| ||For the trailer, see Hunger trailer.|
|“||The only thing to fear is each other.||”|
—The US tagline
ALL THE GOLD IN THE WORLD wouldn’t be enough to pay Lana for what she was planning to do. Gold couldn’t touch the cold dread that filled her heart. And gold wouldn’t be any use to her if she failed. She couldn’t bribe the Darkness. But maybe, maybe... maybe she could kill it.
SUDDENLY IT’S A WORLD WITHOUT ADULTS, AND NORMAL HAS CRASHED AND BURNED. WHEN LIFE AS YOU KNOW IT ENDS AT 15, EVERYTHING CHANGES. An uneasy calm has settled over Perdido Beach. But soon Fear explodes into desperation as starvation sets in. More and more kids are developing strange powers and, just as frighteningly, so are the animals in the FAYZ. And in the background, in an abandoned mineshaft, lies the greatest danger of all- and he too needs to be fed...
IT’S BEEN THREE MONTHS SINCE ALL THE ADULTS DISAPPEARED. GONE. Food ran out weeks ago and starvation is imminent. Meanwhile, the normal teens have grown resentful of the kids with powers. And when an unthinkable tragedy occurs, chaos descends upon the town. There is no longer right and wrong. Each kid is out for himself and even the good ones turn murderous. But a larger problem looms. The Darkness, a sinister creature that hasn’t lived buried deep in the hills, begins calling to some of the teens in the FAYZ. Calling to them, guiding them, manipulating them. The Darkness has awakened. And it is hungry.
The clock is ticking for Sam Temple and the kids of Perdido Beach but it’s not the big one-five that they face now; it’s starvation that threatens the FAYZ. In an abandoned mine shaft a faceless animal lurks, pulling the strings, toying with human and mutant alike. And he’s hungry – hungry in the darkness. An uneasy calm has settled over Perdido Beach. But soon, fear explodes into desperation as starvation sets in and the mob look to place blame. For the ‘normals’ the buck must stop somewhere: with the ‘freaks’. More and more kids are developing strange powers and, just as frighteningly, so are the animals in the FAYZ: talking coyotes, swimming bats and deadly worms with razor-sharp teeth are just the beginning. For Sam Temple the strain of leadership is beginning to show and he’s got more than just dwindling rations and in-fighting to worry about – Caine is back with the psychotic whiphand, Drake, by his side. And in the background lies the greatest danger of all– and he too needs to be fed.
When all kids in the FAYZ have wasted most of their food and let it spoil, Sam asks for a group of people to get on a bus to help pick plants out in the farmlands. A kid named E.Z. dies when he goes to the fields to pick cabbages as mutated worm-like creatures, later called zekes, attacked him.
Meanwhile, the character Duck, using his power, unintentionally creates a whirlpool that sucks him from his pool to an underground cavern.
Fueled by a widespread prejudice against people with powers, especially after he almost got sucked into a whirlpool made by Duck because he bullied him around and angered him, Zil creates the "Human Crew", an organization that discriminates against these "freaks."
Caine wakes up from a three-month coma and tells Diana to bring Jack back to Coates so they can take over the nuclear plant in order to control the town's electricity. After ending up losing all electricity Caine mentally receives a message from the Gaiaphage telling him to bring it a uranium rod from the plant and realizes it may be controlling him. Lana has also been receiving messages from the Gaiaphage and attempts to blow up the mineshaft, but she fails, falling under the Gaiaphage's control.
Edilio, a student from Perdido Beach, travels to the mineshaft in order to destroy it, along with another girl named Dekka who has the ability to defy gravity in small spaces. He is shot by Lana, who is under the control of the Gaiaphage. It is revealed that the Gaiaphage plans to use Lana's powers, along with a uranium rod from the nuclear plant, to create a new, near-invincible body for itself. Astrid determines that the Gaiaphage was created by the accident at the nuclear plant 15 years ago, and that the accident may also be the cause of her peers' supernatural powers.
Sam and Duck Zhang, who can control his density, travel to the mineshaft in order to fight the Gaiaphage. Caine uses his powers to bring a uranium rod to the mineshaft, but, upon seeing his love interest Diana injured by Drake, throws the rod at the psychopath's chest, knocking him into the mineshaft and collapsing its entrance. Duck creates a hole in the ground leading to the Gaiaphage and is then thrown by Caine into the hole. While falling, Duck uses his powers to become heavier than a mountain and smashes into the Gaiaphage, dragging the creature down to the bottom of the barrier surrounding the FAYZ, but sadly dying in the process.
Lana heals the wounded, including Sam, Dekka, Diana, Brianna and Edilio. Orc and Howard keep the town kids from hanging Hunter who accidentally killed Harry with his powers, and save Astrid and Little Pete. The book ends on a cliffhanger when the readers realize Brittney, a girl buried in the plaza after she was seemingly killed at the power plant earlier in the book, is still alive.
- Drake - Buried alive and impaled
- Duck - Buried himself alive with his power
- Chunk - Thrown into a wall by Caine
- E.Z. - Eaten by zekes
- Harry - Accidentally burned by Hunter
- Mickey Finch - Shot by Drake's henchmen
- Hunger is the only original book with a two-syllable title.
- However, Fear was originally named Darkness, and the Monster Trilogy's books all have two syllables.
|Gone | Hunger | Lies | Plague | Fear | Light | Monster | Villain | Hero|