Thursday, 21 October 2010
Series: Horsemen of the Apocalypse (book 1)
Author: Jackie Morse Kessler
Publiser: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Age Group: Young Adult
Summary: “Thou art the Black Rider. Go thee out unto the world.”
Lisabeth Lewis has a black steed, a set of scales, and a new job: she’s been appointed Famine. How will an anorexic seventeen-year-old girl from the suburbs fare as one of the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse?
Traveling the world on her steed gives Lisa freedom from her troubles at home: her constant battle with hunger, and her struggle to hide it from the people who care about her. But being Famine forces her to go places where hunger is a painful part of everyday life, and to face the horrifying effects of her phenomenal power. Can Lisa find a way to harness that power — and the courage to battle her own inner demons?
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The thing that made me want to read this book in the first place was the mix of mythology with a contemporary problem that is anorexia.
I thought this was a good book and it was interesting and funny to read it!
The first pages of the book were a bit confusing but after you get through them the book becomes more interesting.
The plot is intriguing (in a good way) even though a little predictable, and I really enjoyed the descriptions of the hunger around the world and the contrast between the rich civilization where food is a regular part of the day to day life and the poor countries where people eat dirt cookies and rats because they're the only things that are to eat.
My favourite character was Death. He had an interesting sense of humour but he could easily become a frightening creature. Lisabeth’s character is interesting too but maybe because of the confusing first pages I ended the book with the felling that I didn’t know her that well.
One thing that I loved was the fact the narrator used multiple POVs so we could "see" the plot from the eyes of different characters and have different perspectives of the story.
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This book made me re-think about some things that I take for granted but for some people are very rare.