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The Hunger (2018)

por Alma Katsu

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__________________ 'Deeply, deeply disturbing' STEPHEN KING Shortlisted for the 2018 Bram Stoker Awards for Best Horror Novel 'It will scare the pants off you' NEW YORK TIMES ____________________ After having travelled west for weeks, the party of pioneers comes to a crossroads. It is time for their leader, George Donner, to make a choice. They face two diverging paths which lead to the same destination. One is well-documented - the other untested, but rumoured to be shorter. Donner's decision will shape the lives of everyone travelling with him. The searing heat of the desert gives way to biting winds and a bitter cold that freezes the cattle where they stand. Driven to the brink of madness, the ill-fated group struggles to survive and minor disagreements turn into violent confrontations. Then the children begin to disappear. As the survivors turn against each other, a few begin to realise that the threat they face reaches beyond the fury of the natural elements, to something more primal and far more deadly. Based on the true story of The Donner Party, The Hunger is an eerie, shiver-inducing exploration of human nature, pushed to its breaking point.… (mais)
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I loved that the feeling of dread built from the very beginning and lasted pretty much the whole way through the book. I did have a bit of a difficult time keeping track of all the characters, though, which perhaps wasn't avoidable considering the size of the party and Katsu trying to keep many of the historical elements intact. If I'd had any foresight, I would have kept a list of the characters. ( )
  LibroLindsay | Jun 18, 2021 |
The Hunger is a historical fiction thriller novel set in the 1800's. Not only is it an entertaining read, it is great for students who appreciate history or want to learn more about the United States and early life. The novel reads somewhat like a soap opera structure as it focuses on several different scenarios as individuals and families migrate across the country.

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https://www.history.com/topics/westward-expansion ( )
  KylerJones | Apr 25, 2021 |
Haunting and eerie reimagining of the Donner Party tragedy. I enjoyed the creepy paranormal elements the author added to the story. A very captivating read with great atmosphere and tense situations. Many characters that I didn’t like at the beginning of the book I felt bad for by the end. This is the first book I’ve read by Alma Katsu and I look forward to reading more by this author. ( )
  SandraLynne | Feb 25, 2021 |
Interesting and well done. The story lags in places and truly was not scary to me.
I'd give it 3.5 stars ( )
  LoisSusan | Dec 10, 2020 |
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 trail guide, Langsford Hastings, who offered a quicker route. This route proved to be dangerous and nearly impossible to navigate. The Donner Party wasted precious time trying to get through, and arrived at the Sierra Nevada mountains late in the season. While attempting to pass through the mountains, the group was snowed in, running out of food and supplies. Survivors ate the bodies of those who died in order to survive. Only about half of the doomed group lived through winter and arrived in California. This is what history tells us happened to the Donner Party. Alma Katsu paints a much more horrific, terrifying picture of that fated trip. What's worse than cannibalizing dead bodies? The thing that the Indians call Na'it. The Hunger.

OMG! I loved this book! I am always in favor of creepy horror stories, but when it's a re-telling of a famous (and already creepy in itself) historical event I am even more on board for a good scare. This tale delivered creepiness, outright horror and suspense! As the story unfolds, the horror of the group's situation builds.....not only are they running out of supplies but they are being stalked. Animals disappear. People disappear. Then there's the whispers from the woods at night.....and the strange crazed men that appear, ranting about being hungry. So hungry.

Awesome storytelling! A nice mix of history with fictional horror. It definitely kept my attention from beginning to end. This is the first book by Alma Katsu that I have read. She also wrote The Taker series. I'm going to read that series because I enjoyed this book so much.

**I voluntarily read an advanced readers copy of this book from Putnam via NetGalley. All opinions expressed are entirely my own.** ( )
  JuliW | Nov 22, 2020 |
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__________________ 'Deeply, deeply disturbing' STEPHEN KING Shortlisted for the 2018 Bram Stoker Awards for Best Horror Novel 'It will scare the pants off you' NEW YORK TIMES ____________________ After having travelled west for weeks, the party of pioneers comes to a crossroads. It is time for their leader, George Donner, to make a choice. They face two diverging paths which lead to the same destination. One is well-documented - the other untested, but rumoured to be shorter. Donner's decision will shape the lives of everyone travelling with him. The searing heat of the desert gives way to biting winds and a bitter cold that freezes the cattle where they stand. Driven to the brink of madness, the ill-fated group struggles to survive and minor disagreements turn into violent confrontations. Then the children begin to disappear. As the survivors turn against each other, a few begin to realise that the threat they face reaches beyond the fury of the natural elements, to something more primal and far more deadly. Based on the true story of The Donner Party, The Hunger is an eerie, shiver-inducing exploration of human nature, pushed to its breaking point.

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