Hunger is told through the third-person perspective of Lisabeth (Lisa for short) Lewis, a teenage girl suffering from anorexia who becomes the Black Rider of the Apocalypse: Famine. The story is about her adjustment to the role and about her stuggle with her eating disorder.
I wasn't surprised to find out the author once suffered from an eating disorder while reading the author's note at the end, because the description of Lisa's anorexia was so vivid and realistic. The 'Thin Voice' and the huge realisation it took to make her seek help made her condition feel genuine.
The paranormal aspect is what initially made me want to read this book (I named my fish after the four horsemen, after all), though I wasn't disappointed that it took a backseat to the contemporary issues. I like the way how two completely different genres met in Hunger.
The plot was intense, focusing on Lisa's mental battles rather than her physical ones - which felt like metaphors for psychological ones. The writing style was simple and raw, and the book itself was short and captivating.
I give Hunger a 4 out of 5. Look out for my review of the sequel, Rage, going up tomorrow.