The Hunger by Alma Katsu
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Any Oregon child studied the Oregon Trail as part of Oregon history, in 4th grade and 8th grade. In 4th grade we played the Oregon Trail computer game in the Intel-provided computer lab, and in 8th grade we did more of a LARP version of the game. My group named itself the Dumber Party, in tribute to the Donner Party. I was Mary Dumber, the only female of the group.
Do I even have to say that we were obsessed with the Donner Party?
Surviving the trek across the country in covered wagons forced pioneers to face an endless number of difficult situations. Start too early and you might encounter snow or run out of food. You might encounter natives, die of dysentery, or drown crossing a river.
So what if there was even more danger hiding in the woods? What if one of your party is rumored to be a witch, and there are creatures in the woods who aren't quite human, said to devour previous parties attempting to cross? This novel explores these horrors and I really enjoyed it. It's the perfect creepy twist to an already death-defying adventure.
Thanks to the publisher for granting me access through Edelweiss. The Hunger came out on March 6, 2018.
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