In Hunger by Jackie Morse Kessler, Lisbeth Lewis is approached by Death and given a job. She is Famine, the Black Rider, one of the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse. Ruled by her “thin voice” Lisa is anorexic and depressed. Hating herself and her constant battle with food she takes to her black steed to run away from her problems. Lisa is taken to famine stricken regions of the world and sees how true hunger affects the world. Lisa takes the things she has seen to heart and tries to fight the “thin voice” while also wielding her Scales for good. Will Lisa overcome her disease and be able to use Famine for good?
This book brings to light the heavy subject of eating disorders. Lisa fell into the dark world of anorexia to try and become what she thought was perfect. Weighing herself each morning and picking her body apart in the mirror, Lisa was never satisfied. When her friends tried to tell her she might need some help she retreats even farther into denial and isolates herself even more. Lisa’s inner dialogue was perfection!
I loved the twist of the Four Horseman to this heavy subject. Death is in the form of Kurt Cobain and somewhat of a philosopher. Lisa also meets Pestilence who is a Philanthropist, and War who is well, War. Lisa’s realization that she was fighting a war within herself helped her come to terms with her disorder and with the Red Horseman War. I highly recommend this novel to anyone! I loved it!
Horsemen of the Apocalypse:
Rage (available April 2011)
Author: Jackie Morse Kessler
Format: Paperback, eBook
Page Numbers: 180
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Release Date: 10/18/2010
Available for purchase: Amazon.com, Barnes & Noble,
**I received a copy of this book from the NetGalley but was not required to provide a review and it did not impact my review in any way.