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 (Synopsis taken from Goodreads)
First, some food gifs.
As a foodie, that idea is horrifying.
Hungry takes place in a world where food is outlawed. Instead, everyone takes inocs, which, as well as nourishing you, ward off hunger. Our main character, Thalia Apple, is starting to feel the affects of hunger for the first time in her life. All forms of real food (plants, animals, seeds, ect) have been eliminated purposely or accidentally though wars. Now everyone lives off of Syntamil, and Thalia’s parents are two of the scientists that created it. Thanks to this, she lives a life of privilege.
Then she meets Basil, another teenager who feels hunger. She finds out the truth about the OneWorld Corporation, which isn’t as good and just as they might want to believe.
This book was…odd. First off, I find it extremely unlikely that both teenagers who feel hunger are named after food. Is that like a side effect? If I named my kid “Saffron” or “Olive” would they feel hungry, too? And the love between Basil and Thalia felt too instant. They argued and bickered, and half the time they were angry at each other, but of course it was true love at first sight. It would have been much more interesting if they had been enemies, or even best friends. But them falling in love felt too predictable.
The world building was also super confusing. The way it was described made me very confused. Is, like, the whole world cement and hologram plants? Is it plain dirt? I was super confused about that. Also,everything was all tumbled together and I was confused for most of the books. One minute they’re in a community of farmers, the next Thalia is expected to get pregnant?
This book felt a bit too fast pasted, and while there were a few things that I liked, most of the time I was in a state of confusion because I had no idea what I was reading.
Right. So, today I’m finally going to go see Cinderella, which I’ve heard is really good. And tomorrow we’re going to a waterpark, which, despite living less than forty-five minutes from it, I have never gone too. It should be fun.
Also, thanks to those gifs, I’m getting hungry.