a very fun and quick read. The ending leaves the door wide open for what's to come.

Apr 10, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy, fiction
This book left me wanting to read the sequel. It took a couple of chapters to wrap myself around the story, to figure out who was who. Once I realized that it is written from two men's viewpoints, and switches between the two, I was able to get involved. There are several main characters, whom I grew to like. There are several plot twists that kept me guessing and the end definitely was a cliff-hanger. This book was written well, and has the potential to grow into something really big. I am ...more
Lindsay Grossmann
Mar 31, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy
This book has all you could want in YA Fantasy (which is where I'd place this book in a library) - quirky characters that are well drawn out, engaging scenes, and a thriving story. The story was definitely immersive. There are some parts that I felt could have been a little more drawn out though, which is why I rated it 4 stars. I started reading the book and it after the beginning introduction, quickly drew me in to where I couldn't put it down! I would recommend it as a good sojourn from every ...more
Apr 13, 2016 rated it liked it
This story overall has an interesting mix of characters and story and maybe it is just me, but my preference is to be hooked or at least intrigued by the end of the first chapter and for sure by the third chapter. For me it wasn't until around chapter 8 to start to get invested in the story, which is too long, and I only made it that far because I had agreed to review the book. I understand what the author was attempting to do, but I need to feel compelled to keep reading much sooner. I received ...more
Robyn Fish
May 05, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I'm quite picky about magic books that I read. I have a love for them, but some of them are almost hard to choke down. This one, however, is fantastic!!! Stellar imagery, relatable characters, and an underlying good vs evil. I love that the story is written from multiple points of view. And, as I struggle a little bit with imagining the way things look, the use of color here is SO helpful for me!! Finally, a book I can picture while enjoying the story line. I can't WAIT for the next one to come ...more
Hungry for more!

I think the next book will be great. I loved the premise and how the author came up with a whole new fantasy world. It was engaging as were the characters. unfortunately there were several minor editorial issues. Missing words, misplaced words and such. Not a big deal but a bit annoying. I hope the next book is cleaner. I also felt the ending was a bit rushed and could have gone deeper to explain more. The climactic destruction was too quick to really feel climactic. Overall, a
Apr 15, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: kindle, read-in-2016
This was a good story, though I thought there were elements that could be fleshed out a bit more (why the book was worth risking their lives for, why meeting the kid at the party was important, etc.). I thought the world development was good (a Sanderson-esque magic structure) and the story flowed pretty well. I did think the dialogue tried too hard to sound proper, while not achieving it at places; especially with Azil. Also, I thought many of the introspective asides actually detracted from ...more
April Serrano
Apr 13, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
When I received this free book, I wanted to keep reading. I was wondering what the title meant. I kept reading and everything became clear. I just couldn't manage to put the story away. It was so interesting and all the magic was amazing. The characters involved are intertwined with each other. They play off of each other. Mages, Keeps, Substenance, and Mals. Only the purge will save. I have my teenager reading the book as well. It's our way of sharing for family time. He has been reading it ...more
Arlene Arredondo
Mar 23, 2016 rated it really liked it
A tale of a dystopian world filled with magic and monsters.
After a few chapters I got to enjoy the adventures of a mismatch party of individuals: a young orphan, a stylish noble wannabe, a beautiful messenger of the God, and a young brave woman who is part monster.
The story flows swift and coherent, and it is filled with comic situations and action sequences, full of suspense and mystery.
This is a great book for young adults and the young at heart.
I received a copy of THE HUNGER from Future
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