ARC Review: The Hunger by Alma Katsu

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ARC Review: The Hunger by Alma Katsu
The Hunger

4 Stars


Book Info

Released: March 6th, 2018
Genre: Historical Fiction
Pages: 400
Format: eARC
 

Recommended Read!

“Ms. Katsu not only relayed the story with vivid imagination, she wrote of realistic situations and hard decisions of survival.  It will make you think”
~ Under the Covers

The Hunger by Alma Katsu is a retelling of the misfortunes that plagued the Donner Party in search of a new life. Ms. Katsu not only relayed the story with vivid imagination, she wrote of realistic situations and hard decisions of survival. It will make you think.  A fair warning, though this book is infused with supernatural elements, it did not soften the horror of the story. Yes, there is murder(s). Yes, there will be gruesome deaths. And Yes, as what the Donner Party is famous for, there is Cannibalism.

On a yearly basis, the Donner Pass(named after the Donner Party) go through bad snow seasons in which the highways are known to be very dangerous areas. So, every time we pass by this area, The Donner Party always come up in conversations. But even with the information I knew, it didn’t prepare me for The Hunger. I was floored with what the Donner Party had gone through; starvation, desperation, fear, and loss. At some point, I kept hoping there would be an alternate ending to make light on things, but to no avail. However, a character’s decision in the end, gave a whole lot of reprieve. It is exactly what I would do. I commend her for it.

 

 

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About Alma Katsu

Alma Katsu's debut, The Taker, has been compared to the early work of Anne Rice, Elizabeth Kostova's The Historian and Diana Gabaldon's Outlander for combining the historical, supernatural and fantasy in one story. The novel was named a Top Ten Debut Novel of 2011 by the American Library Association and rights have sold been in 16 languages. The Reckoning, the second book in the trilogy, was published in June 2012, and the third and final book, The Descent, will be published in January 2014. The Taker Trilogy is published by Gallery Books/Simon and Schuster and Century/Random House UK.

Ms. Katsu lives outside of Washington, DC with her husband, musician Bruce Katsu. In addition to her novels, Ms. Katsu has been a signature reviewer for Publishers Weekly and an occasional contributor to The Huffington Post. She is a graduate of the Master's writing program at the Johns Hopkins University and received her bachelor's degree from Brandeis University, where she studied with John Irving. She also attended the Squaw Valley Community of Writers.

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Kathy Valentine

Great review angela!! Shared on all my socials!!

Elizabeth

This seems like it tells the story of this group very well.

Darynda Jones

Well hello there. This sounds fantastic. Thanks for the review!

Timitra

Thanks for the rec Angela

Amy R

Thanks for the review.

Darynda Jones

Well hello there. This sounds fantastic. Thanks for the review!

Elizabeth

This seems like it tells the story of this group very well.

Kathy Valentine

Great review angela!! Shared on all my socials!!

Timitra

Thanks for the rec Angela

Amy R

Thanks for the review.