Hungry
by H. A. Swain


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For fans of "The Giver," a futuristic thriller with a diverse cast.

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.  Read more...


 
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Overview

For fans of "The Giver," a futuristic thriller with a diverse cast.

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?

 
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  • ISBN-13: 9781250028297
  • ISBN-10: 1250028299
  • Publisher: Feiwel & Friends
  • Publish Date: June 2014
  • Page Count: 372
  • Reading Level: Ages 13-17


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Publishers Weekly Reviews

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  • Reviewed in: Publishers Weekly, page .
  • Review Date: 2014-04-07
  • Reviewer: Staff

Amid the array of YA dystopian romance available, Swain (Josie Griffin Is Not a Vampire) stands out for sheer clamor. Thalia Apple, 17, is a child of privilege in a marketing/surveillance-bombarded, corporate-controlled world. Thalia has no compunction about hacking and sabotaging the corporation that makes her privileges possible, but she does feel shame about one thing—she’s hungry. Since the sensation of hunger was declared to be eradicated decades earlier, and all nutritional needs are met with Synthamil, the atavistic rumbling of her stomach makes her a target for mental and genetic reprogramming. Thalia privately acknowledges the necessity, but she’s reluctant to be sent away for “inpatient treatment”—she’s just met a boy, and he makes her tremble in an equally forbidden way. Basil knows astonishing secrets, like how to recreate the smell of chocolate, and his friends, called Analogs, are part of an underworld that challenges the corporate hegemony more profoundly than Thalia’s fellow hackers ever dreamed. The plot unfolds in fairly predictable ways, but the sensation-saturated world that Swain describes gives the story fresh interest. Ages 13–up. Agent: Stephanie Kip Rostan, Levine Greenberg Literary Agency. (June)

 
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