Author: Alma Katsu
Title: The Hunger
Narrator: Kirsten Potter
Publication Info: Penguin Audio (2018)
This historical novel retells the journey of the Reed-Donner Party in 1846, but adds a supernatural element. So in addition to a series of mishaps and a poor decision to use a dangerous cutoff in attempt to shorten their journey, the party of pioneers also have to deal with supernatural elements. I found the characterization of the people in the novel was well-done, and the author created a good illustration of how the people in this moving community interacted. But the horror of the real Reed-Donner party with people dying of disease and starvation, with others resorting to cannibalism to survive is horrible enough. The story is not improved by the supernatural horror.
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