Thanks to H.A. Swain for submitting information about her new YA novel Hungry:
Excerpts from reviews:
“Fans of Margaret Atwood’s The Handmaid’s Tale and Lois Lowry’s The Giver will flock to this story.” –School Library Journal
“In a world where you take medication to ward off hunger and a supplement to satisfy all of your nutritional needs, one girl’s growling stomach can be revolutionary …a female protagonist who isn’t staunch, heroic, and perfect is increasingly rare in dystopias, so Thalia’s fumbling around for the right path is refreshingly different.” -Bulletin for the Center of Children’s Books
“An alluring adventure in a future without food…Emotionally satisfying dystopia.” –Kirkus Review
“Amid the array of YA dystopian romance available, Swain stands out for sheer clamor…the sensation-saturated world gives the story fresh interest.” –Publishers Weekly
In Thalia’s world, there is no more food and no need for food, as everyone takes medication to ward off hunger. Her parents both work for the company that developed the drugs society consumes to quell any food cravings, and they live a life of privilege as a result. When Thalia meets a boy who is part of an underground movement to bring food back, she realizes that there is an entire world outside her own. She also starts to feel hunger, and so does the boy. Are the meds no longer working?
Together, they set out to find the only thing that will quell their hunger: real food. It’s a journey that will change everything Thalia thought she knew. But can a “privy” like her ever truly be part of a revolution?
Link to MacMillan website: http://us.macmillan.com/hungry/HASwain
3.4 rating based on 3,247 ratings (all editions)
In the future, food is no longer necessary—until Thalia begins to feel something unfamiliar and uncomfortable. She’s hungry.
In Thalia’s world, there is no need for food—everyone takes medication (or “inocs”) to ward off hunger. It should mean there is no more famine, no more obesity, no more food-related illnesses, and no more war. At least that's what her parents, who work for the company that developed the inocs, say. But when Thalia meets a boy who is part of an underground movement to bring food back, she realizes that most people live a life much different from hers. Worse, Thalia is starting to feel hunger, and so is he—the inocs aren’t working. Together they set out to find the only thing that will quell their hunger: real food.
H. A. Swain delivers an adventure that is both epic and fast-paced. Get ready to be Hungry.