The Hunger

The Hunger

Evil is invisible, and it is everywhere. Tamsen Donner must be a witch. That is the only way to explain the series of misfortunes that have plagued the wagon train known as the Donner Party. Depleted rations, bitter quarrels, and the mysterious death of a little boy have driven the pioneers to the brink of madness. They cannot escape the feeling that someone--or something- Evil is invisible, and it is everywhere. Tamsen Donner must be a witch. That is the only way to explain the serie...

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Title:The Hunger
Author:Alma Katsu
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Genres:Horror
ISBN:The Hunger
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Edition Language:English
Format Type:Hardcover
Number of Pages:376 pages pages

The Hunger Reviews

  • Jenny (Reading Envy)
    Mar 12, 2018
    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,...
  • Blair
    Jan 18, 2018
    In The Hunger, Alma Katsu takes a real historical event ? the dreadful fate of the Donner Party ? and reimagines it as a horror story. (Of course, you could say it's already a horror story, but in this case it's the supernatural kind.) We follow a large cast of characters as they h...
  • Cassie
    May 10, 2018
    All you really need to know about The Hunger is that it is a finely-wrought, occasionally terrifying, and gorgeously written retelling of the Donner Party tragedy. I seriously loved this book. It is a bit of a slow burn -- it took me a while to get through it -- but it's so wildly crea...
  • Trev Twinem
    Jan 24, 2018
    The hardcover of this book, due for release in early march, shows a horse drawn wagon heading out into uncharted territory. This represented the pioneering spirit of American settlers heading west for California who felt confident in the knowledge that they were destined to occupy this...
  • Melissa Crytzer Fry
    May 16, 2018
    I am not generally a reader of thrillers or horror books ? which is why I don?t quite feel qualified to rate this book (our June book club pick). So, I will begin by sharing that the members of my book club have already reported back to say they LOVED it and couldn?t put it down....
  • Mogsy (MMOGC)
    Mar 01, 2018
    4 of 5 stars at The BiblioSanctum https://bibliosanctum.com/2018/03/06/... The tragedy of the Donner Party is retold with a supernatural twist in The Hunger, a dark mix of historical fiction and horror. For context, in the May of 1846 a wagon train led by George Donner and James Ree...
  • Debra
    Mar 31, 2018
    "Maybe it takes one demon to keep the others away." He paused. His eyes glistened with tears now. "Lucifer had been an angel first. I always remember that." Is it okay to say that I devoured this book? Seriously, I picked this book up after I had read "The Indifferent Stars Above...
  • Barb (Boxermommyreads)
    Apr 02, 2018
    So I'll start by saying that a lot of my favorite bloggers loved "The Hunger" and I'm so glad they did. I also think I kind of set myself up for disappointment with this one because I wanted it to be horrific and terrifying and as the terror was more subtle and atmospheric (which I usu...
  • Susan
    Dec 02, 2017
    Set between June 1846 and April 1847, this novel is based upon the true story of, ?the Donner Party,? which involved a wagon train heading to California, which ended in tragedy. Shockingly, the actual members of the wagon train relied on a book published at the time, ?The Emigran...
  • Mindi
    Apr 19, 2018
    A big thank you to Glasstown Ent. for providing this book in exchange for an honest review. I'm a huge fan of historical fiction with a paranormal twist. Books like Dan Simmons' The Terror and The Abominable are some of my favorites in the genre, and both have a paranormal threat on...
  • Michael Hicks
    Mar 10, 2018
    With The Hunger, Alma Katsu does for the doomed Donner party what Dan Simmons did for the Franklin Expedition in his massive work, The Terror, giving the ill-fated cross-country voyage a supernatural twist while maintaining historical authenticity (well, to a degree anyway). In May...
  • Bex (Beckie Bookworm)
    Apr 03, 2018
    ????STARS ARC BOOK REVIEW. Release Date-6/3/18 "The Hunger" By Alma Katsu was such an immersing read with such diverse interesting characters you couldn't help but become hooked and transfixed by the storyline. With its rich tapestry of history, you actually felt tra...
  • Chandra Claypool (wherethereadergrows)
    Mar 06, 2018
    An unsettling, eerie and atmospheric tale of survival. Do you know anything about the history of the Donner Party? I remembered some of it so I did a little research on it before I read Alma's fictionalized version. She does an OUTSTANDING job and I loved reading the end where she ...
  • Emily
    Apr 19, 2018
    "He told her of a hunger that lodged not in his stomach, but his blood, an excavating hunger that festered like an unclean wound." (148) 2.5? The story of The Hunger is a fascinating concept, and I have been so excited for this book for months. As you can tell from my rating, t...
  • Ann Girdharry
    Mar 28, 2018
