Google+ Reading Teen: Another Tragic Tuesday Book Review by Amy: Skin Hunger by Kathleen Duey

Tuesday, April 13, 2010

Another Tragic Tuesday Book Review by Amy: Skin Hunger by Kathleen Duey

Kathleen Duey's National Book Award nominated fantasy novel shows flashes of brilliant writing but ultimately falters as a stand alone work...

Skin Hunger (Resurrection of Magic)Skin Hunger

Sadima lives in a world were magic has been banned, leaving poor villagers prey to fakes and charlatans. A "magician" stole her families few valuables and left Sadima's mother to die on the day Sadima was born. Vestiges of magic are hidden in old rhymes and hearth tales and in people like Sadima, who conceals her silent communication with animals for fear of rejection and ridicule. When rumors of her gift reach Somiss - a young nobleman obsessed with restoring magic - he sends Franklin, his lifelong servant, to find her. Sadima's joy at sharing her secret becomes love for the man she shares it with. But, Franklin's irrevocable bond to the brilliant and dangerous Somiss traps her too. Sadima has found herself in a scary position and has to make a heartbreaking decision.

Centuries later magic has been restored. It is available only to the wealthy and is strictly controlled by wizards within a sequestered academy of magic. Hahp - the expendable second son of a rich merchant - is forced into the academy and finds himself roommates with Gerrard, a peasant boy inexplicably admitted with nine sons of privileged and wealth. Only one of the ten students will graduate -- if you don't die first.

Sadima and Hahp's world are separated by generations, but their lives are connected in surprising and powerful ways.

Skin Hunger: A National Awards Finalist 2007
Kirkus "Best of YA" 2007
Cybil's finalist 2007

I do not understand where all the awards came from. This book was sloooooow, hardly anything ever happened. It was so very depressing also.  Reading about all those boys starving day after day was not pleasant. It was slow - as I mentioned - lacking plot, flat characters and from what I hear... NO ending! I did not get to that point, I stopped after 250 pages. I could not get myself to read the last 100. It makes me quite angry when I have to set a book down midway through it. I actually get angry with the author for WASTING MY TIME!

The chapters are very small, 2-4 pages each, going back and fourth between Sadima and Hahp. The pages do not hold much character development -- Sadima stays uninteresting and Hahp is constantly thinking of food. You also do not get a true understanding of the scenery- the city.

This book might be a trailer for things to come up in the series, but a book should be able to somewhat stand on its own. If you read this book only, you will receive NO satisfaction whatsoever.

Finally, this book was written quite simply for YA. The author (personally) seems pandering having oversimplified her sentences and word use. She repeats things a lot where the stories connect, I guess maybe, she doesn't believe the YA will pick up subtlety.

Sacred Scars (A Resurrection of Magic, Book 2)The sequel to Skin Hunger: Sacred Scars

Until next time...... Amy "Aaronswoman"

Parents should know:  Skin Hunger had a moderate amount of language and violence and also some kissing, but no sexual content.  For more details, go to Skin Hunger on Parental Book Reviews.

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