I received this book for free from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.The Hunger by Alma Katsu
Genres: Horror, Historical
Published by G.P. Putnam’s Sons on March 6th 2018
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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--is stalking them. Whether it was a curse from the beautiful Tamsen, the choice to follow a disastrous experimental route West, or just plain bad luck--the 90 men, women, and children of the Donner Party are at the brink of one of the deadliest and most disastrous western adventures in American history.
While the ill-fated group struggles to survive in the treacherous mountain conditions--searing heat that turns the sand into bubbling stew; snows that freeze the oxen where they stand--evil begins to grow around them, and within them. As members of the party begin to disappear, they must ask themselves "What if there is something waiting in the mountains? Something disturbing and diseased...and very hungry?"
It’s time for a buddy read review!! Barb and I were so excited about The Hunger so come see if were ended up loving it or not. After you read mine go check out hers at Booker T’s Farm!
Everyone agreed it had been a bad winter, one of the worst in recollection.
Here is what I thought
I have always thought the Donner Party story was interesting so I thought a book about it that throws in some supernatural elements would be pretty cool, I was wrong.
It’s told in third person but we get multiple points of views of several of those on the wagon trail. It was slow going but I was okay with that as I figured it would take a bit of build up to get to the good stuff. There are some parts that are letters or flashbacks to before certain characters decided to sign up for the party going to California. Gives you some background information on the characters.
I really don’t know what to say about this story except it was so boring. It’s about a piece of history and the author took a lot of liberties with it to make it into the story she wanted. Not to far into it a boy went missing and they found him malled and they thought it was wolves but then the more they are on the trail other things happen. We learn bits from the flashbacks or letters about certain things. Bryant is a guy who is interested in Indian stories and he comes across some strange stories about Na’at’s and the Anawai who might have been cannibals then there was something about creatures.
Sounded like that would be really interesting except we verily get any of the stuff that sounded cool. I felt like the story travel about as fast as the wagon party itself. I knew it was about them trekking across the plains but I thought there was going to be a lot more cool stuff to break up the monotonous of the slow trail plotline.
Because Tamsen Donner used herbs a lot of them thought she was a witch, then when things go wrong it was easy to blame her for them. She of course had nothing to do with it. Her daughter heard dead people. I liked Charles Stanton and Mary Graves the best out of the characters. Staton would have been better off if he would have left the group and went on on his own. He was a very brave person in the story and in real life.
By the end I was ready to just skim through and find out what was going to happen to everyone. I had looked up the Donner Party so I knew who died and who lived and how they were rescued and it was interesting to see the different ways the author decided to kill off certain characters but really I just wanted it over.
I do have to admire the bravery of those who blazed a trail across the wild west in search of gold and a new life. It had to be really courageous to pack up your family and hope you bring enough food to feed your family and hope you all make it there alive. I guess I was just hoping for more horror and supernatural element and I didn’t get it so I was unsatisfied with this read. I really feel like I read something totally different than those on goodreads. 🙁
I really just can’t recommend this to anyone.