Wednesday 7 April 2021

The Hunger by Alma Katsu

Hardcover, 382 pages

Published April 5th 2018 by Bantam Press (first published March 6th 2018)

Historical fiction


I meant to write a review at once, oh well...

I would not have read this if my bookgroup had not recced it. I fell into at once. She is a great write. Though I can't say I agree with the quote on the cover, utterly chilling. Yeah no, it was never a scary book at all.

Right, The Donner party. Nature is brutal and these people should not have started their trek to Cali this late. And then there is discord sown between on the trail, and oh they want to try this new route. No, do not try the new route!

What this book does is to bring in a paranormal angle too, what made them act like they did, and the woods are dangerous. More than wild animals lurk within.

I really want to try more from her after this one! I liked it a lot. It was more a story of human nature 

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.


  1. oh this is on my list Blodeuedd I loved her last Hard Fantasy trilogy The Taker, The Reckoning, The Descent. You being the UF lover you are I think will love these. Great review thanks

  2. I want to read this one as well. I enjoyed Alma Katsu's debut series so can't wait to dive into this one. She's a great story teller.

    1. She truly is. I got a coworker to try it too :D Now I just need to read more

  3. Sounds like an interesting take on what happened with the Donner party. Glad you enjoyed this one.

  4. Yep, I think it was more unsettling than scary! But I guess it still counts as horror :D

  5. I've been tempted by this one but haven't picked it up yet. I am glad you liked it.



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