Mini-Reviews: Hunger by Michael Grant, An Echo in the Bone by Diana Gabaldon, and When Forgiveness Doesn’t Make Sense by Robert Jeffress

Title: Hunger
Author: Michael Grant
Genre: YA dystopian fiction
Publisher: HarperTeen
Rating: 4 out of 5 stars
Source: Print copy from my own library
First line: Sam Temple was on his board.

Hunger is book two in Michael Grant’s YA dystopian series. In the first book, Gone, everyone fifteen and older disappears, while the children left behind are encased in some kind of force-field shaped like a sphere, and are forced to fend for themselves. Oh, and some of them are developing super powers – think X-men meets Lord of the Flies. Book two continues the series, with the kids dealing with the fact that they are now running out of food, “normals” are starting to turn against the “freaks” with powers, and there is a strange alien being outside town who is hungry in the dark. Lots of action, great characters, and no shying away from the fact that the issues that teens deal with in normal life – romance, sexual identity, racial issues, eating disorders – don’t disappear simply because the end of the world has come. I am very much looking forward to book three, Lies, which comes out next week.

Title: An Echo in the Bone
Author: Diana Gabaldon
Genre: Historical fiction, fantasy
Publisher: Delacorte Press
Rating: 4 out of 5 stars
Source: Audiobook from the public library
Audiobook reader: Davina Porter
First line: The pirate’s head had disappeared.

Oh, Ms. Gabaldon – how could you do this to me? I knew that when I finished listening to An Echo in the Bone, I would have a long wait – probably three years – for the next book in the series. What I didn’t realize until I started listening to the final disc (of 40!) and noticed that things weren’t really wrapping up, was that I would be left hanging in so many different ways! And I’m talking complete cliff-hangers – mid-conversation cliff-hangers! I am going through Jamie and Claire withdrawals. I need someone to speak to me in a Scottish accent every once in a while to tide me over. Gerard Butler will do.

Title: When Forgiveness Doesn’t Make Sense
Author: Robert Jeffress
Genre: Christian non-fiction
Publisher: Waterbrook Press
Rating: 4 out of 5 stars
Source: Print copy borrowed from a friend

I’ve been trying to deal with some emotional baggage from my past, and reading this book was one step in my journey. I highly recommend it for those who struggle with forgiving those who have hurt them. I posted some of my favorite quotes on my personal blog, if you’re interested.

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10 Responses to Mini-Reviews: Hunger by Michael Grant, An Echo in the Bone by Diana Gabaldon, and When Forgiveness Doesn’t Make Sense by Robert Jeffress

  1. Sandy
    Twitter: youvegottaread

    I tried to get my daughter to read Lost, but she refused (I think because it was so thick). And a mini-review on an Outlander book?? I am in awe. Even though at this point, what more can you say really? I still have yet to tackle Breath of Snow and Ashes. I think I got burned out.
    .-= Sandy´s last blog ..Look Again – Lisa Scottoline (audio) =-.

    • CarrieK
      Twitter: booksandmovies

      Sandy – the Gone books are long, but they read fast. And yes, what more can you say about an Outlander book? I don’t want to give away any of the plot twists – and boy, were there plenty!

  2. It looks like you’ve been doing some good reading lately! I’m intimidated by the Outlander books!

  3. amy s. says:

    40 discs to listen to? My limit is 9 or 10. Can I call you a bit crazy?
    .-= amy s.´s last blog ..TV: Courtney Love looking fine on Letterman =-.

    • CarrieK
      Twitter: booksandmovies

      Amy – yes, it’s ok to call me crazy. 🙂 I should add up the number of discs in he whole series, because I’ve listened to them all in 2009 and 2010 – and none are under 30 discs! I think the longest was 43.

  4. Gaiaphage says:

    Yay! Hunger is an awesome book.

    I have managed to read LIES, an ARC of the book, and it was absolutely great! It is shorter than GONE and HUNGER but even more packed with action and so happens in it.

    Hope you get to read it and enjoy it 🙂
    .-= Gaiaphage´s last blog ..Gone RPG Space • Re: CONSUMED RPG!~ (RPG here) =-.

  5. heidenkind says:

    Och, lass, Gerard Butler isn’t a proper substitute for Jamie, ye ken!

    .-= heidenkind´s last blog ..Listed: Venice =-.

    • CarrieK
      Twitter: booksandmovies

      Tasha – what’s just a bit weird is the voice of Jamie I hear in my head is read by a woman – but she does such an amazing job with all the voices! LOL