Tamsen Donner must be a witch. That is the only way to explain the series of misfortunes that have plagued the wagon train known as the Donner Party. Depleted rations, bitter quarrels, and the mysterious death of a little boy have driven the pioneers to the brink of madness. They cannot escape the feeling that someone--or something- ...more
Is it okay to say that I devoured this book?
Seriously, I picked this book up after I had read "The Indifferent Stars Above: The Harrowing saga of the Donner party" (It's wonderful and I highly recommend it.) I was worried that I would not like this book as much. I had read some positive reviews of this book and even Stephen King endorsed it, ...more
The Donner Party is an epic tragedy that has been explored and analyzed for ages. It’s a gruesome and ghastly tale all on its own. But now, Alma Katsu has added a paranormal tint to the story which only adds yet another horrifying possibility into the mix.
I wasn’t sure what to expect from this book. It has been categorized as a horror novel and since it is centered around the Donner party, it certainly should f ...more
- It’s over!
- Some interesting historical fiction (I guess . . .)
- Not really all that scary or terrifying
- Random time jumping, and not in a useful way
- I was daydreaming throughout – never a good sign!
- Silly plot ...more
when history’s not bad enough, add monsters!
writers adhering to this philosophy can either turn that historical atrocity frown upside down and play it for laughs by making zombies stagger across the deck of the titanic, OR use it to exculpate humanity by redirecting blame; identifying a villain that is not (or no longer, in the case of the undead) bound by human expectations of civilized behavior - 'oh, hitler was ...more
Holy crap! Someone show me a puppy video, STAT! I may have nightmares tonight.
Okay, so the biggest thing that will fuck you up is that you know this book is based upon a true story. Yes, it gets strange and has a paranormal thing that comes in, but you also know that these are real people who ended up eating each other in real life. So, you know how absolutely fucked they were to get to that point. They had been traveling together for months. How desperate were the ...more
Reimagining the true events of the infamous Donner Party, Alma Katsu brings a haunting atmosphere to this Historical Horror novel.
I must say, the atmosphere was by far my favorite part of the story.
It was like watching a movie that is dark for a large portion of the time. It leaves you squinting, trying to figure out what is coming next.
After a series of unfortunate events, rations become depleted, the weather is getting progressively worse and tempers flare.
Looking for someone to blame, whispe ...more
The book uses the real characters and events from that time to give the story that realistic feel while also adding in it’s own elements to make a whole new version of events. The story starts off letting readers g ...more
I think if you go into this only looking for horror, you’ll be disappointed. The horror elements were more at the end. They showed up with about 15% left in the book. I liked the concept of (view spoiler)[one man being infected with this evil hunger and rage and then affecting others thr ...more
The Pioneer wagon train that was DOOMED….and a HUNGER that was lurking within!
“Evil was invisible, and it was everywhere.”
― Alma Katsu
Alma Katsu did an amazing job when combining actual history and blending in fictional elements intrinsically. Researching The Donner/Reed parties that attempted the migration west through uncharted regions of the Sierra Mountains with little choice for survival is a brilliant setting for a fictional novel, and Katsu explored and executed thi ...more
I'm a native of Northern California. I grew up in a historical mining town. For history lessons in primary school, we read books like, Patty Reed's Doll and played a computer game called Oregon Trail where you and your family had to make your way to California in a covered wagon. I often died before reaching the elusive Sutter's Fort. I had too many supplies in the wagon and my oxen ...more
Month by month beginning June 1846 through January 1847 we become acquainted with the pioneers, their tumultuous lives that sent them west in the first place and the disastrous mistakes made along the trail that leave them struggling for survival in the end. (no spoiler here)
And when IT all...more
Not for long you don't . . . hehehe.
The sad tale of the Donner Party has been told many times. It's been fictionalized, and nearly mythologized. Katsu's retelling is a welcome addition to the canon. Her twist? There are supernatural influences afflicting that doomed party as it weaves its way through forbidden mountains.
"There's no game in these woods - have you noticed? That's because there's nothing left. Nothing. Something's out th ...more
What got me about this book was that you have real life tragedy and horror and then the author uses actual creepy horror to turn it into a sublime and freaktastic story!
The weird thing is, it could be totally plausible ! You have to use your imagination a bit and think and then voila !
I loved this book. The ending left a little to ...more
If you’ve ever heard of the Donner Party, you know that they were a group of people who migrated to California by wagon through the Midwest during the 1840s. And well, there were a lot of events that went wrong during this trip: snowstorms, power rifts, and oh yeah, cannibalism.
And it’s all true.
Of course, Katsu fictionalized this story because no one can truly know what was said or happened, but it’s obvious she did ample research. That, and I could tell the facts were pretty acc ...more
The story of The Hunger is a fascinating concept, and I have been so excited for this book for months. As you can tell from my rating, this book was pretty hyped, and I ended up disappointed.
The Hunger is a slow-burn story, but the sense of dread that carries out from the beginning is so well done. I was expectantly waiting for it all to come together in th ...more
The tragedy of the Donner Party is retold with a supernatural twist in The Hunger, a dark mix of historical fiction and horror. For context, in the May of 1846 a wagon train led by George Donner and James Reed set out from Independence, Missouri like so many other pioneer families hoping to settle a new life in California. Instead of following the typical route, however, the Donner Party opted to travel the new Hastings Cu ...more
Katsu's writing is tight and evenly paced. The story builds inexorably to the inevitable and horrific conclusion we all know is coming, making for a tense and compelling read.
Death had been chasing them a long while, she knew ...more
Do I even have to say that we were obsessed with the Donner Party?
Surviving the trek across the country in covered wagons forced pio ...more
The premise got my attention right away, but i'd heard so many mixed reviews on this one, so it took me a while to finally pick it up. As anticipated, this was a slow burn. That can be a bad thing to some and an acceptable thing to others, I was a bit frustrated with it. I don't know if it was the writing, due to the time period, or the author herself, but I felt this could have been told with a much swifter overall pace.
The writi ...more
I'm a huge fan of historical fiction with a paranormal twist. Books like Dan Simmons' The Terror and The Abominable are some of my favorites in the genre, and both have a paranormal threat on top of an already dire situation. When I heard that Katsu was coming out with a book about The Donner Party facing a paranormal entity, I practically squealed in delight. This was a book that I instantly NEEDED.
The H ...more
The author weaves her story around this real life tragedy; incorporating ...more
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"Makes the supernatural seem possible" -- Publishers Weekly
THE HUNGER: NPR 100 Favorite Horror Stories
THE HUNGER: Nominated for the Stoker and Locus awards
Author of THE DEEP, a reimagining of the sinking of the Titanic, and THE HUNGER, a reimagining of the Donner Party's tragic journey (Putnam);
THE TAKER, THE RECKONING and THE ...more