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Hungry

Hungry

H. A. Swain

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In the future, food is gone.

In Thalia's world, there is no more food and no need for food, as everyone takes medication to ward off hunger. Her parents both work for the company that developed the drugs society consumes to quell any food cravings, and they live a life of privilege as a result. When Thalia meets a boy who is part of an underground movement to bring food back, she realizes that there is an entire world outside her own. She also starts to feel hunger, and so does the boy. Are the meds no longer working?

Together, they set out to find the only thing that will quell their hunger: real food. It's a journey that will change everything Thalia thought she knew. But can a "privy" like her ever truly be part of a revolution?

Hungry by H. A. Swain is a fascinating and fast-paced look at a near future world, part thriller, part science fiction, and part romance. H. A. Swain is also the author of the young adult novel Gifted.

"Swain's near-futuristic dystopia explodes onto this well-trod genre with a fresh idea, tense plotting, and relatable characters. . . . Fans of Margaret Atwood's The Handmaid's Tale and Lois Lowry's The Giver will flock to this storySchool Library Journal

Compelling . . . A female protagonist who isn't staunch, heroic, and perfect is increasingly rare in dystopias, so Thalia's fumbling around for the right path is refreshingly different.” —The Bulletin

“An alluring adventure in a future without food . . . Emotionally satisfying.” —Kirkus Reviews

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PART 1

INNER LOOP



"… comfort me with apples, for I am sick of love."

—Song of Solomon

"What's the matter, Thalia?"

I wake up with a jerk. Squinting into the light, I see Mom zip past...

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Praise for Hungry

"Swain's near-futuristic dystopia explodes onto this well-trod genre with a fresh idea, tense plotting, and relatable characters. . . . Fans of Margaret Atwood's The Handmaid's Tale and Lois Lowry's The Giver will flock to this storySchool Library Journal

Compelling . . . A female protagonist who isn't staunch, heroic, and perfect is increasingly rare in dystopias, so Thalia's fumbling around for the right path is refreshingly different.” —BCCB

“Science has eradicated the need for food in Swain's crowded but compelling dystopia. . . . With solid, transparent writing and timely social commentary, this wild premise works quite well.” —Booklist

“An alluring adventure in a future without food . . . Emotionally satisfying dystopia.” —Kirkus Reviews

“The sensation-saturated world that Swain describes gives the story fresh interest.” —Publishers Weekly

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About the author

H. A. Swain

H. A. Swain's books include the young adult novels Hungry and Gifted, and books for younger readers including Me, My Elf and I, and Josie Griffin Is Not a Vampire. She lives in Brooklyn, New York, with her family.

H. A. Swain

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