A tense and gripping reimagining of one of America's most fascinating historical moments: the Donner Party with a supernatural twist.
Evil is invisible, and it is everywhere.
That is the only way to explain the series of misfortunes that have plagued the wagon train known as the ...more
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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
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
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
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
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
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
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 author weaves her story around this real life tragedy; incorporating ...more
A group of ninety settlers are heading west on a trail across America. They want to get from the east coast to California and are in covered wagons, with horses, mules and oxen accompanying them. There are families, lone men and some lone women with children. Winter is approaching and they d ...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
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
In May 1846, a group of American pioneers set out for California in a wagon train led by George Donner and James Reed. Their journey was beset by a number of problems and delays, which ultimately caused them to be stuck in t ...more
This is divided into sections by month and follows the Donner Party as they embark on a treacherous journey battli ...more
ARC BOOK REVIEW.
"The Hunger" By Alma Katsu was such an immersing read with such diverse interesting characters you couldn't help but become hooked and transfixed by the storyline.
With its rich tapestry of history, you actually felt transported back into another place and time.
Taking the story of the 90 men, women, and children of the Donner Party, one of the deadliest and most disastrous western Journey's in American history and putting its own horrific slant on it.
Alma Katsu’s The Hunger is one of the most hyped books of the season and with good reason: this twist on the infamous Donner Party is chilling, and well-told. Through a proper mixture of fact and fiction, Katsu brings to life the Donner Party and the period in which it traveled west, to California, in the mid-1800s. Historical horror fiction can be riveting and ...more
”Maybe that was the curse of these mountains – they turned you mad, then reflected your madness back at you, incarnate.”
I have heard of the Donner party but to be honest I knew very very little of their tragedy and I think that perhaps helped my enjoyment as I was not comparing this to the true story at all.
The build-up may be slower than most horror books, but it worked well to create a solid understanding of the hardships and perils of moving by wagon train across the country in 1846. ...more
This horror novel reimagines the historical and tragic Donner Party journey to the West. Using both real and fictitious characters, this is a character driven horror story. Characters range from the young to the old. From the innocent to the corrupt.
A suspenseful story of hardships, distrust, love, and a lurking evil. It could be said that the real story of the ...more
"Something’s out there eating every living thing.
“So is it spirits that been clearing out all the game from the woods, is that the idea?” Snyder asked. Thomas looked away. A muscle twitched in his jaw.
To Reed’s shock, it was Elitha Donner who answered. “They don’t just eat animals,” she said, in a soft singsong. Her eyes were clear and blue and troubled. “They eat men.”
The tragic tale of the Donner Party pioneers expedition meets The Walking Dead and Ravenous (1999) in a creepy, atmospheric and ...more
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"Makes the supernatural seem possible" -- Publishers Weekly
NPR 100 Favorite Horror Stories
Author of THE HUNGER, a reimagining of the Donner Party's tragic journey (Putnam);
THE TAKER, THE RECKONING and THE DESCENT (Gallery Books). The Taker was selected by ALA/Booklist as one of the top ten debut novels of 2011.