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Monday, September 12, 2011

Famished



I want to mention that I’m still a little hesitant when it comes to dystopian/post-apocalyptic books, which is why Lauren Hammond’s new release Famished was such a pleasant surprise when I picked it up!


There is no United States. There is no world. An asteroid has destroyed what the human race knew as earth and The Great Famine has wiped out most of the surviving human population. For the few remaining survivors, food is scarce-- precious--a luxury. A luxury that most humans can’t find.


Seventeen year old Georgina Carver is fortunate. She’s survived the destruction. She eats three times a day while the rest of humanity is plagued by The Great Famine. And she’s safe, hidden away in an underground colony with her family and several other families of survivors.


All of that changes the day she’s randomly selected to be a gatherer. Georgina must leave her safe yet simple world and venture out into a world unknown. A vast, dangerous, destroyed world that could literally eat her alive.


After Georgina is severely injured, her life begins to fall apart. She can’t remember how she got home or what happened to her while she was on the new earth. The boy she is crushing on avoids her and she keeps having visions that involve an unknown person with violet eyes.




Famished begins on the brink of the world collapsing as an asteroid rushes toward Earth on a collision course.  While most people are running around crazy, Georgina Carver’s parents are preparing to survive what is imminently looking more and more like the end of the world.  And thanks to her parents’ quick thinking and level-mindedness, the Carvers do survive the asteroid’s devastation.  The Carvers band together with a handful of other survivors to create an underground compound, protecting them from the wasteland above.  But the colonies residents are not the only survivors, outside the compound cannibals and the decayed ones still linger.  While rations dwindle within the colony, The Great Famine looms without.  Soon there is no choice but to send gatherers into the devastation of the outside world in order to replenish the colony’s provisions.  But when she is chosen as a gatherer, Georgina Carver can’t help but wonder if she survived the apocalypse only to be lost to the desolation outside.


All my hesitation vanished once I opened the first page, and was instantly replaced with intrigue and curiosity.  As much as Lauren Hammond’s Famished was dystopian and post-apocalyptic, it was also a bit of detective novel.  Georgina Carver soon realizes her safe, idyllic compound life may not be all it seems, and she sets out to discover the truth for herself, sleuthing and asking questions.  Georgie was spunky, quick-witted, and determined—but she was also human.  I loved Georgie for her flaws as much as her strengths—especially the way she has a crush on a bad-boy, Colin, but has enough sense to see through his ploy to win her affections.  It’s so easy to like someone, not so easy to walk away from temptation…Georgina is conflicted, but when she senses something isn’t on the up-and-up, she goes with her gut.

Lauren Hammond really knows how to tell a great story!  Famished was fresh and unique, keeping me on my toes until the very end—and hungry for more!!!






(\__/) (ARC provided by author for fair and honest review.  These are my own, unbiased opinions.)

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