Friday, August 29, 2008
Kathleen Duey/SKIN HUNGER
This book is about a boy who goes to wizarding school!
Um... but it's the antithesis to Harry Potter. For example, the boy wizard of this book is not able to eat until he figures out how to produce food magically. And learning magic is far from easy.
This book is also about a girl who can talk to animals!
But they're definitely not of your cuddly variety. The girl's story takes place when magic is forbidden, and the boy's story takes place generations later, when magic is taught only to an elite few. By the end of the book, the correlation between their experiences is revealed.
Skin Hunger is a dark and unsettling tale for older teens. The plots are rather simple, but also meaty and satisfying. I found myself completely caught up in the characters' miserable circumstances. The end is a bit unresolved because this book is the first in a planned trilogy. I'm going to have a hard time waiting for Book 2.