    This book is partly based on a historical event and partly fiction. I didn?t know anything about the history of the pioneering settlers on which this story was based and so this book was pure fiction for me. A group of ninety settlers are heading west on a trail across America. T...
  • Amy
    Mar 01, 2018
    I wasn?t familiar with the Donner Party but I liked the idea of a historical reimagining that blended fact and fiction with a supernatural twist and when I read a bit about the real life Donner Party I was both horrified and fascinated. That basically sums up my emotional state while...
  • Stephanie (That's What She Read)
    Jan 15, 2018
    This book was quite a ride. It's a re-imagining of the Donner Party with a bit of a supernatural twist. Katsu executes what works well with this horror sub-genre, suspense and character development! There was a lot of great, fleshed-out characters, and I found myself rooting for them d...
  • Mariana
    Jan 29, 2018
    Hay sucesos de la vida real tan sórdidos y perturbadores que inspiran obras de ficción en las cuales intentamos entender qué demonios pasó o ponerle una cara a ese horror que las personas en cuestión tuvieron que enfrentar. "The Hunger" está basado en un hecho real ocurrido en...
  • Liz Barnsley
    Mar 10, 2018
    The Hunger was an interesting read for me, for the most part very excellent -taking the well known story of the Donner party tragedy and adding in speculative supernatural and horror, this is a slow burn towards terror, which is much more of a character drama than it is any kind of thr...
  • Kimberly
    Apr 18, 2018
    THE HUNGER, by Alma Katsu, is a well written, original take on what "could" have happened to the infamous Donner Party. While everyone has heard of the fatal 1846 attempt at crossing to California, and what the members succumbed to in order to survive, this novel takes it on a differen...
  • Jack +The Page Runner+
    Apr 02, 2018
    It?s books like these that make me mad, mad, mad. Not mad because the book was bad or poorly written (it wasn?t), not mad because of the liberties taken by the author (they enhance the story, so are acceptable), and not mad because a favorite character died (this is about the Donne...
  • Sadie Mother Horror
    Apr 22, 2018
    Thank you to Glasstown Ent. for giving the Night Worms a copy of this book to all seven of us for an honest review. I'm a native of Northern California. I grew up in a historical mining town. For history lessons in primary school, we read books like, Patty Reed's Doll and played a c...
  • Joanne Harris
    Nov 03, 2017
    Uneasy, nauseous, slow-burning tale that marries historical fiction with a hint of the supernatural. Great detailing; colourful characterization; some supremely ominous stuff, but always reigned in at the final moment to rack up the tension even more. Loved it. Will search out more of ...
  • Susan Hampson
    Mar 10, 2018
    Oh wow this is some pretty cool reading. I had been unaware of this tragic pioneer crossing of the ill-fated wagon train from Springfield, Illinois to California in 1846. What begins as a new beginning for 90 men, women and children ends in one of the most terrible tragedies in America...
  • Carrie
    Mar 02, 2018
    The Hunger by Alma Katsu is a fictional novel that is centered around one of histories most famous events when it came to settling the western U.S. This story gives a new imaginative supernatural twist to just what may have happened to the Donner party on their trek across the country....
  • Juli
    Feb 15, 2018
    In April 1846, 90 settlers left Springfield, Ill headed for California. The Donner Party was led by Jacob and George Donner. At first they followed the established route -- The California Trail -- reaching Wyoming without incident. It was at that point that they took the advice of a tr...
  • Tammy
    Oct 19, 2017
    This is a re-imagining of the tragedy of the Donner Party. There is terror and horror contained within these pages. The characters both real and fictious are fully developed with backstories that enhance the tale. You will want to keep the lights bright when reading this one. ...
  • Roman Clodia
    Apr 16, 2018
    And who, besides a monster, would be able to stand by and watch a child starve to death? Patrick Breen would. Of that he was sure. This party had its share of monsters As a UK reader I didn't know the story of the Donner party so everything in this book was fresh for me. Looking at ...
  • Cody | codysbookshelf
    Apr 21, 2018
    Thanks to the publisher for supplying the Nightworms with hardcover copies of this book, free of charge, in exchange for honest reviews! Alma Katsu?s The Hunger is one of the most hyped books of the season and with good reason: this twist on the infamous Donner Party is chilling, ...
  • The Book Review Café
    Feb 04, 2018
    The Hunger by Alma Katsu is part historical fiction and part supernatural/horror. Based on a true story the author has masterfully blurred the lines between fact and fiction, even the fictional parts seemed very credible which made this book even more chilling to read. Based on the Don...