In The Future, Food Is GoneBook - 2014
A tale set in a future world where food is no longer necessary and famine and food-related illnesses no longer exist, Thalia begins to feel hunger when the appetite-suppressing medicine her parents' employers created stops working. By the author of Josie Griffin Is Not a Vampire.
In the future, food is gone.
In Thalia's world, there is no more food and no need for food, as everyone takes medication to ward off hunger. Her parents both work for the company that developed the drugs society consumes to quell any food cravings, and they live a life of privilege as a result. When Thalia meets a boy who is part of an underground movement to bring food back, she realizes that there is an entire world outside her own. She also starts to feel hunger, and so does the boy. Are the meds no longer working?
Together, they set out to find the only thing that will quell their hunger: real food. It's a journey that will change everything Thalia thought she knew. But can a "privy" like her ever truly be part of a revolution?
Hungry by H. A. Swain is a fascinating and fast-paced look at a near future world, part thriller, part science fiction, and part romance. H. A. Swain is also the author of the young adult novel Gifted.
"Swain's near-futuristic dystopia explodes onto this well-trod genre with a fresh idea, tense plotting, and relatable characters. . . . Fans of Margaret Atwood's The Handmaid's Tale and Lois Lowry's The Giver will flock to this story —School Library Journal
“Compelling . . . A female protagonist who isn't staunch, heroic, and perfect is increasingly rare in dystopias, so Thalia's fumbling around for the right path is refreshingly different.” —The Bulletin
“An alluring adventure in a future without food . . . Emotionally satisfying.” —Kirkus Reviews
In a tale set in a future world where food is no longer necessary and famine and food-related illnesses no longer exist, Thalia begins to feel hunger when the appetite-suppressing medicine her parents' employers created stops working.
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Great book if you love Dystopic young adult fiction. This book relies strong on anti-Food control and anti-capitalistic messages, with messages of human community. All pertinent issues in our current society as social media and electronic media is replacing real "true" human connectivity, love and creativity and as Monsanto is essentially waging a "seed freedom" war underground.
It's a worrisome issue, that if not brought to light will surely become something of this book.
Creepy sub-plots like the "all natural" community where half of the teens were pregnant and blindly following the leader are creepy, and I wish there had been more elaboration in them. I felt the book could've turned into a series if it had not been so rushed. I would've loved to read more.
Shows a great message to always follow your own head and not the "normal" status quo, following and doing what you believe in.
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