Saturday, May 1, 2010

Cover Twinlettes but Mostly Hunger

I posted my review of Incarceron by Catherine Fisher Thursday...just a few days after I saw this book (how slow to find things am I?), Hunger by Jackie Morse Kessler.

As further evidence of my not exactly being super quick to catch on, it took me a little bit to realize Jackie Morse Kessler is Jackie Kessler. And I since I met Jackie Kessler at RT's Book Fair last year (where I am/was not this year like I'd planned D:) I thought now would be a great time for this post...

This post that now has a point: Am I the only one that finds the two covers similar?

Here's the synopsis (via B&
"Come on, Lisabeth," Death said, not unkindly. "It’s time to do your job."

The words didn’t make any sense. "My job?" Lisa said as Death helped her
to her feet. She was a seventeen-year-old high school junior in the suburbs; she
didn’t have a job.

"Thou art Famine, yo," Death said. "Time to make with
the starvation."

Lisabeth Lewis is no stranger to starvation. Her
life revolves around counting calories, constant exercise, denying herself even
the strongest cravings. Lisa is in a constant battle with hunger for control
over her body. When, in a moment of desperation, she almost gives up that
control completely, she is visited by a wisecracking messenger who turns out to
be Death. He offers Lisa a rare opportunity: to become one of the four horsemen
of the apocalypse—Famine.

As Famine, Lisa travels the world on her black
steed, visiting parts of the world where hunger is a painful part of everyday
life. She’s horrified to see her own power destroy crops and turn food to dust.
But when she finds a way to harness her power as Famine and use it for
nourishment rather than deprivation, Lisa finally gains the courage to face her
own problem.

A wildly original approach to the issue of eating
disorders, HUNGER is about the struggle to find balance in a world of extremes,
and uses fantastic tropes to explore a difficult topic that touches the lives of
many teens.
I think Hunger sounds like a splendiferously amazing book, though! Something that, for anyone lucky duck enough to get an ARC, to tide them over during the summer break of a certain TV show that also involves the Four Horsemen and a great read during the return of said TV show for everyone else :D (And again, another fantastic birthday present for me if I can't manage to become a duck!)

So, great cover, amazing synopsis, perfect release week (I may be bias), what else could you want?

(For the record, while I do think the covers are similar I don't think they're identical and I also don't think it's bad....I like the dark colors and lack of photos/people. And Incarceron is pretty much a mega-hit so it's not a bad book to look even kind of close to.)

** Incarceron is out now in hardcover & Hunger will be out October 18 in paperback **


  1. Hey, thanks so much! I was lucky enough to have the same cover artist who did INCARCERON and many of Holly Black's books. He definitely has a distinct style, and I'm thrilled that the artist did the HUNGER cover. :)

  2. I think the darkness of the cover fits very well for what the book seems to be about. I love it!

    Thank you for commenting (SO sorry it took me so long to reply!).

    Book Sp(l)ot


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